CDC estimates 3 in 4 kids have had coronavirus infections

NEW YORK (AP) — Three out of every four US children have been infected with the coronavirus and more than half of all Americans had signs of previous infections, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers estimated in a report Tuesday. The researchers examined blood samples from more than 200,000 Americans and looked for virus-fighting … Read more

Hundreds of birds found dead, likely from avian flu, at Illinois lake

CHICAGO — Avian flu has likely killed hundreds of double-crested cormorants nesting at Baker’s Lake near Barrington. Wildlife biologist Chris Anchor said this is the largest outbreak of disease in wild birds he’s seen in Cook County. “I’ve never seen anything like this since I started working here 41 years ago,” said Anchor, of the … Read more

2 bird flu cases confirmed in US zoos as virus spreads

Two cases of bird flu have been confirmed in US zoos, but officials said they won’t order widespread euthanasia of zoo birds the way they have on farms By JOSH FUNK Associated Press April 14, 2022, 7:33 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article OMAHA, Neb. — Two cases of … Read more

What is “stealth omicron?” What we know about the variant so far

What do we know about “stealth omicron” so far? It’s an extra-contagious version of the omicron variantbut it doesn’t seem to cause more severe disease. Since it was first identified in November, BA.2 has been spreading around the globe, driving new surges in parts of Asia and Europe. It’s now the dominant coronavirus version in … Read more

A Harvard nutritionist shares the No. 1 food she eats every day to keep her brain ‘sharp and focused’

Eating the right “brain-boosting foods” can significantly decrease your risk of developing neurological problems, improve your mental health, and help you stay sharp and focused. As a nutritional psychiatrist, a big part of my job is advising patients — especially those who want to improve their brain health or are trying to recover from trauma … Read more

‘Get used to it’: Outbreaks give taste of living with virus

The US is getting a first glimpse of what it’s like to experience COVID-19 outbreaks during this new phase of living with the virus, and the roster of the newly infected is studded with stars. Cabinet members, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Broadway actors and the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut have all tested positive. … Read more

Signs and symptoms of subungual melanoma by US woman who noticed a ‘cool streak’ under her thumbnail for 10 years

A woman who noticed a “cool streak” under her thumbnail for 10 years discovered the brown stripe was actually cancer. Maria Sylvia, from the US, said she first noticed a pale line under her nail bed in 2012 – but she was told it was “likely a mole”. WATCH IN THE VIDEO ABOVE: How woman’s … Read more

Zoos hiding birds as avian flu spreads in North America

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Zoos across North America are moving their birds indoors and away from people and wildlife as they try to protect them from the highly contagious and potentially deadly avian influenza. Penguins may be the only bird visitors to many zoos can see right now, because they already are kept inside and … Read more

How much more expensive groceries are due to inflation, item by item

The cost of groceries keeps rising, and it looks like it’s going to stay that way. Food-at-home prices are expected to increase between 3% and 4% by the end of 2022, according to a recent US Department of Agriculture forecast. This is in addition to the inflated prices you’ve likely noticed already: Grocery prices were … Read more

Darwin notebooks missing for 20 years returned to Cambridge

LONDON (AP) — Two of naturalist Charles Darwin’s notebooks that were reported stolen from Cambridge University’s library have been returned, two decades after they disappeared. The university said Tuesday that the manuscripts were left in the library inside a pink gift bag, along with a note wishing the librarian a Happy Easter. The notebooks, which … Read more