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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine appears more than 90% effective in kids 5 to 11

Fri, 10/22/2021 - 8:33am

The companies studied a 10 microgram vaccine dose in children 5 to 11, a third of the dose used for adults, to minimize side effects and because it still prompts a strong immune response.

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CDC backs the rollout of COVID vaccine boosters from Moderna and J&J

Thu, 10/21/2021 - 5:28pm

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky also endorsed a mix-and-match approach to boosters that would be flexible for patients and health care providers.

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New federal funds spur expansion of home care services for the elderly and disabled

Thu, 10/21/2021 - 2:38pm

These services can make the difference between being able to live at home with family or landing in a nursing facility. But state Medicaid programs don't always pay for them.

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In Maine, a looming vaccine deadline for EMTs is stressing small-town ambulance crews

Thu, 10/21/2021 - 5:00am

Statewide, the COVID vaccination rate for first responders is more than 95%. But it's not as high in more rural areas, where ambulance crews can't function if just a few people quit.

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Why helping people pay rent can fight the pandemic

Thu, 10/21/2021 - 5:00am

A family in Houston and a plumber in Maryland couldn't afford rent, which pushed them into crowded living quarters. During the COVID-19 pandemic, that common predicament has increased viral spread.

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The FDA authorizes Moderna and J&J COVID vaccine boosters

Wed, 10/20/2021 - 5:01pm

The Food and Drug Administration also gave an OK to boosters that differ from the vaccine originally used to immunize people against COVID-19. A mix-and-match approach could ease the booster rollout.

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What to know about your risk of a serious or fatal breakthrough COVID infection

Wed, 10/20/2021 - 4:57pm

With high-profile stories of vaccinated people dying from COVID, how worried should you be about getting a serious breakthrough case? Here's how the data shake out.

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Worn-out nurses hit the road for better pay, stressing hospital budgets — and morale

Wed, 10/20/2021 - 5:00am

In areas overwhelmed by COVID cases, hospitals must rely on traveling nurses to operate ICUs. Hospitals pay a premium for that temporary help, while also struggling to keep their staff nurses happy.

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Patients say telehealth is OK, but most prefer to see their doctor in person

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 11:28am

An NPR poll finds that while a large majority of people using telehealth during the pandemic were satisfied, nearly two-thirds prefer in-person visits. That may foretell telehealth's future.

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Patients say telehealth is OK, but most prefer to see their doctor in person

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 11:28am

An NPR poll finds that while a large majority of people using telehealth during the pandemic were satisfied, nearly two-thirds prefer in-person visits. That may foretell telehealth's future.

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Kentucky's backroad churches may be key to saving hospitals overwhelmed by COVID

Sun, 10/17/2021 - 7:00am

Public health workers are going church to church and house to house in the state's secluded valleys to dispel COVID myths, ease isolation, bring aid, and convince wary residents to get vaccinated.

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Sitting too much drags down your mental health. Here's how to get moving

Sat, 10/16/2021 - 7:06am

A lot of us have been sitting too much, and it's hard on us mentally as well as physically. Research shows breaking up that couch or desk time with short stints of movement can help lift your mood.

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An FDA panel of experts backs J&J COVID vaccine booster

Fri, 10/15/2021 - 1:34pm

A panel of experts voted to recommend that the Food and Drug Administration authorize a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine at least two months after the first shot.

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Experts recommend that FDA should authorize Moderna COVID vaccine booster

Thu, 10/14/2021 - 3:17pm

The recommendation applies to people 65 years and older, those 18 to 64 who are at high risk of severe COVID and those whose work or institutional exposure puts them at high COVID risk.

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Coming soon, a surprise billing law may have unintended effects on health care

Thu, 10/14/2021 - 9:00am

The new law means patients can't get hit with pricey, unexpected medical bills. Some experts say the regulation could also slow the growth of health insurance premiums.

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With hospitals crowded from COVID, 1 in 5 American families delays health care

Thu, 10/14/2021 - 5:13am

Putting off surgeries or routine treatments for serious illnesses has become common during the pandemic, a new NPR/Harvard poll finds.

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1 in 4 Asian Americans recently feared their household being targeted, poll finds

Wed, 10/13/2021 - 5:07pm

Attacks on Asian Americans have been a reality since always. But given the talk of the "source" of the pandemic and the attacks on Asian women in Georgia, one out of four say they fear violence.

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FDA analysis of J&J COVID vaccine booster sets the stage for public hearing

Wed, 10/13/2021 - 3:43pm

Johnson & Johnson has asked the Food and Drug Administration to authorize a booster for people 18 and older six months after initial immunization, with an option to vaccinate after two months.

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A study of COVID vaccine boosters suggests Moderna or Pfizer works best

Wed, 10/13/2021 - 1:06pm

Should people who get a COVID booster get a different vaccine from their original shot? The results of a highly anticipated study suggest that in some cases the answer may be yes.

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Eating too much salt is making Americans sick. Even a 12% reduction can save lives

Wed, 10/13/2021 - 12:41pm

The FDA has issued new targets to reduce the amount of salt that manufacturers put in their foods. It could prevent thousands of cases of cardiovascular disease.

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