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February 3, 2022 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.



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COVID brain fog linked to changes in spinal fluid (10 News)

Scientists searching for ways to treat COVID long haulers have just made a discovery about those with brain fog. Many people with cognitive symptoms have abnormalities in their spinal fluid, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of California San Francisco.

The coronavirus vaccines are safer than aspirin or Tylenol (The Week)

Since the release of the coronavirus vaccines, there has been a lot of overheated coverage of their potential side effects…In truth, the risk of the coronavirus vaccines is microscopic. A good way to understand this is by comparing them to common over-the-counter painkillers.

When can babies and kids under age 5 get their shots? Here's the timeline (NPR)

Babies as young as 6 months old could be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. within a few weeks if regulators agree the vaccines are safe and effective for this age group.

U.S. Army begins to discharge soldiers who refuse COVID-19 vaccination (NPR)

U.S. Army soldiers who refuse to be vaccinated for COVID-19 will soon be discharged, the military branch announced Wednesday. The Army said it will "immediately begin separating Soldiers from the service" who refuse to be vaccinated or who don't have an approved or pending request for exemption. "Army readiness depends on Soldiers who are prepared to train, deploy, fight and win our nation's wars," said Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth. "Unvaccinated Soldiers present risk to the force and jeopardize readiness."

How blood from Wally the llama could treat omicron and future variants (10 News)

Tiny immune particles derived from the blood of a llama named Wally show strong protection against every COVID-19 variant of concern and 18 other sabrecoronaviruses. A series of new lab experiments by researchers in Pittsburgh and San Diego suggests these llama immune molecules called nanobodies could be a fast-acting inhalable treatment or spray. 


IRS plan to scan your face prompts anger in Congress, confusion among taxpayers (Washington Post)

Millions of Americans will soon have to scan their face to access their Internal Revenue Service tax accounts, one of the government’s biggest expansions yet of facial recognition software into people’s everyday lives.

Facebook loses users for the first time in its history (Washington Post)

Facebook parent Meta’s stock nosedives in after-hour trading as the company refocuses on the metaverse.


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