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Exchange between GOP senator, transgender nominee draws fire from Democrats

Exchange between GOP senator, transgender nominee draws fire from Democrats

ADA Republican senator lashed out Thursday at the Biden administration’s nominee for an assistant health secretary position, a physician who would be the highest-ranking openly transgender official in government history.Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) criticized Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s top health official and a transgender woman, for her advocacy of hormone therapy for minors, sparking a rebuke from his Democratic colleagues.In his questions, Paul tried to draw a connection between genital mutilation — a condemned by public health experts as a human rights violation — and transition-related...

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Scientists identify more than 140,000 virus species in the human gut: Study opens up new research avenues for understanding how viruses living in the gut affect human health

Scientists identify more than 140,000 virus species in the human gut: Study opens up new research avenues for understanding how viruses living in the gut affect human health

Science Newsfrom research organizationsDate:Source:Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteSummary:Viruses are the most numerous biological entities on the planet. Now researchers have identified over 140,000 viral species living in the human gut, more than half of which have never been seen before.Share:FULL STORYBacteriophage illustration (stock image).Credit: © SciePro / stock.adobe.comBacteriophage illustration (stock image).Credit: © SciePro / stock.adobe.comCloseViruses are the most numerous biological entities on the planet. Now researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and EMBL's European...

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Queen urges people to 'think about others' by taking Covid jab

Queen urges people to 'think about others' by taking Covid jab

The Queen has urged the public to "think about other people" and get a Covid jab when they are offered one.The monarch, 94, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, received their first doses of the vaccine in January.In a video call with health leaders delivering the Covid vaccine across the UK, the Queen was asked about her experience of having the jab.She smiled as she replied: "Well, as far as I can make out it was quite harmless."It was very quick, and I've had lots of letters from people who've been very surprised by how easy it was to get the vaccine."The Queen, who rarely talks about her own...

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FDA Considers Emergency Authorization For Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

FDA Considers Emergency Authorization For Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

FDA Considers Emergency Authorization For Johnson & Johnson Vaccine The Food and Drug Administration's vaccine advisory committee meets today to consider the emergency use authorization application from Johnson and Johnson for its COVID-19 vaccine.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsThe Food and Drug Administration's vaccine advisory committee meets today to consider the emergency use authorization application from Johnson and Johnson for its COVID-19 vaccine.RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:The Food and Drug Administration is getting ready to authorize a third COVID-19 vaccine for emergency...

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Pfizer-BioNTech to test COVID-19 booster against South African variant

Pfizer-BioNTech to test COVID-19 booster against South African variant

Pfizer and BioNTech announced Thursday they will test the efficacy of a third "booster" dose of their COVID-19 vaccine to prevent spread of new variants of the coronavirus. File Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI |Researchers at Pfizer-BioNTech announced Thursday that they have started a new clinical trial designed to assess whether a third dose of their will bolster the protection it offers against new virus strains.The new trial will draw upon participants in the phase 1 study of the vaccine in the United States, who will be offered a booster six to 12 months after receiving their initial...

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Biden’s Straight-Talking CDC Director Has Long Used Data to Save Lives

Biden’s Straight-Talking CDC Director Has Long Used Data to Save Lives

This story is part of a partnership that includes , and KHN. It can beIn early December, was watching TV with her family and scrolling through Twitter when she saw a tweet that made her shout.“I said ‘Oh, my God!'” she recalled. “Super loud. My kids jumped up. My husband looked over. He said, ‘What’s wrong, what’s wrong, is everything OK?’ I was like, ‘No, no, it’s the opposite. It’s amazing. This is amazing!'”had just been tapped to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Stephenson is an infectious diseases specialist and vaccine scientist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical...

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News Brief: Syrian Airstrikes, Johnson & Johnson Vaccine,

News Brief: Syrian Airstrikes, Johnson & Johnson Vaccine,

News Brief: Syrian Airstrikes, Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, President Biden has launched his first military operation. The FDA to decide on another vaccine. And, a former USA Gymnastics coach dies by suicide shortly after facing sexual abuse charges.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsPresident Biden has launched his first military operation. The FDA to decide on another vaccine. And, a former USA Gymnastics coach dies by suicide shortly after facing sexual abuse charges.NOEL KING, HOST:President Biden has launched the first military operation of his tenure.RACHEL MARTIN,...

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Why AstraZeneca and J&J’s Vaccines, In Use Elsewhere, Are Still on Hold in America

Why AstraZeneca and J&J’s Vaccines, In Use Elsewhere, Are Still on Hold in America

This story also ran on . It can beThe World Health Organization greenlighted emergency use of AstraZeneca and Oxford’s covid-19 vaccine this month, following in the steps of the United Kingdom, the European Union and others, who are already injecting it as quickly as possible into the masses.But the United States is still waiting.As covid deaths mount daily, critics say the Food and Drug Administration is moving too slowly. Meanwhile, the novel coronavirus is evolving, with new variants stalking populations the world over.“We are truly in a race and this race is real — the more we get...

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Journalists Weigh In on Biden’s HHS Pick

Journalists Weigh In on Biden’s HHS Pick

February 26, 2021KHN senior correspondent Noam Levey discussed Xavier Becerra’s nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with KQED’s “Forum” on Tuesday.KHN senior correspondent JoNel Aleccia discussed the story of an organ transplant patient who died after receiving lungs infected with covid-19 on KFI’s “The Daily Dive” podcast on Wednesday.California Healthline senior correspondent Anna Maria Barry-Jester discussed vaccine distribution in California with KALW’s “Your Call” on Thursday. She also was part of a panel discussion about inequities in the vaccine...

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Democrats Say Relief Programs Could Become This Generation's New Deal

Democrats Say Relief Programs Could Become This Generation's New Deal

Democrats: COVID-19 Relief Could Be This Generation's New Deal On top of the small business loans and money for health care included in previous bills, the latest round of relief includes longtime Democratic priorities for lifting people out of poverty.One of the key aims of President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill is to send money to people who were already at risk of falling behind on bills or slipping into poverty. Democrats say the relief bill set to pass the House Friday includes several new programs intended to create a new social safety net that some in the party are...

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Health Canada approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Health Canada approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

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Government agrees to call pregnant women mothers

Government agrees to call pregnant women mothers

The government has agreed to change its bill allowing ministers to take maternity leave, so that it uses the term "mother" rather than "person". The Ministerial and other Maternity Allowances Bill would ensure up to six months' leave on full pay.But the House of Lords in its text.The government initially argued this was in line with "drafting convention" but has changed its view, saying use of "mother" is legally "acceptable".The bill was introduced in time for Attorney General Suella Braverman, who is expecting her second child, to take maternity leave this year. Under existing laws, she...

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College Tuition Sparked a Mental Health Crisis. Then the Hefty Hospital Bill Arrived.

College Tuition Sparked a Mental Health Crisis. Then the Hefty Hospital Bill Arrived.

This story also ran on . It can beDo you have an exorbitant or baffling medical bill? Join the KHN and NPR ‘Bill of the Month’ Club and tell us about your experience. We’ll feature a new one each month.Despite a lifelong struggle with panic attacks, Divya Singh made a brave move across the world last fall from her home in Mumbai, India. She enrolled at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, to study physics and explore an interest in standup comedy in Manhattan.Arriving in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic and isolated in her dorm room, Singh’s anxiety ballooned when her family had...

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Study: Cognitive function declines faster in women than men

Study: Cognitive function declines faster in women than men

Women may experience faster cognitive decline as they age than men, a new study has found. Photo by MarvinRoaw/PixabayWomen experience sharper declines in cognitive function as they age compared to men, a study published Thursday by found.Women generally score higher than men, however, on several measures of cognition before the onset of decline, the data showed.The findings suggest that women have "greater cognitive reserve" than men, but may suffer "faster cognitive decline," the researchers said."Women may thus have greater needs for caregiving and functional support resources,...

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As Covid Surged, Vaccines Came Too Late for at Least 400 Medical Workers

As Covid Surged, Vaccines Came Too Late for at Least 400 Medical Workers

This story also ran on . It can beLost On The FrontlineKHN and The Guardian are tracking health care workers who died from COVID-19 and writing about their lives and what happened in their final days.As health care workers in the U.S. began lining up for their first on Dec. 14, Esmeralda Campos-Loredo was already fighting for oxygen.The 49-year-old nursing assistant and mother of two started having breathing problems just days earlier. By the time the first of her co-workers were getting shots, she was shivering in a tent in the parking lot of a Los Angeles hospital because no medical beds...

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Age not job prioritised in second phase of Covid jab roll-out

Age not job prioritised in second phase of Covid jab roll-out

Vaccinating people in order of age is the fastest way to cut Covid-19 deaths in the next phase of the roll-out, say experts advising the UK government.People in their 40s will be next, once the current phase is completed.Priority based on jobs would be "more complex" and could slow down the programme, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation said.All four nations of the UK will follow this approach with a target of vaccinating all adults by end of July.More than 18 million people in the UK have received a first dose so far.Teachers and police officers are among those who have...

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Researchers discover two new genes associated with Alzheimer's disease

Researchers discover two new genes associated with Alzheimer's disease

Researchers have discovered two new genes involved in the development of Alzheimer's disease, which they said could help make diagnosis easier. Photo by Italo Greco/Researchers in China have identified two genes potentially involved in the development of Alzheimer's disease, they said Thursday.The genes, which were found in the brains of people with the disease, are among roughly two dozen that may contribute to the cognitive decline associated with the common type of dementia, the researchers said in a study published by the journal .It is unclear what role the two newly identified genes,...

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As delays hamper some second coronavirus vaccine doses, a debate rages: Prioritize one shot or two?

As delays hamper some second coronavirus vaccine doses, a debate rages: Prioritize one shot or two?

ADLike other Americans who have received a vaccination, 76-year-old Elizabeth Larson of Arizona struggled to book her first dose.When it came time to schedule her booster shot, Larson recounted initially facing technical glitches that prevented her from selecting an appointment. She felt hopeless.“I’ve been so frustrated,” Larson said. “It’s almost literally like tearing my hair out.”The vast majority of recipients of the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are able to get their second shot within the recommended period, according to vaccine data reviewed by The Washington Post. Yet some...

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How Rhode Island Is Handling Vaccine Rollout

How Rhode Island Is Handling Vaccine Rollout

How Rhode Island Is Handling Vaccine Rollout Rhode Island is one of the few states that from the start prioritized vaccinating communities with high infection rates. The strategy: to put out the fire where it's burning the hottest.Toggle more optionsHeard onLynn ArditiToggle more optionsRhode Island is one of the few states that from the start prioritized vaccinating communities with high infection rates. The strategy: to put out the fire where it's burning the hottest.NPR thanks our sponsors

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Would I Be Healthier if I Drank Nothing but Wine?

Would I Be Healthier if I Drank Nothing but Wine?

Is a French-influenced wine diet the secret to a longer, healthier, drunker life? Let’s uncork some answers“Smart and insightful reported features about modern masculinity.”— The Goods by Vox“Doing the lord’s work.”— The A.V. Club“@WeAreMel is phenomenal ... the best outlet covering digital culture today.”— @TaylorLorenz“I just laughed out loud for a solid five minutes.”— @SexAtOxbridge“The rare men’s magazine that has taken upon itself to investigate masculinity, not enforce it.It getsdouble points for managing to pull off that project with style and charm, not self-seriousness.”— The New...

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College Tuition Sparked A Mental Health Crisis. Then The Hefty Hospital Bill Arrived

College Tuition Sparked A Mental Health Crisis. Then The Hefty Hospital Bill Arrived

College Tuition's Mental Health Cost Included A Surprise Medical Bill : Shots - Health News A student sought counseling help after panicking over a tuition bill. A weeklong stay in a psychiatric hospital followed — along with a $3,413 bill. The hospital soft-pedaled its charity care policy.Toggle more optionsHeard onJordan RauFromToggle more optionsDespite a lifelong struggle with panic attacks, Divya Singh made a brave move across the world last fall from her home in Mumbai, India. She enrolled at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., to study physics and explore an interest in stand-up...

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China's UN envoy Chen Xu warns of pandemic impact on human rights

China's UN envoy Chen Xu warns of pandemic impact on human rights

DownloadChina's UN envoy Chen Xu warns of pandemic impact on human rightsShareCopiedThe COVID-19 pandemic has caused a major humanitarian crisis, China's permanent representative to the United Nations Geneva has said, warning of the challenges facing international human rights organizations to address its impact."It is fair to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a serious humanitarian crisis and exposed problems in multilateral human rights bodies, including the persistent inadequate attention and input to issues like economic, social and cultural rights, social equality,...

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What the mink COVID-19 outbreaks taught us about pandemics

What the mink COVID-19 outbreaks taught us about pandemics

Spread of the coronavirus has exposed troubling problems at fur farms and how we respond to outbreaks there.Anne Sofie Hammer was searching for sick mink. The Danish government had hired the University of Copenhagen veterinary pathologist in June 2020 to investigate if farmers were infecting mink with the novel coronavirus. This meant going from farm to farm, looking for animals that weren’t eating or had a cough and taking blood samples and mouth swabs.The virus, SARS-CoV-2, had been spreading rapidly among mink farmers, and officials were worried that it would not only infect the...

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COVID-19 in Canada: 'Vaccination passports' a near certainty says bio-ethicist

COVID-19 in Canada: 'Vaccination passports' a near certainty says bio-ethicist

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'Hunt, Gather, Parent' Offers Lessons Collected Around The World

'Hunt, Gather, Parent' Offers Lessons Collected Around The World

'Hunt, Gather, Parent' Offers Lessons Collected Around The World NPR's Michaeleen Doucleff found that parenting books she read after becoming a mom left a lot out. When she went through a tough period with her daughter, she traveled the world in search of guidance.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsThere are many parenting books out there. But NPR's Michaeleen Doucleff says all the parenting books that she read after becoming a mom left a lot out. "I'm trained as a scientist. I spent seven years as a chemist and I really believed that the parenting advice we got today was backed...

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