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Community Health Centers' New Crisis: The Need for Backup Power

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — The 2017 Tubbs Fire, which killed 22 people and destroyed 5,600 buildings, was already a stressful time... Read More

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — The 2017 Tubbs Fire, which killed 22 people and destroyed 5,600 buildings, was already a stressful time at Alliance Medical Center’s clinic here, as workers who picked grapes in the nearby vineyards streamed into the nonprofit community... Read More

2024-06-10 14:46:02
by Jesse Zucker
Are Seed Oils Really Bad for You?

WASHINGTON — When you pay attention to the conversation around health and wellness, you’ll notice different food products occasionally getting... Read More

WASHINGTON — When you pay attention to the conversation around health and wellness, you’ll notice different food products occasionally getting labeled as detrimental to your health. In the past few years, seed oils have become an offender. What are they,... Read More

Report Shows Drop in Drug Overdose Deaths in Kentucky but Governor Says Fight Is Far From Over

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky fell nearly 10% in 2023, marking a second straight annual decline in the... Read More

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky fell nearly 10% in 2023, marking a second straight annual decline in the fight against an addiction epidemic that's far from over, Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday. The number of fatal overdoses statewide... Read More

Phoenix Using Ice Immersion to Treat Heatstroke Victims as Southwest Bakes in Triple Digits

PHOENIX (AP) — The season's first heat wave is already baking the Southwest with triple-digit temperatures as firefighters in Phoenix — America's... Read More

PHOENIX (AP) — The season's first heat wave is already baking the Southwest with triple-digit temperatures as firefighters in Phoenix — America's hottest big city — employ new tactics in hopes of saving more lives in a county that saw 645 heat-related... Read More

Farmers Must Kill 4.2M Chickens After Bird Flu Hits Iowa Egg Farm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 4 million chickens in Iowa will have to be killed after a case... Read More

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 4 million chickens in Iowa will have to be killed after a case of the highly pathogenic bird flu was detected at a large egg farm, the state announced Tuesday. Crews are in... Read More

2024-05-21 13:48:28
by Jesse Zucker
What You Need to Know About CBD

WASHINGTON — Over the years, many alternative products have come on the market promising to help manage pain and stress.... Read More

WASHINGTON — Over the years, many alternative products have come on the market promising to help manage pain and stress. Cannabidiol products have become widely available since Congress legalized hemp in the United States in 2018. Though initially thought to... Read More

After the Only Hospital in Town Closed, a North Carolina City Directs Its Anger at Politicians

WILLIAMSTON, N.C. (AP) — Weeds have punctured through the vacant parking lot of Martin General Hospital’s emergency room. A makeshift... Read More

WILLIAMSTON, N.C. (AP) — Weeds have punctured through the vacant parking lot of Martin General Hospital’s emergency room. A makeshift blue tarp covering the hospital’s sign is worn down from flapping in the wind. The hospital doors are locked, many... Read More

European Medicines Agency Pulls Authorization for AstraZeneca's COVID Shot, at Company's Request

LONDON (AP) — The pharma giant AstraZeneca has requested that the European authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine be pulled, according... Read More

LONDON (AP) — The pharma giant AstraZeneca has requested that the European authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine be pulled, according to the EU medicines regulator. In an update on the European Medicines Agency's website Wednesday, the regulator said that the approval for... Read More

2024-05-01 17:32:23
by TWN Staff
CDC Issues Warning of E. coli Outbreak Tied to Walnuts

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday issued a warning to consumers of a risk of... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday issued a warning to consumers of a risk of contracting E. coli from Gibson Farms organic walnuts sold in bulk at natural food stores. Most of the cases have... Read More

'Vampire Facials' Linked to Cases of HIV. Here's What to Know About the Beauty Treatment

Three women were diagnosed with HIV after getting “vampire facial” procedures at an unlicensed New Mexico medical spa, the Centers... Read More

Three women were diagnosed with HIV after getting “vampire facial” procedures at an unlicensed New Mexico medical spa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report last week, marking the first documented cases of people contracting the virus through... Read More

EPA Bans Consumer Use of a Toxic Chemical Widely Used as a Paint Stripper but Known to Cause Cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it has finalized a ban on consumer uses of methylene chloride, a... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it has finalized a ban on consumer uses of methylene chloride, a chemical that is widely used as a paint stripper but is known to cause liver cancer and other health problems.... Read More

USDA Tells Producers to Reduce Salmonella in Certain Frozen Chicken Products

Poultry producers will be required to bring salmonella bacteria in certain chicken products to very low levels to help prevent food poisoning... Read More

Poultry producers will be required to bring salmonella bacteria in certain chicken products to very low levels to help prevent food poisoning under a final rule issued Friday by U.S. agriculture officials. When the regulation takes effect in 2025, salmonella will be... Read More

Vice President Harris Announces Final Rules Mandating Minimum Standards for Nursing Home Staffing

The federal government is for the first time requiring nursing homes to have minimum staffing levels after the COVID-19 pandemic... Read More

The federal government is for the first time requiring nursing homes to have minimum staffing levels after the COVID-19 pandemic exposed grim realities in poorly staffed facilities for older and disabled Americans. Vice President Kamala Harris announced the final rules on Monday... Read More

Weedkiller Manufacturer Seeks Lawmakers' Help to Squelch Claims It Failed to Warn About Cancer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Stung by paying billions of dollars for settlements and trials, chemical giant Bayer has been... Read More

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Stung by paying billions of dollars for settlements and trials, chemical giant Bayer has been lobbying lawmakers in three states to pass bills providing it a legal shield from lawsuits that claim its popular weedkiller... Read More

The Largest Fresh Egg Producer in US Has Found Bird Flu in Chickens at a Texas Plant

The largest producer of fresh eggs in the U.S. said Tuesday it had temporarily halted production at a Texas plant... Read More

The largest producer of fresh eggs in the U.S. said Tuesday it had temporarily halted production at a Texas plant after bird flu was found in chickens, and officials said the virus had also been detected at a poultry facility in Michigan.... Read More

Hospitals Must Obtain Written Consent for Pelvic and Similar Exams, the Federal Government Says

Hospitals must obtain written informed consent from patients before subjecting them to pelvic exams and exams of other sensitive areas — especially... Read More

Hospitals must obtain written informed consent from patients before subjecting them to pelvic exams and exams of other sensitive areas — especially if an exam will be done while the patient is unconscious, the federal government said Monday. New guidance from the... Read More

Five Takeaways From the Abortion Pill Case Before US Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday did not appear ready to limit access to the abortion pill mifepristone,... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday did not appear ready to limit access to the abortion pill mifepristone, in a case that could have far-reaching implications for millions of American women and for scores of drugs regulated by... Read More

Drug Overdoses Reach Another Record With Almost 108,000 Americans in 2022, CDC Says

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 108,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2022, according to final federal figures released Thursday.... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 108,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2022, according to final federal figures released Thursday. Over the last two decades, the number of U.S. overdose deaths has risen almost every year and continued to break annual records... Read More

2024-03-12 15:30:06
by Jesse Zucker
Improve Your Balance, Improve Your Health

WASHINGTON — Losing your balance and taking a fall is a common occurrence. Sometimes it’s no big deal and you... Read More

WASHINGTON — Losing your balance and taking a fall is a common occurrence. Sometimes it’s no big deal and you get right back up. Other times, it could lead to an injury. Older adults have a higher risk of falling... Read More

SEC Approves Rule Requiring Some Companies to Publicly Report Emissions and Climate Risks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday approved a rule that will require some public companies... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday approved a rule that will require some public companies to report their greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, after last-minute revisions that weakened the rule in the face of... Read More

Homes Near St. Louis County Creek Being Tested After Radioactive Contamination Found in Yards

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal agency is examining soil beneath homes in a small suburban St. Louis subdivision to... Read More

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal agency is examining soil beneath homes in a small suburban St. Louis subdivision to determine if residents are living atop Cold War era nuclear contamination. But activists say the testing needs to be far... Read More

2024-03-06 15:08:56
by Jesse Zucker
Artificial Sweeteners: How Safe Are They?

WASHINGTON — If you’ve ever set out to eat a little healthier, you may have gravitated towards sugar-free or zero-calorie... Read More

WASHINGTON — If you’ve ever set out to eat a little healthier, you may have gravitated towards sugar-free or zero-calorie products. Many of these products contain artificial sweeteners, which provide a sweet taste with fewer calories and less effect on... Read More

Officials Investigate Rare Nervous System Disorder in Older Adults Who Got RSV Vaccine

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are investigating whether there's a link between two new RSV vaccines and cases of a rare... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are investigating whether there's a link between two new RSV vaccines and cases of a rare nervous system disorder in older U.S. adults. The inquiry is based on fewer than two dozen cases seen among more... Read More

Biogen Plans to Shut Down Controversial Alzheimer's Drug Aduhelm

Biogen will stop developing its Alzheimer’s treatment Aduhelm, a drug once seen as a potential blockbuster before stumbling soon after its... Read More

Biogen will stop developing its Alzheimer’s treatment Aduhelm, a drug once seen as a potential blockbuster before stumbling soon after its launch a couple years ago. The drugmaker said Wednesday that it will end a study of the drug needed for... Read More

2024-01-03 16:46:07
by Dan McCue
Safety Stations in Federal Facilities Should Stock Anti-Overdose Meds

WASHINGTON — Updated federal guidelines recommend that opioid reversal agents such as naloxone and hemorrhagic control supplies such as Stop... Read More

WASHINGTON — Updated federal guidelines recommend that opioid reversal agents such as naloxone and hemorrhagic control supplies such as Stop the Bleed® become as commonplace at workplace safety stations as automated external defibrillator machines. Though the guidance from the U.S.... Read More

FDA Says Fake Ozempic Shots Being Sold Through Some Legitimate Sources

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it has seized “thousands of units” of counterfeit Ozempic, the diabetes drug widely used... Read More

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it has seized “thousands of units” of counterfeit Ozempic, the diabetes drug widely used for weight loss, that had been distributed through legitimate drug supply sources. The FDA and the drug’s maker, Novo Nordisk,... Read More

2023-11-27 14:20:17
by Dan McCue
Cantaloupes Linked to Deadly Salmonella Outbreak in 32 States, CDC Says

ATLANTA —Two people have died and at least 45 people have been hospitalized due to a salmonella outbreak linked to... Read More

ATLANTA —Two people have died and at least 45 people have been hospitalized due to a salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupes, and the number of cases has doubled in the past week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced... Read More

Eyedrops From CVS, Rite Aid and Others Carry Possible Infection Risk, FDA Says

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators are warning consumers not to use more than two dozen varieties of over-the-counter eyedrops because of... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators are warning consumers not to use more than two dozen varieties of over-the-counter eyedrops because of the risk of infections that could lead to blindness. The Food and Drug Administration advisory applies to lubricating drops sold... Read More

2023-10-03 20:11:04
by Dan McCue
Health Officials Investigating Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Small Turtles

WASHINGTON — Public health officials in 18 states are investigating multiple outbreaks of Salmonella linked to small turtles.  To date... Read More

WASHINGTON — Public health officials in 18 states are investigating multiple outbreaks of Salmonella linked to small turtles.  To date there have been 59 cases of Salmonella — 33 of them new since August — resulting in 23 hospitalizations.  According... Read More

Water Hookups Come to Alaska Yup'ik Village

AKIACHAK, Alaska (AP) — Sanitation workers Thomas Noatak and Joseph Moses start every workday riding a four-wheeler along the muddy... Read More

AKIACHAK, Alaska (AP) — Sanitation workers Thomas Noatak and Joseph Moses start every workday riding a four-wheeler along the muddy roads of this small Yup’ik village on southwestern Alaska’s vast Kuskokwim River, looking for human waste. They’re checking honey bucket... Read More

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