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Safe injection sites may curb opioid deaths, report suggests

A safe haven in the U.S. where people can give themselves heroin and other drugs has observed more than 10,500 injections over five years and treated 33 overdoses with none proving fatal,...

DATE: July 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Scientists urge WHO to acknowledge virus can spread in air

LONDON – More than 200 scientists have called for the World Health Organization and others to acknowledge that the coronavirus can spread in the air – a change that could alter some of the current...

DATE: July 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Little evidence that protests spread coronavirus in U.S.

NEW YORK – There is little evidence that the protests that erupted after George Floyd’s death caused a significant increase in U.S. coronavirus infections, according to public health experts. If...

DATE: July 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Summer may decide fate of leading shots in vaccine race

People on six continents already are getting jabs in the arm as the race for a COVID-19 vaccine enters a defining summer, with even bigger studies poised to prove if any shot really works – and...

DATE: June 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. officials change virus risk groups, add pregnant women

NEW YORK – The nation’s top public health agency on Thursday revamped its list of which Americans are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness, adding pregnant women and removing age alone as a...

DATE: June 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Virus cases surging among the young, endangering the elderly

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Coronavirus cases are climbing rapidly among young adults in a number of states where bars, stores and restaurants have reopened – a disturbing generational shift that not...

DATE: June 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Open wide: U.S. dentists quickly rebuild after virus shutdown

U.S. dental offices are quickly bouncing back, but it won’t be business as usual. Expect social distancing, layers of protective gear and a new approach to some procedures to guard against...

DATE: June 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Recreational pot laws may boost traffic deaths, studies say

Laws legalizing recreational marijuana may lead to more traffic deaths, two new studies suggest, although questions remain about how they might influence driving habits. Previous research has had...

DATE: June 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

2nd wave of virus cases? Experts say we’re still in the 1st

What’s all this talk about a “second wave” of U.S. coronavirus cases? In The Wall Street Journal last week, Vice President Mike Pence wrote in a piece headlined “There Isn’t a Coronavirus ‘Second...

DATE: June 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Study ties blood type to COVID-19 risk; O may help, A hurt

A genetic analysis of COVID-19 patients suggests that blood type might influence whether someone develops severe disease. Scientists who compared the genes of thousands of patients in Europe found...

DATE: June 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Decline in new U.S. virus deaths may be temporary reprieve

The number of deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. has fallen in recent weeks to the lowest level since late March, even as states increasingly reopen for business. But scientists are...

DATE: June 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Cheap drug is first shown to improve COVID-19 survival

Researchers in England say they have the first evidence that a drug can improve COVID-19 survival: A cheap, widely available steroid reduced deaths by up to one third in severely ill hospitalized...

DATE: June 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

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