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30 Sep
U.S. Will Spend $266 Million to Bolster Public Health Programs

U.S. Will Spend $266 Million to Bolster Public Health Programs

The U.S. government will invest $266 million to shore up the community and public health workforce using American Rescue Plan funding.

About $225.5 million will go to 83 recipients to support...

27 Sep
Nutrition Labels to Move to Front of Packaging Under Biden Plan

Nutrition Labels to Move to Front of Packaging Under Biden Plan

To help consumers ascertain the nutritional value of foods more easily, the Biden administration said Tuesday it will propose putting nutrition labels...

27 Sep
Biden Administration Announces National Plan to End Hunger By 2030

Biden Administration Announces National Plan to End Hunger By 2030

The White House on Tuesday released a national plan to end hunger by 2030, an ambitious goal that would be accomplished largely by expanding monthly food benefits for poor Americans.

The

22 Sep
Feds Warn of Home Carbon Monoxide Detectors That May Fail to Alarm

Feds Warn of Home Carbon Monoxide Detectors That May Fail to Alarm

Consumers should immediately stop using HECOPRO digital display carbon monoxide (CO) detectors because they can fail to warn about the presence of the dangerous gas, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said.

The CPSC issued the warning Thursday after detec...

08 Sep
Feds Tighten Safety Standards on Tiny High-Powered Magnets That Have Injured Kids

Feds Tighten Safety Standards on Tiny High-Powered Magnets That Have Injured Kids

New federal safety standards announced Wednesday aim to keep kids and teens safe from serious or life-threatening injuries from accidental swallowing of high-powered magnets.

The new standards require that certain products with loose or separable magnets contain only tho...

08 Sep
Do Taxes on Soda Really Lower Sugar Intake?

Do Taxes on Soda Really Lower Sugar Intake?

New research suggests that good intentions may not always be enough when it comes to public health.

According to the study of the consequences of

29 Aug
Biden Administration Will Stop Sending Out Free COVID Tests on Friday

Biden Administration Will Stop Sending Out Free COVID Tests on Friday

The days of getting free COVID-19 tests by mail are drawing to a close.

The Biden administration plans to stop sending test kits to Americans on Sept. 2 in order to reserve remaining tests for a fall surge. Lack of funding from Congress is the reason for the change, ...

26 Aug
Too Few U.S. Cities Have Good Hurricane Evacuation Plans

Too Few U.S. Cities Have Good Hurricane Evacuation Plans

This year's hurricane season has been quiet so far, but if and when it cranks up many American cities won't be prepared to execute mass evacuations, a new study finds.

After Hurricane Katrina slammed into...

25 Aug
U.S. Government Extends Baby Formula Waivers, Rebates for WIC Families

U.S. Government Extends Baby Formula Waivers, Rebates for WIC Families

To help parents who use government nutrition benefits cope with an ongoing shortage of baby formula, U.S. federal officials will extend a program giving them more choice at the grocery store.

Families who buy formula through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for...

24 Aug
First Lady Jill Biden Tests Positive for COVID Again

First Lady Jill Biden Tests Positive for COVID Again

After testing negative for COVID-19 and leaving isolation last Sunday, First Lady Jill Biden again tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.

"After testing negative on Tuesday, just now, the First Lady has tested positive for COVID-19 by antigen testing," the First Lad...

22 Aug
Dr. Anthony Fauci Will Step Down in December

Dr. Anthony Fauci Will Step Down in December

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has advised seven presidents and spent more than five decades at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, will step down in December to "pursue the next chapter" of his career, he announced Monday.

Fauci, 81, currently serves as the director of the ...

22 Aug
First Lady Jill Biden Leaves Isolation After Testing Negative for COVID Twice

First Lady Jill Biden Leaves Isolation After Testing Negative for COVID Twice

After testing positive for COVID-19 last week, First Lady Jill Biden left isolation on Sunday following two negative test results.

She had been isolating on Kiawah Island, S.C., where she had tested positive while vacationing there with her husband, President Joe Biden, ...

18 Aug
Countries With Universal Health Care Had Better Child Vaccination Rates During Pandemic

Countries With Universal Health Care Had Better Child Vaccination Rates During Pandemic

Countries that are closer to achieving universal health coverage saw smaller declines in routine childhood vaccinations during the pandemic, a new study reveals.

The World Health Organization describes

17 Aug
CDC Director Says Agency Needs Major Overhaul

CDC Director Says Agency Needs Major Overhaul

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention failed to respond quickly enough during the COVID-19 pandemic and needs an major overhaul, Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday.

With her rebuke, she sketched out a plan to prioritize action on public health ne...

16 Aug
First Lady Jill Biden Has COVID-19

First Lady Jill Biden Has COVID-19

First Lady Jill Biden has COVID-19 and is experiencing "mild symptoms," according to her staff.

"After testing negative for COVID-19 on Monday during her regular testin...

15 Aug
Scotland Becomes 1st Country to Provide Free Period Products

Scotland Becomes 1st Country to Provide Free Period Products

On Monday Scotland became the world's first country to help its residents with what activists supporting the move call "period poverty."

The country now offers free period products for anyone who needs them, a decision first made in November 2020 by unanimous approval in...

12 Aug
Here's How New Federal Legislation Might Cut Your Drug Costs

Here's How New Federal Legislation Might Cut Your Drug Costs

The Inflation Reduction Act is expected to bring out-of-pocket drug costs down for many U.S. seniors, but most of its benefits aren't immediate.

Under the law, Medicare will now be allowed to negotiate the cost of some drugs. That should eventually bring down out-of-pock...

10 Aug
TPOXX Is the Only Monkeypox Treatment -- If You Can Get It

TPOXX Is the Only Monkeypox Treatment -- If You Can Get It

What if a rare viral illness with the potential to cause excruciating pain was in fact treatable, but the only drug for that use was nearly impossible to get, despite being in plentiful supply?

That is precisely the dilemma now confronting thousands of

03 Aug
Biden to Sign Executive Order Protecting Women Traveling for Abortion

Biden to Sign Executive Order Protecting Women Traveling for Abortion

President Joe Biden was poised to sign a new executiv...

02 Aug
Minnesota Trial Focuses on Pharmacist Who Refused to Provide Morning-After Pill

Minnesota Trial Focuses on Pharmacist Who Refused to Provide Morning-After Pill

A Minnesota jury is expected to decide by the end of this week whether a woman's human rights were violated when a pharmacist denied her request to fill a prescription for emergency contraception, sometimes called the

01 Aug
USDA Gets Tough on Salmonella in Breaded Chicken Products

USDA Gets Tough on Salmonella in Breaded Chicken Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to toughen regulations on certain raw chicken products.

The agency has notified food processors that new rules would require they lower the amount of salmonella

29 Jul
San Francisco, N.Y. State Declare Monkeypox Public Health Emergencies

San Francisco, N.Y. State Declare Monkeypox Public Health Emergencies

Both San Francisco and New York state declared monkeypox a public health emergency on Thursday, as they struggle to gain access to more resources to help contain the spread of the virus.

Abou...

27 Jul
Texas Court Case Could Threaten Americans' Health Care Nationwide

Texas Court Case Could Threaten Americans' Health Care Nationwide

A federal lawsuit out of Texas could end access to free lifesaving preventive health care services for nearly 168 million people in the United States with private insurance, a new report suggests.

27 Jul
Biden Tests Negative for COVID, Ends Isolation Period

Biden Tests Negative for COVID, Ends Isolation Period

After contracting COVID-19 last week, President Joe Biden has tested negative for the virus and ended his isolation period.

In a tweet posted Wednesday mornin...

26 Jul
Biden Administration May Declare Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency

Biden Administration May Declare Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency

As monkeypox continues to spread, with nearly 3,500 cases now reported in the United States, the Biden administration is weighing whether to declare the outbreak a public health emer...

21 Jul
Biden Administration Announces New Division to Deal With Pandemics

Biden Administration Announces New Division to Deal With Pandemics

The Biden administration announced Thursday that it will create a new division in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) focused solely on coordinating responses to pandemic threats and other health emergencies.

The office of the existing Assistant Secre...

21 Jul
Biden Tests Positive for COVID

Biden Tests Positive for COVID

President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19, the White House announced Thursday.

"This morning, President Biden tested positive for COVID-19. He is fully vaccinated and twice boosted and experiencing very mild symptoms," White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-P...

13 Jul
What Do Bans on Abortion Mean for People Using IVF?

What Do Bans on Abortion Mean for People Using IVF?

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows states to ban abortion isn't expected to have an immediate effect on in vitro fertilization, according to an analysis by the nation's leading reproductive health society.

However, the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade opens up a h...

08 Jul
Biden Signs Executive Order on Access to Abortion

Biden Signs Executive Order on Access to Abortion

Under growing pressure from his own party, President Joe Biden on Friday issued an executive order designed to help protect women's access to abortion.

Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court

01 Jul
Politics Big Factor in Folks' Decision to Get Boosters

Politics Big Factor in Folks' Decision to Get Boosters

Who you voted for at the ballot box may have the most influence over whether you've gotten a COVID-19 booster shot.

Researchers studying

29 Jun
Demand for Abortion Pills, Info Has Been Surging for Weeks

Demand for Abortion Pills, Info Has Been Surging for Weeks

Shortly after news broke in May that Roe v. Wade was in danger of being overturned by the Supreme Court, internet searches for abortion pills surged, a new study shows.

On M...

27 Jun
Ob-Gyns Call Bans on Abortion Devastating for Women's Health

Ob-Gyns Call Bans on Abortion Devastating for Women's Health

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn a woman's right to have an abortion marks a "very dark day in health care" that will leave patients at risk and doctors afraid to act, lea...

24 Jun
SCOTUS Overturns Roe v. Wade, Leaving Many Women Without Access to Abortion

SCOTUS Overturns Roe v. Wade, Leaving Many Women Without Access to Abortion

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on Friday that overturns the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision guaranteeing a woman's right to abortion.

"The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion... and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and ...

08 Jun
Is Politics Creating a 'Mortality Gap' for Americans?

Is Politics Creating a 'Mortality Gap' for Americans?

The sharp political divide in the United States may also be creating a widening gap in death rates between those on opposing sides, new research suggests.

For the study, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in Boston analyzed death rates and federal and stat...

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 vac...

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's ...

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 th...

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