Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Shots Can Trigger Alopecia Areata in Patients with Autoimmune Conditions

Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Shots Can Trigger Alopecia Areata in Patients with Autoimmune Conditions

Following the granting by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) status for Pfizer/BioNTech’s BNT162b2 and Moderna/NIAID’s mRNA-1273 messenger RNA (mRNA) COVID-19 biologics in December 2020, there have been increasing reports of alopecia areata following vaccination with these products.1 Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder characterized by hair loss due […]

Dramatic Increase in Suicide Attempts Among Adolescents During COVID-19 Lockdown Isolation

Dramatic Increase in Suicide Attempts Among Adolescents During COVID-19 Lockdown Isolation

There has been an increase in suicide attempts by adolescents aged 12-17 years old during the COVID-19 pandemic according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The longer the lockdowns that included social isolation and compulsory masking continued, the number of suicide attempts increased, especially among adolescent girls. From July through August […]

Naval Commander Warns that Military Vaccine Mandate Poses Threat to National Security

Naval Commander Warns that Military Vaccine Mandate Poses Threat to National Security

A U.S. Naval Commander is warning that the Pentagon’s orders to mandate the COVID-19 vaccination for all service members could be a threat to national security due to unknown effects of vaccine complications.1 Naval Officer J.H. Furman said that further study is needed before requiring the entire military force, which is comprised of an estimated […]

COVID-19 Hospitalized Patients and Underlying Chronic Disease

COVID-19 Hospitalized Patients and Underlying Chronic Disease

Story Highlights Recent research shows that most hospitalized COVID-19 patients had one or more chronic poor health conditions, such as obesity, hypertension and heart and lung disease. Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States, making the U.S. population susceptible to more severe COVID-19 infections. Good nutrition helps reduce […]

U.S. Marines and Navy Prepare to Execute Pandemic Plan As Questions Resurface About Coronavirus Origin

U.S. Marines and Navy Prepare to Execute Pandemic Plan As Questions Resurface About Coronavirus Origin

Responding to the coronavirus outbreak in China, where tens of thousands of citizens suspected of being infected with coronavirus (COVID-2019) have been detained and involuntarily taken to quarantine camps,1 on Feb. 1, 2020 an executive order was issued by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), including the Joint Chiefs of Staff, directing the U.S. Northern […]

Moderna to Use New mRNA Technology to Develop Coronavirus Vaccine

Moderna to Use New mRNA Technology to Develop Coronavirus Vaccine

Story Highlights In light of the coronavirus outbreak, three research teams have been awarded grants by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. In a public-private partnership with NIH, Moderna, Inc. is using an experimental mRNA technology to develop a vaccine. Johnson & Johnson and other drug companies […]

504 Plans for Special Needs Children: The New Normal

504 Plans for Special Needs Children: The New Normal

Every fall I meet with teachers and school officials to review my children’s 504 plans to protect them from anaphylactic shock. This back-to-school ritual has become so routine that we hardly give it a second thought. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects people with disabilities and other qualifying health conditions from discrimination […]