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Long Covid may be ‘the next public health disaster’ — with a .7 trillion economic impact rivaling the Great Recession
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Long Covid may be ‘the next public health disaster’ — with a $3.7 trillion economic impact rivaling the Great Recession

Sam Norpel and her family. Norpel, 48, second from the right, got Covid-19 in December 2021 and hasn’t recovered. This chronic illness, known as long Covid, impacts up to 23 million Americans. Kirstie Donohue Sam Norpel used to present regular financial updates to C-suite executives. Now, unpredictable bouts of broken, staccato speech make that impossible […]

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This little-known contact lenses stock can surge 20% from here, Baird says
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This little-known contact lenses stock can surge 20% from here, Baird says

There’s big upside in shares of Cooper Companies , a company known for manufacturing contact lenses, according to Baird. Analyst Jeff Johnson upgraded the stock to outperform, noting he sees a rosy outlook in 2023 for the company, even if it misses expectations in its fourth-quarter earnings report next week. “While we expect COO to […]

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Alzheimer’s drug trial shown to slow cognitive decline in long fight against dementia
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Alzheimer’s drug trial shown to slow cognitive decline in long fight against dementia

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for loss of memory, language, and other thinking abilities Brian B. Bettencourt | Toronto Star | Getty Images A trial of an experimental Alzheimer’s drug has been hailed as a “new era” in the beleaguered fight to find a cure for dementia. Results from […]

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China could reopen in March, but zero-Covid has shaken confidence in supply chains, economist says
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China could reopen in March, but zero-Covid has shaken confidence in supply chains, economist says

While Chinese authorities could gradually unwind restrictions in March, zero-Covid policies are starting to hurt global confidence in the country’s industrial supply chains, said Li Daokui, Mansfield Freeman professor of economics at China’s Tsinghua University. In the short term, supply chains will be largely unaffected since factories are still operating even if consumption is lower […]

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Drug overdose deaths among seniors have more than tripled in two decades
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Drug overdose deaths among seniors have more than tripled in two decades

Deaths from drug and alcohol use are rising among America’s seniors. Drug overdose deaths more than tripled among people age 65 and older during the past two decades while deaths from alcohol abuse increased more than 18% from 2019 to 2020, according to data published Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics. More than […]

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Twitter stops policing Covid-19 misinformation under CEO Elon Musk and reportedly restores 62,000 suspended accounts
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Twitter stops policing Covid-19 misinformation under CEO Elon Musk and reportedly restores 62,000 suspended accounts

Elon Musk’s Twitter account displayed on a mobile with Elon Musk in the background are seen in this illustration. In Brussels – Belgium on 19 November 2022.  Jonathan Raa | Nurphoto | Getty Images In a recent update to its website, Twitter said that effective Nov. 23, it is no longer enforcing its Covid-19 misleading […]

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China touts vaccination progress as it seeks reopening path; encourages booster shots for seniors
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China touts vaccination progress as it seeks reopening path; encourages booster shots for seniors

BEIJING — Mainland China announced significant progress Tuesday in getting Covid-19 booster shots for people “over age 80.” As of Monday, 65.8% of that age category had received booster shots, an official told reporters. That’s up from 40% as of Nov. 11, according to prior disclosures. China also announced a new push to get its […]

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China’s Covid infections drop for the first time in more than a week
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China’s Covid infections drop for the first time in more than a week

Covid control workers disinfect an area in Beijing on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, where a day earlier locals had gathered to protest stringent Covid measures. Kevin Frayer | Getty Images News | Getty Images BEIJING — Mainland China reported the first decline in daily Covid infections in more than a week on Monday. The country […]

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U.S. criticizes China’s zero Covid strategy, says Beijing needs to boost vaccination among elderly
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U.S. criticizes China’s zero Covid strategy, says Beijing needs to boost vaccination among elderly

The White House on Monday criticized Beijing’s zero Covid strategy as ineffective and said the Chinese people have a right to peacefully protest. “We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, here in the United States and around the world. This includes in the PRC,” a spokesperson for President Joe Biden’s National Security […]

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China might not make major changes to its Covid policy any time soon, despite weekend protests
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China might not make major changes to its Covid policy any time soon, despite weekend protests

A couple pass necessities over a Covid lockdown barrier in Guangzhou city on Nov. 17, 2022. Future Publishing | Future Publishing | Getty Images BEIJING — China won’t likely make major changes to its Covid policy in the near future despite this weekend’s protests, analysts said. One of the reasons for public unrest was the […]

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