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As Cost of Living Rises, Many Around the Globe Worry About Their Financial Future

By Staff
Thursday, May 12, 2022 3:16 PM With the cost of living rising dramatically around the world in 2022, many households are starting to look nervously at their bank balance. After two years of a pandemic which proved particularly bruising for those working in certain industries, rising inflation is now adding insult to injury. 

Of the countries surveyed by Statista for the Global Consumer Survey, Russia stood out the most. There, with extensive international sanctions hitting the economy hard due to the invasion of Ukraine, a majority of 52 percent of the adults surveyed said they are worried about their financial future.

As the Statista infographic shows, South Africa, Brazil and Spain weren't too far behind, registering results in the mid-forties. Roughly a third of adults responding in the U.S., India, Germany and the United Kingdom professed to having concerns about their financial situation going forward. 

As much as Russia stands out at the top of the scale, China is conspicuous in its almost-absence from the ranking—there, just 16 percent said they are currently worried. Click here to read the full story.

Here's What the White House's Grim Coronavirus Warning Means for You

By Staff
Thursday, May 12, 2022 12:04 AM Because this virus is much more manageable … people are much more complacent. I understand that; we are going onto year three. People want to go back to enjoying the life they knew before this pandemic. At the same time, it's important that people realize we are still in a pandemic. … That is the reality. And it's not just shaped by what's happening here in the U.S. It's shaped by what’s happening around the world.

BHVI Launches Myopia Awareness Week 2022

By Staff
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 12:15 AM SYDNEY, Australia—BHVI (Brien Holden Vision Institute), the Australian not-for-profit organization with an international focus on vision research, has announced the launch of Myopia Awareness Week for 2022, a global initiative relaunched in 2021, to bring attention to the growing epidemic of myopia in children across the world.

COVID Drove Telehealth Forward in High Gear: Now What?

By Staff
Friday, May 6, 2022 8:42 AM Before the pandemic hit in 2019, Pooja Aysola, MD, considered herself lucky because she could tap into telehealth for neurology consults in her work as an emergency department physician.

How Parents’ Views of Their Kids’ Screen Time and Social Media Use Changed During COVID-19

By Staff
Thursday, May 5, 2022 11:03 AM When Pew Research Center fielded a survey of U.S. parents at the beginning of March 2020, they knew the conversation around children and technology was at the forefront of many parents’ minds. Yet no one knew just how relevant that conversation would become in the months ahead. In April 2021, the Center followed up with many of the same parents they surveyed in March 2020 to check in on their children’s use of technology and social media during the pandemic.

Here is a closer look at what these parents had to say about their young child, including how the experiences they reported in 2021 compared with their responses from 2020.

In April 2021, about eight-in-ten parents of a child who was age 11 or younger at the time of the first interview (81 percent) said their kid ever used or interacted with a tablet computer—even if just to watch videos or listen to music—up from 68 percent in March 2020. About seven-in-ten (71 percent) said the same thing about their kid’s use of a smartphone, up from 63 percent the year before. And 51 percent of parents with a young child said their child used a game console or portable game device in 2021, up slightly from 2020.

Parents increasingly expressed worry about the amount of time their child was spending on devices. When asked about screen time in April 2021, a quarter of all parents of a young child said that their child spent too much time on a smartphone; about the same share (23 percent) said their child spent too much time playing video games; and about one-in-ten (8 percent) said the same about time on social media sites.

Second COVID-19 Boosters Face Lack of Enthusiasm

By Staff
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 8:06 AM Over half of practicing U.S. doctors are prepared to recommend a second COVID-19 booster shot for eligible patients, even though only 36 percent of doctors believe that current evidence supports that fourth dose, a recent survey shows.

Carnival Cruise Ship Passengers Say COVID Overwhelmed Ship

By Staff
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 8:02 AM SEATTLE—Passengers on a Carnival Cruise Ship that docked Tuesday in Seattle say more than 100 people aboard the ship tested positive for COVID-19 and the ship was overwhelmed.

Prevent Blindness to Hold First-Ever A.S.P.E.C.T. Patient Advocacy and Engagement Summit May 9-11 in Washington, D.C.

By Staff
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 12:27 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, will be holding the inaugural A.S.P.E.C.T. Patient Advocacy and Engagement Summit, May 9-11, 2022, at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Summit will bring together trainees, allies, and program sponsors from across the country. Founded in 2020, the A.S.P.E.C.T. (Advocacy, Support, Perspective Empowerment, Communication and Training) Patient Engagement program at  Prevent Blindness aims to equip participants with knowledge, skills, and confidence to become advocates for vision and eye health at the individual, peer-to-peer, community, state, and/or national levels.

The Beauty Market Is Booming, Thanks to ‘Clean’ Products

By Staff
Monday, May 2, 2022 1:48 PM Market research firm Stella Rising keeps a close eye on the beauty products market, and they recently cited a new Nielsen and Mintel survey, “Clean Beauty, U.S.” indicating that domestic sales of beauty products in 2022 have increased 16 percent over 2021, to $88.7 billion. Notably, 62 percent consumers view clean beauty products as safer, and 65 percent report they are using more clean beauty products than they were last year.

Paxlovid Doesn't Prevent Infection in Households, Pfizer Says

By Staff
Monday, May 2, 2022 8:02 AM Paxlovid works as a treatment for COVID-19 but not as a preventive measure, particularly if you've been exposed to the coronavirus through a household member who is infected, according to a new announcement from Pfizer.

FDA Advisors Make Moves on Vaccines for Kids

By Staff
Monday, May 2, 2022 5:43 AM The FDA's panel of independent advisors has plans to meet next month in order to discuss the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for children under age 5, as well as the Novavax vaccine for adults. The Novavax vaccine is already approved in over three dozen countries worldwide, WebMD reports, including most of Europe. Head over to WebMD for everything we know on these important upcoming meetings.

Fauci Clarifies 'Out of the Pandemic Phase' Comment as Experts Agree

By Staff
Friday, April 29, 2022 8:06 AM Turns out it was just a phase. As the nation's top infectious disease expert, what Anthony Fauci, MD, says carries considerable weight, and his statement that the U.S. was “out of the pandemic phase” Tuesday made national headlines.

It's Dangerous to Deny the CDC's Right to Mandate Masks

By Staff
Friday, April 29, 2022 8:02 AM Masks are in the news again but not necessarily for good reasons. A federal court judge in Florida struck down the Biden administration's mask mandate. The mandate was going to run out anyway within a couple of weeks, but when the court struck it down, it basically said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just didn't have the authority to enforce a mask mandate in public places like airports, train stations, on airlines, and in other places.

Is 9 to 5 Working in 2022?

By Staff
Thursday, April 28, 2022 2:04 PM After having had a taste of remote working through the pandemic, employees are now yearning for even greater flexibility when it comes to their working hours. According to a report by Adobe, 51 percent of enterprise employees would like to have complete flexibility when it comes to their schedule, in contrast to only 16 percent of respondents who said their ideal work week would have no flexibility at all, but rather “start and end work according to a set work schedule.”

The 2021 report, titled The Future of Time, states that this desire for a flexi approach was found in all seven of the surveyed countries, including the U.K., U.S., Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, and Japan. Of these, Germans were the keenest group to embrace flexible working hours, with 56 percent of respondents supporting it. They were also the group with the highest percentage of people currently experiencing a flexible lifestyle, at 39 percent. 

Japan currently has the lowest share of people working flexible hours out of the seven countries surveyed, at only 12 percent, but it too had nearly half (48 percent) of respondents stating they’d like to work in a less restrictive manner in the future if possible.