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

By Hanna Norman | Thursday 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

By JoNel Aleccia | Wednesday 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

Wednesday 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

By Rachana Pradhan | Monday 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

By Arthur Allen | Thursday 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

By Sarah Jane Tribble | Wednesday 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

By JoNel Aleccia | Wednesday 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

By Sarah Jane Tribble | Monday 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

By Phil Galewitz, Rachel Bluth, Rae Ellen Bichell | Monday 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

By Elisabeth Rosenthal, Glenn Kramon | Thursday 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

By Liz Szabo | Friday 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

By Hannah Norman | Monday 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

By JoNel Aleccia | Thursday 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

By Elisabeth Rosenthal | Wednesday 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

By Jay Hancock | Monday 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

By Rae Ellen Bichell | Thursday 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

By Rae Ellen Bichell | Thursday 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

By Martha Bebinger, WBUR and Blake Farmer, Nashville Public Radio | Wednesday 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

By Victoria Knight | Wednesday 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.

COVID's Lingering Effects Can Put the Brakes on Elective Surgeries

By Michelle Andrews | Monday Jun 28, 2021
As the number of people who have had COVID grows, medical experts are trying to determine when it's safe for them to have elective surgery.

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