EU clashes with Big Pharma to make drugs cheaper – POLITICO

The EU wants to give European consumers access to more medicines, faster and at lower cost — and he fights with the pharmaceutical industry in the process. A draft plan to overhaul EU pharmaceutical laws – a copy of which was obtained by POLITICO — would see the European Commission take away the benefits currently … Read more

Safer Internet Day is a good time to review security

What are your plans for next Tuesday? It’s a rhetorical question, but whatever they are, I have one more thing to add. February 7 is Safer Internet Day, when people around the world will stop to reflect and discuss how to make the Internet a safer and better place for their families, communities, workplaces and … Read more

Covid-19 is one of the leading causes of death among children in the United States, despite a relatively low death rate

CNN — Covid-19 has become the eighth leading cause of death among children in the United States, according to a study published on Monday. Children are significantly less likely to die from Covid-19 than any other age group – less than 1% of all deaths since the start of the pandemic have been among those … Read more

China’s $6 trillion consumer market pulls out of a slump

BEIJING — China’s consumption recovery from zero-Covid is off to a strong start — after a depressing fourth quarter. When Michelin-starred restaurant Dreaming reopened on Thursday after a Lunar New Year break, it was fully booked, said Edward Suen, chief operating officer of the Guangzhou site. Reservations for the next three days were close to … Read more

The paradigm shifts of yesterday, today, tomorrow

It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while there is a major technology paradigm shift with new products or services that dramatically change the landscape or allow us to do things we couldn’t do before. These paradigm shifts can also change the way technology affects our lives for better and for worse and … Read more

FDA wants to simplify use and update of Covid-19 vaccines

CNN — The US Food and Drug Administration wants to simplify the Covid-19 vaccination process to be more like what happens with the flu vaccine, according to documents posted on Monday. This could include streamlining vaccine composition, vaccination schedules and periodic updates of Covid-19 vaccines. The FDA said it plans to evaluate circulating strains of … Read more

Flu, Covid-19 and RSV are all trending lower for the first time in months

CNN — A difficult respiratory virus season in the United States appears to be easing as three major respiratory viruses that have hit the country in recent months are finally all trending down at the same time. A new dataset from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the number of emergency … Read more

Elton John’s estranged half-brother, 56, brings ceremonial ‘religious’ trident to court

The half-brother of music legend Elton John brought a ceremonial trident to court today before he was fined for having magic mushrooms. Geoff Dwight, 56, from Ruthin, North Wales, pleaded guilty to possession of Class A drugs at his home in December 2021 and was today fined £120 and ordered to pay £119 costs to … Read more

Controversial new research suggests SARS-CoV-2 bears signs of genetic engineering

Two recent publications seem to have reinforced the thesis of a natural origin linked to a “wet market” in Wuhan. These markets sell live animals, often housed in poor conditions, and are known to be sites where new pathogens pass from animals to humans. The first cases of covid-19 clustered around this market.But critics counter … Read more

When young children test positive for Covid-19 and another respiratory virus, their illness is much more severe, new study finds

CNN — When Covid-19 patients under the age of 5 also test positive for another respiratory virus, they tend to get sicker and develop more severe disease, a new study has found. Among hospitalized children under age 5, testing positive for Covid-19 and another respiratory virus at the same time is associated with about twice … Read more