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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

Overwhelmed by COVID-19: A Day Inside a Louisiana Hospital

JEFFERSON, La. (AP) — Before the latest surge of the coronavirus, Louisiana neurologist Robin Davis focused on her specialty: treating... Read More

JEFFERSON, La. (AP) — Before the latest surge of the coronavirus, Louisiana neurologist Robin Davis focused on her specialty: treating patients with epilepsy. These days, as virus patients flood her hospital in record numbers, she has taken on the additional... Read More

2021-08-11 20:48:33
by Tom Ramstack
Medical Groups Join Lawsuit to Support DC’s Vaccination Law for Children

WASHINGTON -- A group of medical associations is speaking out to support the District of Columbia’s new law that allows... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A group of medical associations is speaking out to support the District of Columbia’s new law that allows children as young as 11 years old to request vaccinations from health care professionals without their parents' permission. The plaintiffs... Read More

2021-08-11 20:43:57
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Audio Recordings that Reliably Detect COVID-19 not Quite Ready for Use

The underlying algorithms for an app that can mass detect COVID-19 through audio are not quite ready yet, researchers say.... Read More

The underlying algorithms for an app that can mass detect COVID-19 through audio are not quite ready yet, researchers say. COVID-19 has a distinct effect on the audio produced by infected people, which has enticed researchers to explore using it... Read More

2021-08-11 20:37:57
by Alexa Hornbeck
Colorado Will Use American Rescue Funds to Combat Substance Abuse Disorders

Colorado is experiencing a substance abuse disorder crisis, and now city officials are looking to combat the problem with $450... Read More

Colorado is experiencing a substance abuse disorder crisis, and now city officials are looking to combat the problem with $450 million in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan.  Fatal drug overdose deaths increased approximately 38% in Colorado from 2019... Read More

2021-08-11 20:27:32
by Alexa Hornbeck
What FDA Approval Might Mean for Vaccine Mandates

As the Delta variant continues to spread, COVID cases surge among the unvaccinated, and rates of new vaccinations decline, the... Read More

As the Delta variant continues to spread, COVID cases surge among the unvaccinated, and rates of new vaccinations decline, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is receiving pressure from President Joe Biden to approve a COVID vaccine. Biden recently said... Read More

2021-08-11 20:20:01
by Reece Nations
Wasted Vaccine Doses Mount Nationwide as Delta Surge Continues

More than a million COVID-19 immunization doses have gone to waste throughout the United States since the start of the... Read More

More than a million COVID-19 immunization doses have gone to waste throughout the United States since the start of the national vaccination program as the highly contagious delta variant fuels a surge in nationwide hospitalizations. Alabama ranks last in terms... Read More

2021-08-11 13:52:19
by Alexa Hornbeck
PhRMA Tackles Health Disparities By Funding Faith-Based Initiatives

A recent initiative from PhRMA, a trade group representing the pharmaceutical industry, aims to combat racial inequities through community-based partnerships,... Read More

A recent initiative from PhRMA, a trade group representing the pharmaceutical industry, aims to combat racial inequities through community-based partnerships, particularly surrounding medication utilization and adherence.  “It’s documented what the disparities are with communities of color and access to care,... Read More

2021-08-05 12:23:18
by Alexa Hornbeck
The New Social Determinants Caucus

Two weeks ago, Reps. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill.,Tom Cole, R-Okla., G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., and Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., created a new Social... Read More

Two weeks ago, Reps. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill.,Tom Cole, R-Okla., G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., and Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., created a new Social Determinants Caucus, which will coordinate federal investments in health and social drivers of health such as food, housing and transportation.... Read More

2021-08-05 12:19:42
by Alexa Hornbeck
New Rules Could Take Californiaʼs Pork Supply Offline

The California Farm Confinement Proposition, known as Prop 12, is set to become effective next year and could mean that... Read More

The California Farm Confinement Proposition, known as Prop 12, is set to become effective next year and could mean that pork suppliers lose access to California’s large market. The law will implement space requirements for chickens, calves, and hogs, such... Read More

Head of UN Health Agency Seeks Vaccine Booster Moratorium

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization called Wednesday for a moratorium on administering booster shots of... Read More

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization called Wednesday for a moratorium on administering booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines as a way to help ensure that doses are available in countries where few people have received their... Read More

2021-08-04 16:10:21
by Alexa Hornbeck
Genome Sequencing of Newborns Can Save Lives and Lower Medical Costs

Over the last decade evidence has shown that whole genome sequencing saves lives, but a new study from researchers in... Read More

Over the last decade evidence has shown that whole genome sequencing saves lives, but a new study from researchers in California shows how genome sequencing for newborns in intensive care units can also save money. “We now know there are... Read More

2021-08-04 16:02:57
by Alexa Hornbeck
COVID-19 Pandemic Increases Demand for Cosmetic Procedures

As COVID-19 lockdown orders have lifted and many individuals are returning to social activities, cosmetic surgeons across the country are... Read More

As COVID-19 lockdown orders have lifted and many individuals are returning to social activities, cosmetic surgeons across the country are seeing an increase in the demand for cosmetic procedures. “I’ve never seen a jump this high, most practices do get... Read More

Fauci: More 'Pain and Suffering' Ahead as COVID Cases Rise

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Sunday that more "pain and suffering" is on the horizon as COVID-19 cases climb again and... Read More

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Sunday that more "pain and suffering" is on the horizon as COVID-19 cases climb again and officials plead with unvaccinated Americans to get their shots. Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, also said he doesn't... Read More

2021-07-30 20:13:54
by Tom Ramstack
Pentagon Considers Requirement of Vaccines for Military Employment

WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department is consulting with health officials and the Joint Chiefs of Staff about the possibility of... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department is consulting with health officials and the Joint Chiefs of Staff about the possibility of making COVID-19 vaccinations a requirement of military service. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement Thursday he is trying... Read More

CDC: 'War Has Changed' as Delta Variant Dangers Emerge

New evidence showing the delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox and may be more dangerous than other versions has... Read More

New evidence showing the delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox and may be more dangerous than other versions has prompted U.S. health officials to consider changing advice on how the nation fights the coronavirus, internal documents show. Recommending masks... Read More

2021-07-29 21:25:57
by Reece Nations
New Cases of ‘Untreatable’ Superbug Fungus Emerge in U.S.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials have reported domestic outbreaks of Candida auris, a deadly and highly transmissible yeast... Read More

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials have reported domestic outbreaks of Candida auris, a deadly and highly transmissible yeast which can be resistant to all three major classes of antifungal medications before treatment. Outbreaks of the fungus were discovered... Read More

2021-07-29 20:07:16
by Dan McCue
Federal Workers: Get Fully Vaccinated or Face Stepped Up COVID Protocols

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden told federal employees and onsite contractors Thursday that they need to get fully vaccinated or... Read More

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden told federal employees and onsite contractors Thursday that they need to get fully vaccinated or face regular testing and be required to wear masks at all times while on the job. Speaking in the East... Read More

2021-07-29 17:41:43
by TWN Staff
DC Reinstates Indoor Mask Mandate as Virus Cases Rise

Face masks will once again be required indoors in the District of Columbia, a reversal of recent policy driven by... Read More

Face masks will once again be required indoors in the District of Columbia, a reversal of recent policy driven by new federal guidelines that recommend indoor masking in areas where transmission of the coronavirus is high. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced... Read More

2021-07-29 14:35:44
by Victoria Turner
Telehealth: The Modern-Day House Call

A dimly lit silver lining surrounding the coronavirus pandemic is telehealth. This could ultimately narrow the disparities so many pregnant... Read More

A dimly lit silver lining surrounding the coronavirus pandemic is telehealth. This could ultimately narrow the disparities so many pregnant women face, said Dr. Alan Fishman, specialty medical officer for maternal fetal medicine at Mednax National Medical Group, during a... Read More

2021-07-28 20:15:22
by Victoria Turner
An Act for All New Mothers

Concerned with Black mothers’ increasing maternal death rates in the U.S., members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus introduced the... Read More

Concerned with Black mothers’ increasing maternal death rates in the U.S., members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus introduced the Black Maternal Health Omnibus Act of 2021 to cover every phase of the maternal health crisis. The act should benefit... Read More

2021-07-28 14:43:08
by Alexa Hornbeck
Femtech Company Sees Surge in Demand for Birth Control

The coronavirus pandemic has sparked the emergence of Femtech, a category of software, diagnostics, products, and services that use technology... Read More

The coronavirus pandemic has sparked the emergence of Femtech, a category of software, diagnostics, products, and services that use technology to focus on women's health. Now Nurx, the largest digital practice for women’s health, is seeing a continued surge in... Read More

2021-07-28 14:17:01
by Reece Nations
Florida Once Again Becomes the Country’s COVID-19 Epicenter

Hospitalizations in some regions of Florida are increasing at their fastest rate since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic as... Read More

Hospitalizations in some regions of Florida are increasing at their fastest rate since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic as it records more new cases than any other state. Florida recorded 73,199 cases over the course of last week, according... Read More

2021-07-28 13:16:59
by Alexa Hornbeck
How Acupuncture May Help Treat COVID-19

A study by Chinese researchers examines the ability of acupuncture treatment to suppress inflammatory stress, improve immunity, and regulate nervous... Read More

A study by Chinese researchers examines the ability of acupuncture treatment to suppress inflammatory stress, improve immunity, and regulate nervous system function to help patients with COVID-19.  “Acupuncture is widely used in the treatment of inflammatory diseases, such as osteoarthritis,... Read More

2021-07-27 19:51:40
by Dan McCue
In a Reversal, CDC Says People In COVID Surge Areas Should Still Wear Masks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday afternoon said fully vaccinated people should now wear face masks if... Read More

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday afternoon said fully vaccinated people should now wear face masks if they live or work in a location experiencing a surge in delta variant cases. The new guidance effectively reverses a... Read More

Moderna Expanding Kids Vaccine Study to Better Assess Safety

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moderna said Monday it plans to expand the size of its COVID-19 vaccine study in younger children... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moderna said Monday it plans to expand the size of its COVID-19 vaccine study in younger children to better detect rare side effects, such as a type of heart inflammation recently flagged by U.S. health authorities. The... Read More

California, NYC to Workers: Get Vaccine or Face Weekly Tests

California and New York City announced Monday that they would require all government employees to get the coronavirus vaccine or... Read More

California and New York City announced Monday that they would require all government employees to get the coronavirus vaccine or face weekly COVID-19 testing, and the Department of Veterans Affairs became the first major federal agency to require health care... Read More

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