Category Archives: Health

The Pandemic Has Your Blood Pressure Rising? You’re Not Alone.

Last year was a tough one. Americans grappled with a global pandemic, the loss of loved ones, lockdowns that splintered social networks, stress, unemployment and depression. It is probably no surprise that the nation’s blood pressure shot up. On Monday, scientists reported that blood pressure measurements of nearly a half-million adults showed a significant rise […]

J.&J. Booster Worked for People Who Got Pfizer Shots in Study

People who received Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines may get as much benefit from a Johnson & Johnson booster shot as a Pfizer one. That’s the finding of a small study released on Sunday. Researchers at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston studied 65 people who had received two shots of the Pfizer vaccine. Six months […]

Omicron Cases in the U.S. Likely to Rise, Officials Say

Several dozen cases of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus have been identified in the United States, a number that is “likely to rise” Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” At least 17 states have detected cases, including in […]

Cognitive Rehab: One Patient’s Painstaking Path Through Long Covid Therapy

Over time, Ms. Purvis, the speech-language pathologist, incrementally ramped up the exercises: arrange numbers in descending order, repeat a sentence in reverse. She increased noise and distraction to approximate Ms. Lewis’s busy work environment. She kept the door open, turned on television news and eventually held sessions in the bustling physical therapy gym. Amid the […]

What We Know About the New Covid Variant, Omicron

Citing the potential for waning immunity six months or more after vaccination, some health experts are promoting booster shots to increase antibody levels. Dr. Fauci has urged people to get a booster shot, which he said would most likely provide additional protection against severe disease. “We’ve said it over and over again and it deserves […]

Omicron Variant Spreading Twice as Quickly as Delta in South Africa

Underscoring increasing concerns about Omicron, scientists in South Africa said on Friday that the newest coronavirus variant appeared to spread more than twice as quickly as Delta, which had been considered the most contagious version of the virus. Omicron’s rapid spread results from a combination of contagiousness and an ability to dodge the body’s immune […]