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States Scale Back Pandemic Reporting, Stirring Alarm

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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In Missouri And Other States, Flawed Data Makes It Hard To Track Vaccine Equity

Tue, 06/01/2021 - 5:08am

Data collection for race and ethnicity vary among states, complicating efforts to distribute COVID-19 shots to all groups. In Missouri, health officials have questioned the data's usefulness.

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After 50 Years, U.S. Opens The Door To More Cannabis Crops For Scientists

Sun, 05/30/2021 - 6:00am

Until recently, plants from only one U.S. facility were approved for use in research. Adding new suppliers will accelerate understanding of cannabis' health effects and possible therapeutic uses.

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Amid Growing Anti-Asian Racism, A Call For More Research Into Its Health Effects

Sat, 05/29/2021 - 6:00am

Many Asian Americans live daily with the corrosive effects of racism and racialized violence, yet there's very little research funded on Asian American health.

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The CDC Revises Its Summer Camp Guidance, Easing Restrictions

Fri, 05/28/2021 - 3:18pm

Masks are optional for vaccinated kids, and other recommended restrictions have been softened, making for a more relaxed camping experience for children this summer.

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Trying To Avoid Racist Health Care, Black Women Seek Out Black Obstetricians

Fri, 05/28/2021 - 5:00am

Black women are three times more likely to die in childbirth than white women. Some of them look to Black doctors for a sense of safety and connection, while medical schools add anti-racism training.

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A Vaccine Patch Could Someday Be An Ouchless Option

Thu, 05/27/2021 - 4:56pm

Scientists around the world are working on a way to inject vaccines painlessly. The trick is to make the needles so small. they don't interact with the nerve endings that signal pain.

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CDC Move To Limit Investigations Into COVID Breakthrough Infections Sparks Concerns

Thu, 05/27/2021 - 1:32pm

The CDC will now track only cases of breakthrough infections in which COVID-19 vaccines fail on people who get hospitalized or die. But critics say that's shortsighted and cuts off valuable data.

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