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White House Steps Up Effort to Encourage COVID Shots for Adolescents
White House Steps Up Effort to Encourage COVID Shots for Adolescents

The White House is stepping up its efforts to encourage the parents of adolescents age 12-15 to get their kids vaccinated against COVID-19.Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer BioN-Tech vaccine...

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Researchers Developing Sensor Able to Detect COVID-19 in the Air
Researchers Developing Sensor Able to Detect COVID-19 in the Air

Researchers from Emory University are working on a National Institutes of Health-supported project to develop a sensor capable of detecting COVID-19 in the air, called Rolosense.  “It’s tricky to anticipate what the real-world implementation will be of this technology, but...

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Study: Children up to Age 9 Unlikely to Spread COVID-19

According to a recent study which followed a cohort of Israeli children there is little chance that kids up to age 9 will spread COVID-19 while returning to school.    “The main question was whether school reopening was accompanied by higher...


COVID-19 Pet Boom Has Veterinarians Backlogged, Burned Out

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — During the gloomiest stretches of the pandemic, Dr. Diona Krahn's veterinary clinic has been a puppy fest, overrun with new four-legged patients.  Typically, she'd get three or four new puppies a week, but between shelter...


FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Emergency Use in Adolescents

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been approved for emergency use for adolescents ages 12 to 15 years of age.  “Parents and guardians can rest assured that the agency undertook a rigorous...


Nitrate in Drinking Water May Increase Odds of Preterm Birth

A recent study from Stanford University indicates that nitrate in drinking water is associated with increased odds of spontaneous preterm birth.  “One single study does not conclusively prove that nitrate exposure causes preterm birth, but it is a clear indication...


Biden Strengthens Protections for LGBTQ Health Care
Biden Strengthens Protections for LGBTQ Health Care

The Biden Administration announced Monday it will interpret federal non-discrimination provisions as protecting the LGBTQ community against discrimination in health care.   The move, which was announced through the Department of Health and Human Services, means the Office for Civil Rights...

States Push Jobless From Virus Recession to Return to Work
States Push Jobless From Virus Recession to Return to Work

STOWE, Vt. (AP) — Eduardo Rovetto is hoping the state of Vermont's reinstated requirement that people who are collecting unemployment benefits must seek work to qualify will help him hire enough staff for his restaurant in the resort town of...

Biden: 1M Sign Up for Health Care During Special Enrollment
Biden: 1M Sign Up for Health Care During Special Enrollment

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that 1 million Americans had signed up for health insurance under "Obamacare" during a special enrollment period for those needing coverage during the coronavirus pandemic. Biden reopened the HealthCare.gov insurance markets in...

How Income Volatility Impacts Health Decisions
How Income Volatility Impacts Health Decisions

This week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics released data that the U.S. birth rate is the lowest it’s been since 1979, and one theory on why this is happening is younger individuals who...

Transportation Official Says Security is Good for Airline Travel
Transportation Official Says Security is Good for Airline Travel

WASHINGTON -- A top Transportation Security Administration official gave an upbeat outlook to Congress Wednesday for a return to normal travel habits as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides in the United States. He said the agency would continue its pandemic health...

DOJ to Appeal Federal Judge Ruling on CDC Eviction Moratorium
DOJ to Appeal Federal Judge Ruling on CDC Eviction Moratorium

WASHINGTON — After a federal judge ruled on Wednesday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium on evictions exceeded the agency's authority, the Department of Justice announced it would appeal the decision. U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich authored...

Women in the Rockies Use Horses for Healing
Women in the Rockies Use Horses for Healing

About 6 miles outside of a tiny town called Granby, Colo.,  is a little ranching community called C Lazy U Ranch nestled 8,000 feet high aside the cusp of the towering Rocky Mountains.  Entering the ranch is a dusty dirt...

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US Backs Waiving Intellectual Property Rules on Vaccines
US Backs Waiving Intellectual Property Rules on Vaccines

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it will support efforts to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines in an effort to speed the end of the pandemic. United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced the government’s position...

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Parents Excited Over Prospect of Virus Shots for Children

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — After more than a year of fretting over her 13-year son with a rare liver disease, Heather Ousley broke into tears when she learned that he and millions of other youngsters could soon be eligible for...


How the Pandemic Is Shaping Policies for Smoke-Free Air in Casinos

Nathan Moose, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, developed permanent lung damage equivalent to that of a heavy smoker, despite never having smoked a day in his life.   Moose was an employee of a casino for 11 years that...


Sensor Tool Lights the Way For Non-Hallucinogenic Drug Development

Last week researchers at the University of California, Davis, published a study about a genetically encoded sensor called “PsychLight,” capable of detecting hallucinogenic compounds in the brain of mice, and how those compounds bind to receptors.  “The most shocking thing...


Govs. Murphy, Lamont and Cuomo Announce Easing of Pandemic Restrictions

The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on Monday announced the easing of pandemic restrictions on businesses, gatherings and venues in their respective states.  In a joint release, Govs. Andrew Cuomo of New York, Phil Murphy of New...


White House Aims to Have 70% of Americans Vaccinated by July 4
White House Aims to Have 70% of Americans Vaccinated by July 4

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration wants COVID-19 shots to go where the demand is, and will begin moving doses from states with lower demand to those where the interest in getting the vaccines is stronger -- all with an eye...

Romney, Whitmer, Among Those Tapped for Special Profile in Courage Awards
Romney, Whitmer, Among Those Tapped for Special Profile in Courage Awards

BOSTON - Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Michigan's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will be among the honorees on May 26 when the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation bestows its next slate of Profile in Courage awards. Romney is being honored...

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