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Statement from NIH and BARDA on the FDA Emergency Use Authorization of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to the Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies of Johnson & Johnson for its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine, called Ad.26.COV2S or JNJ-78436725. The Janssen vaccine is a recombinant vector vaccine that uses a human adenovirus to express the spike protein found on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Adenoviruses are a group of viruses that cause infections in the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts; the adenovirus vector used in the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine has been modified so it no longer can replicate in humans and cause illness. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the As

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St. Jude Recognizes Women In Science And Medicine By Showcasing Contributions To Childhood Cancer Research

For United Nation’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science in February, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital announced a series on women in science and medicine at St. Jude.

The online feature highlights women scientists, doctors and experts whose contributions to the field are leading to advancements in cures and prevention strategies for catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Launched in advance of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the series aims to tell the stories of these extraordinary women and inspire girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and medicine.

“The contributions by women to the field of science and medicine is immeasurable,” said Martine Roussel, Ph.D., a molecular oncologist at St. Jude who has devoted nearly 50 years to scientific exploration. “The extraordinary women who work tirelessly at St. Jude, so

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Maintaining Your Kids’ Ocular Health In A Digital World

Against the current backdrop of virtual learning, lockdowns, and fewer hours of outdoor play, children are using digital devices more than ever before -- and the continued spread of the COVID-19 pandemic means that kids’ screen time won’t be going down any time soon. Eye doctors (ophthalmologists and optometrists) are reporting that the top complaints from parents are now related to their children’s technology use: vision changes, dry eyes, blurry vision, eye fatigue, headaches, and more.

To help you combat these effects, some of the leading ophthalmologists, optometrists, and screen time experts have shared their suggestions below on the best ways to protect children’s eyes in our increasingly digital world; and, several participated in an interdisciplinary conversation and Q&A hosted by Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development on Wednesday, February 10th,

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How to Prevent and Treat Dry, Chapped Lips

For many people, winter skin probably conjures up images of dry, cracked hands, flaky skin, and windburn. However, the lips can be affected too. And while it may seem that dry, cracked lips are something you have to live with until spring, dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology say it’s possible to have soft, supple lips year-round by following a few simple steps.

“Cold, dry weather; sun damage; and frequently licking your lips are just some of the reasons your lips might feel dry and chapped this winter,” says board-certified dermatologist Noëlle Sherber, MD, FAAD. “Understanding these causes and anything else that might trigger your chapped lips goes a long way in preventing and treating them.”

To prevent and treat dry, chapped lips at home, Dr. Sherber recommends the following tips:

Choose non-irritating lip products. Look for lip balms, lipsticks and other lip pro

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