Study finds Pfizer’s antiviral has little or even zero benefit for younger adults, and WHO says BA.5 omicron subvariant accounted for 74% of cases in latest week

Study finds Pfizer's antiviral has little or even zero benefit for younger adults, and WHO says BA.5 omicron subvariant accounted for 74% of cases in latest week

Pfizer’s COVID antiviral Paxlovid appears to have little or no benefit for younger adults, although it still reduces the risk of hospitalization or death in seniors, according to a new Israeli study. Data from the 109,000-patient study may renew questions about the US government’s use of Paxlovid, which has become the go-to treatment for COVID-19 … Read more

Here’s everything new to Netflix in September 2022 — and what’s leaving

Here's everything new to Netflix in September 2022 -- and what's leaving

After a blockbuster summer, Netflix’s release schedule is easing up a bit in September, though it will have new seasons of some fan favorites and at least one potential Oscar-contending original movie. “Cobra Kai” (Sept. 9), the popular “Karate Kid” spinoff, returns its fifth season, with Daniel (Ralph Maccio) and Johnny (William Zabka) joining forces … Read more

AMC’s ‘APEs’ start trading today — what will the potential windfall mean for the meme stock and cinema chain?

AMC's 'APEs' start trading today — what will the potential windfall mean for the meme stock and cinema chain?

AMC Entertainment’s AMC Preferred Equity Units, or APEs, could open the door to substantial additional capital for the same stock darling when they start trading on the New York Stock Exchange Monday. Earlier this month, in a surprise move, AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. AMC, -5.51% announced its preferred equity unit, or “APE” special dividend. The … Read more

Polio and the monkeypox outbreak demonstrate a ‘heightened focus’ on viruses

Polio and the monkeypox outbreak demonstrate a 'heightened focus' on viruses

Two-plus years of COVID-19, and people are thinking differently about viruses. The US this month declared monkeypox a public health emergency, and people at high risk of getting the virus — particularly men who have sex with men — are lining up in city streets to get vaccinated. An avian flu outbreak that pushed egg … Read more

Ivermectin among generic drugs that failed to help COVID-19 patients avoid hospitalization, large study shows

Ivermectin among generic drugs that failed to help COVID-19 patients avoid hospitalization, large study shows

A new study found three generic drugs — fluvoxamine, which is often prescribed to treat depression, the controversial antimalarial ivermectin, and the diabetes pill metformin — failed to prevent the kind of severe COVID-19 that leads to an emergency-room visit or hospitalization. The research, published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine, examined whether … Read more

FAANGs ain’t what they used to be, so beware the bear-market bounce says this hedge fund manager

FAANGs ain't what they used to be, so beware the bear-market bounce says this hedge fund manager

It’s been some rally. The S&P 500 SPX is starting the week at a seven-week high, bolstered by hopes for a less hawkish Fed and a sense that earnings pessimism was overdone. The benchmark stock index is up 12.6% from the recent low hit md-June, having delivered its best July performance since 1939, according to … Read more

Opinion: Is Mark Zuckerberg taking the first step toward turning Facebook into Yahoo 2.0?

Opinion: Is Mark Zuckerberg taking the first step toward turning Facebook into Yahoo 2.0?

Yahoo was once the most popular website on the planet, the only place that everyone on the internet seemed to touch at least once an online session. After an ignominious slide, however, Yahoo is just another site that has some fans in certain parts of Asia and offers some niche products. Has Mark Zuckerberg launched … Read more

Sorry, Kardashian clan: Instagram shifting more to videos to keep up with users

Sorry, Kardashian clan: Instagram shifting more to videos to keep up with users

““I need to be honest: I do believe that more and more of Instagram is going to become video over time.”” That was Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, responding to complaints from users including Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner that the Meta-owned META, +5.03% social network built on photo-sharing is trying to copy TikTok … Read more

Here’s everything coming to Netflix in August 2022 — and what’s leaving

Here's everything coming to Netflix in August 2022 -- and what's leaving

“Stranger Things” kicked off the summer with a bang, and Netflix is ​​looking to end the season with another fan-favorite blockbuster. “The Sandman” (Aug. 5), based on Neil Gaiman’s iconic comic series, stars Tom Sturridge as Dream, aka Morpheus, aka The Sandman, a cosmic being who controls all dreams who must travel time and space … Read more