Health

Striking Vulnerability to COVID-19 Found in Diabetics
Research
Striking Vulnerability to COVID-19 Found in Diabetics
2021-07-22 12:32:27
by Reece Nations

One of the more disturbing trends of the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is the susceptibility of diabetic Americans to the virus. Researchers at The University of Texas at El Paso conducted a study that indicates unmanaged diabetes is a decisive... Read More

Global Summit Leaders Aim to End Sexual Exploitation
Mental Health
Global Summit Leaders Aim to End Sexual Exploitation
2021-07-21 20:50:11
by Alexa Hornbeck

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... Read More

Pandemic Drives Largest Drop in Life Expectancy Since WWII
Health
Pandemic Drives Largest Drop in Life Expectancy Since WWII
2021-07-21 13:12:05
by Dan McCue

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... Read More

McConnell Urges Americans: 'Get Vaccinated' as Cases Spike
Health
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... Read More

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

Data Shows ‘Major Backsliding’ in Routine Childhood Vaccinations
Health
Data Shows ‘Major Backsliding’ in Routine Childhood Vaccinations
2021-07-19 20:34:54
by Alexa Hornbeck

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... Read More

Number of Infected Texas Lawmakers Who Fled State Rises to 5
Health
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... Read More

Court Blocks Order Lifting CDC Virus Rules on Cruise Ships
Tourism
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... Read More

California's Most Populated County Brings Back Masks as COVID-19 Cases Surge
In The States
California's Most Populated County Brings Back Masks as COVID-19 Cases Surge
2021-07-16 21:05:12
by Daniel Mollenkamp

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... Read More

Parent Sues D.C. Health Dept. Over Law on Child Vaccinations
Litigation
Parent Sues D.C. Health Dept. Over Law on Child Vaccinations
2021-07-16 15:01:38
by Tom Ramstack

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.... Read More

Researchers Find COVID can Cause Disruption in the Brain
Science
Researchers Find COVID can Cause Disruption in the Brain
2021-07-16 13:49:29
by Alexa Hornbeck

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... Read More

COVID-19 Back-to-School Guidance for In-Person Learning
Education
COVID-19 Back-to-School Guidance for In-Person Learning
2021-07-15 12:27:29
by Alexa Hornbeck

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... Read More

Device Taps Brain Waves to Help Paralyzed Man Communicate
Science
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,... Read More

Virologists Urge Finding COVID-19’s Origin To Prevent Future Pandemics
Congress
Virologists Urge Finding COVID-19’s Origin To Prevent Future Pandemics
2021-07-14 21:15:58
by Tom Ramstack

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... Read More

Blue Dogs Call on Congress to Investigate Origins of COVID-19
Congress
Blue Dogs Call on Congress to Investigate Origins of COVID-19
2021-07-14 21:10:47
by Dan McCue

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... Read More

DeGette, Bucshon Lead Bipartisan Push to Improve Diagnostic Testing
Health
DeGette, Bucshon Lead Bipartisan Push to Improve Diagnostic Testing
2021-07-14 20:00:54
by TWN Staff

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... Read More

Commerce Secretary Says Aging Population Will Hit US Like ‘Ton of Bricks’
Health
Commerce Secretary Says Aging Population Will Hit US Like ‘Ton of Bricks’
2021-07-14 15:47:56
by TWN Staff

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,... Read More

UK Study Finds Athletes More Likely to Have Irregular Heartbeats
Sports
UK Study Finds Athletes More Likely to Have Irregular Heartbeats
2021-07-14 15:25:20
by TWN Staff

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... Read More

Chronic Stress Can Wreak Havoc on Your Mind and Body
Mental Health
Chronic Stress Can Wreak Havoc on Your Mind and Body
2021-07-14 15:20:32
by TWN Staff

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,... Read More

Pandemic Reawakens Trauma for Those Living with HIV
Mental Health
Pandemic Reawakens Trauma for Those Living with HIV
2021-07-14 14:36:31
by Alexa Hornbeck

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... Read More

US Overdose Deaths Hit Record 93,000 in Pandemic Last Year
Research
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... Read More

House Rules Committee to Host Roundtable on Hunger Crisis
Hunger
House Rules Committee to Host Roundtable on Hunger Crisis
2021-07-13 19:41:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Rules Committee will hold a roundtable examining local innovations in combating hunger on Thursday, at 3:30 p.m. The event is the fifth in a series of committee events highlighting the reality of food insecurity in America... Read More

Annual Report to the Nation Finds Changes in Cancer Trends
Health
Annual Report to the Nation Finds Changes in Cancer Trends
2021-07-12 20:32:14
by Alexa Hornbeck

The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer shows that while there has been a rapid decrease in lung cancer and melanoma deaths, previous declining trends for cancers like prostate or breast cancer have slowed or disappeared. ... Read More

Washington Monument to Reopen Wednesday
National Parks
Washington Monument to Reopen Wednesday
2021-07-12 17:03:17
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Washington Monument will reopen to the public on Wednesday, July 14 at 9 a.m. after a six-month closure, the National Parks Service announced Monday. The monument will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to... Read More

Pfizer to Discuss Vaccine Booster with US Officials Monday
Health
Pfizer to Discuss Vaccine Booster with US Officials Monday

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer says it plans to meet with top U.S. health officials Monday to discuss the drugmaker's request for federal authorization of a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine as President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser acknowledged that... Read More

Pfizer to Seek OK for 3rd Vaccine Dose; Shots Still Protect
Health
Pfizer to Seek OK for 3rd Vaccine Dose; Shots Still Protect

Pfizer is about to seek U.S. authorization for a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine, saying Thursday that another shot within 12 months could dramatically boost immunity and maybe help ward off the latest worrisome coronavirus mutant. Research from multiple... Read More

As New York Salutes Health Workers, Missouri Fights a Surge
Health
As New York Salutes Health Workers, Missouri Fights a Surge

New York held a ticker-tape parade Wednesday for the health care workers and others who helped the city pull through the darkest days of COVID-19, while authorities in Missouri struggled to beat back a surge blamed on the fast-spreading delta... Read More

Fish Oil Diet Can Reduce Likelihood Of Monthly Migraines
Health
Fish Oil Diet Can Reduce Likelihood Of Monthly Migraines
2021-07-08 11:43:27
by Alexa Hornbeck

A recent NIH-funded study finds that the frequency and intensity of monthly migraines declined among those on a higher fish oil diet. Researchers from the National Institute on Aging, and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, parts of... Read More

One in Four Cooling Centers in Manhattan Closed During Heatwave
In The States
One in Four Cooling Centers in Manhattan Closed During Heatwave
2021-07-08 11:39:15
by Alexa Hornbeck

During a heatwave in Manhattan there are very few places one can go to cool down, which is why the city offers access to cooling centers around the city for residents. A cooling center is usually a facility, such as... Read More

Rapid PCR Testing Needed as More COVID Variants Emerge
Health
Rapid PCR Testing Needed as More COVID Variants Emerge
2021-07-07 13:59:10
by Alexa Hornbeck

The U.S. is experiencing a decline in COVID-19 testing and vaccinations continue as the emergence of new variants like Delta or Lambda have spurred the need for PCR testing devices. “Many companies have reported a fall off of testing with... Read More

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