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New guidelines address rise in opioid use during pregnancy

Opioid use in pregnancy has prompted new guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, aimed at improving care for women and newborns affected by their mothers’ drug use. The number of affected...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

AstraZeneca, J&J resuming U.S. tests of COVID-19 vaccines

Two drugmakers announced Friday the resumption of U.S. testing of their COVID-19 vaccine candidates. Testing of AstraZeneca’s vaccine candidate had been halted since early September, while Johnson...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Access expands to nasal spray that reverses opioid overdoses

Mercy Regional Medical Center is now providing take-home Naloxone kits, more commonly known as Narcan nasal spray, to those at high risk for opioid overdose. Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Overdose deaths in U.S. appear to be rising

Matthew Davidson was beating his heroin addiction. The 31-year-old was attending group recovery meetings. He had a restaurant job he liked. He was a doting uncle to a baby nephew. Then the...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

CDC redefines COVID-19 close contact, adds brief encounters

NEW YORK – U.S. health officials Wednesday redefined what counts as close contact with someone with COVID-19 to include briefer but repeated encounters. For months, the Centers for Disease Control...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

UN: Europe’s pandemic restrictions are absolutely necessary

LONDON – The head of the World Health Organization’s Europe office said the exponential surge of coronavirus cases across the continent has warranted the restrictive measures being taken, calling...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Centura Health-Mercy welcomes primary care physician Dr. Micah Helton

Centura Health-Mercy Regional Medical Center welcomes primary care physician Micah Helton, M.D., to Mercy Family Medicine-Horse Gulch and Mercy Internal Medicine, 810 E. Third St., Suite 201....

DATE: Oct. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

2nd COVID-19 vaccine trial paused over unexplained illness

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – A late-stage study of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate has been paused while the company investigates whether a study participant’s “unexplained illness” is...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Antibody drugs are no cure but seem promising for COVID-19

WASHINGTON – They’re not cures and it’s not likely that everyone will be able to get them as President Donald Trump has suggested. But experimental antibody drugs like the one Trump was given are...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

WHO warns against pursuing herd immunity to stop coronavirus

LONDON – The head of the World Health Organization warned against the idea that herd immunity might be a realistic strategy to stop the pandemic, dismissing such proposals as “simply unethical.” At...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

2 million stillbirths every year, pandemic might worsen toll

LONDON – The World Health Organization, UNICEF and partners said there are about 2 million stillbirths every year, mostly in the developing world, according to the first-ever global estimates...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

How long could I be contagious before a positive virus test?

How long could I be contagious before a positive virus test? Studies have shown that people may be contagious for about two days before developing COVID-19 symptoms. In fact, right before...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

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