Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Oct. 26, 2021

Linkedin Pinterest
Healthright chevron arrow icon

Health Wire

COVID cases falling, but trouble signs arise as winter looms

October 25, 2021, 1:43pm Health

Tumbling COVID-19 case counts have some schools around the U.S. considering relaxing their mask rules, but deaths nationally have been ticking up over the past few weeks, some rural hospitals… Read story

Surprise-billing rule ‘puts a thumb on the scale’ to keep arbitrated costs in check

October 24, 2021, 10:47am Health

Patients are months away from not having to worry about most surprise medical bills — those extra costs that can amount to hundreds or thousands of dollars when people are… Read story

Moderna says its low-dose COVID shot works for kids 6 to 11

October 25, 2021, 8:01am Business

Moderna said Monday that a low dose of its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and appears to work in 6- to 11-year-olds, as the manufacturer moves toward expanding shots to children. Read story

Zack Gustine, right, who is unhoused living near Lincoln Park, and Chelsea Shover, PhD, UCLA School of Medicine, left, encourage Kimberly Conti to get the COVID vaccine shot on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Los Angeles.

What sways homeless people to get COVID-19 shots? It could be other homeless people

Zack Gustine, right, who is unhoused living near Lincoln Park, and Chelsea Shover, PhD, UCLA School of Medicine, left, encourage Kimberly Conti to get the COVID vaccine shot on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Los Angeles.

October 24, 2021, 6:02am Health

LOS ANGELES — It was a familiar voice that coaxed Kimberly Conti to step out, barefoot, from the back of the hulking former bookmobile parked in an industrial corner of Lincoln Heights. Read story

Pastor Billy Joe Lewis was all in favor when a local health worker suggested a covid vaccine clinic in the parking lot of his Full Gospel Church of Jesus Christ in Smilax, Kentucky. ???We???ve still got to use common sense,??? he says. ???Anything that can ward off suffering and death, I think, is a wonderful thing.???

What will it take to boost vaccinations? The scene from Kentucky’s back roads

Pastor Billy Joe Lewis was all in favor when a local health worker suggested a covid vaccine clinic in the parking lot of his Full Gospel Church of Jesus Christ in Smilax, Kentucky. ???We???ve still got to use common sense,??? he says. ???Anything that can ward off suffering and death, I think, is a wonderful thing.???

October 24, 2021, 6:00am Health

SMILAX, Ky. — In the end it was the delta variant that drove Rose Mitchell, 89, down the winding mountain road to the Full Gospel Church of Jesus Christ to get the shot. Her pastor, Billy Joe Lewis, had told his congregation that, No, ma’am, a COVID-19 vaccine would not… Read story

This October 2021 photo provided by Pfizer shows kid-size doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in Puurs, Belgium. The vaccine appear safe and nearly 91% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in 5- to 11-year-olds, according to study details released Friday, Oct. 22, as the U.S. considers opening vaccinations to that age group.

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine more than 90% effective in kids

This October 2021 photo provided by Pfizer shows kid-size doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in Puurs, Belgium. The vaccine appear safe and nearly 91% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in 5- to 11-year-olds, according to study details released Friday, Oct. 22, as the U.S. considers opening vaccinations to that age group.

October 22, 2021, 8:23am Health

Kid-size doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine appear safe and nearly 91% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in 5- to 11-year-olds, according to study details released Friday as the U.S. considers opening vaccinations to that age group. Read story

FILE - This Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 file photo shows a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up vaccine clinic in Salt Lake City. U.S. regulators expect to rule Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 on authorizing booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, a Food and Drug Administration official said at a government meeting.

EXPLAINER: Is it time to get a COVID-19 booster? Which one?

FILE - This Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 file photo shows a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up vaccine clinic in Salt Lake City. U.S. regulators expect to rule Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 on authorizing booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, a Food and Drug Administration official said at a government meeting.

October 22, 2021, 7:47am Health

Millions more Americans just became eligible for COVID-19 boosters, but figuring out who’s eligible and when can be confusing. And adding to the challenge is that this time around, people can choose a different brand of vaccine for that extra dose. Read story

Report: COVID-19 cases dropping rapidly in Washington

October 21, 2021, 4:58pm Health

SEATTLE — COVID-19 transmission in Washington is rapidly decreasing, according to the newest modeling report from the state Department of Health. Read story

FILE - This Wednesday, March 31, 2021 file photo shows empty vials of Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccination site in Uniondale, N.Y. On Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are slated to discuss who should get extra doses of the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines --  and the bigger question of getting a different brand for the booster than people's original vaccination.

CDC approves expanded COVID-19 booster rollout

FILE - This Wednesday, March 31, 2021 file photo shows empty vials of Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccination site in Uniondale, N.Y. On Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are slated to discuss who should get extra doses of the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines --  and the bigger question of getting a different brand for the booster than people's original vaccination.

October 21, 2021, 10:44am Business

WASHINGTON — Millions more Americans can get a COVID-19 booster and choose a different company’s vaccine for that next shot, federal health officials said Thursday. Read story

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 file photo, Valentina Esperanza, who is recovering from dengue, sits on her bed protected by mosquito netting as she watches a television program at her home in Pucallpa, in Peru's Ucayali region. Health problems tied to climate change are all getting worse, according to two reports published in the medical journal Lancet on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. The environment in some places is now more conducive to certain mosquitoes that carry malaria and dengue fever.

Reports: Health problems tied to global warming on the rise

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 file photo, Valentina Esperanza, who is recovering from dengue, sits on her bed protected by mosquito netting as she watches a television program at her home in Pucallpa, in Peru's Ucayali region. Health problems tied to climate change are all getting worse, according to two reports published in the medical journal Lancet on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. The environment in some places is now more conducive to certain mosquitoes that carry malaria and dengue fever.

October 21, 2021, 9:07am Health

Health problems tied to climate change are all getting worse, according to two reports published Wednesday. Read story