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HealthNews RoundUp - 4th Week of February 2021



Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Details


From the actual documents the company submitted to the FDA and CDC.  The J&J -Janssen Biotech vaccine is a vector vaccine employing a replication-incompetent human adenovirus Ad26 which has been modified to carry the DNA to encode for the CoVid spike proteins.  Once injected, the harmless virus enters human cells and triggers production of spike protein to which your body makes anti-CoVid antibodies and T killer cells.  The vaccine is stored as a refrigerated suspension at 36 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit.   It is supplied in a 5 dose vial and is given as ONE 0.5 ml IM injection containing 50 billion adenoviral particles.   The vaccine does not contain eggs or latex.


It was first tested for safety and immunogenicity in a phase 1 trial of 250 adults and a fu phase 1/2 trial of 1045 adults.  It’s effectiveness was confirmed and safety checked in a randomized blinded phase 3 trial involving 40,000 participants.  An additional phase 3 study is ongoing testing 2 doses of the vaccine for safety and efficiency


The results showed an ability to prevent moderate to critical CoVid infection for all age patients of 66%, for severe/critical cases of up to 84%, for severe/critical cases in 18-59 yrs of 85%, for severe/critical cases in 60 and older of 80%, and for severe/critical cases in 75 years and older 89%.  No fatal CoVid cases occurred in those vaccinated. 


This vaccine was tested in several countries where CoVid variants are spreading and becoming pervasive.  In South Africa: for moderate to severe/critical 64%; for severe/critical 82%.  In Brazil: for moderate to severe/critical 68%; for severe/critical 87%.


The most common adverse local reaction was injection site pain in 49%.  Swelling of armpit lymph noses occurred in 5%.


The 3 most common systemic adverse response were headache in 39%, fatigue in 38%, muscle aches in 33%, nausea in 15%, and fever in 12%.


The Johnson & Johnson Vax is safe and effective.  Get vaccinated and stay alive!


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CoVid: The Hurt That Keeps On Hurting



Nearly one-third of CoVid sufferers continue to report aches and pains for as long as 9 months.  This the finding of University of Washington researchers after studying 177 persons 85% of whom had only a mild CoVid case.


Checking in an average of 6 months after infection, the most common complaints were fatigue, loss of smell and taste, brain fog, trouble breathing, muscle aches, cough, and sore throat.   Persistent symptoms became more prevalent in the older age groups: 27% of those 18 to 39 years had them versus 43% of those 65 years and older.


CoVid all too often becomes a chronic part of your life.  Mask, distance, and wash.


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CoVid Immunity After Infection Then Vaccination



CoVid survivors have only weak immunity to the original Wuhan virus by 4-8 months after infection, and their ability to resist the South African B.1.351 variant is poor.   The good news that a single dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines raises their immunity 1000-fold to the Wuhan strain while their immunity to the South African strain is only 2-3 fold lower.


Seattle investigators studied the sera from 10 participants recovered from CoVid before and after vaccination with an mRNA CoVid vaccine.  One shot of vaccine bumped up protective antibody titers to over 14,000 against the Wuhan and over 5,000 against the South African strain.


#CoVid #vaccine #vaccine #southafrican

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CoVid Vaccines Are Safe



The FDA and CDC now report that only 0.05% of the 13.8 million Moderna and Pfizer vaccine doses resulted in any type of reaction, and only 9% of that tiny number were serious reactions.  


The most common symptoms were headache in 22.4%, fatigue in 16.5%, and dizziness in 16.5%.   More symptoms were noted after the second shot than after the initial one.


There were only 4.5 cases of anaphylactic reactions per million vaccinations.  There were no deaths attributable to the vaccinations.  


These vaccines are extremely safe and effective.  Get yours as soon as you possibly can.


#CoVid #vaccine #moderna #pfizer #reactions

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Asthma No Risk For CoVid



Asthmatics are less likely to contract CoVid.  So say Australian researchers after their meta-analysis of 57 worldwide studies that encompassed 587,200 persons.


The data show that about 7 per 100 asthmatics develop a CoVid infection but 8 per 100 in the general population do so as well.  Asthmatics were 14% less likely to become infected and 13% less likely to require hospitalization.  Once in the hospital, progression to needing the ICU or a vent was not more likely for asthmatics.  Asthmatics are not more likely to die from CoVid.


The investigators conjecture that inhalation therapy including steroids taken by asthmatics reduces the numbers of ACE2-CoVid binding sites in their respiratory linings.


#CoVid #asthma #steroids

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Moderna and Pfizer Vaccines Neutralize CoVid And Variants



Reports on the two mRNA vaccines Americans are receiving were published just days ago in the New England Journal of Medicine by Moderna and Pfizer with their academic collaborators.  Both vaccines trigger antibodies that neutralize the original predominant Wuhan strain and the British B.1.117 variants but have reduced though still lethal activity against the South African B.1.351 variant.


Using sera from vaccinated Americans, the Moderna-NIH team demonstrate equally effective neutralizing antibody levels for the prevalent original strain and the British B.1.1.7 variant.  Moderna-induced antibody is nearly 10-fold less effective against the South African B.1.351 variant, but it does neutralize.


The Pfizer-BioNTech-University of Texas team report the effectiveness of their vaccine-induced antibodies against the prevalent CoVid strain as well as against the South African strain.  The antibody strength against the latter was reduced by two-thirds but still effective.  


As yet, there is no compelling study data on either vaccine for the Brazilian P1 variant.


#CoVid #moderna #pfizer #vaccine #wuhan #b117 #b1351

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CoVid Turns Your Body On Itself



CoVid can trigger autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune, muscle inflammation, and so-called CoVid toes.  For the first time, radiologists at Northwestern University release images of these CoVid-induced maladies.


Using multi-modality imaging including conventional radiography, CT, MR, and ultrasound, the investigators assembled pictoral proof of CoVid attacks on muscle, nerves, joints, bone, and soft tissues including skin.  As radiologists begin to image more patients with CoVid, their abilities to detect viral-induced tissue and organ damage increases.


If you or yours have a CoVid infection with symptoms that are dragging on besides the usual respiratory ones, suggest imaging to search for CoVid-triggered rheumatic and autoimmune type damage.


#CoVid #autoimmune #rheumatic #arthritis #neuritis #myositis

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Primark Nose and Body Piercings On Recall



The CPSC and Primark announce the recall of  two Primark piercings: 5-Pack Nose and Body Bar Piercing.  These items have elevated levels of the mineral nickel which can and often does induce an allergic-type skin irritation.  If you have these, stop using them immediately and return them to the place of purchase or a Primark store for a refund.  If you require more information to determine if your particular piercings are implicated, call Primark at 1-617-946-3236.


#piercings #primark #nickel #recall

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Recall on 10-In-1 Incredible Inventions Science Kits



The CPSC and Anker Play Products are recalling 10-In-1 Incredible Inventions Science Kits. The paint on the red and blue magnet included with this kit exceeds safe federal lead levels.  The labelling on this product also lacks mandated warnings for magnets and balloons. If you bought this kit for your child, do not permit them to use the red and blue magnet.  Contact Anker at 1-877-236-1945 to arrange for a refund.


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Presto Indoor Electric Smoker Recalled



The CPSC and National Presto have a recall on the Presto Indoor Electric Smoker.  The heating element and the associated wiring are defective posing an electric shock hazard.  This cooking device was sold at Shopko, Sears, Kmart, Belk, Veterans Canteen Store and other home appliance stores across the country.  It was sold on line through,,, and  Stop using this device.   Return it to the place of purchase or contact National Presto at 1-833-909-1524 to receive return instructions for a refund.


#cooker #presto #electricshock #recall

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Toro Power Max Snowthrowers Are Recalled



The CPSC and Toro are recalling the Toro Power Max 826 OHAE Snowthrowers with model number 37802.  The auger may fail to disengage when the control lever is released posing a real threat of amputation for the operator or bystanders.  About 6700 of these units have been sold at Ace Hardware, Home Depot, and Toro authorized dealers across the country.  Additional units were sold online via the websites for these retail companies. Immediately stop using this device and contact an authorized Toro dealer for a free repair.  If you require additional information, reach Toro at 1-833-254-8856.


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Recall On J Hunt Home Accent Tables with Charging Receptacles



The CPSC and Jim Lamp recall the J Hunt and J Hunt & Co. Home Accent Tables with Charging Receptacles.  The charging receptacles and USB ports may have electrical issues that could create a shock hazard.  About 99,000 of these tables were sold in the US and 11,000 were sold in Canada.  Immediately stop using the receptacles on these tables.  Contact Jimco Lamp and Manufacturing Co. by calling 1-833-659-0753 to discover if you have one of the affected items and to arrange a replacement or a refund.


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Adam’s Secret Extra Strength Capsules On Recall



The FDA and announce the recall of Adam’s Secret Extra Strength 1500 and Adam’s Secret Extra Strength 3000 capsules.  These products contain undeclared sildenafil and/or tadalafil, better known as Viagra and Cialis.  These are phosphodiesterase inhibitors that may create adverse reactions with medications containing nitrates including nitroglycerin.  If you have these capsules, return them to the place of purchase for a refund.  Those with questions may contact the company via email at


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Recall On Market District Gourmet Chocolate Covered Pretzels



The FDA and Giant Eagle Inc. now recall Market District Gourmet Chocolate Covered Pretzel Platters and Bags with sell by dates of 4/3/21.  The product may contain undeclared pecan allergen.  Those with an allergy to pecan nuts may develop a severe or life-threatening reaction after consuming this product.  These products were sold in the Township of Pine Market District and the Settle’s Ridge Market District in PA and in the Portage Crossing Market District in Ohio.  If you purchased these products, dispose of them or return them with a qualifying receipt to your local Giant Eagle or Market District store for a refund.  For more information, call Giant Eagle Customer Crew art 1-800-553-2324.


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Queso Fresco Products Are Recalled



The FDA and El Abuelito Cheese now recall all Quesco Fresco products with sell dates through 3/28/21 due to the possibility that they are contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.  This micro-organism may cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in the very young, elders, or in the immunocompromised.  It may cause miscarriages and stillbirths.  El Abuelito products were sold in CT, NJ, PA, NY; Rio Grande Food Products sold  in VA, NC, MD; and Rio Lindo products sold in in NC and MD. If you bought any of these products, don’t consume them but return them to the place of purchase for a refund.  Call El Abuelito at 1-973-345-3503 with questions.


#queso #elabuelito #riogrande #riolindo #listeria #recall

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