Health

Researchers Developing Sensor Able to Detect COVID-19 in the Air
Health
Researchers Developing Sensor Able to Detect COVID-19 in the Air
2021-05-12 13:35:42
by Alexa Hornbeck

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... Read More

Study: Children up to Age 9 Unlikely to Spread COVID-19
Research
Study: Children up to Age 9 Unlikely to Spread COVID-19
2021-05-12 12:54:40
by Alexa Hornbeck

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... Read More

COVID-19 Pet Boom Has Veterinarians Backlogged, Burned Out
Mental Health
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... Read More

FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Emergency Use in Adolescents
Health
FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Emergency Use in Adolescents
2021-05-11 15:48:23
by Alexa Hornbeck

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... Read More

Nitrate in Drinking Water Increases Odds of Preterm Birth
Health
Nitrate in Drinking Water Increases Odds of Preterm Birth
2021-05-11 15:28:43
by Alexa Hornbeck

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... Read More

Biden Strengthens Protections for LGBTQ Health Care
Health
Biden Strengthens Protections for LGBTQ Health Care
2021-05-11 12:50:47
by Alexa Hornbeck

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... Read More

States Push Jobless From Virus Recession to Return to Work
In The States
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... Read More

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

How Income Volatility Impacts Health Decisions
Health
How Income Volatility Impacts Health Decisions
2021-05-07 20:02:33
by Alexa Hornbeck

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... Read More

Transportation Official Says Security is Good for Airline Travel
Travel
Transportation Official Says Security is Good for Airline Travel
2021-05-06 13:31:59
by Tom Ramstack

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... Read More

DOJ to Appeal Federal Judge Ruling on CDC Eviction Moratorium
Litigation
DOJ to Appeal Federal Judge Ruling on CDC Eviction Moratorium
2021-05-06 12:44:11
by Reece Nations

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... Read More

Women in the Rockies Use Horses for Healing
Mental Health
Women in the Rockies Use Horses for Healing
2021-05-05 21:21:35
by Alexa Hornbeck

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... Read More

US Backs Waiving Intellectual Property Rules on Vaccines
Health
US Backs Waiving Intellectual Property Rules on Vaccines
2021-05-05 21:18:01
by Dan McCue

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... Read More

Parents Excited Over Prospect of Virus Shots for Children
Health
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... Read More

How the Pandemic Is Shaping Policies for Smoke-Free Air in Casinos
Health
How the Pandemic Is Shaping Policies for Smoke-Free Air in Casinos
2021-05-05 14:08:35
by Alexa Hornbeck

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... Read More

Sensor Tool Lights the Way For Non-Hallucinogenic Drug Development
Science
Sensor Tool Lights the Way For Non-Hallucinogenic Drug Development
2021-05-05 14:02:37
by Alexa Hornbeck

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... Read More

Govs. Murphy, Lamont and Cuomo Announce Easing of Pandemic Restrictions
In The States
Govs. Murphy, Lamont and Cuomo Announce Easing of Pandemic Restrictions
2021-05-04 21:33:15
by Reece Nations

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... Read More

White House Aims to Have 70% of Americans Vaccinated by July 4
Health
White House Aims to Have 70% of Americans Vaccinated by July 4
2021-05-04 18:58:11
by Dan McCue

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... Read More

Romney, Whitmer, Among Those Tapped for Special Profile in Courage Awards
In The News
Romney, Whitmer, Among Those Tapped for Special Profile in Courage Awards
2021-05-04 16:29:01
by TWN Staff

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... Read More

Walgreens and Uber Team-up To Combat Vaccine Wastes
Health
Walgreens and Uber Team-up To Combat Vaccine Wastes
2021-05-04 16:00:27
by Alexa Hornbeck

Last week, in partnership with Walgreens, Uber announced the launch of a new way to transport individuals to get their vaccine shots, and to donate rides to those who aren’t able to get to and from their scheduled appointments.  “Our... Read More

FDA Expected to OK Pfizer Vaccine for Teens Within Week
Health
FDA Expected to OK Pfizer Vaccine for Teens Within Week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters ages 12 to 15 by next week, according to a federal official and a person familiar with the process, setting up shots... Read More

Democrats Seek Narrow Path to Rein in Cost of Medicines
Prescription Drugs
Democrats Seek Narrow Path to Rein in Cost of Medicines

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's call for authorizing Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices has energized Democrats on a politically popular idea they've been pushing for nearly 20 years only to encounter frustration. But they still lack a... Read More

How a Federal Law to End Surprise Medical Billing Will Change Existing State Policies
Congress
How a Federal Law to End Surprise Medical Billing Will Change Existing State Policies
2021-04-30 13:06:46
by Alexa Hornbeck

Janet Solie, 62-year-old retired physician assistant from Calabasas, Calif., went to a lab at an in-network hospital in Los Robles with complaints of acute abdominal pain, only to later be slammed with a large ER bill.  “The physicians who supervised... Read More

Second Shot in Different State Could Be Skewing Total Vaccination Numbers
Health
Second Shot in Different State Could Be Skewing Total Vaccination Numbers
2021-04-28 19:22:04
by Alexa Hornbeck

Stefani Jahjahrova, a 30-year-old Costco employee, received her first vaccine shot in Denver only five days before transferring to a new work location in Virginia.  “I was told I need to reach out to arrange an appointment, and it’s up... Read More

Reducing C-Sections for First-Time Mothers
Health
Reducing C-Sections for First-Time Mothers
2021-04-27 20:01:10
by Alexa Hornbeck

Mimi Murphy, a 32-year-old first time mother from Pittsburg, Pa., gave birth to her son Arlo last Friday through a planned cesarean section.  “My delivery was exceptionally more difficult than predicted, and we already anticipated some trouble ahead of time,”... Read More

Biden Administration Pledges Aid to India as COVID-19 Cases Surge
Foreign Affairs
Biden Administration Pledges Aid to India as COVID-19 Cases Surge
2021-04-27 18:34:00
by Reece Nations

NEW DELHI — President Joe Biden vowed to help Prime Minister Narendra Modi secure medical resources to help India combat the rampant spread of COVID-19 during a diplomatic call on Monday, affirming the United States’ support for its ally after... Read More

Sesame Seeds Now Designated 'Major' Food Allergen
Health
Sesame Seeds Now Designated 'Major' Food Allergen
2021-04-27 18:16:28
by TWN Staff

With a stroke of his pen last week, President Joe Biden added sesame to the federal list of "major" food allergens. As a result, the presence of Sesame must be noted on the label of all packaged foods containing it... Read More

Schumer Presses for Passage of Water Infrastructure Bill
U.S. Senate
Schumer Presses for Passage of Water Infrastructure Bill
2021-04-27 17:59:28
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer urged his colleagues to swiftly pass the sweeping water infrastructure bill that came before the chamber Tuesday, calling it a potential starting point for Democrats and Republicans to collaborate on infrastructure, "when and... Read More

CDC: Vaccinated People Can Safely Go Outdoors Unmasked
Health
CDC: Vaccinated People Can Safely Go Outdoors Unmasked
2021-04-27 17:12:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - People who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely go outside without a mask, though they should limit the number of people they congregate with, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday. Rochelle Walensky,... Read More

In Fight Against Virus, Biden Looks for Path Back to Normal
White House
In Fight Against Virus, Biden Looks for Path Back to Normal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden spent his first 100 days in office encouraging Americans to mask up and stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus. His task for the next 100 days will be to lay out... Read More

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