Tagging migrating whimbrel shorebirds
Whimbrel are dramatically declining in numbers due to the pressures of climate change encroaching upon the birds' habitats and migratory routes. So, it was a shock when ornithologists discovered that 20,000 eastern whimbrel – half of the estimated population – stopped to roost on South Carolina's tiny Deveaux Bank during their annual migration. Correspondent Martha Teichner joins experts as they attempt to capture and tag some of these birds, to learn more about them in order to best help them survive.news.yahoo.com
Yes, you can take OTC pain meds after getting the Covid vaccine, says CDC — plus other tips for dealing with side effects
Covid vaccines come with some side effects, which is a sign that your immune system is getting to work and mounting protection to the virus. Should you take OTC medications before getting the vaccine? Taking OTC pain medications ahead of your shot to try and decrease symptoms is not recommended by the CDC, because it's not clear how that could affect the vaccine's effectiveness. Research on children has shown that those who take acetaminophen before getting vaccines have a lower immune response than those who didn't. The exception is for people who normally take these types of OTC pain medications as part of their routine to manage another medical condition.cnbc.com
2020 Offshore Technology Conference canceled in Houston
HOUSTON – The 2020 Offshore Technology Conference has been canceled in Houston due to the coronavirus pandemic. The conference, which has been in Houston since 1969, is a huge event that attracts thousands. The conference features energy professionals, who discuss scientistic and technical advancements for offshore resources and environmental matters. Cindy Yeilding, OTC chairperson released the following statement:“As we navigate these difficult and uncertain times, it is with a heavy heart that the OTC Board of Directors has determined that it is in our best interest to cancel OTC 2020. OTC plans on holding their 2021 conference May 3-6.
Sanofi issues voluntary recall of Zantac OTC medication
Drew Angerer/Getty Images(CNN) - Sanofi says it's voluntarily recalling its over-the-counter heartburn drug Zantac in the U.S. and Canada because of concerns of potential cancer risks. The FDA has said that some ranitidine medications -- including those known by the brand name Zantac -- contain low levels of an impurity that could cause cancer. Numerous recalls have been launched as the FDA found "unacceptable levels" of nitrosamines in several of those common drugs containing valsartan. Yet that study also noted that research into long-term cancer risk is needed. "Sanofi encourages anyone using Zantac OTC to speak with their health care providers or pharmacists if they have any additional questions," the company's statement said.