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23 May
Emergency Shipment of Baby Formula Arrives From Europe

Emergency Shipment of Baby Formula Arrives From Europe

A 35-ton shipment of hypoallergenic baby formula from Switzerland arrived in the United States on Sunday, the first delivery in what the Biden administration is calling "Operation Fly Formula" to deal with a nationwide shortage.

The 132 pallets of formula arrived in Indi...

19 May
Biden Invokes Defense Act to Boost Supply of Infant Formula

Biden Invokes Defense Act to Boost Supply of Infant Formula

Faced with mounting pressure to help desperate parents, President Joe Biden on Wednesday invoked the power of the wartime Defense Production Act to get more of the precious product into American homes.

Under the new powers, the federal government can use commercial airc...

16 May
After Roe v. Wade: Could Bans on Out-of-State Abortions, Mail-Order Pills Be Next?

After Roe v. Wade: Could Bans on Out-of-State Abortions, Mail-Order Pills Be Next?

"I do not believe that the overturning of Roe v. Wade is where any of this will end."

So warns Rachel Fey, vice president of policy and strategic partnerships for Power to Decide, a contraception advocacy group dedicated to reducing the risk for unplanned pregnancies.

10 May
After a Sweeping Review, CDC Looks to Rebuild Public Trust

After a Sweeping Review, CDC Looks to Rebuild Public Trust

In April, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched a new center to better forecast infectious disease outbreaks. It also underwent a month-long review to examine their current systems and inform future strategies.

Together, these announcements paint ...

08 Apr
Vaccination Mandate for Federal Workers Reinstated by Appeals Court

Vaccination Mandate for Federal Workers Reinstated by Appeals Court

A rule requiring U.S. federal government employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 has been reinstated by a federal appeals court.

The

19 Jan
COVID Restrictions Eased in England

COVID Restrictions Eased in England

Numerous COVID restrictions will be dropped in England because government experts believe the Omicron variant "has now peaked nationally," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday.

As of Jan. 27, COVID-19 passes will no longer be needed to enter large-scale ev...

18 Jan
White House Launches Website for Free Home COVID Tests One Day Ahead of Schedule

White House Launches Website for Free Home COVID Tests One Day Ahead of Schedule

It was slated to debut on Wednesday, but the federal government quietly launched its website for Americans to order free at-home COVID tests one day early.

Go to COVIDTests.gov and you can quickly order four tests...

18 Jan
Politics Clouds Folks' Views on COVID Rules, Global Survey Confirms

Politics Clouds Folks' Views on COVID Rules, Global Survey Confirms

People's political views do affect their opinions about COVID-19 policies, a new study confirms, but researchers also found that advice from trusted experts can override those political biases.

"These findings underscore how important it is to have communications come fr...

17 Jan
COVAX Program Has Now Sent 1 Billion COVID Vaccines to Poorer Nations

COVAX Program Has Now Sent 1 Billion COVID Vaccines to Poorer Nations

The latest shipment of 1.1 million COVID-19 vaccines to Rwanda this weekend signaled a noteworthy achievement: The COVAX program, a United Nations-backed program providing poorer countries with va...

13 Jan
Surge of U.S. Military Medical Personnel to Ease Medical Worker Shortages

Surge of U.S. Military Medical Personnel to Ease Medical Worker Shortages

President Joe Biden plans to announce Thursday that a "surge" of U.S. military medical personnel will soon be deployed to hospitals struggling with staff shortages amid soaring COVID-19 cases.

More than 1,000 will begin arriving at hospitals nationwide starting next week...

12 Jan
Medicaid Rules May Affect Americans' Cancer Survival

Medicaid Rules May Affect Americans' Cancer Survival

The chance of someone who is covered by Medicaid surviving cancer may depend in part on where they live, a new analysis finds.

In states that had lower Medicaid income eligibility limits, cancer survival rates were...

10 Jan
Medicare May Rethink Premium Hike for Pricey Alzheimer’s Drug

Medicare May Rethink Premium Hike for Pricey Alzheimer’s Drug

Medicare has been told to reassess a significant premium increase it had announced that largely stemmed from the expensive new Alzheimer's drug

07 Jan
Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Biden's Vaccine Mandate for Big Business

Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Biden's Vaccine Mandate for Big Business

The Supreme Court began to hear oral arguments on Friday as it weighs whether the Biden administration can enforce vaccine mandates for large companies.

The justices are also hearing arguments on a separate vaccine mandate for most health care workers.

The court’...

07 Jan
FDA Shortens Time to Booster After Moderna Vaccine to 5 Months

FDA Shortens Time to Booster After Moderna Vaccine to 5 Months

Citing the rapid spread of the Omicron variant and the need for protection against it, U.S. federal health officials are shortening the recommended time between the second dose of the Moderna vaccine and a booster shot from six months down to five.

"The country is in t...

07 Jan
AHA News: Health Coach Was Once an Overworked, Unhealthy New Mom Who Had a Stroke at 32

AHA News: Health Coach Was Once an Overworked, Unhealthy New Mom Who Had a Stroke at 32

Kelly Fucheck woke up one summer Sunday ready to spend a quiet morning at home with her husband, Glen. Their toddler, Tomas, had spent the night at grandma's house.

She picked out a pair of comfy pants, but when she tried to put them on, she swayed to the left. Then Kell...

06 Jan
Members of Biden’s Transition Team Call for New COVID Plan

Members of Biden’s Transition Team Call for New COVID Plan

Former members of President Joe Biden’s transition team are calling for a new long-term strategy that envisions a world in which humans learn to live with the new coronavirus.

Six former advisers published three opinion articles Thursday in the

30 Dec
New Zealand Aims for Zero Smokers in a Generation: Could Plan Work Elsewhere?

New Zealand Aims for Zero Smokers in a Generation: Could Plan Work Elsewhere?

Nearly all countries agree: Smoking is bad, and getting people to kick the habit is a worthy public health goal.

But no country has ever attempted what New Zealand is about to try: an outright ban on all cigarette sales.

The plan is to let those who already smoke r...

22 Dec
U.S. Army Reports Progress on COVID Vaccine That Fights All Variants

U.S. Army Reports Progress on COVID Vaccine That Fights All Variants

The U.S. Army says it has developed a COVID-19 vaccine it believes could work against any and all coronavirus variants, including Omicron.

Results from early human trials of the Spike Ferritin Nanoparticle (SpFN) COVID vaccine are expected by the end of the month, the Ar...

17 Dec
Biden Administration to Tackle Lead in Drinking Water

Biden Administration to Tackle Lead in Drinking Water

In an effort to further lower lead levels in drinking water, the Biden administration on Thursday announced $2.9 billion in infrastructure bill funds for lead pipe removal and tighter lead limits.

The new, tougher limits to be imposed by the Environmental Protection Agen...

10 Dec
Supreme Court Allows Legal Challenges to Texas Abortion Law, But Doesn't Overturn It

Supreme Court Allows Legal Challenges to Texas Abortion Law, But Doesn't Overturn It

Abortion providers in Texas can sue state officials in federal court over the state's new abortion law, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday, but it refused to block the law while such legal actions may be taken.

In its

07 Dec
Biden Pledges to Lower Prescription Drug Prices for Americans

Biden Pledges to Lower Prescription Drug Prices for Americans

President Joe Biden promised cheaper prescription drugs for all Americans on Monday as his social agenda legislation winds its way through Congress.

Biden tried to shift Americans' focus to pocketbook provisions overlooked in his $2 trillion legislation, which deals with...

07 Dec
Medicaid Expansion Saved Lives in Affected States: Study

Medicaid Expansion Saved Lives in Affected States: Study

In a sign that the expansion of Medicaid has really worked, new research finds that death rates have declined in states that expanded the public health insurance program.

Medicaid expansion began in 2014 as part of the Affordable Care Act (also known as "Obamacare") and ...

06 Dec
Over 234,000 Pounds of Ham, Pepperoni Recalled Due to Listeria

Over 234,000 Pounds of Ham, Pepperoni Recalled Due to Listeria

Nearly 235,000 pounds of fully cooked ham and pepperoni products were recalled by Michigan-based Alexander & Hornung on Sunday due to possible listeria contamination.

There are no confirmed reports of illness associated with the products that were sold across the United ...

03 Dec
Most Vaccinated Adults Plan to Get Boosters: Poll

Most Vaccinated Adults Plan to Get Boosters: Poll

Most vaccinated American adults have every intention of getting booster shots, a new poll finds.

Only about one in five say they won't get it, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) survey conducted with 1,820 U.S. adults between Nov. 8 and Nov. 22. About 23% of v...

29 Nov
Biden Pushes Vaccines, Masks as Best Defense Against Omicron Variant

Biden Pushes Vaccines, Masks as Best Defense Against Omicron Variant

Vaccines and masks will be the United States' first line of defense against the new Omicron variant, not lockdowns or border closures, President Joe Biden told the nation Monday.

"If people are vaccinated and wear their mask, there's no need for lockdowns," Biden said, n...

19 Nov
President Biden to Undergo Routine Colonoscopy

President Biden to Undergo Routine Colonoscopy

President Joe Biden is undergoing a routine colonoscopy Friday, and will briefly transfer power to Vice President Kamala Harris while he's sedated for the procedure, the White House said.

The colonoscopy will be part of Biden's first routine physical exam as president, a...

18 Nov
Many Kids Separated From Families at U.S. Border Suffer PTSD

Many Kids Separated From Families at U.S. Border Suffer PTSD

Parents and children who were separated under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy have shown lasting psychological trauma -- even after being reunited, a new study finds.

Between 2017 and 2018, more than 5,000 children were separated from their...

12 Nov
Biden Expected to Name Former FDA Head Dr. Robert Califf to Lead Agency Again

Biden Expected to Name Former FDA Head Dr. Robert Califf to Lead Agency Again

Despite concerns about his close ties to the drug industry, President Joe Biden is expected on Friday to nominate Dr. Robert Califf, former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to lead the agency once more.

Califf, who served during the last year of the Obama a...

11 Nov
Biden Announces New Lung Health Program for U.S. Veterans

Biden Announces New Lung Health Program for U.S. Veterans

A new program to help U.S. veterans with lung problems caused by inhaling toxins while deployed was announced on Veterans Day by President Joe Biden.

It will also assess the potential connection between cancers and time spent overseas breathing poor air, according to the...

04 Nov
Hepatitis B Shots Advised for All U.S. Adults Under 60

Hepatitis B Shots Advised for All U.S. Adults Under 60

All U.S. adults younger than 60 should be vaccinated against hepatitis B, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended Wednesday.

Until now, the shots were recommended only for certain groups of adults, including prisoners, health care workers, internatio...

03 Nov
Medicare Could Negotiate Drug Prices Under Democrat Proposal

Medicare Could Negotiate Drug Prices Under Democrat Proposal

A measure designed to lower prescription drug costs for seniors has been added to President Joe Biden's social safety net and climate change bill that Democratic leaders hope to bring to a House vote this week.

For the first time, the measure would enable the federal gov...

02 Nov
Biden Administration Moves to Cut Methane Emissions That Threaten Climate, Health

Biden Administration Moves to Cut Methane Emissions That Threaten Climate, Health

A new rule to sharply cut methane emissions and other oil and gas industry air pollutants that harm health and contribute to climate change is in the works.

The new Clean Air Act rule proposed Tuesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would cut 41 million...

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

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 Se...

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 has been i...

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 dwellings...

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 ...

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