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FDA: Don’t eat cicadas if you are allergic to seafood

NBC News – If you have a seafood allergy, the FDA said you may want to pass on the cicada recipes popping up across the internet. “Yep! We have to say it! Don’t eat #cicadas if you’re allergic to seafood as these insects share a family relation to shrimp and lobsters,” the agency tweeted Wednesday. The warning coincides with the emergence of billions of cicadas in Eastern U.S. With a bug surplus, more adventurous culinary connoisseurs have tasked themselves with finding a way to make them appetizing, though some describe them as a rare gourmet treat. Fish and...

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Moderna trial showing promise for expanding age requirement next month

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Moderna is one step closer to allowing more children to roll up their sleeves for a COVID-19 vaccine. Their most recent clinical trial — involving more than 3,700 people — showed a 100 percent vaccine effectiveness in the group that was vaccinated. After the first dose, the vaccine was found to be 93 percent effective against infection. Moderna officials said that their vaccine is “safe and highly effective” in 12 to 17 year olds. Side effects mentioned in the trial were mild to moderate, with the most prominent being arm pain. Headaches, fatigue...

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Pfizer seeks full FDA approval for COVID-19 vaccine

Pfizer/BioNTech are beginning the process of seeking full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration of its COVID-19 vaccine for people ages 16 and older. Pfizers’s vaccine is the first in the country to be assessed for full approval from the FDA, beyond current emergency use authorizations. To date, Pfizer/BioNTech said 170 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed across the US, reported CNN. “We are proud of the tremendous progress we’ve made since December in delivering vaccines to millions of Americans, in collaboration with the U.S. Government,”...

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FDA moves to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars

NBC NEWS — The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday it will begin the process of banning menthol tobacco cigarettes, as well as all flavored cigars. This is a move heralded as one expected to improve the health of groups most likely to smoke menthol products, including children and Black Americans. “With these actions, the FDA will help significantly reduce youth initiation, increase the chances of smoking cessation among current smokers, and address health disparities experienced by communities of color, low-income populations, and LGBTQ+ individuals, all of whom are...

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Pharmacies pausing Johnson & Johnson vaccinations following FDA, CDC recommendation

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday that they are recommending a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine out of an “abundance of caution” while reports of rare blood clots are being investigated. The agencies are reviewing data from six reports in the U.S. of a rare and severe blood clot in people after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. “Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare. COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority for the federal government, and we...

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