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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.

Thousands of Young Children Lost Parents to Covid. Where's Help for Them?

By JoNel Aleccia | Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
In a nation where researchers calculate that more than 46,000 children have lost one or both parents to COVID since February 2020, finding basic services has been difficult, if not impossible.

In a Murky Sea of Mental Health Apps, Consumers Left Adrift

By Jenny Gold | Tuesday Jun 22, 2021
Even as industry hype mounts, researchers and companies are scrambling to prove that mental health apps actually work.

What It Means When Celebrities Stay Coy About Their Vaccine Status

By Eric Berger | Monday Jun 21, 2021
The politicization of the shots, misinformation and flawed public messaging from the government have made the vaccines controversial and something some public figures are reluctant to endorse.

It's About to Get Tougher for Transgender People in Montana to Amend Birth Certificates

By Andrea Halland | Friday Jun 18, 2021
This spring, the Republican-led Montana Legislature passed a bill signed by Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte that once again requires a court order to change a birth certificate.

In Mental Health Crises, a 911 Call Now Brings a Mixed Team of Helpers — And Maybe No Cops

By Katheryn Houghton | Wednesday Jun 16, 2021
Nationwide, more communities are creating units in which mental health professionals are the main responders to psychiatric crises instead of cops.

Change to Gilead Assistance Program Threatens PrEP Access, HIV Advocates Say

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez | Friday Jun 11, 2021
Gilead announced in April it will change how much it reimburses through that assistance program. For pharmacies that contract with certain safety-net clinics, the change means less reimbursement cash to pass along to the clinics.

Women Now Drink as Much as Men — And Are Prone to Sickness Sooner

By Aneri Pattani | Wednesday Jun 9, 2021
The latest U.S. data shows that women in their teens and early 20s reported drinking and getting drunk at higher rates than their male peers — in some cases for the first time since researchers began measuring such behavior.

Unused J&J COVID Doses Are Piling Up as FDA Waits to See if Shelf Life Can Be Extended

By Rachana Pradhan, Christina Jewett | Wednesday Jun 9, 2021
State health officials have strenuously warned vaccine administrators against using expired doses. Now, though, the FDA appears optimistic that the Johnson & Johnson expiration dates could be extended.

Boeing Tested Air Purifiers Like Those Widely Used in Schools. It Decided Not to Use Them in Planes.

By Christina Jewett, Lauren Webber | Wednesday Jun 9, 2021
Aerospace giant Boeing tested two kinds of ionization technologies — like those widely adopted in schools hoping to combat covid — to determine how well each killed germs on surfaces and decided that neither was effective enough to install.

Telehealth: Are Virtual Visits Here to Stay?

By Noam N. Levey | Monday Jun 7, 2021
As the COVID crisis wanes and life approaches normal across the U.S., health industry leaders and many patient advocates are pushing Congress and the Biden administration to preserve the pandemic-fueled expansion of telehealth.

The 'Grief Pandemic' Will Torment Americans for Years

By Liz Szabo | Thursday Jun 3, 2021
With nearly 600,000 in the U.S. lost to covid-19 — now a leading cause of death — researchers estimate that more than 5 million Americans are in mourning, including more than 43,000 children who have lost a parent.

Doctors Tell How to Make the Most of Your Telehealth Visits

By Julie Appleby | Wednesday Jun 2, 2021
Telehealth served as a lifeline for many during the pandemic, ramping up from a minority share of office visits to a majority, at least for a while. Still, it cannot replace hands-on care for some conditions.

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