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CDC issues urgent plea for pregnant women to get vaccinated: With only a third of women in this group immunized, health officials made a strong push for getting the shots. Read more

New report finds...

TUESDAY, July 13, 2021 (Healthday News) -- Medicare launched a formal process on Monday that will determine whether the agency will cover Aduhelm, the newly approved Alzheimer's drug whose high price tag and unproven benefits have prompted widespread controversy.

Medicare's announcement came the same day that leaders of two House committees that are investigating Aduhelm's approval asked ...

MONDAY, July 12, 2021 (Healthday News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's controversial approval of the Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm should be investigated by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock has said.

The FDA approved Aduhelm even though an advisory panel of outside experts said there wasn't enough proof that the drug actually works. T...

There is "exponential growth" of coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County as the Delta variant becomes the dominant strain, health officials there reported Thursday.

Even though 60% of people older than 16 in the county have been fully vaccinated, the case rate rose from 1.74 cases to 3.5 cases per 100,000 people in one week, according to a Los Angeles County Department of Public Health ne...

Pope Francis' treatment and recovery are proceeding as planned after his intestinal surgery on July 4, the Vatican said Friday in its daily medical update.

It said the 84-year-old pontiff is walking, working and has celebrated mass at the Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome, and will deliver his weekly Sunday blessing from there, the Associated Press reported. Barring complications, he's ...

FRIDAY, July 9, 2021 (Healthday News) --No spectators will be allowed at the Olympic Games in Tokyo when they begin in two weeks, organizers announced Thursday.

The decision came after a new state of emergency was declared in the city due to a sudden surge in coronavirus cases, The New York Times reported.

Last month, officials said they would allow domestic spectators, des...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued new prescribing rules for the controversial Alzheimer's medication Aduhelm that will likely limit its use.

When first approved a month ago, the FDA said Biogen's monthly IV drug was for all Alzheimer's patients. The agency now says the drug is appropriate for patients with early or mild Alzheimer's but that it has not been studied i...

California plans to approve reparations of up to $25,000 to some of the thousands of people who were sterilized decades ago by the state's government.

California will be the third state -- after Virginia and North Carolina -- to compensate victims of the so-called eugenics movement that peaked in the 1930s, the Associated Press reported. Supporters of the movement believed it was...

THURSDAY, July 8, 2021 (Healthday News) -- Wearable fitness trackers such as Fitbits or the Apple Watch can help track people's recovery from COVID-19 and are revealing just how long-term that recovery is, according to a new study.

It was conducted from late March of 2020 to late January of 2021, and included 875 Fitbit-wearing people, 234 of who tested positive for COVID-19.

D...

WEDNESDAY, July 7, 2021 (Healthday News) -- Demand for blood is up 10% in the United States, and some U.S hospitals are postponing surgeries due to shortages.

Experts say the situation is a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, CBS News reported. Before COVID-19 shutdowns, schools accounted for 25% of collected blood.

NYU Langone Health in New York City came close to delayi...

WEDNESDAY, July 7, 2021 (Healthday News) -- Following major colon surgery that was performed on Sunday, Pope Francis ate breakfast, read the newspapers and took a walk on Tuesday, the Vatican said.

"His Holiness Pope Francis rested well during the night," said Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni. "The post-operative recovering is regular. Routine control tests are good."

The 84-year-old ...

TUESDAY, July 6, 2021 (Healthday News) -- Pope Francis had surgery on Sunday to remove part of his left colon in what the Vatican described as a planned procedure.

Doctors said the 84-year-old pope was suffering from bowel problems that are very common in older people, although only about 10% to 20% of them require surgery, the AP reported.

According to the Vatican, the t...

TUESDAY, July 6, 2021 (Healthday News) -- Face mask and social distancing laws will be lifted in Britain later this month and British citizens will have to "learn to live with the virus," Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday.

The lifting of government controls is set to start on July 19, but a final decision will come on July 12, Johnson said. The government will also stop telling peo...

WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 (Healthday News) -- A nationwide ban on evictions introduced during the coronavirus pandemic will remain in place for now, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Landlords had asked the high court to end the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's eviction moratorium, but the court voted 5-4 to keep it in place until the end of July, the Associat...

The United States reached two promising pandemic milestones on Monday: COVID-19 deaths dropped below 300 a day and 150 million Americans are now fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in America in 2020, behind only heart disease and cancer, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But as the pandemic loosens its grip on this country, it h...

Listeria Outbreak Spurs Recall of Queso Fresco cheeses

All Queso Fresco cheeses made by El Abuelito Cheese, Inc. have been recalled after being linked to a listeria outbreak in four states, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

There have been seven illnesses so far reported, with four in Maryland, one in Connecticut, one in New York and one in Virginia. All s...

Study Suggests COVID-19 Harms Men's Fertility, But Experts Question Findings

Severe COVID-19 might harm men's fertility by reducing the quality of their sperm, a new study says, but some experts were skeptical about the findings.

In the study, researchers analyzed semen from 84 men with COVID-19 and 105 uninfected men. Their semen was examined every 10 days for 60 d...

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No Early Vaccination of White House Officials

White House officials will no longer be among the first Americans to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

It had been announced by the White House that senior U.S. officials, including some aides who work in close proximity to President Donald Trump a...

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Baby Girl Born From Embryo Frozen for 27 Years

A baby girl born in Tennessee from a 27-year frozen embryo broke the record for the longest-frozen embryo to result in a live birth, which was held by her older sister, Emma.

Molly Gibson was 6 pounds, 13 ounces when she was born in October to Tina G...

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Marines Study Casts Doubt on Usefulness of COVID Symptom Checks

A new study adds to evidence that temperature and COVID-19 symptom checks like those used at schools and doctor's offices don't help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

It found that after those measures and strict quarantines...

There is a longstanding fear in the scientific community that pharmaceutical companies could sway the research published in medical journals by paying them for advertising, but a new study reveals that advertising might not be the problem.

"All the available literature suggests that ad revenue should be the real concern, but that's not what we found," said study author S. Scott Graham...