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White House Details Plans to Vaccinate 28M Children Age 5-11

WASHINGTON (AP) — Children age 5 to 11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician's... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Children age 5 to 11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician's office, local pharmacy and potentially even their school, the White House said Wednesday as it detailed plans for the expected... Read More

Pig-to-Human Transplants Come a Step Closer with New Test

Scientists temporarily attached a pig's kidney to a human body and watched it begin to work, a small step in... Read More

Scientists temporarily attached a pig's kidney to a human body and watched it begin to work, a small step in the decades-long quest to one day use animal organs for life-saving transplants. Pigs have been the most recent research focus... Read More

Businesses Nervously Await Fine Print of Vax-or-Test Rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than six weeks after promising a new vaccination-or-testing rule covering the millions of Americans at companies... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than six weeks after promising a new vaccination-or-testing rule covering the millions of Americans at companies with 100 or more workers, President Joe Biden's most aggressive move yet to combat the COVID-19 pandemic is almost ready... Read More

US Expected to Authorize Mix-and-Match COVID Booster Shots

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are expected to authorize the mixing and matching of COVID-19 booster shots this week in... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are expected to authorize the mixing and matching of COVID-19 booster shots this week in an effort to provide flexibility for those seeking to maintain protection against the coronavirus. The upcoming announcement by the Food... Read More

FDA Panel Takes Up Tough Questions on J&J COVID-19 Boosters

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health advisers on Friday tackled who should get boosters of Johnson & Johnson's single-shot COVID-19 vaccine... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health advisers on Friday tackled who should get boosters of Johnson & Johnson's single-shot COVID-19 vaccine and when — and whether using a competing brand for the second dose might provide better protection. The push for... Read More

FDA Panel Endorses Lower-Dose Moderna COVID Shot for Booster

U.S. health advisers said Thursday that some Americans who received Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine should get a half-dose booster to bolster... Read More

U.S. health advisers said Thursday that some Americans who received Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine should get a half-dose booster to bolster protection against the virus. The panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously to recommend a booster... Read More

Nursing Schools See Applications Rise, Despite COVID Burnout

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Nurses around the U.S. are getting burned out by the COVID-19 crisis and quitting, yet applications... Read More

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Nurses around the U.S. are getting burned out by the COVID-19 crisis and quitting, yet applications to nursing schools are rising, driven by what educators say are young people who see the global emergency as an... Read More

FDA Spells Out Lower Sodium Goals for Food Industry

NEW YORK (AP) — Food companies are coming under renewed pressure to use less salt after U.S. regulators spelled out... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Food companies are coming under renewed pressure to use less salt after U.S. regulators spelled out long-awaited guidelines aimed at reducing sodium levels in dozens of foods including condiments, cereals, french fries and potato chips. The... Read More

2021-10-13 16:01:52
by Alexa Hornbeck
Gene Editing Treatment Used in Human Subjects With Rare Genetic Blindness

WASHINGTON — New data presented by researchers from Editas Medicine, a leading genome editing company, reveals that gene editing treatments... Read More

WASHINGTON — New data presented by researchers from Editas Medicine, a leading genome editing company, reveals that gene editing treatments are not only safe in humans, but may hold promise of treating a rare retinal disease that leads to blindness.... Read More

2021-10-13 15:23:22
by Alexa Hornbeck
How Telehealth is Helping Address Veteran Food Insecurity

WASHINGTON -- The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted veterans' access to food, leading to greater food insecurity, and according to officials... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted veterans' access to food, leading to greater food insecurity, and according to officials from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, telehealth is now helping to combat the issue.  “The COVID-19 pandemic certainly... Read More

2021-10-13 14:29:12
by Dan McCue
In a First, FDA Permits Marketing of E-Cigarette Products in the US

WASHINGTON  -- The Food and Drug Administration late Tuesday authorized the marketing of an electronic cigarette in the United States.... Read More

WASHINGTON  -- The Food and Drug Administration late Tuesday authorized the marketing of an electronic cigarette in the United States. A groundbreaking development in a long running debate over the healthfulness of such products. Specifically, the FDA granted the R.J.... Read More

2021-10-12 20:18:41
by Alexa Hornbeck
Hospitals Push Back Against HHS Slashing of Reimbursement Rates

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Health and Human Services slashed 30% in Medicaid reimbursement rates to eligible hospitals under the... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Health and Human Services slashed 30% in Medicaid reimbursement rates to eligible hospitals under the 340B drug discount program. The program, which has existed for 29 years, requires manufacturers of pharmaceutical companies under the Medicaid... Read More

2021-10-12 17:27:49
by Dan McCue
Independent Panel to Advise Against Low-Dose Aspirin Regimen to Prevent Heart Attacks

WASHINGTON -- The longstanding recommendation that older individuals start taking a low-dose aspirin to stave off a potential first heart... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The longstanding recommendation that older individuals start taking a low-dose aspirin to stave off a potential first heart attack or stroke was wrong, according to draft guidelines released Tuesday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force  The proposal... Read More

Next on FDA's Agenda: Booster Shots of Moderna, J&J Vaccines

WASHINGTON (AP) — With many Americans who got Pfizer vaccinations already rolling up their sleeves for a booster shot, millions... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — With many Americans who got Pfizer vaccinations already rolling up their sleeves for a booster shot, millions of others who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine wait anxiously to learn when it's their turn. Federal... Read More

2021-10-07 20:58:00
by Tom Ramstack
Telehealth Gains Broad Support For Improving U.S. Health Care

WASHINGTON -- The only remaining question after a Senate hearing on telehealth Thursday was not whether more of it is... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The only remaining question after a Senate hearing on telehealth Thursday was not whether more of it is coming but when. Telehealth refers to medical personnel providing health care through telecommunications, most commonly streaming video over the Internet.... Read More

Pfizer Asks US to Allow COVID Shots for Kids Ages 5 to 11

Pfizer asked the U.S. government Thursday to allow use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11 in... Read More

Pfizer asked the U.S. government Thursday to allow use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11 in what would be a major expansion that could combat an alarming rise in serious infections in youngsters and help schools... Read More

2021-10-07 13:40:14
by Alexa Hornbeck
Eating Within Consistent 10-Hour Window Reduces Risk of Chronic Diseases

Researchers from the UC San Diego School of Medicine and Salk Institute conducted a review of time-restricted eating that shows... Read More

Researchers from the UC San Diego School of Medicine and Salk Institute conducted a review of time-restricted eating that shows eating within an 8-10-hour window can reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.  “Just like... Read More

2021-10-06 21:04:02
by Alexa Hornbeck
WHO Establishes Rehabilitation Guidelines for Post-COVID-19 Condition

This week the World Health Organization held the third webinar in a series focused on post-COVID-19 burden, research, and rehabilitation... Read More

This week the World Health Organization held the third webinar in a series focused on post-COVID-19 burden, research, and rehabilitation efforts, as currently over a third of patients who get COVID-19 have symptoms lasting for months.  In September 2020, the... Read More

2021-10-06 21:02:34
by Alexa Hornbeck
Mental Health Practices Are Changing in Work Places

A new report from Mind Share Partners, a non-profit changing the culture of workplace mental health, finds that there has... Read More

A new report from Mind Share Partners, a non-profit changing the culture of workplace mental health, finds that there has been an increase in employees leaving jobs for mental health reasons, and companies are taking new steps to address employee's... Read More

2021-10-06 20:37:28
by Alexa Hornbeck
WHO Launches New Program and Targets for Preventing Maternal Deaths

The World Health Organization held a webinar this week to discuss how to prevent maternal deaths. Globally, roughly 295,000 women... Read More

The World Health Organization held a webinar this week to discuss how to prevent maternal deaths. Globally, roughly 295,000 women die each year due to complications during childbirth. Between 2000 and 2017, the average annual rate of reduction in global... Read More

2021-10-06 16:04:40
by Alexa Hornbeck
Baby Aspirin Recommended During Pregnancy to Reduce Risk of Preeclampsia

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a new recommendation for the use of low-dose aspirin as a preventive medication... Read More

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a new recommendation for the use of low-dose aspirin as a preventive medication for preeclampsia, a hypertension disorder in pregnant women that can lead to maternal and infant death. “The evidence holds up.... Read More

2021-10-05 18:02:50
by Dan McCue
NIH Chief, Who Led Fight Against COVID, Alzheimer's and Cancer, Retiring

WASHINGTON -- Dr. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health for 12 years and a key leader... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Dr. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health for 12 years and a key leader in the nation’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, is retiring. Collins, who is 71, said he intends to step down... Read More

J&J Seeks US Clearance for COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Doses

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson asked the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday to allow extra shots of its... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson asked the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday to allow extra shots of its COVID-19 vaccine as the U.S. government moves toward expanding its booster campaign to millions more vaccinated Americans. J&J said it... Read More

Merck Says Experimental Pill Cuts Worst Effects of COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — Drugmaker Merck said Friday that its experimental COVID-19 pill reduced hospitalizations and deaths by half in people... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Drugmaker Merck said Friday that its experimental COVID-19 pill reduced hospitalizations and deaths by half in people recently infected with the coronavirus and that it would soon ask health officials in the U.S. and around the world... Read More

2021-09-30 13:53:35
by Kate Michael
Former CIA Official Knows Havana Syndrome is Real, Because He Has It

WASHINGTON — Just as the CIA was reportedly evacuating an intelligence officer in Serbia who had injuries consistent with Havana... Read More

WASHINGTON — Just as the CIA was reportedly evacuating an intelligence officer in Serbia who had injuries consistent with Havana Syndrome, guests of Harvard University’s Intelligence Project were asserting that brain injuries from “a new form of asymmetric deniable warfare”... Read More

Agonizing Choices as Dems Debate Shrinking Health Care Pie

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are debating how to divide up what could be a smaller serving of health care spending... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are debating how to divide up what could be a smaller serving of health care spending in President Joe Biden's domestic policy bill, pitting the needs of older adults who can't afford their dentures against the... Read More

2021-09-29 21:37:24
by Reece Nations
Microneedle Vaccine Patches Offer Potent, Cost-Effective Protection

Researchers at Stanford University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill have developed a 3D-printed vaccine patch that activates... Read More

Researchers at Stanford University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill have developed a 3D-printed vaccine patch that activates improved immune cell activation in comparison to traditional methods. Researchers discovered the immune response the patches stimulated was 10 times... Read More

2021-09-29 21:35:29
by Dan McCue
YouTube Expands Effort to Fight Misinformation in Vaccine Videos

YouTube revamped its medical misinformation policies on Wednesday, advancing a new set of guidelines on vaccines that have already been... Read More

YouTube revamped its medical misinformation policies on Wednesday, advancing a new set of guidelines on vaccines that have already been approved and confirmed safe and effective by health authorities, including the World Health Organization. In a blog post on its... Read More

2021-09-29 15:41:01
by Alexa Hornbeck
Biden Responds to Increased Demand for Monoclonal Antibody Treatments

Many states are turning to monoclonal antibody treatments to curb the rise in hospitalizations and emergency room visits as COVID-19... Read More

Many states are turning to monoclonal antibody treatments to curb the rise in hospitalizations and emergency room visits as COVID-19 cases rise. The demand on orders for the drugs has increased twenty-fold since mid-July, according to a spokesperson from the... Read More

2021-09-29 15:11:17
by Alexa Hornbeck
COVID-19 Increases Barriers to Gender-Affirming Surgeries

Transgender and non-binary patients seeking gender-affirming surgeries, such as a mastectomy or genital reconstruction, are required to provide a letter... Read More

Transgender and non-binary patients seeking gender-affirming surgeries, such as a mastectomy or genital reconstruction, are required to provide a letter from a trained mental health provider in order to receive clearance for surgery. However, the COVID-19 pandemic led to cancellation... Read More

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