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2021-09-08 19:49:45
by Alexa Hornbeck
How Health Is Impacted by Extreme Heat

There have always been periods of extreme heat in the U.S., but now researchers estimate that climate change could make... Read More

There have always been periods of extreme heat in the U.S., but now researchers estimate that climate change could make these periods more frequent, widespread, and severe over the next 30 years.  A recent report from the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne... Read More

2021-09-07 20:07:17
by Alexa Hornbeck
How the Pandemic is Changing Telehealth Investments in Rural Areas

The Biden Administration is investing more than $19 million to expand telehealth access to rural and underserved communities, and Mend,... Read More

The Biden Administration is investing more than $19 million to expand telehealth access to rural and underserved communities, and Mend, a telemedicine and AI-powered patient engagement platform, is looking to prioritize access in rural areas where there is less internet... Read More

2021-09-07 19:57:49
by Reece Nations
Child Hospitalizations on the Rise Weeks into Texas School Year

The number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 has reached an all-time high just weeks after the start of the school... Read More

The number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 has reached an all-time high just weeks after the start of the school year for public schools in Texas, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Over the weekend,... Read More

2021-09-01 20:45:52
by Alexa Hornbeck
Jury Selection Begins In Fraud Trial of Theranos Founder

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jury selection is underway in the fraud trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, a one-time darling... Read More

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jury selection is underway in the fraud trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, a one-time darling of Silicon Valley now facing felony charges alleging she duped elite financial backers, customers and patients into believing that her... Read More

2021-09-01 17:34:09
by Dan McCue
Kansas Health Officials Urging Residents Not to Take Livestock Drug for COVID

TOPEKA, Kan. - A drug most commonly given to horses and cows as an anti-parasite medicine should not be taken... Read More

TOPEKA, Kan. - A drug most commonly given to horses and cows as an anti-parasite medicine should not be taken by humans to treat or prevent COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said in a Wednesday advisory. Ivermectin... Read More

2021-09-01 16:44:03
by Reece Nations
FDA Warns Health Care Providers of Certain N95 Respirators from China

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care personnel to stop using certain N95 respirators manufactured by... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care personnel to stop using certain N95 respirators manufactured by Shanghai Dasheng Health Products Manufacturing Co. due to “serious concerns with [their] quality.” In a letter released last week, the... Read More

2021-08-31 20:30:57
by Alexa Hornbeck
Expert Discusses Emerging COVID-19 Variants

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Since May 2020, new variants of the novel coronavirus have emerged that can cause COVID-19 infection, and... Read More

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Since May 2020, new variants of the novel coronavirus have emerged that can cause COVID-19 infection, and now health experts keep encouraging individuals to get vaccinated to reduce the spread of infection and avoid the emergence of... Read More

2021-08-30 15:42:05
by Alexa Hornbeck
Increase in COVID-19 Cases May be Leading to Clinician Burnout

Hospitals across the U.S. are experiencing nearly twice as many COVID-19 patients as last winter. Coupled with clinician staffing shortages,... Read More

Hospitals across the U.S. are experiencing nearly twice as many COVID-19 patients as last winter. Coupled with clinician staffing shortages, the situation is leading to increases in provider burnout.  “I think all clinicians in the country are tired. Last year... Read More

2021-08-25 23:27:32
by Alexa Hornbeck
Congress Wants to Address Eating Disorders in the Military

Congress is looking to expand access to treatment for eating disorders among service members.  The House and Senate versions of... Read More

Congress is looking to expand access to treatment for eating disorders among service members.  The House and Senate versions of the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act both contain measures that would encourage -- but not require -- the Defense... Read More

2021-08-25 20:29:13
by Reece Nations
UVA Disenrolls Students for Not Complying with Vaccine Requirement

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The University of Virginia disenrolled 238 students who were not in compliance with the college’s COVID-19 vaccination... Read More

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The University of Virginia disenrolled 238 students who were not in compliance with the college’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement. The new back-to-school policies were unveiled in May.  School officials clarified only 49 of those students had selected courses... Read More

2021-08-25 18:28:13
by Alexa Hornbeck
Two Generations, One Battle Against Multiple Sclerosis

When Darrell Wordelmann, a 45-year-old working in Long Branch, New Jersey, started a nonprofit for single parents with multiple sclerosis... Read More

When Darrell Wordelmann, a 45-year-old working in Long Branch, New Jersey, started a nonprofit for single parents with multiple sclerosis in 2020, he had no clue that only a few months later he would be diagnosed with the chronic disease... Read More

2021-08-25 15:04:36
by Alexa Hornbeck
Can Smartwatches Contribute to Health Anxiety in Patients With Heart Conditions?

Smartwatches, or other wrist-worn devices, can help monitor for health conditions such as an irregular heart rhythm, but a study... Read More

Smartwatches, or other wrist-worn devices, can help monitor for health conditions such as an irregular heart rhythm, but a study funded by the National Institutes of Health finds that wearable devices may also cause negative effects to patients’ psychological health.... Read More

2021-08-25 14:28:18
by Alexa Hornbeck
Study Shows COVID-19 Vaccines are Safe for Pregnant and Lactating Women

A recent study from researchers at the University of Washington shows that COVID-19 vaccines are well-tolerated among individuals who are... Read More

A recent study from researchers at the University of Washington shows that COVID-19 vaccines are well-tolerated among individuals who are pregnant, lactating, or planning pregnancy. “I think pregnant individuals are hardwired to try to protect their baby, and when there... Read More

2021-08-24 18:47:39
by TWN Staff
Efficient Buildings Could Save Thousands of Lives in U.S. Every Year

Buildings in the U.S. are responsible for 40% of the country’s total energy consumption. A new paper published in Science... Read More

Buildings in the U.S. are responsible for 40% of the country’s total energy consumption. A new paper published in Science Advances, authored by Yale School of the Environment Economics Professor Kenneth Gillingham and colleagues at Yale’s SEARCH Center and the... Read More

2021-08-23 14:20:37
by TWN Staff
FDA Grants Full Approval to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for people 16 and... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for people 16 and over, making it the first to move beyond emergency use status in the United States. The approval comes as parts... Read More

2021-08-20 15:25:00
by Dan McCue
Capitol Employee Who Took Gig Job During Pandemic Could Be Out $20K

WASHINGTON -- An employee of the Architect of the Capitol’s office who took a job working with Amazon while on... Read More

WASHINGTON -- An employee of the Architect of the Capitol’s office who took a job working with Amazon while on administrative leave during the pandemic may have to repay the office $20,197, the AOC Office of the Inspector General said... Read More

AP-NORC poll: COVID Anxiety Up, Vaccine Requirements Favored

DENVER (AP) — Anxiety in the United States over COVID-19 is at its highest level since winter, a new poll... Read More

DENVER (AP) — Anxiety in the United States over COVID-19 is at its highest level since winter, a new poll shows, as the delta variant rages, more states and school districts adopt mask and vaccination requirements and the nation's hospitals... Read More

Gulf Coast's Beloved 'Redneck Riviera' Now a Virus Hotspot

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Tourists and servers alike dance atop tables and in the aisles at one restaurant on... Read More

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Tourists and servers alike dance atop tables and in the aisles at one restaurant on the "Redneck Riviera," a beloved stretch of towns along the northern Gulf Coast where beaches, bars and stores are packed.... Read More

2021-08-18 21:23:16
by Alexa Hornbeck
Arsenic in Rice a Persistent Problem and Climate Change Could be Making it Worse

A recent paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reviews decades of efforts by scientists to... Read More

A recent paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reviews decades of efforts by scientists to get arsenic out of rice.  Arsenic, in inorganic form, is a pollutant which can stem from industrial processes and pesticides,... Read More

2021-08-18 15:49:11
by Dan McCue
Administration Unveils Plan for COVID Booster Shots Starting in September

WASHINGTON -- Americans who got the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccines will be able to obtain booster shots eight months... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Americans who got the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccines will be able to obtain booster shots eight months after the date of their second doses, the Biden administration announced Wednesday. Because of the timing element, those who were... Read More

2021-08-17 18:14:05
by Reece Nations
Texas Supreme Court Sides With Abbott, Blocks County Mask Mandates

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Supreme Court of Texas issued a ruling on Sunday voiding temporary restraining orders issued by separate... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Supreme Court of Texas issued a ruling on Sunday voiding temporary restraining orders issued by separate District Court judges that impeded Gov. Greg Abbott’s edict prohibiting local officials from requiring masks to be worn indoors. Local... Read More

2021-08-17 17:52:11
by Reece Nations
Growing Number of Children Hospitalized with COVID-19, RSV

As a record number of children are being hospitalized with COVID-19, pediatric hospitals are reporting heightened outbreaks of respiratory syncytial... Read More

As a record number of children are being hospitalized with COVID-19, pediatric hospitals are reporting heightened outbreaks of respiratory syncytial virus which can be life-threatening to infants and young adults. Usually, outbreaks of RSV hit their peak between December and... Read More

US to Recommend COVID Vaccine Boosters at 8 Months

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health experts are expected to recommend COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all Americans, regardless of age, eight... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health experts are expected to recommend COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all Americans, regardless of age, eight months after they received their second dose of the shot, to ensure lasting protection against the coronavirus as the delta... Read More

2021-08-16 21:47:27
by Alexa Hornbeck
New Study Reveals Unexpected Findings About Aging and Metabolism

A new study from a team of international researchers finds that our metabolism does not slow down over the span... Read More

A new study from a team of international researchers finds that our metabolism does not slow down over the span of a lifetime as traditionally believed, but rather stalls from age 20 to 60.  “We can see that infants have... Read More

Misinformation at Public Forums Vexes Local Boards, Big Tech

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — There are plenty of places to turn for accurate information about COVID-19. Your physician. Local... Read More

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — There are plenty of places to turn for accurate information about COVID-19. Your physician. Local health departments. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control. But not, perhaps, your local government's public comment session. During a meeting... Read More

2021-08-13 15:53:27
by TWN Staff
FDA Approves Additional COVID Vaccine Dose for Some Individuals

The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines... Read More

The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for organ transplant recipients diagnosed as immunocompromised. Thursday’s announcement came ahead of a meeting today of the Centers for Disease... Read More

Biden Eyes Tougher Vaccine Rules Without Provoking Backlash

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the pace of vaccinations in the U.S. first began to slow, President Joe Biden backed incentives... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the pace of vaccinations in the U.S. first began to slow, President Joe Biden backed incentives like million-dollar cash lotteries if that's what it took to get shots in arms. But as new coronavirus infections soar,... Read More

2021-08-12 19:16:45
by Dan McCue
Virginia Mandates Face Masks for all K-12 Schools

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed an emergency order last Thursday requiring that face masks be worn in... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed an emergency order last Thursday requiring that face masks be worn in all indoor settings in the state's K-12 schools. The move comes after a handful of school districts in recent days... Read More

2021-08-12 19:05:34
by Dan McCue
Chicago’s Top Doc Says ‘No Evidence’ Lollapalooza Was Super Spreader Event

CHICAGO -- To anyone still waiting for a sign that it’s safe to attend concerts and other large outdoors events,... Read More

CHICAGO -- To anyone still waiting for a sign that it’s safe to attend concerts and other large outdoors events, the weekly update from Chicago’s top medical official on Thursday was good news indeed -- the four-day Lollapalooza festival was... Read More

2021-08-12 15:45:34
by Dan McCue
HHS to Require COVID-19 Vaccine for 25,000 Health Care Workers

The Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday announced that it will require more than 25,000 members of its... Read More

The Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday announced that it will require more than 25,000 members of its health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The new mandate applies to staff at the Indian Health Service and... Read More

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