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States Pull Back on Covid Data Even Amid Delta Surge

States Pull Back on Covid Data Even Amid Delta Surge

NATIONAL | By Andy Miller | Aug 28, 2021

Public health experts are voicing concern about the pullback of covid information, with one official calling the trend "not good for government and the public" because it gives the appearance of governments "hiding stuff."

Microbiome Startups Promise to Improve Your Gut Health, but Is the Science Solid?

Microbiome Startups Promise to Improve Your Gut Health, but Is the Science Solid?

HEALTH | By Hanna Norman | Aug 26, 2021

Viome's troubles provide a cautionary tale for consumers in the wild west of microbiome startups, which have been alternately hailed for health breakthroughs and indicted for fraud.

Hot Spots Where Covid Vaccination Lags Push Experimental Antibody Treatment

Hot Spots Where Covid Vaccination Lags Push Experimental Antibody Treatment

LOCAL | By JoNel Aleccia | Aug 25, 2021

"It's a backwards strategy," says Dr. Christian Ramers. "It's so much better to prevent a disease than to use an expensive, cumbersome and difficult-to-use therapy."

Pandemic Unveils Growing Suicide Crisis for Communities of Color

Pandemic Unveils Growing Suicide Crisis for Communities of Color

HEALTH | Aug 25, 2021

Interviews with a dozen suicide researchers, data collected from states across the country and a review of decades of research revealed that suicide is a growing crisis for communities of color.

'We Sent a Terrible Message': Scientists Say Biden Jumped the Gun With Vaccine Booster Plan

'We Sent a Terrible Message': Scientists Say Biden Jumped the Gun With Vaccine Booster Plan

HEALTH | By Rachana Pradhan | Aug 23, 2021

The Biden administration's plans to make COVID-19 booster shots available next month has drawn a collective scream of protest from the scientific community.

Federal Vaccine Program Hasn't Helped Those Whose Lives Were Altered by Covid Shot

Federal Vaccine Program Hasn't Helped Those Whose Lives Were Altered by Covid Shot

HEALTH | By Arthur Allen | Aug 19, 2021

The options are slim for people who suffer rare life-altering injuries after a covid shot — a problem whose significance has grown as states and the federal government increasingly ponder vaccination mandates.

Do Healthy, Fully Vaccinated People Need a Booster? 7 Questions Answered

Do Healthy, Fully Vaccinated People Need a Booster? 7 Questions Answered

HEALTH | By Sarah Jane Tribble | Aug 18, 2021

So what do we know about whether healthy, fully vaccinated people should get a booster? Here are answers to seven key questions.

'Tainted' Blood: Covid Skeptics Request Blood Transfusions From Unvaccinated Donors

'Tainted' Blood: Covid Skeptics Request Blood Transfusions From Unvaccinated Donors

HEALTH | By JoNel Aleccia | Aug 18, 2021

The nation's roiling tensions over vaccination against COVID-19 have spilled into an unexpected arena: lifesaving blood transfusions.

Pfizer CEO to Public: Just Trust Us on the Covid Booster

Pfizer CEO to Public: Just Trust Us on the Covid Booster

HEALTH | By Sarah Jane Tribble | Aug 16, 2021

Pfizer announced its global phase 3 trial on a third dose in mid-July. That trial's completion date is in 2022. Phase 3 results generally are required before regulatory approval.

Déjà Vu? Consumers Scramble for Covid Tests in Hard-Hit Areas

HEALTH | By Phil Galewitz, Rachel Bluth, Rae Ellen Bichell | Aug 9, 2021

As the nation confronts its latest and worsening surge of covid cases, consumers are again facing delays getting tested, many turning to social media to complain.

Don't Want a Vaccine? Be Prepared to Pay More for Insurance

FINANCE | By Elisabeth Rosenthal, Glenn Kramon | Aug 5, 2021

In 2020, before covid vaccines, most major private insurers waived patient payments — from coinsurance to deductibles — for covid treatment. But many if not most have allowed that policy to lapse.

Unraveling the Mysterious Mutations That Make Delta the Most Transmissible Covid Virus Yet

HEALTH | By Liz Szabo | Jul 30, 2021

Delta has kept some of the most successful mutations found in earlier variants, but also contains new genetic changes that enable it to spread twice as fast.

Patients and Providers Feel the Growing Pains of Pandemic-Driven Telemedicine

HEALTH | By Hannah Norman | Jul 26, 2021

Cost and demand are affecting both patients and providers as more people turn to telemedicine for their healthcare needs.

A Chilling Cure: Facing Killer Heat, ERs Use Body Bags to Save Lives

HEALTH | By JoNel Aleccia | Jul 22, 2021

Doctors in the Pacific Northwest have resorted to a grim but practical tool to save lives: human body bags filled with ice and water.

Analysis: Necessary or Not, Covid Booster Shots Are Probably on the Horizon

HEALTH | By Elisabeth Rosenthal | Jul 21, 2021

Ultimately, the question of whether a booster is needed is unlikely to determine the FDA's decision. If recent history is predictive, booster shots will be here before long.

Hospital 'Trauma Centers' Charge Enormous Fees to Treat Minor Injuries and Send People Home

FINANCE | By Jay Hancock | Jul 19, 2021

Tens of thousands of times a year, hospitals charge enormously expensive trauma alert fees for injuries so minor the patient is never admitted.

Red State, Blue State, Twin Outbreak: Behind Wyoming and Colorado's COVID Spikes

HEALTH | By Rae Ellen Bichell | Jul 15, 2021

"Small rises in cases in rural areas can have devastating consequences because, chances are, there's fewer health care resources in those places in order to save lives," says epidemiologist Jennifer Nuzzo.

Delta Variant Surges in Colorado as the Bands Play On

HEALTH | By Rae Ellen Bichell | Jul 8, 2021

The highly transmissible Delta variant, first detected in India, is now the dominant covid strain in the United States. Colorado is among the states with the highest proportion.

As Covid Vaccinations Slow, Parts of the US Remain Far Behind 70% Goal

HEALTH | By Martha Bebinger, WBUR and Blake Farmer, Nashville Public Radio | Jul 7, 2021

July Fourth was not the celebration President Joe Biden had hoped for, as far as protecting more Americans with a coronavirus vaccine.

New Research Finds J&J Vaccine Has Muscle Against Covid's Delta Variant

HEALTH | By Victoria Knight | Jul 7, 2021

Data released by Johnson & Johnson showed that the vaccine remains highly protective against the delta variant and immunity may be long-lasting.

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