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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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What Parents Can Do to Protect Children's Mental Health During Remote Learning

In many places throughout the U.S., virtual classrooms have become the new norm for learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the drivers of suicide risk are multi-dimensional and there is currently no research demonstrating causation between remote learning and children's mental health or suicide, we do know that there are steps parents, teachers, and other caring adults can take to protect the mental health of our children during this time.

Dr. Christine Moutier, the Chief Medical Officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention released this statement about actions we can take to support the mental health of children:

"As the nation's largest suicide prevention organization, we know that suicide is complex and has many factors. What we also must remember is that while increased stress can contribute to feelings of depression and anxiety, that mental health distress is li

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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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