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The WHO is seeking a new treaty on

2 days ago · The World Health Organization is convening a special session of its governing body, the World Health Assembly, to start talks on a new global treaty covering pandemics. Representatives of WHO's 194 member states will meet virtually for three days starting on Monday to …

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The World Health Organization warns of very high risk

(2 days ago) 1 day ago · The World Health Organization is warning that the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus poses a "very high" global risk, with the possibility that it spreads more easily and might resist vaccines and immunity in people who were infected with previous strains. In a technical brief issued Sunday, the

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As new COVID-19 variant spreads

(9 days ago) 2 days ago · Health officials around the world are racing to get a better understanding of the new COVID-19 variant, dubbed omicron. This new strain was first detected in Botswana and South Africa, but new cases have now been confirmed in several more countries as …

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Billions of federal dollars could

(8 days ago) 11 hours ago · Public health officials — from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and the Environmental Protection Agency — all say there is no safe level of lead you can consume. Hanna-Attisha describes lead as a "potent, irreversible toxin" and a "poison" that can lower IQ levels, impact behavior and lead to

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City trees are turning green early

(9 days ago) 4 hours ago · If you live in a big city, you might see trees start budding even before spring officially arrives. A new article published in the journal Science found that trees in urban areas have started turning green earlier than their rural counterparts due to cities being hotter and also having more lights. "[I] found artificial light in cities acts as an extended daylight and cause earlier spring

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After judge agrees to reconsider health workers vax

(5 days ago) 1 day ago · The federal rule applies to hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Under the rule, health care workers are required to receive at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by Dec. 6 and be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4, with limited exemptions for medical and religious reasons.

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New antiviral drugs are coming for COVID. Here's what you

(8 days ago) 11 hours ago · Health experts find these results disappointing. "We would all like to see a higher percentage, but those are the results," says Dr. Rajesh Gandhi , an infectious diseases physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, who serves on COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panels for the NIH and the Infectious Diseases Society of

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How Black tech entrepreneurs are tackling health care's

(3 days ago) 1 day ago · Health in Her Hue launched in 2018 with just six doctors on the roster. Two years later, users can download the app at no cost and then scroll through roughly 1,000 providers. "People are constantly talking about Black women's poor health outcomes, and that's where the conversation stops," says Wisdom, who lives in New York City.

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A mountaineering group is aiming to

(4 days ago) Nearly 70% of visitors to national parks, forests and wildlife preserves are white and Black people visit these sites the least out of any group, according to a National Health Foundation report. But the reasons why are far from simple.

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Work Starts On State's Price Transparency Database

(Just Now) The Health Cost Institute already has a national website with health costs. Florida will be its first state-specific effort. Health News Florida’s Tom Hudson sat down with Health Care Cost Institute director David Newman to talk about price transparency. The following is a …

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Parents, state ask an appeals court

(8 days ago) 8 hours ago · Following the executive order, the Florida Department of Health issued rules designed to carry out the executive order. Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper sided with the parents, finding that DeSantis overstepped his legal authority in the executive order. The DeSantis administration appealed Cooper’s ruling to the 1st District Court of

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Florida health care providers want clarity amid the

(8 days ago) The CMS rule calls for health care workers to be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody filed a lawsuit asking a judge to block the rule before Dec. 6, the day health care workers are required to have at least one dose. U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers issued an order this past weekend denying the request.

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What to know about omicron, the new COVID variant Health

(8 days ago) The World Health Organization deemed it a variant of concern, and the U.S. is banning travel from parts of Africa where it's spreading. Here's what scientists know and what they're trying to learn. The U.S. is putting travel restrictions in place in response to a new variant of the coronavirus

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The omicron variant is cause for concern

(5 days ago) 1 day ago · Biden added: "This variant is a cause for concern — not a cause for panic." He reiterated his plea for Americans to get vaccinated as a way to protect themselves against COVID-19. "The best protection against this variant or any of the variants out there is getting fully vaccinated and getting a booster shot," he said.

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What's causing the COVID-19 surges in Europe and Asia

(2 days ago) The World Health Organization is going to talk about it today. But what is known is concerning. The last few days, this variant has caused a very fast increase in cases in one urban area of South Africa and has been found all the way to Hong Kong. The variant has many more mutations than other variants, including more than 30 in the spike protein.

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Fauci says the omicron variant will inevitably appear in

(4 days ago) 2 days ago · The omicron variant was labeled as a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization on Friday, making it the first variant to be labeled as such since the delta variant emerged earlier this year. Fauci stressed that a lot of the preparation for omicron is similar to that for the delta variant.

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Prosecutors ask U.S. Supreme Court

(2 days ago) 21 hours ago · Prosecutors in Montgomery County, Pa. are appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to review a state high court decision that allowed comedian and actor Bill Cosby to walk free less than three years after he was convicted of assaulting a woman in a …

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Merriam-Webster chooses 'vaccine' as the 2021 word of the

(9 days ago) 1 day ago · With an expanded definition to reflect the times, Merriam-Webster has declared an omnipresent truth as its 2021 word of the year: vaccine. Peter Sokolowski, editor at large for the dictionary company, tells the Associated Press that lookups for the word vaccine increased 601% over 2020, when the first U.S. shot was administered that December after quick development, and months …

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Portugal may be the model to follow

(9 days ago) 11 hours ago · Health News Florida Parents, state ask an appeals court to dismiss the legal fight over school masks An Orlando infectious disease specialist …

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Biden pushes vaccines, not more restrictions as omicron

(9 days ago) 1 day ago · President Joe Biden will urge Americans to get vaccinated and to receive a booster shot, as he seeks to quell concerns over the newly identified COVID-19 variant named omicron. But the president won't immediately push for more restrictions to stop the spread of the virus, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert.

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Matthew McConaughey says he won't

(2 days ago) 1 day ago · After months of dropping hints and dodging specifics, Matthew McConaughey has finally announced his much-speculated-about plans for the Texas governor race: He won't be running in it. The Oscar-winning actor and best-selling author broke the news …

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'From Staircase to Stage': Raekwon

(2 days ago) 9 hours ago · WUSF and Health News Florida are answering your questions. Ask Here. Latest Stories. Josephine Baker is the first Black woman to be inducted into France's Pantheon. Ex-Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows will appear before the Jan. 6 panel. Stocks take a tumble over the potential economic fallout from the omicron variant.

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Ex-Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows

(Just Now) 3 hours ago · Ex-Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows will appear before the Jan. 6 panel. Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows at the U.S. Capitol in February. Meadows has agreed to provide documents and appear for a deposition before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. The Democratic-led House select committee

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UF Health Jax launches the Haley Brain Health Wellness

(9 days ago) Leon Haley Sr., father of the late Dr. Leon Haley Jr., addresses the crowd gathered at UF Health Jacksonville for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Brain Wellness Center that bears his son's name. The ceremon was held on Nov. 19, 2021. The center, …

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It's no secret: A CIA book looks at

(1 days ago) 5 hours ago · It's not exactly classified information — former President Donald Trump and the intelligence community didn't get along. But in an updated book, Getting To Know The President, the story is told from the inside. The author is a former CIA officer, John Helgerson, who spent 38 years at the agency.

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Costs and considerations for home health care of aging

(5 days ago) Most home health care is paid through Medicaid, the state-federal government health care program. And the program sets maximum fees for aides. In 2021, the maximum reimbursed rate for an unskilled home health aide visit in Florida is $17.46 an hour, according to a schedule published by the Agency for Health Care Administration.

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Documentary follows the rising cost of health care at

(6 days ago) [Baptist Health] and [Bethesda Health] had a huge merger in 2017, and two years ago, Baptist acquired Boca Regional in South Florida. Even though there hasn't been as much hospital consolidation as other places in the country, the prices are still very high.

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NIH director says pandemic's toll is

(6 days ago) NIH director says pandemic's toll is now on the shoulders of the unvaccinated. Millions of Americans are on the move this weekend as the country prepares for yet another holiday season marked by the coronavirus pandemic. And this is while cases are going up once again in some parts of the country. So we're going to begin by taking a look at

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Senate effort to reform military justice system, now under

(2 days ago) 1 hour ago · WUSF and Health News Florida are answering your questions. Ask Here. Latest Stories. Josephine Baker is the first Black woman to be inducted into France's Pantheon. Ex-Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows will appear before the Jan. 6 panel. Stocks take a tumble over the potential economic fallout from the omicron variant.

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GOP embraces natural immunity as substitute for vaccines

(5 days ago) Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to supporters and members of the media before a bill signing Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Brandon. Florida wrote natural immunity into state law this week as GOP lawmakers elsewhere are pushing similar measures to …

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See how Minnesota fire towers help preserve a 5,000-year

(3 days ago) 2 days ago · See how Minnesota fire towers help preserve a 5,000-year-old bog. The rich pine forest surrounding Pine Lake Forest Road in Hubbard County, Minnesota. Hubbard County is located in the Heartland Lakes region of northern Minnesota. There were once nearly 150 fire towers standing guard over the state's forests as protection against unwanted fires.

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A public mental health model in Italy earns global praise

(1 days ago) But now, health experts decry that freedom is under assault. The region's right-wing leadership is beginning to break apart the publicly funded community system. Sylvia Poggioli / NPR. A sewing workroom is located at the old mental hospital, part of a social cooperative that connects people with mental illnesses with jobs.

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Anxiety and grief comes with climate change Health News

(3 days ago) However, many environmentalists have traditionally resisted prioritizing their own mental health. In 2018, Greenpeace started studying why so many of their activists were working themselves past their limits. Greenpeace organizer Agus (ph) Maggio explains that many volunteers and leaders had bought into a kind of martyr culture.

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Florida's health care providers are caught between federal

(1 days ago) Florida's Legislature is meeting in a special session this week with one goal - to fight the Biden administration's vaccine mandates for businesses. Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has crusaded against vaccine mandates, saying it's a matter of personal freedom. And caught in …

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What the history of student

(5 days ago) UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: Once the Public Health Service authorizes its release, the polio vaccine can begin to protect American youngsters. In 1955, over 10 million children received one or more injections of Salk vaccine, including this boy - the president's own grandson, David Eisenhower.

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Why people with mental illness are at higher risk of COVID

(8 days ago) Federal health officials have been urging adults with psychiatric conditions to get a booster shot to increase their COVID protection. It turns out being mentally ill puts you at higher risk. Even before the federal government's recent decision last …

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U.S. COVID cases start to rise again

(Just Now) It's a worrying sign for the U.S. ahead of the holiday travel season: coronavirus infections are rising in more than half of all states. Experts warn this could be the start of an extended winter surge. The rise is a turnaround after cases had steadily declined from mid-September to late October. The country is now averaging more than 83,000

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After contracting COVID, Marine

(4 days ago) He was able to become one of nearly 30 people to receive a double lung transplant at UF Health since the start of the pandemic. Robert Domen has been at UF Health Shands Hospital since June 30, but now, he is finally ready to go home. After contracting COVID-19, Domen, an active-duty Marine, needed

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Judge rejects Florida's request to block Biden's vax

(1 days ago) The mandate, issued this month by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, applies to hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Under the rule, health care workers are required to …

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Democrats say Florida's special

(7 days ago) Another measure (HB 5B and SB 6B) would move the state toward withdrawing from federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration oversight. House Minority Co-Leader Evan Jenne, D-Dania Beach, told reporters Monday morning that the special session “isn’t about good public policy,” saying the GOP-backed bills are aimed at ramping up a

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Coronavirus restrictions are eased

(1 days ago) Relationships with family and friends are important for the emotional and physical health of those who live in long-term care facilities, one expert said. Guidelines released last week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services allow all visitors, excluding those that have recently tested

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Health professionals call on lawmakers to reject DeSantis

(3 days ago) Physicians and other health professionals issued a call Monday — hours before a special session in Tallahassee — for Florida lawmakers to reject any bans on COVID-19 mask and vaccines mandates. Physicians and other health professionals issued a …

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'Health care expense this year is off the chart,' Florida

(8 days ago) Therefore, health care expense this year is off the chart. Very, very high expenses come through the system, and health plans and others, employers, have all had to deal with it.” Health insurance premiums are going up, with Florida Blue’s rates increasing by nearly 10% next year. Geraghty says that’s partly due to COVID-19.

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What to know ahead of the authorization for Pfizer's COVID

(5 days ago) What to know ahead of the authorization for Pfizer's COVID booster. More Americans may soon be eligible to get a COVID booster. The Food and Drug Administration may soon authorize the Pfizer and Moderna boosters for anyone 18 years or older. The decisions could come any day now. Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke at today's White House briefing and made

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Why COVID poses a greater risk to people with a mental

(1 days ago) Rhitu Chatterjee is a health correspondent with NPR, with a focus on mental health. In addition to writing about the latest developments in psychology and psychiatry, she reports on the prevalence of different mental illnesses and new developments in treatments.

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Pandemic or no, kids are still getting — and spreading

(1 days ago) Rae Ellen Bichell is a reporter for NPR's Science Desk. She first came to NPR in 2013 as a Kroc fellow and has since reported Web and radio stories on …

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Austria is going into full lockdown and will mandate

(2 days ago) Austria is in the midst of a health care crisis. At no time since the pandemic started have so many of its people been infected. And hospitals have reached their capacity, and patients who need help are now being turned away because intensive care units are out of beds. The infection rate in Austria is around 1,000 per 100,000 people over the

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School boards ask an appeals court

(7 days ago) School boards are asking an appeals court to “expedite” consideration of a challenge to a Florida Department of Health rule aimed at preventing student mask requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. Attorneys for the school boards in Miami-Dade, Leon, Duval, Broward and Alachua counties took the case Friday to the 4th District Court of

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Texas schools can require masks

(2 days ago) Texas schools can require masks again after a judge overrules state's ban. A federal judge has blocked an order by the Texas governor that banned mask mandates in public schools. The judge said the governor's order puts children with disabilities at risk. NPR's John Burnett has the story.

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