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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said in a news release that demand for testing has significantly increased in the past month as COVID-19 cases caused by the omicron variant continue to rise. Health official: Omicron has not peaked in …

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Health official bows out of Mardi Gras parade; cites

5 hours ago · Health official bows out of Mardi Gras parade; cites threats. FILE - The satirical Krewe du Vieux parade makes its way through the French Quarter as it laughs at authorities and tragedy of Hurricance Katrina and aftermath, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, in New Orleans. New Orleans’ health director says she won’t take part in one of the earliest

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Biden administration officially withdraws vaccine rule

8 hours ago · The Occupational Safety and Health Administration confirmed the withdrawal Tuesday. But the agency said it still strongly encourages workers to get vaccinated. In early November, OSHA announced a vaccine-or-test mandate for …

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Challenges to NC Medicaid contracts now over with

5 hours ago · My Health by Health Providers — composed of 12 local hospital systems and a New Mexico-based insurer — contended the DHHS process was flawed and biased against provider-led organizations like My Health. Aetna Better Health Care of North Carolina also challenged the process, but a Superior Court judge limited its involvement in the case.

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Liz Weston: The mental health risks of retiring AP News

1 day ago · Complicating matters further, the symptoms of depression and other mental health issues may be different in older adults, Forester says. Rather than feeling sadness, for example, depressed older people may feel numb or anxious, have difficulty with memory or decisions, or suffer from otherwise unexplained physical complaints.

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New conservative target: Race as factor in COVID …

2 days ago · Health officials have long said there is a strong case for considering race as one of many risk factors in treatment decisions. And there is no evidence that race alone is being used to decide who gets medicine. The issue came to the forefront last week after Fox …

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Organon To Present at the 40th Annual J.P. Morgan

Organon is a global healthcare company formed through a spin-off from Merck, (NYSE: MRK) known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, to focus on improving the health of women throughout their lives. Here for her health, Organon has a portfolio of more than 60 medicines and products across a range of therapeutic areas.

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CarePoint Health Will Continue to Serve Hudson County

CarePoint Health is led by CEO Achintya Moulick, MD, MBA. Achintya Moulick is a clinical, business, and thought leader in the healthcare industry. A neonatal cardiac surgeon by training with expertise in congenital and acquired heart disease, he has led hospitals for 20 years, as Executive Director, Chairman in Cardiovascular Surgery, Chief

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The Senior Company Helps Keep Seniors Safe at Home to

Home health aides care for seniors in the comfort of their home, keeping them safe and helping to prevent the spread of the virus. Reinforcing the company’s already-established safety protocols has been essential during the pandemic. Home care is highly effective in preventing the spread of the virus.

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Safety lacked at facility that may have exposed many to

State health officials have said anyone who had a procedure performed at the center from January to Sept. 7 this year may have been exposed. The facility was shuttered for three weeks in September after the state Department of Health received a complaint. The center’s nursing director resigned a day before the facility was shuttered.

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MIND 24-7 Opens Second Location to Provide Immediate

16 hours ago · MIND 24-7 is fundamentally changing the landscape of accessible behavioral health by offering walk-in urgent mental health and substance abuse services such as Psych Express Care, Psych Crisis Care and Psych Progressions. MIND 24-7 fills the gap for those seeking help by being available right when they need it – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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DeSantis blasts FDA for halting drugs ineffective on

10 hours ago · FILE - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses a joint session of a legislative session, Jan. 11, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla. DeSantis has vowed, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, to fight a decision from federal health regulators to block two coronavirus antibody treatments after the drugs were found to be ineffective against treating the widespread omicron variant.

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‘Aftershock’ puts human face to maternal health crisis in

15 hours ago · It was 2017 when filmmaker Paula Eiselt started seeing articles about rising maternal mortality rates in the United States. She’d had traumatic experiences giving birth to her four children, but didn’t realize that the problems were …

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California likely to extend paid sick leave amid pandemic

7 hours ago · On Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, Newsom and the state's two top legislative leaders endorsed a proposal to give California workers up to two weeks of paid time off if they get sick from the coronavirus while businesses would get up to $6 billion in tax cuts and other assistance. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File) FILE — California Gov. Gavin Newsom

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Oregon Health Authority director hospitalized after fall

8 hours ago · SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority director and a leader of the state’s COVID-19 response has been hospitalized after a serious fall. Patrick Allen was taken to a hospital early Sunday morning, the agency said in a Tuesday news release.

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COVID-19 booster drive is faltering in the US AP News

NEW YORK (AP) — The COVID-19 booster drive in the U.S. is losing steam, worrying health experts who have pleaded with Americans to get an extra shot to shore up their protection against the highly contagious omicron variant. Just 40% of fully vaccinated Americans have received a booster dose

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Crisis standards activated for southern Idaho health

1 day ago · BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho public health officials have activated crisis standards of care for much of southern Idaho, citing major staffing and blood supply shortages. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare activated the crisis standards for the southwest, central and south central health districts, which encompass 18 counties including the Boise, Nampa and …

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Youth's overdose death renews pleas for Narcan in schools

2 days ago · In a survey of Pennsylvania school nurses conducted in 2018 and published in 2020, more than half the 362 nurses who responded reported having naloxone in their schools, according to the journal Public Health Nursing. About 5% of the nurses said naloxone had been administered in their school or at a school-sponsored activity.

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Court: Mask rule OK at Iowa schools with disabled students

9 hours ago · DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday allowed the state of Iowa to enforce a law that prevents local schools from imposing mask mandates, except for schools attended by students whose disabilities make them more vulnerable to severe illness if they get COVID-19.

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EXPLAINER: What's known about 'stealth' version of omicron

Scientists and health officials around the world are keeping their eyes on a descendant of the omicron variant that has been found in at least 40 countries, including the United States. This version of the coronavirus, which scientists call BA.2, is widely considered stealthier than the original version of omicron because particular genetic traits make it …

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Omicron slamming S. American hospitals as workers fall ill

A health worker applies a shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a community health center in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. Brasilia started the COVID-19 vaccination of children between ages 5 and 11.

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WHO chief makes case for 2nd term as Ethiopia criticizes

14 hours ago · FILE - Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), removes his protective face mask prior to speaking to the media regarding the coronavirus COVID-19 and WHO's global health priorities in 2022, during a new press conference, at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, …

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Judge hears arguments in case challenging Omaha mask

1 day ago · OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska judge could decide by noon Tuesday whether to overturn a new Omaha mask mandate that's opposed by state officials. Douglas County District Court Judge Shelly Stratman heard arguments Monday in a legal challenge to the local health order, which requires people ages 5 and older to wear face coverings in most public venues, …

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Finding the 'happy bubble': Mental health key for

1 day ago · The issue of mental health in sports became part of the national conversation last year after tennis star Naomi Osaka revealed her bouts with depression. The discussion was amplified when U.S. superstar gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from competition at the Tokyo Olympics, choosing her own health and well-being over the demands to perform.

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Nebraska judge refuses to block Omaha's new mask mandate

10 hours ago · A judge refused to block Omaha's new mask mandate Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, after the state challenged the rule. The state had argued that local health officials didn't have the authority to issue the new mask rule that took effect Jan.12 while the Douglas County Health Director maintained that city code gave her the power to do that.

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Thailand first in Asia to move to decriminalize marijuana

Health Minister Anutin has been the driving force behind decriminalizing marijuana. He is the leader of the Bhumjai Thai Party, a major partner in the country’s coalition government, and campaigned in the 2019 general election for …

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Cyprus court upholds vaccination certificate requirements

17 hours ago · In a statement, the court accepted the Attorney-General’s argument that a relevant Health Ministry decree aims to protect the island nation’s …

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Assembly Republicans to vote to count infection as

16 hours ago · Data from the state health department shows unvaccinated people are hospitalized at a rate nearly 11 times higher than fully vaccinated people. No groups have registered in support the proposal. The Assembly was set to vote on the bill Tuesday afternoon. Approval would send the bill to the Senate, but Democratic Gov. Tony Evers almost certainly

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Georgia suing Biden administration over Medicaid rejection

Georgia sued the Biden administration Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, over its decision to revoke approval of the state's plan to require Medicaid recipients to meet a work requirement as part of a limited expansion of the health insurance program to more low-income Georgians, the governor's office said.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

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Carbon Health Launches Large COVID-19 Testing Sites in

Carbon Health, a leading omnichannel healthcare provider, announced three new large COVID-19 testing sites, in South San Francisco, California, and in Montgomery Township, New Jersey, and Plainsboro Township, New Jersey. These community-based sites offer thousands of COVID-19 tests in areas

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Judge temporarily restores New York's mask mandate AP News

12 hours ago · At issue is the legality of an order the state’s health commissioner issued in mid-December as the omicron variant fueled a huge wave of COVID-19 infections in the state. The order required masks in schools, health care facilities, homeless shelters, jails, public transportation, and in any indoor public area where vaccination wasn’t

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S. Korea tests new virus steps as infections reach new

1 hour ago · Health workers wearing protective gears stand to help visitors at a temporary screening clinic for the coronavirus near the Seoul City Hall in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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LA County Board of Supervisors Recommend Historic

3 hours ago · Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case about a blatantly unconstitutional Mississippi law that would ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. This case is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade. With this Mississippi case, anti-abortion politicians are now demanding outright that the Supreme Court ignore established legal precedent and

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COVID cases decline in Seattle area, surge moves east AP

2 hours ago · SEATTLE (AP) — Cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 are decreasing in the Seattle metro area, but hospital leaders are warning that the variant is gaining steam in eastern Washington and could further stress health care facilities. In King County, data shows the rise in omicron infections

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UK to lift travel test requirements for the vaccinated

1 day ago · The other parts of the U.K. — Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — set their own health rules, but said they would adopt the same rules as England for international travel. Coronavirus cases in Britain soared in December, driven by the extremely transmissible omicron variant, though hospitalizations and deaths have remained well below

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Youngkin: For now, listen to principals on school masks

Late Friday, the governor’s office issued updated guidelines for COVID-19 prevention in schools it said were developed by the departments of Health and Education. Regarding masks, the guidance said parents should consult with their medical providers about whether or not their child should wear a mask and for how long one should be worn.

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State judge overturns NY mask mandate AP News

1 day ago · Earlier this month, the state health department said the mandate would be in place until Feb 1. ADVERTISEMENT. An email seeking comment was sent to the governor’s office. The ruling comes as the omicron wave that gripped New York state appears to be fading. The state averaged around 23,400 new cases of the virus per day in the 7 day period

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Mexico's remittances pass $50 billion, surge during

14 minutes ago · COMACHUEN, Mexico (AP) — Mexico’s remittances — the money migrants send home to their relatives — have soared in the past two years, and are now expected to top $50 billion for the first time once 2021′s figures are added up. That would surpass almost all other sources of Mexico’s foreign income.

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In kids' book, Sotomayor asks: Whom have you helped today

In talking about her book, Sotomayor declined to discuss her decision to participate remotely in arguments, saying only, “I pay attention to my health.” The ongoing pandemic means Sotomayor will be making virtual appearances in connection with her new book, including one hosted by the Chicago Public Library and another where she’ll talk

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Hospital: Poor health only criteria for pig heart

Hospital: Poor health only criteria for pig heart transplant. By The Associated Press January 13, 2022 GMT. 1 of 4. In this photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, members of the surgical team show the pig heart for transplant into patient David Bennett in Baltimore on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. On Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 the

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Wisconsin health officials urge vaccinations, precautions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin health officials and Gov. Tony Evers on Monday urged residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and take other precautions, such as wearing masks and keeping holiday gatherings small, as the new omicron variant is expected to create a surge in cases over the coming weeks.

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Oshkosh Defense Unveils First-Ever Silent Drive Hybrid

11 hours ago · OSHKOSH, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 25, 2022--Oshkosh Defense, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), unveiled the first-ever silent drive hybrid-electric Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), the eJLTV.

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Stocks slide as a bout of market volatility continues AP

21 hours ago · Stocks fell on Wall Street Tuesday, continuing a volatile bout of trading that has sent markets swinging between steep losses and gains as investors gauge several threats. Higher inflation has been squeezing businesses and consumers, and the Federal Reserve is expected to combat it in 2022 by raising interest rates.

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Court: Women-only gym areas violate state discrimination

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Women-only exercise areas in gyms and fitness clubs violate a state law banning discrimination based on gender, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The 6-0 decision written by Chief Justice Richard Robinson overturned a lower court ruling and an earlier decision by a state human rights official.

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California Democrats revive universal health care bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — What could be the nation's first universal health care system found new life on Thursday after California Democrats proposed steep tax hikes to pay for it, prompting strong opposition from insurers, doctors …

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More local health departments curtailing COVID-19 services

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — More than a half-dozen local health departments in Missouri have stopped offering COVID-19 services, such as contact tracing and tracking case numbers, in response to threats of legal action from Attorney General Eric Schmitt.

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California sets Feb. 1 deadline for health worker boosters

California was the first state to require health care workers to be vaccinated, a rule that took effect in September. Most workers have complied. But thousands of others have either lost their jobs or been suspended. Now, California joins New Mexico as at least the second state to require a booster shot for its health care workers.

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In shadow of Texas gas drilling sites, health fears

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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