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The Retail Industry Is Facing a Potential Wave of Bankruptcies—Here’s Why

By Staff
Thursday, June 23, 2022 7:00 AM Consumers aren’t just buying less stuff, they are shopping less, which means a loss of the impulse-shopping moments that are critical to retail growth.

Parents Get in Line to Vaccinate Their Babies

By Staff
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 10:46 AM Following approval from the FDA and other regulators last week, the U.S. has begun offering COVID-19 vaccines to children as young as six months. Head over to Reuters to learn more about some of the first children and babies to get vaccinated against COVID-19, what their parents have to say and what we can expect to change as more and more vaccines roll out.

Retail Sales Slow as Inflations Fears Rise

By Staff
Monday, June 20, 2022 2:09 PM The National Retail Federation (NRF) is reporting a significant slowdown in retail sales this past May due to growing inflation fears. According to the US Census Bureau, sales in May were down by 0.3 percent from April, but remained up 8.1 percent year over year. A recent review of figures by the NRF, however, found that May sales were unchanged seasonally, but rose slightly by 6.7 percent year over year, while April sales were up 5.5 percent year over year. 

The NRF found May sales to be higher in eight out of nine categories, with building materials, stores, online sales and groceries seeing the most sales.  

“There’s been little relief from inflation, and we expected some cooling off in sales in reaction to prices, NRF chief economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “There have been swings across sectors that reflect the impact of both higher prices and supply chain disturbances, and higher interest rates are expected to curb spending going forward. As inflation continues, consumers are looking for ways to stretch their dollars by saving less, tapping into savings accumulated during the pandemic and increasing their use of credit.”

Stop Checking Your 401k So Much

By Staff
Thursday, June 16, 2022 12:04 AM A lot of times people are looking headlines about the stock market crashing—that’s really meant for shock value. They’re trying to get people to click on the links and they want eyeballs on the screen. That’s not intended to be advice that anybody should be acting on in their retirement accounts.

Consumer Interest in Vision Benefits Is Rising, Led by Virtual Eyecare Options, Versant Study Finds

By Staff
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 12:27 AM BALTIMORE—Consumer opinions of the value of vision care as part of whole-body health are rising, according to the results of Versant Health’s newly released third annual Vision Wellness Study. The study also found that more people agree that the ability to identify both eye diseases and chronic health conditions are highly valuable services offered by eye doctors. Additionally, Versant found that the use of virtual eyecare options—including telemedicine, tech-enabled communication, and online eyewear shopping—have both increased year-over year and influence consumer's insurance benefits decisions.

Travel and COVID Testing

By Staff
Friday, June 10, 2022 10:56 AM The Biden administration has lifted the requirement that international air travelers coming to the U.S. take a COVID-19 test at least one day before boarding their flights. Head over to HuffPost for more on this change, including what it means for travel and COVID containment. 

FDA Panel Strongly Backs Protein-Based Novavax COVID Vaccine

By Staff
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 7:58 AM A federal advisory panel strongly supported a bid for Novavax to win U.S. emergency authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine.

More Than 82 Million COVID Vaccine Doses Wasted in U.S.: Report

By Staff
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 7:58 AM The U.S. threw out 82.1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses between December 2020 and mid-May 2022, tossing about 11 percent of the doses distributed.

5 Ways to Future-Proof Your Telehealth Program

By Staff
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 12:04 AM The pandemic accelerated the consumerization of care: Conditioned to expect seamless encounters from other industries like banking and retail, health care consumers have begun—and will continue—to demand health interactions that center on choice, convenience and experience.

1 in 4 Senior Adult COVID Survivors Experiences Long COVID

By Staff
Monday, June 6, 2022 6:10 AM About 1 in 4 Americans over age 65 and 1 in 5 adults under 65 experienced “long COVID” or “post-COVID” symptoms after surviving a coronavirus infection, according to a new study from the CDC.

Long COVID in Older Adults: An Elusive Geriatric Syndrome

By Staff
Monday, June 6, 2022 6:08 AM A recent report from the CDC said that nearly 60 percent of Americans, including 75 percent of children and adolescents, have been infected by SARS-CoV-2 as of February. As the virus continues to linger and mutate, that number will continue to rise, leading to higher rates of long COVID: a wide range of symptoms that can last more than 4 weeks or longer after the initial infection.

Special Olympics Drops Vaccine Mandate After Fine Threat

By Staff
Monday, June 6, 2022 6:05 AM The Special Olympics dropped its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for thousands of participants at its national competition in Orlando after the State of Florida threatened to levy a $27 million fine.

U.S. Doctors Reconsider Pfizer's Paxlovid for Lower-Risk COVID Patients

By Staff
Monday, June 6, 2022 6:03 AM Use of Pfizer Inc's COVID-19 antiviral Paxlovid spiked earlier this month, but some doctors are reconsidering the pills for lower-risk patients after a U.S. public health agency warned that symptoms can recur after people complete a course of the drug, and that they should then isolate a second time.

FDA Advisers Consider Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine This Week

By Staff
Monday, June 6, 2022 6:00 AM The FDA’s vaccine advisors are scheduled to meet on Tuesday to consider authorizing the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine.

People With Food Allergies Have Lower COVID Risk

By Staff
Friday, June 3, 2022 7:58 AM People with food allergies have 50 percent less risk of becoming infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 than people who don’t have food allergies, a National Institutes of Health study found.