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PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials are reporting 1,961 new COVID-19 cases and one new death. It's the first time this month the daily new-case count has been under 2,000. The state Department of Public Health Services released the latest virus figures Monday, which now have Arizona at a total of 1,266,809 cases and 22,230 deaths.

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Nevada jury says health care firm undercut ER

(1 days ago) 5 hours ago · LAS VEGAS (AP) — A jury in Nevada has found one of the nation’s largest health insurers liable for underpaying millions of dollars to out-of-network emergency medical providers in what plaintiffs’ attorneys argued was a systematic bid to boost company profits.

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Liz Weston: How to maximize your ‘health span’ AP News

(1 days ago) 2 days ago · LEARN THE 5 HEALTH SPAN RISK FACTORS. The institute commissioned Vitality, a company that partners with insurers and employers to promote healthier living, to conduct a study that identified five lifestyle risk factors with the largest impact on health span: tobacco use, obesity, high blood sugar, poor diet and high blood pressure.

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In shadow of Texas gas drilling sites, health fears

(1 days ago) 1 day ago · A report by Physicians for Social Responsibility and Concerned Health Professionals of New York, which reviewed dozens of scientific studies, found that the public health risks associated with these sites include cancers, asthma, respiratory diseases, rashes, heart problems and mental health disorders. Most vulnerable are non-white families.

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US panel backs first-of-a-kind COVID-19 pill from Merck

(5 days ago) 1 day ago · WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of U.S. health advisers on Tuesday narrowly backed a closely watched COVID-19 pill from Merck, setting the stage for a likely authorization of the first drug that Americans could take at home to treat the coronavirus. The Food and Drug Administration panel voted 13-10

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Ex-Kansas health chief says he was 'Fauci'd' out of his

(1 days ago) 12 hours ago · “The shameful treatment in the Trump administration of public health leaders, I think, set the stage for having the same thing happen at the state level,” Norman said, citing frequent criticism from the right of Dr. Anthony Fauci, …

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Head of North Carolina health department stepping down

(1 days ago) 1 day ago · Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, speaks at a news conference on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., to encourage parents of young children to get a …

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State denies permits for power plants in NYC, Hudson

(1 days ago) ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State environmental officials denied required air permits Wednesday for natural gas power plants in New York City and along the Hudson River, saying both would be inconsistent with statewide greenhouse gas emission goals.

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Saks CEO on e-commerce split-up and luxury spending …

(1 days ago) Saks CEO Marc Metrick speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in New York. Seven months after Hudson’s Bay Co., the Canada-based owner of Saks Fifth Avenue, split off the luxury retailer’s e-commerce business into a separate entity, changes are already underway on its site.

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Plan to diversify elite NYC schools draws fire from Asians

(1 days ago) NEW YORK (AP) — A plan to diversify New York City's most elite public high schools is drawing fire from the minority group that has come to dominate the schools in recent years: Asian-Americans. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last weekend that he wants to scrap the test that governs admission to eight specialized high schools including Stuyvesant High School and the …

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Appeals court reinstates Texas mask mandate ban in schools

(5 days ago) 3 hours ago · The appeals court also challenged the claim by the students that they could face health risks without a mask mandate. The appeals court said Yeakel’s ruling did not consider the various accommodations available to the students, including class spacing, plexiglass, vaccinations and voluntary masking, that could ensure a safer learning

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FDA health panel endorses Merck COVID-19 pill, paving way

(1 days ago) 1 day ago · WASHINGTON (AP) — FDA health panel endorses Merck COVID-19 pill, paving way for U.S. authorization of the first at-home drug for virus.

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Biden vaccine rule for health workers blocked in 10 states

(1 days ago) The federal rule requires COVID-19 vaccinations for more than 17 million workers nationwide in about 76,000 health care facilities and home health care providers that get funding from the government health programs. Workers are to receive their first dose by Dec. 6 and their second shot by Jan. 4. The court order against the health care vaccine mandate comes after …

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Brazil and Japan report first cases of the omicron variant

(3 days ago) 1 day ago · Many health officials tried to calm fears, insisting that vaccines remain the best defense and that the world must redouble its efforts to get the shots to every part of the globe. Emer Cooke, chief of the European Medicines Agency, said that the 27-nation EU is well prepared for the variant and that the vaccine could be adapted for use against

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Newsom: Omicron variant won't spark California shutdown

(Just Now) 4 hours ago · California health officials said the first U.S. case of the omicron variant was identified in a San Francisco resident who had recently traveled to South Africa and developed symptoms after returning, San Francisco health director Grant Colfax said. The person returned on Nov. 22, developed mild symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.

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Airlines told to keep data on travelers from southern

(3 days ago) 3 hours ago · Federal health officials are requiring airlines to gather contact-tracing information on passengers heading to the U.S. who have been in southern Africa in the previous two weeks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that it issued the latest requirement “to prevent the importation and spread of a communicable disease of public health importance.”

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Clinical Data of The Visby Medical Sexual Health Click

(8 days ago) Clinic staff were comfortable operating the test, and health care providers valued the single visit test-and-treat model. About Visby Medical™ Visby Medical is a diagnostics company that is transforming the order of diagnosis and treatment for infectious diseases.

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Biden says HIV/AIDS strategy needs to confront inequity

(1 days ago) 18 hours ago · The new strategy, which declares racism a “public health threat,” was released on the annual commemoration of World AIDS Day. It is meant to serve as a framework for how the administration shapes its policies, research, programs and planning over the next three years.

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Health official: Arizona poised to give COVID shots to

(9 days ago) The state’s top public health official says preparations are underway to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11 if the federal government authorizes a lower-dose Pfizer vaccine in early November. Don Herrington, acting director of the state Department of Health Services, also says parents should have their children vaccinated

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Reports: Health problems tied to global warming on the

(1 days ago) Health problems tied to climate change are all getting worse, according to two reports published Wednesday. The annual reports commissioned by the medical journal Lancet tracked 44 global health indicators connected to climate change, including heat deaths, infectious diseases and hunger.

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Nearly all state health workers vaccinated in North Carolina

(1 days ago) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials announced Monday that nearly all of the 10,000 employees working in 14 state-operated health care facilities are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. According to the state Department of Health and Human Services, 6% of workers got an approved medical or religious exemption or a special accommodation, while …

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ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 launch mental health initiative AP News

(1 days ago) 2 days ago · The Teammates for Mental Health campaign is the first public collaboration to come from the three conferences. Kilavkoff said each conference was already working independently on athlete mental health issues. “But the alliance is all about kind of sharing best practices across the 41 institutions, and across the three conferences, and

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Belgium to make COVID-19 shots mandatory for health

(1 days ago) BRUSSELS (AP) — Health workers in Belgium who don't want to get vaccinated against COVID-19 will face losing their jobs. Amid a surge of coronavirus cases that has led hospitals in Belgium to reserve half of their 2,000 ICU beds for COVID-19 patients, Belgium's federal government finalized a draft bill late Monday to make vaccinations mandatory for …

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Governor, NYC health commissioner recommend masks indoors

(5 days ago) 23 hours ago · FILE — Staff at the Modern Museum of Art check visitors' proof of vaccination in New York, Sept. 13, 2021. New York City's health commissioner said Monday he is "strongly recommending" that everyone wear masks in indoor public settings as scientists work to learn more about the newly identified omicron variant of COVID-19.

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South Korea breaks daily virus record for 2nd straight day

(5 days ago) 2 hours ago · SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea broke its daily record for coronavirus infections for a second straight day on Thursday with more than 5,200 new cases, as pressure mounted on a health care system grappling with rising hospitalizations and deaths. The rapid delta-driven spread comes amid the

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Spain eyes COVID-19 boosters for health workers, elderly

(1 days ago) MADRID (AP) — Spain’s panel of vaccine experts approved Wednesday the use of a COVID-19 booster shot for people between 60-69 years old and for health workers, as part of an effort to combat an uptick in infections. The final go-ahead for the shot must be given by Spain’s health minister and

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Florida GOP limits vaccine mandates, flouting White House

(2 days ago) FILE - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference at the Broward Health Medical Center, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Florida Republicans approved a sweeping bill Wednesday, Nov. 17, to hobble coronavirus vaccine mandates in businesses, rejecting claims that they were sacrificing public health to hand Gov. DeSantis a …

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US health officials expand COVID-19 booster campaign to

(1 days ago) WASHINGTON (AP) — US health officials expand COVID-19 booster campaign to include all authorized vaccines, mixing of brands.

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Health minister: Nepal to vaccinate all adults by mid

(1 days ago) Health ministry records show 44% of Nepal’s adults have received at least one dose and 37.5% are fully vaccinated. Adults comprise about 72% of Nepal’s population of 30 million. So far, only people over age 18 have received vaccines, but the country plans to immunize people those 12 to 17 when doses are available.

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WHO nations launch steps toward deal to fight pandemics

(3 days ago) FILE - World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus delivers a speech during the launch of a multiyear partnership with Qatar on making the FIFA Football World Cup 2022 and mega sporting events healthy and safe, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, 18 October 2021.

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Maine begins enforcing health worker vaccine requirement

(1 days ago) MaineHealth, the state’s largest health care provider, said Friday was the last day for workers to submit paperwork showing compliance with the requirement. Those who do not comply will be terminated. Andy Mueller, CEO of MaineHealth, has said he expects to lose 1.5% to 2% of staff systemwide but that those losses would be offset by fewer

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Oklahoma Health Commissioner Lance Frye abruptly resigns

(6 days ago) Deputy Health Commissioner Keith Reed has been named interim commissioner of health, according to Kevin Corbett, state Secretary of Health and Mental Health. “I am grateful to Dr. Frye for stepping up during a very difficult time, to keep Oklahomans safe and develop a path for a future state of health in Oklahoma,” Corbett said.

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Audit urges changes to save on state worker health care

(1 days ago) MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An audit has found that the cost of Vermont state employee health care jumped between 2010 and 2019 and urged changes to save money. The report released Friday by State Auditor Doug Hoffer found that the cost of annual medical reimbursements for state employees, retirees and their families increased 51% in that time …

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US health experts urge flu shots to avoid 'twindemic'

(1 days ago) The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccination for just about everyone starting with 6-month-old babies. Influenza is especially dangerous for older adults, children under age 5, people with chronic health problems such as diabetes, asthma or …

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Ricketts relaxes some health care licensing requirements

(1 days ago) OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts signed an executive order that will let drug counselors, physical therapists and other health professionals practice in their field even if they aren't licensed in Nebraska, to try to address staffing shortages that have grown worse during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Minnesota health leaders warn of strain on caregivers, kids

(1 days ago) The health system leaders and Malcolm put in a fresh plug for vaccination — calling it “our most powerful protection measure” to reduce the pressure on the health care system and health care workers — and for taking other standard steps to prevent transmission such as masking. She said 73.7% of Minnesotans 16 and up have received at

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Gallup site to be studied for Indian Health Service

(1 days ago) GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The federal agency that provides health care for Native people has entered into an agreement with the Navajo Nation to assess whether a location on the eastern outskirts of Gallup is the most suitable site for construction of a new medical center.

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Nonprofit aims to improve health care in Alabama

(1 days ago) BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A global nonprofit that works to improve health care is planning a new initiative in Alabama. Partners in Health is hiring 40 healthcare workers in Alabama to work in low-income communities, Al.com reported. The effort is a part of a $21 million pilot investment in the U.S. to build capacity of public health departments, as well as mentor …

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COVID spread plummeting in North Carolina, state data

(Just Now) Health officials reported on Monday that K-12 schools, which host kids under 12 who cannot yet be vaccinated, have also seen a drop in cases associated with clusters for five straight weeks. “North Carolina’s key metrics show high but declining levels of COVID-19 spread,” health officials wrote in the report.

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Massachusetts Senate approves sweeping mental health bill

(1 days ago) The bill would address the issue by creating an online portal with real-time data to help health care providers more easily search for open beds, requiring hospital emergency departments to have a qualified behavioral health clinician to evaluate patients seeking mental health care during all operating hours, and directing the state Office of the Child Advocate to …

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20 federal health care workers to help with COVID in

(1 days ago) SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Providence Health Care in Spokane announced Friday it has requested federal resources to help address an increasing number of COVID-19 hospitalizations. Providence said it requested the resources through the Washington State Department of Health and they expect a team of health care providers from the Department of …

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Maine Health CEO: Mandate not the cause of worker crunch

(1 days ago) Maine Health officials said the vast majority of hospitalized patients are unvaccinated. The number of daily news cases of COVID-19 in Maine has slowly declined over the course of the past two weeks. Maine Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, on Monday announced a series of programs, including tuition forgiveness, to help the state navigate its need

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Health care workers in Greece protest mandatory vaccines

(1 days ago) Health Minister Thanos Plevris said Tuesday that tougher restrictions would be imposed as of Saturday for all unvaccinated people in Greece. Anyone without a certificate of vaccination or recent recovery from COVID-19 will need to display a negative PCR or rapid test, conducted at their own cost at a private facility, for access to a wide range

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German health minister seeks to step up booster shots AP

(1 days ago) Germany’s health minister called Wednesday for booster vaccinations to be stepped up and for more frequent checks of people’s vaccination or test status as new COVID-19 infections increase.. Senior health officials also appealed anew to German residents who haven’t yet been vaccinated at all to get their shots, though Health Minister Jens Spahn …

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County official quits over ‘politicization’ of public health

(1 days ago) ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A county health officer frustrated with the “politicization of public health” during COVID-19 is quitting her job in southwestern Michigan. Courtney Davis has been the interim health officer in Berrien County since July when she was promoted from deputy.

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CDC extends cruise line health rules until mid-January

(1 days ago) WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials on Monday extended for nearly three more months its rules that cruise ships must follow to sail during the pandemic. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the extension makes only “minor modifications” to rules already in effect.

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Maine to offer tuition help to expand health care

(3 days ago) AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor announced a series of programs including tuition forgiveness to help the state navigate a need for more health care workers. One of the programs will provide $4 million in tuition support via scholarships and student loan relief to help students pursuing careers in nursing and other health professions, Democratic Gov.

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