Children’s mental health tops list of parent worries, survey finds

CNN — Forty percent of US parents are “extremely” or “very” worried that their children will struggle with anxiety or depression at some point, a new survey finds. The Pew Research Center report said mental health was the greatest concern among parents, followed by bullying, which worries 35% of parents. These concerns trumped fears of … Read more

WHO says Covid-19 remains a global health emergency, but pandemic is at a ‘transition point’

CNN — Covid-19 remains a global health emergency, the World Health Organization said on Monday, but it acknowledged the pandemic is at a “transition point.” WHO’s International Health Regulations Emergency Committee discussed the pandemic on Friday at its 14th meeting on Covid-19, and Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus agreed that the public health emergency of international … Read more

Weight loss surgery extends lives, study finds

CNN — Weight loss surgery reduces the risk of premature death, especially from such obesity-related conditions as cancer, diabetes and heart disease, according to a new 40-year study of nearly 22,000 people who had bariatric surgery in Utah. Compared with those of similar weight, people who underwent one of four types of weight loss surgery … Read more

Updated Covid-19 boosters continue to offer substantial protection even against the rapidly spreading XBB.1.5 subvariant

CNN — The updated Covid-19 boosters are cutting the risk that a person will get sick from the coronavirus by about half, even against infections caused by the rapidly spreading XBB.1.5 subvariant. New studies, conducted by researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are among the first looks at how the bivalent … Read more

Recently identified inflammatory disease VEXAS syndrome may be more common than thought, study suggests

CNN — David Adams spent half a decade fighting an illness he couldn’t name. He was in and out of the hospital several times per year. His inflamed joints made his hands feel like they had been squeezed into gloves – and he could no longer play his beloved classical and jazz guitars. He had … Read more

Pandemic unemployment benefits fraud likely tops $60 billing. House GOP to start investigating next week

CNN — More than $60 billion may have been paid out in fraudulent unemployment insurance benefits during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a report released Monday by the US Government Accountability Office. The watchdog agency, however, warned that the estimate has limitations and should be interpreted with caution. The actual amount of pandemic unemployment benefits … Read more

Many women underestimate breast density as a risk factor for breast cancer, studies show

CNN — Dense breast tissue has been associated with up to a four times higher risk of breast cancer. However, a new study suggests few women view breast density as a significant risk factor. The study, published in JAMA Network Opensurveyed 1,858 women aged 40 to 76 years from 2019 to 2020 who reported having … Read more

Jeff Zients to replace Ron Klain as White House chief of staff

CNN — Jeff Zients, who ran President Joe Biden‘s Covid-19 response effort and served in high-ranking roles in the Obama administration, is expected to replace Ron Klain as the next White House chief of staff, according to three people briefed on the matter. Klain is expected to step down in the coming weeks. The move … Read more

How Big Tech’s pandemic bubble burst

new york CNN — In January 2021, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke in lofty terms about how the first year of the pandemic had sparked a staggering shift towards online services, benefiting his company in the process. “What we have witnessed over the past year is the dawn of a second wave of digital transformation … Read more

Here are the companies that have laid off employees this year

new york CNN — Just this week, Alphabet, Google’s parent company, Microsoft (MSFT) and Vox Media announced layoffs that will affect more than 22,000 workers. Their moves follow on the heels of job cuts earlier this month at Amazon, Goldman Sachs and Salesforce. More companies are expected to do the same as firms that aggressively … Read more