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What Does It Say About Your Neighborhood If Your Supermarket Isn't So Super?

FOOD/DRINK | By Chaseedaw Giles | Feb 18, 2022

Poor diet is fueled by a lack of healthy food options in Black and brown communities.

What Are Taxpayers Spending for Those 'Free' Covid Tests? The Government Won't Say.

HEALTH | By Christine Spolar | Feb 16, 2022

The much-touted purchase was the latest tranche in trillions of dollars in public spending in response to the pandemic. How much is the government paying for each test?

The Doctor Will See You Now — In the Hallway

HEALTH | By Amelia Templetown, Oregon Public Broadcasting | Feb 10, 2022

Three years ago, treating people in the hallways would have been an extraordinary measure. Now, medical professionals prepare for it everyday.

Ready for Another Pandemic Malady? It's Called 'Decision Fatigue'

HEALTH | By Jenny Gold | Feb 7, 2022

Questions that once felt trivial have come to bear the moral weight of a life-or-death choice. Your struggle has a name: "decision fatigue."

Day 6 of Covid, and a Rapid Antigen Test Comes Back Positive. Stay Home, Say Virologists.

Day 6 of Covid, and a Rapid Antigen Test Comes Back Positive. Stay Home, Say Virologists.

HEALTH | By Rae Ellen Bichell | Feb 4, 2022

What does it mean if a person's rapid antigen test result comes back positive after five days of isolation due to COVID-19?

CDC Tells Pharmacies to Give 4th Covid Shots to Immunocompromised Patients

HEALTH | By Liz Szabo | Jan 28, 2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reached out to pharmacists Wednesday to reinforce the message that people with moderate to severe immune suppression are eligible for fourth covid shots.

Pharmacies Are Turning Away Immunocompromised Patients Seeking 4th Covid Shot

HEALTH | By Liz Szabo | Jan 25, 2022

Patients with weakened immune systems say pharmacies are turning them away when they seek additional vaccine doses recommended by federal health officials.

Patient, Beware: Some States Still Pushing Ineffective Covid Antibody Treatments

HEALTH | By JoNel Aleccia | Jan 21, 2022

Health officials warn that certain treatments no longer work against the highly contagious version of the virus that causes COVID-19.

What Patients Can Learn From One Negative Rapid Test (Hint: Very Little)

HEALTH | By Julie Appleby, Phil Galewitz | Jan 15, 2022

While home antigen testing remains a useful — and underutilized — tool to curb the pandemic, experts say, it is often misused and may provide false confidence.

With Sexually Transmitted Infections Off the Charts, California Pushes At-Home Tests

HEALTH | By Rachel Bluth | Jan 10, 2022

California has become the first state to require health insurance plans to cover at-home tests for sexually transmitted infections.

With Overdose Deaths Surging, Advocates Push for Over-the-Counter Naloxone

HEALTH | By Aneri Pattani | Dec 14, 2021

As overdose deaths nationwide reach all-time highs, the Biden administration has made increasing access to naloxone a key part of its overdose prevention strategy.

Sex Apps for Gay Men Join Forces to Fight Online Insults

Sex Apps for Gay Men Join Forces to Fight Online Insults

CULTURE | By David Tuller | Dec 18, 2021

Sexual health experts say the harshness of much online behavior can exacerbate low self-esteem and feelings of depression or anxiety.

Is It Time to Change the Definition of 'Fully Vaccinated'?

HEALTH | By Victoria Knight | Dec 6, 2021

It's been more than six months since many Americans finished their vaccination course against covid; statistically, their immunity is waning.

Omicron and Other Coronavirus Variants: What You Need to Know

HEALTH | By Louis Jacobson, Politifact | Dec 2, 2021

Scientists caution that it's still too early to say whether omicron will prove as dangerous as delta. For now, here's what we know, and don't know, about the omicron variant.

Why You Can't Find Cheap At-Home Covid Tests

HEALTH | By Rachana Pradhan, Hannah Norman | Nov 22, 2021

The U.S. produced covid-19 vaccines in record time, but, nearly two years into the pandemic, consumers have few options for cheap tests that quickly screen for infection.

Live Performers Find Red COVID State Rules a Tough Act to Follow

HEALTH | By Bruce Alpert | Nov 15, 2021

Performers are coming up with creative ways to make sure the show goes on safely in states that ban venues from imposing vaccine or mask requirements.

Discontinuation of Puberty Blocker Drug Troublesome for Young Gender Dysphoria Patients

HEALTH | By Sydney Lupkin, NPR News | Nov 10, 2021

The discontinuation of puberty-blocking drug Vantas may make it more difficult and cost-prohibitive for young patients suffering from gender dysphoria to receive treatment.

New Health Plans Offer Twists on Existing Options, With a Dose of 'Buyer Beware'

HEALTH | By Julie Appleby | Nov 5, 2021

New health insurance options for 2022 are designed to look appealing for consumers but are not comprehensive medical coverage.

Unvaccinated? Don't Count on Leaving Your Family Death Benefits

HEALTH | By Michelle Andrews | Nov 4, 2021

If workers die of COVID and weren't vaccinated, their families may not get death benefits they would otherwise have received.

What Do We Really Know About COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness?

HEALTH | By Julie Appleby | Nov 2, 2021

Getting vaccinated with any of the three COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. reduces the chance of getting infected, but no vaccine is 100% effective.

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