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20 Oct
White House Announces COVID Vaccination Plan for Young Kids

White House Announces COVID Vaccination Plan for Young Kids

The White House on Wednesday unveiled a national plan to roll out coronavirus vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds that is designed to make getting shots as easy and comfortable as possible for both kids and their parents.

Rather than mass vaccination sites, the Biden adminis...

18 Oct
Fully Immunized Colin Powell Dies of COVID: Can Vaccines Protect You?

Fully Immunized Colin Powell Dies of COVID: Can Vaccines Protect You?

Colin Powell, the first Black person to become Secretary of State, and a statesman who helped shape U.S. foreign policy for decades, died Monday of complications from COVID-19. He was 84.

"General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint ...

15 Oct
FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Johnson & Johnson Booster Shot

FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Johnson & Johnson Booster Shot

In a unanimous vote, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's vaccine advisory panel on Friday recommended that the agency grant emergency use of booster shots of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine.

The FDA is expected to make a decision within days that will help gu...

15 Oct
Vaccinated Foreign Travelers Can Enter United States Beginning Nov. 8

Vaccinated Foreign Travelers Can Enter United States Beginning Nov. 8

All international travelers who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will be able to enter the United States beginning Nov. 8, an official at the White House told The New York Times.

The announcement came on the heels of news on Wednesday that ...

15 Oct
State Lotteries Didn't Help Boost Vaccination Rates

State Lotteries Didn't Help Boost Vaccination Rates

FRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A shot at winning $1 million did nothing to budge the number of people who got the COVID-19 jab.

According to

14 Oct
Former FDA Chief Robert Califf a Contender to Head Agency Again

Former FDA Chief Robert Califf a Contender to Head Agency Again

Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Robert Califf is under strong consideration by the White House to once again lead the agency.

The FDA hasn't had a permanent head for more than eight months and is being overseen by acting commissioner Janet Woodcock....

12 Oct
California Expands Access to Free Menstrual Products in Schools

California Expands Access to Free Menstrual Products in Schools

Free menstrual pads and tampons must be provided in restrooms at all California public schools and colleges starting in the 2022-2023 academic year.

The bill, signed on Oct. 8 by Gov. Gavin Newsom, adds to a 2017 law requiring low-income schools in disadvantaged areas to...

01 Oct
Over Half of Police Killings Aren't Reported, Blacks Most Likely Victims

Over Half of Police Killings Aren't Reported, Blacks Most Likely Victims

While high-profile cases like the 2020 killing of George Floyd have cast a harsh spotlight on police violence in the United States, researchers say deaths attributable to it have been underreported for at least 40 years.

That's the key finding in a new study published S...

30 Sep
Americans Divided on Biden's Vaccine Mandate, Poll Finds

Americans Divided on Biden's Vaccine Mandate, Poll Finds

Americans are of two minds about President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate, with political party affiliation playing a pivotal role in their opinions, a new poll finds.

Most Democrats are for it and most Republicans are against it, the survey from the Associated Press

30 Sep
Second Report on Toxins in Baby Foods Finds Continuing Problems

Second Report on Toxins in Baby Foods Finds Continuing Problems

Despite the troubling findings of a congressional report released earlier this year on toxins in baby foods, a new report finds even more manufacturers are selling baby foods that contain potentially unsafe levels of heavy metals.

The toxins in question include dangerous...

23 Sep
EPA to Sharply Limit Refrigerant Production in New Climate Rule

EPA to Sharply Limit Refrigerant Production in New Climate Rule

In a move to combat global warming, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Thursday that it will restrict U.S. production and use of hydrofluorocarbons by 85% over the next 15 years.

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are potent greenhouse gases often used in re...

16 Sep
Biden Administration Buys More Monoclonal Antibody Treatments to Ward Off Shortage

Biden Administration Buys More Monoclonal Antibody Treatments to Ward Off Shortage

As severe cases of COVID-19 rise and demand surges for monoclonal antibody treatments, the U.S. government is ordering more from two key suppliers.

Monoclonal antibodies, which are lab-engineered immune system proteins, can help trigger a healthy immune response against ...

13 Sep
Appeals Court Backs Florida's Ban on School Mask Mandates

Appeals Court Backs Florida's Ban on School Mask Mandates

The law on whether or not students in Florida schools will be required to wear masks has changed again.

On Friday the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee reinstated that state's ban on school mask mandates, CBS News reported.

The issue h...

13 Sep
COVAX Cuts Global COVID Vaccine Supply Estimates By a Quarter

COVAX Cuts Global COVID Vaccine Supply Estimates By a Quarter

Fewer COVID-19 vaccine doses than expected will be available through the global COVAX program, affecting many less-affluent nations waiting on these doses.

The United Nations forecast last week that it would have about 25% fewer vaccines to distribute through COVAX this ...

09 Sep
Judge Rules Against Florida's Ban on School Mask Mandates

Judge Rules Against Florida's Ban on School Mask Mandates

School districts in Florida can require their students to wear masks, despite the governor's order blocking mask mandates -- for now at least.

A circuit court judge in Leon County ruled Wednesday that the state can't enforce Gov. Ron DeSantis' ban on school mask mandates...

09 Sep
More Affordable Housing, Healthier Hearts?

More Affordable Housing, Healthier Hearts?

One of the keys to good health could be in the hands of those who decide zoning policies for their communities.

Inclusionary zoning policies that provide for affordable housing were associated with lower rates of heart disease for those who benefited from these dwelling...

25 Aug
Pentagon Says Troops Must Start Lining Up Now for COVID Shots

Pentagon Says Troops Must Start Lining Up Now for COVID Shots

Unvaccinated U.S. troops must immediately start getting COVID-19 vaccines, says a memo issued Tuesday by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which recently received full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will be added to the li...

20 Aug
American Dental Association Pushes for Dental Coverage Under Medicaid

American Dental Association Pushes for Dental Coverage Under Medicaid

Dental care should be a required part of Medicaid coverage for adults in every state, the American Dental Association and nearly 130 other organizations urge in a letter to Congress.

The groups called on lawmakers to support and advance a bill called the Medicaid Dental ...

04 Aug
WHO Slams COVID-19 Booster Shots in Wealthy Nations

WHO Slams COVID-19 Booster Shots in Wealthy Nations

Wealthy nations shouldn't be giving COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to their citizens while poor nations struggle to get first doses of vaccines, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday.

The U.N. health organization called for a moratorium on booster shots unti...

29 Jul
Lowering Medicare Age Could Help Close Racial Gaps in Health Care: Study

Lowering Medicare Age Could Help Close Racial Gaps in Health Care: Study

Could reducing racial disparities in health care be as simple as lowering the age at which Americans qualify for Medicare?

Yes, claims a new study that suggests lowering eligibility from age 65 to age 60 could go a long way toward addressing inequities in health insuranc...

27 Jul
Who's Most Likely to Refuse a COVID Vaccine?

Who's Most Likely to Refuse a COVID Vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among American adults fell by one-third in the first five months of 2021, a new study finds, but distrust of vaccines and the government are still keeping many people from getting vaccinated.

Researchers analyzed data gathered from about 1 mill...

26 Jul
U.S. to Stick With International Travel Restrictions

U.S. to Stick With International Travel Restrictions

The rapid spread of the highly contagious Delta variant around the world means that the United States will continue with COVID-19 international travel restrictions for now, a White House official said Monday.

The Delta variant now accounts for 83% of all U.S. coronavirus...

19 Jul
Many Hit Hard by Pandemic Now Swamped by Medical Debt

Many Hit Hard by Pandemic Now Swamped by Medical Debt

The coronavirus pandemic has left plenty of Americans saddled with medical bills they can't pay, a new survey reveals.

More than 50% of those who were infected with COVID-19 or who lost income due to the pandemic are now struggling with medical debt, according to resear...

07 Jul
Is Medicare Overspending? Costco Prices Much Less for Generic Drugs

Is Medicare Overspending? Costco Prices Much Less for Generic Drugs

Can Costco beat Medicare Part D when it comes to prescription drug prices?

Apparently so, claims a new study that found that roughly half of generic medications were cheaper when purchased from the discount retailer than from the government program.

The researchers...

14 Jun
Novavax's COVID Vaccine Shines in Latest Trial

Novavax's COVID Vaccine Shines in Latest Trial

Novavax, a Maryland biotechnology company that has struggled mightily with delays in developing its coronavirus vaccine, announced Monday that its two-shot regimen was over 90% effective overall in a trial that unfolded even as more contagious variants emerged.

Amon...

08 Jun
Girl's Tragedy Has Parents Calling for Changes to Car Design

Girl's Tragedy Has Parents Calling for Changes to Car Design

Jay-Fay Fraser was in the back seat of her father's sedan, heading home from feeding the homeless on Thanksgiving 2016, when another car rear-ended them on the highway.

The driver's seat collapsed backward from the sudden force of the rear impact, slamming into Jay-Fay's...

27 May
There's Been a Shift in Who's Funding Alzheimer's Research

There's Been a Shift in Who's Funding Alzheimer's Research

The U.S. government and nonprofits are replacing drug companies as the main drivers of Alzheimer's disease research, two new studies show.

The findings are from an analysis of national data by Jeffrey Cummings, a research professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas ...

18 May
It's Still Tough to Find Prices on Most U.S. Hospital Websites

It's Still Tough to Find Prices on Most U.S. Hospital Websites

U.S. hospitals have been required to make their prices public since 2019, but 18 months into the rule more than half weren't doing it, a new study finds.

In 2018, the Trump administration issued a rule requiring hospitals to publish their "chargemasters" on their website...

29 Apr
FDA Poised to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

FDA Poised to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed a ban on menthol cigarettes, a move that the agency has tried before and one that public health experts and civil rights groups have pushed for years.

Menthol cigarettes have been marketed aggressively to Black A...

21 Apr
Eviction Bans Helped Stop COVID's Spread in Cities: Study

Eviction Bans Helped Stop COVID's Spread in Cities: Study

Eviction bans during the COVID-19 pandemic reduced infection rates not only in people who avoided displacement but also in their communities, according to a new study.

"When it comes to a transmissible disease like COVID-19, no neighborhood is entirely isolated," said st...

08 Apr
Canada's Menthol Cigarette Ban Boosted Quit Rates: Would the Same Happen in U.S.?

Canada's Menthol Cigarette Ban Boosted Quit Rates: Would the Same Happen in U.S.?

Could banning menthol cigarettes be key to lowering smoking rates overall?

New research suggests it's possible, after finding that a ban on menthol cigarettes in Canada was linked to a large increase in the number of smokers who quit.

The impact of the menthol ban ...

07 Apr
Public Lost Trust in CDC During COVID Crisis: Poll

Public Lost Trust in CDC During COVID Crisis: Poll

Americans' trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declined during the COVID-19 pandemic, an opinion poll finds.

Researchers polled more than 2,000 Americans in May 2020 and questioned most again five months later. Respondents were asked to rate...

12 Mar
How Bad Was COVID in Your State? Governor's Party Affiliation Was Key

How Bad Was COVID in Your State? Governor's Party Affiliation Was Key

Could whether your governor is a Democrat or a Republican have influenced how many coronavirus cases and deaths your state has seen during the pandemic?

Yes, claim researchers who discovered a strong link between the two -- by late last summer, the odds of dying from COV...

26 Feb
Pandemic Is Hitting Hospitals Hard, Including Their Bottom Line

Pandemic Is Hitting Hospitals Hard, Including Their Bottom Line

U.S. hospitals are expected to lose billions again in 2021, leaving them in dire financial shape as the COVID-19 pandemic guts the industry for a second year.

Hospitals could lose $53 billion to $122 billion in revenue in 2021, between 4% and 10% of their total revenue, ...

08 Feb
Bans on Evictions, Utility Shutoffs Are Curbing COVID Infections: Study

Bans on Evictions, Utility Shutoffs Are Curbing COVID Infections: Study

Bans on evictions and utility shutoffs during the pandemic may not only be keeping people safe and warm in their homes: They might also limit the spread of COVID-19, new research suggests.

Over the first nine months of the pandemic, the study found, U.S. counties with th...

01 Feb
Pandemic Unemployment Benefits Helped Keep Millions of Americans From Going Hungry

Pandemic Unemployment Benefits Helped Keep Millions of Americans From Going Hungry

Expanded unemployment benefits, passed by Congress last spring to ease the economic pain of the pandemic, appear to have held hunger at bay for millions of Americans, new research shows.

Called "The CARES Act" when it was put into effect nearly a year ago, the law expand...

27 Jan
Retired Doctors, Nurses Will Be Approved to Give COVID Vaccine, White House Says

Retired Doctors, Nurses Will Be Approved to Give COVID Vaccine, White House Says

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Retired doctors and nurses are being called to the front lines of the U.S. coronavirus vaccination effort, the White House COVID-19 Response team announced Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is ...

26 Jan
What's Killing Detainees at U.S. ICE Facilities?

What's Killing Detainees at U.S. ICE Facilities?

Thirty-five detainees in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities have died since April 2018, often because of preventable causes, such as COVID-19, flu and suicide, according to a new study.

One of them was a Mexican citizen who had first entered the Un...

25 Jan
Frustrations Mount for U.S. Seniors Seeking Access to COVID Vaccines

Frustrations Mount for U.S. Seniors Seeking Access to COVID Vaccines

Irene Greenhalgh, 83, considers herself a pretty computer-savvy senior, but even she got lost in a maze of websites and e-mails trying to get an appointment for her COVID-19 vaccine.

One health provider's e-mail provided links to sites that were giving vaccinations, but ...

06 Jan
Moves, Evictions Often Trigger Harmful Breaks in Health Care: Study

Moves, Evictions Often Trigger Harmful Breaks in Health Care: Study

Research brings grim findings for these economically tough times: People who must move because they can't make the rent often miss out on needed medical care.

The study, of over 146,000 California residents, found a connection between unaffordable housing and health care...

29 Dec
New Dietary Guidelines for Americans Ignore Recommendations on Sugar, Alcohol

New Dietary Guidelines for Americans Ignore Recommendations on Sugar, Alcohol

The Trump administration rejected a scientific advisory group's advice Tuesday that people further reduce their added sugar and alcohol intake as part of the 2020 update to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

An independent advisory committee charged with helping the f...

16 Dec
COVID Vaccine Won't Reach All the World's People Until 2022: Study

COVID Vaccine Won't Reach All the World's People Until 2022: Study

Amid hopes stirred by the recent rollout of an approved COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, a new study warns that shots may not be available to nearly one-quarter of the world's people until 2022.

A second study estimates that 3.7 billion adults worldwide are willing...

14 Dec
Young Republicans Much Less Likely to Wear Masks, Social Distance: Study

Young Republicans Much Less Likely to Wear Masks, Social Distance: Study

Republicans have downplayed the importance of masking and social distancing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and a new study shows that message has filtered down to the party's youngest voting members.

Nearly one out of every four young adults from the Los Angeles regio...

02 Dec
Relief for America's Unemployed Could Be Crucial for Health

Relief for America's Unemployed Could Be Crucial for Health

Americans who lost their jobs this year due to the coronavirus pandemic have remained healthier and more secure thanks to expanded unemployment insurance, a new study reports.

Struggling folks who received benefits reported that they were less likely to go hungry, miss a...

19 Nov
Election Outcome Hasn't Lowered Americans' Stress Levels: Poll

Election Outcome Hasn't Lowered Americans' Stress Levels: Poll

The U.S. presidential election may be over, but many Americans remain stressed about it, as well as a number of other worries, a new poll finds.

The online Harris Poll survey from the American Psychological Association (APA) -- which included more than 2,000 adults aged ...

23 Oct
Politics Key to Americans' Views on COVID-19, Poll Shows

Politics Key to Americans' Views on COVID-19, Poll Shows

The new coronavirus holds no political views. The pathogen's only aim is to infect, spread and thrive.

But in what is surely no surprise in a deeply divided America, it turns out that your political views play a large role in your attitude towards COVID-19 prevention...

08 Oct
If Election Stress Is Getting to You, You're Not Alone

If Election Stress Is Getting to You, You're Not Alone

For most Americans, the 2020 presidential election is a big source of stress, a new nationwide survey shows.

Nearly seven in 10 adults (68%) surveyed called the election a significant source of stress, compared with 52% in 2016, the survey commissioned by the...

02 Oct
Me, Me, Me: Narcissists Drawn to Politics, Study Shows

Me, Me, Me: Narcissists Drawn to Politics, Study Shows

It's all about him. Or her.

New research supports what much of the electorate may already suspect: Many narcissistic people are drawn to politics, and that could put democracy in danger.

As the researchers defined it, narcissism is a combination of selfishn...

04 Aug
November Election Can Be Held Safely, Experts Contend

November Election Can Be Held Safely, Experts Contend

With the 2020 presidential election just three months away, new research suggests an election can be held safely if stringent steps are taken to lower COVID-19 infection risk.

The conclusion follows a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigati...

10 Jul
Blacks Underrepresented in Cancer Drug Trials: Study

Blacks Underrepresented in Cancer Drug Trials: Study

U.S. government-funded clinical trials for new cancer treatments have more Black participants than those run by drug companies, but Blacks are still underrepresented in cancer studies, researchers say.

The SWOG Cancer Research Network team analyzed data from 358 clin...