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CDC: Wearing a mask could keep you from catching virus

NEW YORK – U.S. health officials are taking a new tack to encourage Americans to wear masks: They’re emphasizing recent research that a mask protects the person who wears it. Previously, the...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

UN: 870K measles cases in 2019, highest number in 23 years

LONDON – The number of children sickened by measles in 2019 was the highest in 23 years, according to new data published by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. allows 1st emergency use of a COVID-19 antibody drug

WASHINGTON – U.S. health officials have allowed emergency use of the first antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19, an experimental approach against the virus that has killed more...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine is looking 90% effective

Pfizer Inc. said Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine may be a remarkable 90% effective, based on early and incomplete test results that nevertheless brought a big burst of optimism to a world...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

More U.S. patients to have easy, free access to doctor’s notes

More U.S. patients will soon have free, electronic access to the notes their doctors write about them under a new federal requirement for transparency. Many health systems are opening up records...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

2nd study testing a COVID-19 antibody drug has a setback

For the second time, a study testing an experimental antibody drug for COVID-19 has been paused to investigate a possible safety issue in hospitalized patients. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. said...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. suicide rate fell last year after decade of steady rise

NEW YORK – The U.S. suicide rate fell slightly last year, the first annual decline in more than a decade, according to new government data. It’s a small decrease and the data is preliminary, but...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

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

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