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New York City Has Been Slow To Vaccinate Homebound Elderly, Causing More Sickness

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Despite being hit hard early in the pandemic, New York City lags behind in vaccinating people 65 and older, and its efforts to reach the homebound and disabled have been disorganized.

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5 Ways To Stop Summer Colds From Making The Rounds In Your Family

NPR Health Blog - 7 hours 22 min ago

Run-of-the-mill runny noses and coughs are back, after a break during the pandemic's height, when so many of us were circulating less and wearing masks. Here's how to keep household viruses at bay.

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For Those Facing Alzheimer's, A Controversial Drug Offers Hope

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 06/15/2021 - 2:24pm

A plaque-busting Alzheimer's drug called Aduhelm has yet to prove it can preserve memory and thinking. Even so, its approval by the Food and Drug Administration is making some patients opitimistic.

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A 3rd Dose Of COVID Vaccines May Boost Immunity For Transplant Recipients

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 06/15/2021 - 10:27am

The COVID vaccines haven't proved very effective for people living with organ transplants. But getting a third dose of the mRNA vaccines gave a big bump in antibody levels in a new study.

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The U.S. Bans Importing Dogs From 113 Countries After Rise In False Rabies Records

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 06/14/2021 - 3:01pm

A surge in pet adoptions has increased demand for dogs imported from around the world. Most are fine, but federal officials turned up 450 dogs in 2020 with false records — 50% more than in 2019.

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Anti-Vaccine Activists Use A Federal Database To Spread Fear About COVID Vaccines

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 06/14/2021 - 5:00am

The system is designed to provide early warning of what might or might not be actual side effects. But anti-vaccine groups are bending the data to their own ends.

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New Device Taps Brain Signals To Help Stroke Patients Regain Hand Function

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 7:00am

After a stroke, people often lose dexterity in one hand. Now, the Food and Drug Administration has authorized a device that can restore function by encouraging the brain to rewire.

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States Scale Back Pandemic Reporting, Stirring Alarm

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 5:34am

More than two dozen states have reduced how frequently they report what's happening with the pandemic, raising alarm among some public health experts.

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Rural Communities Fall Further Behind In COVID-19 Vaccination Rates

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 5:30am

Cities are leaving rural areas behind in the race to vaccinate against COVID-19, but some states' suburbs are struggling, too. To close the gap experts say, outreach needs to be hyperlocal.

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In Montana, Crisis Support Teams Offer Alternatives To Policing Mental Health

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 06/10/2021 - 5:00am

Montana now has six mobile crisis response teams — up from one in 2019 — with more in the works. Each team has a different makeup, but all use mental health support to diffuse tricky situations.

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New Evidence Suggests COVID-19 Vaccines Remain Effective Against Variants

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 06/09/2021 - 12:18pm

An analysis of blood from people who had received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine found a lower level of neutralizing antibodies against viral variants but a strong response involving T cells.

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Women Now Drink As Much As Men — Not So Much For Pleasure, But To Cope

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 06/09/2021 - 5:18am

Women aren't just upping their drinking, researchers say. Increasingly they are "drinking to cope," instead of for pleasure — which accelerates the risk of alcohol use disorder and its health damage.

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An Anti-Vaccine Film Targeted To Black Americans Spreads False Information

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 06/08/2021 - 6:00am

A recent movie produced by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s anti-vaccine group tries to capitalize on the COVID-19 pandemic, the racial justice movement and renewed interest in the history of medical racism.

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Once Banned, For-Profit Medical Schools Are On The Rise Again In The U.S.

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 06/07/2021 - 5:00am

Montana is one of only four states without a medical school, and two groups with different financial models hope to remedy that. One plans a for-profit school, but critics say students may suffer.

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A New Type Of COVID-19 Vaccine Could Debut Soon

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 06/06/2021 - 6:02am

Instead of putting genetic instructions into people whose cells then make a viral protein, the vaccines from Novavax, Medicago and Sanofi carry a spike protein payload.

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FDA Poised For Decision On Controversial Alzheimer's Drug

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 06/04/2021 - 2:44pm

The FDA has until Monday to decide whether to approve the first new Alzheimer's drug in nearly two decades. Two big studies of the drug produced conflicting results.

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Why Contact Tracing Couldn't Keep Up With The U.S. COVID Outbreak

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 06/03/2021 - 12:34pm

Despite a massive hiring push last year, health agencies around the U.S. failed to contain the pandemic through contact tracing. Health leaders reflect on lessons learned and what's next.

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Expanding Health Coverage Is Top Priority For New Head Of Medicare/Medicaid

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 06/03/2021 - 6:00am

Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the new head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, says she'll focus her time in charge on getting more Americans insured.

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With Roots In Civil Rights, Community Health Centers Push For Equity In The Pandemic

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 06/03/2021 - 5:00am

A federally-funded clinic in rural Mississippi embodies the history of community health centers in the U.S., and shows how these safety-net clinics can help minority patients during the pandemic.

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Indiana Needle Exchange That Helped Contain A Historic HIV Outbreak To Be Shut Down

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 06/01/2021 - 6:00am

Hundreds of people got HIV from sharing dirty needles in rural Scott County, Ind. On Wednesday, county commissioners voted to shutter the syringe exchange widely credited with containing the outbreak.

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