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Pandemic Drives Largest Drop in Life Expectancy Since WWII
Pandemic Drives Largest Drop in Life Expectancy Since WWII

U.S. life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest overall decline since World War II, the Centers for Disease Control reported Wednesday. The decline to 77.3 years was driven by the coronavirus pandemic, the CDC’s...

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McConnell Urges Americans: 'Get Vaccinated' as Cases Spike
McConnell Urges Americans: 'Get Vaccinated' as Cases Spike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell implored unvaccinated Americans Tuesday to take the COVID-19 shot, issuing a stark and grave warning of a repeat of last year's rising caseloads and shutdowns if people refuse to protect themselves from...

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Global Summit Leaders Aim to End Sexual Exploitation

The Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Online Global Summit, hosted by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, is holding a week-long event, July 20-24, that brings together professionals from sexual abuse and exploitation sectors to discuss how to connect, educate...


Canada to Let Vaccinated US Citizens Enter Country on Aug. 9

TORONTO (AP) — Canada announced Monday it will begin letting fully vaccinated U.S. citizens into Canada on Aug. 9, and those from the rest of the world on Sept. 7. Officials said the 14-day quarantine requirement will be waived as...


Data Shows ‘Major Backsliding’ in Routine Childhood Vaccinations

The World Health Organization and UNICEF recently released data regarding the state of vaccinations across the world showing that there has been a major backsliding in childhood vaccinations. “Vaccination coverage had stalled for a number of years, but this year...


Number of Infected Texas Lawmakers Who Fled State Rises to 5

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two more Texas lawmakers who left their state to hobble efforts to pass new voting restrictions have tested positive for the coronavirus, raising to five the number of infected people in the delegation. State Rep. Trey Martinez...


Court Blocks Order Lifting CDC Virus Rules on Cruise Ships
Court Blocks Order Lifting CDC Virus Rules on Cruise Ships

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pandemic restrictions on Florida-based cruise ships will remain in place after a federal appeals court temporarily blocked a previous ruling that sided with a Florida lawsuit challenging the regulations. The one-paragraph decision by a three-judge...

California's Most Populated County Brings Back Masks as COVID-19 Cases Surge
California's Most Populated County Brings Back Masks as COVID-19 Cases Surge

LOS ANGELES- Everyone, whether or not they're fully vaccinated, will have to wear a mask indoors, according to an order from Los Angeles County, by far the largest county by population in California, the U.S.'s most populated state. The county...

Parent Sues D.C. Health Dept. Over Law on Child Vaccinations
Parent Sues D.C. Health Dept. Over Law on Child Vaccinations

WASHINGTON -- The father of a 16-year-old girl is suing the District of Columbia Department of Health over its new law that allows children as young as 11 years old to get vaccinated without parental consent. The lawsuit in U.S....

Researchers Find COVID can Cause Disruption in the Brain
Researchers Find COVID can Cause Disruption in the Brain

Stanford researchers recently published a study which examines the brains of those who died from COVID-19, finding they resembled those with Alzheimer's disease and other degenerative conditions.  “We want to understand how the brain responds to this virus and people with...

COVID-19 Back-to-School Guidance for In-Person Learning
COVID-19 Back-to-School Guidance for In-Person Learning

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its guidance for COVID-19 prevention in K-12 schools, as back-to-school season approaches this fall and students return to in-person learning.  The guidance encourages all schools to offer vaccinations to end the...

Device Taps Brain Waves to Help Paralyzed Man Communicate
Device Taps Brain Waves to Help Paralyzed Man Communicate

In a medical first, researchers harnessed the brain waves of a paralyzed man unable to speak — and turned what he intended to say into sentences on a computer screen. It will take years of additional research but the study,...

Virologists Urge Finding COVID-19’s Origin To Prevent Future Pandemics
Virologists Urge Finding COVID-19’s Origin To Prevent Future Pandemics

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel called a group of virologists together Wednesday to figure out the source of the COVID-19 virus but ended their hearing by concluding they still don’t know. However, they did agree the virus that has killed...

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Blue Dogs Call on Congress to Investigate Origins of COVID-19
Blue Dogs Call on Congress to Investigate Origins of COVID-19

The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats is calling on House and Senate leaders to establish a bipartisan commission to assess the United States preparation and response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the origins of the virus. The letter, which...

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DeGette, Bucshon Lead Bipartisan Push to Improve Diagnostic Testing

WASHINGTON - Reps. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and Dr. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., are leading a renewed bipartisan drive to improve the nation’s diagnostic testing capabilities and ensure hospitals and laboratories across the country are better able to respond to future national...


Commerce Secretary Says Aging Population Will Hit US Like ‘Ton of Bricks’

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said Monday that the United States’ aging population will hit the economy “like a ton of bricks” without increased federal aid for at-home elder and disabled care. Raimondo made the comments during an interview with Reuters,...


UK Study Finds Athletes More Likely to Have Irregular Heartbeats

Athletes are two and half times more likely than non-athletes to experience irregular heartbeats, a new analysis by the British Journal of Sports Medicine finds. For the analysis, researchers from Canterbury Christ Church University analyzed 13 studies published between 1990...


Chronic Stress Can Wreak Havoc on Your Mind and Body

Feeling constantly under attack? According to a new report on the Mayo Clinic website, it may just be a case of your body naturally treating minor hassles as full-blown threats. But you don’t have to let stress control your life,...


Pandemic Reawakens Trauma for Those Living with HIV
Pandemic Reawakens Trauma for Those Living with HIV

The impact of COVID-19 has been traumatic for many, but for those living with HIV the pandemic may have reawakened feelings of social exclusion and fear with receiving a positive status.  “I'm an HIV positive person and I just survived...

US Overdose Deaths Hit Record 93,000 in Pandemic Last Year
US Overdose Deaths Hit Record 93,000 in Pandemic Last Year

NEW YORK (AP) — Overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government reported Wednesday. That estimate far eclipses the high of about 72,000 drug overdose deaths reached the previous...

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