Covid Proved the C.D.C. Is Broken. Can It Be Fixed?

The pandemic revealed the glaring weaknesses of the world’s premier public health agency — and just how much work it would take to reform it.

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Collins and Menendez: We Need a Covid-19 Commission

We need a commission to study America’s Covid-19 response.

#collins-susan-m, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #law-and-legislation, #medicine-and-health, #menendez-robert, #senate, #september-11-2001, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Covid-Sniffin

Logistics, cost and official standards are needed for the dogs to fulfill their potential in medical fields.

#airport-security, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lois-privor-dumm, #medicine-and-health, #national-institute-of-standards-and-technology, #service-dogs-and-other-animals, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states, #your-feed-science

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E.P.A. to Review Rules on Soot Linked to Deaths, Which Trump Declined to Tighten

The Biden administration says it will consider tougher limits on a deadly air pollutant that disproportionately affects low-income and minority communities.

#air-pollution, #american-lung-assn, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #harvard-university, #lungs, #medicine-and-health, #regan-michael-s-1976, #respiratory-diseases, #trump-donald-j

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Why ‘Unwell Women’ Have Gone Misdiagnosed for Centuries

The British scholar Elinor Cleghorn’s new history traces medicine’s sexism from Hippocrates to today.

#books-and-literature, #cleghorn-elinor, #discrimination, #medicine-and-health, #unwell-women-misdiagnosis-and-myth-in-a-man-made-world-book, #women-and-girls

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New York Turns to Smart Thermometers for Disease Detection in Schools

The technology company Kinsa will distribute as many as 100,000 internet-connected thermometers through the city’s elementary schools.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #education-department-nyc, #fever, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #influenza, #kinsa-inc, #medicine-and-health, #new-york-city, #thermometers, #varma-jay-k, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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A Doctor’s Call to Return to the Activities You Love

The miracle of the Covid vaccines means we can safely return to the things that make our lives whole. I’m returning to live music.

#classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #medicine-and-health, #music

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Why Are So Many Children in Brazil Dying From Covid-19?

Coronavirus variants may be causing severe infections in children.

#babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #medicine-and-health, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Medical Journals Reluctant to Take on Racism, Critics Say

An editor’s departure at JAMA is bringing calls for a sharper focus on racism and its consequences.

#academic-and-scientific-journals, #american-medical-assn, #apologies, #discrimination, #doctors, #journal-of-the-american-medical-assn, #medicine-and-health, #minorities, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #podcasts, #race-and-ethnicity, #your-feed-science

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For Many Workers, Change in Mask Policy Is a Nightmare

After a shift by the C.D.C., employers withdrew mask policies that workers felt were protecting them from unvaccinated customers.

#beau-rivage-resort-and-casino, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #kroger-company, #masks, #medicine-and-health, #organized-labor, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #recreational-equipment-inc, #safeway-inc, #shopping-and-retail, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Nepal’s Covid Crisis Worsens as Workers Pay the Price

The Himalayan country is considering declaring a health emergency to help contain a second wave that experts say migrant laborers brought back from India.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immigration-and-emigration, #medicine-and-health, #politics-and-government

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How Women Can Have a Feminist Menopause

Women often experience the hormonal transition of midlife in a shroud of misinformation and shame. We deserve better.

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #estrogen, #hormones, #medicine-and-health, #menopause, #menstruation, #women-and-girls

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Jane Brody and Anthony Fauci on Staying Fit and Focused at 80 and Beyond

The Times’s longtime Personal Health columnist and the nation’s most famous doctor met recently to talk about life as octogenarians and beyond. Listen to their conversation.

#age-chronological, #birthdays, #brody-jane-e, #diet-and-nutrition, #exercise, #fauci-anthony-s, #medicine-and-health

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India’s Doctors and Medical Workers Face Danger and Trauma

More than 1,000 doctors, and an untold number of medical personnel, have died after coronavirus infections. Many suffer an emotional toll as they make tough decisions about who gets treated.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #india, #medicine-and-health, #nursing-and-nurses, #rural-areas, #shortages, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Breathing Through the Rectum Saves Oxygen-Starved Mice and Pigs

Japanese scientists who studied an unusual method of delivering oxygen in mammals hope to one day try it in people.

#anus, #colon, #lungs, #medicine-and-health, #mice, #oxygen, #pigs, #rats, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Those Buzzy New Collagen Products Are Risky Business

Adding collagen powder to your daily smoothie? Opting for a collagen bar as a snack? Proceed cautiously.

#allergies, #collagen, #collagen-supplements, #content-type-service, #medicine-and-health, #skin, #your-feed-selfcare

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To Vaccinate Younger Teens, States and Cities Look to Schools, Camps, Even Beaches

The F.D.A.’s authorization of Pfizer’s Covid shot for 12- to 15-year-olds is a milestone in battling the coronavirus, but actually getting them vaccinated involves new challenges.

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How Humans Gained an ‘Extra Life’

In Steven Johnson’s latest book, he looks at what he calls “one of the greatest achievements in the history of our species,” that life spans have more than doubled since the mid-19th century.

#books-and-literature, #extra-life-a-short-history-of-living-longer-book, #johnson-steven-berlin, #longevity, #medicine-and-health

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From the Wastewater Drain, Solid Pandemic Data

The coronavirus could turn sewage surveillance into a mainstream public health practice.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #kansas-city-mo, #medicine-and-health, #microbiology, #sewers-and-sewage, #tests-medical, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Operating Rooms Go Under the Knife

Hospitals are bringing together surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses with architects, engineers and administrative staff to rethink the modern operating room.

#architecture, #building-construction, #doctors, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #surgery-and-surgeons

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Biden Bans Travel from India

As they discussed the decision this week, top health officials warned the White House about uncertainty over how vaccines might respond to a homegrown virus variant in India.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #humanitarian-aid, #india, #indian-americans, #medicine-and-health, #travel-warnings, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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F.D.A. Announces Plan to Ban Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars

Agency leaders say the move is a science-based approach to curbing addiction and will save hundreds of thousands of lives over time.

#action-on-smoking-and-health, #altria-group-inc, #cigars, #food-and-drug-administration, #medicine-and-health, #menthol, #recalls-and-bans-of-products, #reynolds-r-j-tobacco-co, #smoking-and-tobacco

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Black Lives Are Shorter in Chicago. My Family’s History Shows Why.

How did a Promised Land to generations of Black families become a community of lost lives?

#black-people, #chicago-ill, #discrimination, #medicine-and-health, #poverty, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #segregation-and-desegregation

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How Long Can We Live?

New research is intensifying the debate — with profound implications for the future of the planet.

#elderly, #genetics-and-heredity, #longevity, #medicine-and-health, #research, #science-and-technology, #stem-cells

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Biden to Send Coronavirus Vaccine Abroad

President Biden will send up to 60 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine to countries pleading for help, but some see a medicine dropper for “a four-alarm fire.”

#astrazeneca-plc, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #medicine-and-health, #modi-narendra, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

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W.H.O. Leader Dr. Tedros: Countries Must Keep Their Vaccine Promises

As head of the W.H.O., I believe this is the best chance we have to end the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #medicine-and-health, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

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How Bad Is Our Pandemic Drinking Problem?

The past year has changed alcohol use patterns, especially among women. The impacts probably won’t be fully known for years.

#alcohol-abuse, #alcoholic-beverages, #disease-rates, #medicine-and-health, #national-institute-on-alcohol-abuse-and-alcoholism, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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States Struggle With Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause as Federal Officials Reassure Public

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci said he hoped for a decision “quite soon” on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as local governments shifted to more complicated two-dose vaccines for marginal populations.

#blood-clots, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fauci-anthony-s, #johnsonjohnson, #medicine-and-health, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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5 Health Care Jobs on the Rise

Occupations in the industry are increasingly in demand because of an aging population and longer life spans.

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Did Spotlighting a Rare Potential Vaccine Side Effect Put More at Risk?

Some public health officials fear that the pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may fuel vaccine hesitancy and expose more Americans to a bigger danger: the coronavirus.

#astrazeneca-plc, #blood-clots, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #food-and-drug-administration, #johnsonjohnson, #medicine-and-health, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Is ‘Femtech’ the Next Big Thing in Health Care?

Start-ups and tech companies are creating products to address women’s health care needs. It’s still a small segment of the market, but growing.

#computers-and-the-internet, #implants, #medicine-and-health, #menstruation, #mobile-applications, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #smartphones, #start-ups, #women-and-girls

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As Nation Speeds to Vaccinate All, Maryland’s Path Shows Challenges Ahead

The state is wrestling with most of the issues and trade-offs that come with such a giant undertaking.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hogan-lawrence-j, #maryland, #medicine-and-health, #states-us, #your-feed-healthcare

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If You Build It, They Will Bike: Pop-Up Lanes Increased Cycling During Pandemic

A study of European cities adds to a growing body of evidence that investments in cycling infrastructure can encourage bike commuting, which helps cut greenhouse gas emissions.

#air-pollution, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #medicine-and-health, #research, #urban-areas

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Enter the Age of the Vaccine Selfie

From topless politicians to designers, it’s a thing. And it’s part of a longer tradition than you might expect.

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How a Volunteer Army is Trying to Vaccinate Black People in the Rural South

In the face of limited transportation, patchy internet service and threadbare medical care, community leaders in Alabama and Mississippi are trying to shrink the racial disparities in vaccine access.

#alabama, #black-people, #cleveland-miss, #greenville-miss, #medicine-and-health, #mississippi, #race-and-ethnicity, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #rural-areas, #southern-states-us, #tuscaloosa-ala, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Getting the Vaccine Isn’t Easy for Black Americans in the Rural South

In the face of limited transportation, patchy internet service and threadbare medical care, community leaders in Alabama and Mississippi are trying to shrink the racial disparities in vaccine access.

#alabama, #black-people, #cleveland-miss, #greenville-miss, #medicine-and-health, #mississippi, #race-and-ethnicity, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #rural-areas, #southern-states-us, #tuscaloosa-ala, #vaccination-and-immunization

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C.D.C. Funding Gun Violence Research For First Time in Decades

As the C.D.C. funds gun violence studies for the first time in a generation, public health experts are hopeful it will eventually guide lawmakers through the partisan gridlock — and save thousands of lives.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #firearms, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #medicine-and-health, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why Coronavirus Testing Still Matters

With case numbers still high, coronavirus testing remains essential, experts say, but the goals and approach will change as vaccines roll out.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #disease-rates, #los-angeles-calif, #medicine-and-health, #tests-medical, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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What Went Wrong With AstraZeneca?

The intense public scrutiny is vaccine safety at work.

#accidents-and-safety, #astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #medicine-and-health, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Vaccine Passports Won’t Stop the Spread of Covid-19

Until coronavirus vaccines are distributed equitably and nations agree to immunization standards, vaccination passes will not end the spread of Covid-19.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electronic-health-records, #medicine-and-health, #privacy, #travel-and-vacations, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Clergy Preach Faith in the Covid Vaccine to Doubters

With widespread immunity essential to ending the pandemic, priests, imams, rabbis and swamis are successfully urging their congregations to get the shots. Many people trust them more than they trust health officials.

#clergy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hispanic-americans, #imams, #jews-and-judaism, #medicine-and-health, #ministers-protestant, #muslim-americans, #muslims-and-islam, #rabbis, #religion-and-belief, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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I Was an E.M.T. While Covid-19 Devastated New York

The losses emergency responders witnessed are beyond what human minds can grasp.

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A $22,368 Bill That Dodged and Weaved to Find a Gap in America’s Health System

Bad news for one unlucky patient is also a stark example of how dysfunctional U.S. health coverage can be.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #tests-medical

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Pandemic Forces F.D.A. to Sharply Curtail Drug Company Inspections

The steep decline in oversight has stalled a number of new drug applications. The agency says it is trying to protect its employees but critics say inspectors should be considered essential workers and do their jobs.

#biocon-biologics, #bristol-myers-squibb-company, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #factories-and-manufacturing, #food-and-drug-administration, #medicine-and-health, #mylan-inc, #nivagen, #shortages, #spectrum-pharmaceuticals-inc, #your-feed-healthcare

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Declare Racism a Public Health Emergency

It would be more than just a symbolic gesture.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #discrimination, #health-and-human-services-department, #medicine-and-health, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

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How Rhode Island Fell to the Coronavirus

A dense population of vulnerable citizens set the stage for a frightening epidemic.

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India’s Covaxin Covid-19 Vaccine, Already in Use, Shows Promise in Trials

Interim results from clinical trials suggested that Covaxin could be safe and effective, potentially removing one hurdle to New Delhi’s ambitious campaign to inoculate a vast population.

#bharat-biotech-ltd, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #india, #medicine-and-health, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Drinking Alcohol and Cancer: Should Your Cocktail Carry a Cancer Warning?

As pandemic disruptions lead many of us to drink more, experts underscore the link between alcohol and disease.

#alcoholic-beverages, #anxiety-and-stress, #breast-cancer, #cancer, #colon-and-colorectal-cancer, #diet-and-nutrition, #estrogen, #liver-cancer, #medicine-and-health, #obesity

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Delayed Skin Reactions Appear After Vaccine Shots

Doctors are reporting additional, minor symptoms that appear several days after people have received their shots.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #massachusetts-general-hospital, #medicine-and-health, #moderna-inc, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #skin, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Fauci Is Giving His Coronavirus Model to the Smithsonian

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci’s donation of his 3-D virus model to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History comes as museums are working to document the Covid-19 era.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #fauci-anthony-s, #medicine-and-health, #museums, #national-museum-of-american-history, #smithsonian-institution

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