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Pfizer seeks to expand omicron booster to 5- to 11-year-olds

September 26, 2022, 9:04am Health

Pfizer asked U.S. regulators Monday to expand use of its updated COVID-19 booster shot to children ages 5 to 11. Read story

Clearing pollution helps clear the fog of aging — and may cut the risk of dementia

September 24, 2022, 6:05am Health

During the past decade, a growing body of research has shown that air pollution harms older adults’ brains, contributing to cognitive decline and dementia. What hasn’t been clear is whether… Read story

Tips to protect children from injuries due to falls

September 27, 2022, 6:02am Health

In conjunction with the first day of fall, Falls Prevention Awareness Week is a national health campaign observed to raise awareness about injuries due to falls. Read story

FILE - Menthol cigarettes and other tobacco products are displayed at a store in San Francisco on May 17, 2018. The U.S. government is set to release its long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. On Thursday, April 28, 2022, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf previewed the announcement in congressional testimony, saying the proposal would reduce disease and death among smokers and help many quit.

Judge rules against Oregon county’s ban on flavored tobacco

FILE - Menthol cigarettes and other tobacco products are displayed at a store in San Francisco on May 17, 2018. The U.S. government is set to release its long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. On Thursday, April 28, 2022, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf previewed the announcement in congressional testimony, saying the proposal would reduce disease and death among smokers and help many quit.

September 22, 2022, 1:26pm Health

A judge in Oregon’s Washington County has ruled against the county’s 2021 ban on flavored tobacco products, meaning adults over 21 can still buy them. Read story

FILE - This 2009 colorized microscope image made available by the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a sickle cell, left, and normal red blood cells of a patient with sickle cell anemia. A study of U.S. children with sickle cell disease found fewer than half get a needed screening for stroke, a common complication. And only about half or fewer get a treatment that can help with pain and anemia, the study found. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the study Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, and called for more screening and treatment.

Study: Too few kids with sickle cell get stroke screen, care

FILE - This 2009 colorized microscope image made available by the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a sickle cell, left, and normal red blood cells of a patient with sickle cell anemia. A study of U.S. children with sickle cell disease found fewer than half get a needed screening for stroke, a common complication. And only about half or fewer get a treatment that can help with pain and anemia, the study found. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the study Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, and called for more screening and treatment.

September 20, 2022, 1:57pm Health

Too few U.S. kids with sickle cell anemia get a needed screening for stroke, according to a study released Tuesday. Read story

FILE -- Commuters wear face masks while riding the subway in New York, June 6, 2021. New York state is dropping its mask requirement on public transportation thanks in part to the availability of new booster shots targeting the most common strain of COVID-19, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022.

New York City ending vaccine mandate for private employers on Nov. 1

FILE -- Commuters wear face masks while riding the subway in New York, June 6, 2021. New York state is dropping its mask requirement on public transportation thanks in part to the availability of new booster shots targeting the most common strain of COVID-19, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022.

September 20, 2022, 10:34am Health

New York City will lift its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private-sector employers on Nov. 1, Mayor Eric Adams said Tuesday in another sign of the city’s gradual return to pre-pandemic norms. Read story

FILE - Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, responds to accusations by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., as he testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee about the origin of COVID-19, on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 20, 2021. Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert who became a household name, and the subject of partisan attacks, during the COVID-19 pandemic, announced Monday he will depart the federal government in December after more than 5 decades of service.   (AP Photo/J.

Fauci tempers Biden’s declaration that pandemic is ‘over’

FILE - Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, responds to accusations by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., as he testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee about the origin of COVID-19, on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 20, 2021. Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert who became a household name, and the subject of partisan attacks, during the COVID-19 pandemic, announced Monday he will depart the federal government in December after more than 5 decades of service.   (AP Photo/J.

September 20, 2022, 10:31am Health

Not so fast, Mr. President. Outgoing presidential COVID adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci on Monday walked back President Joe Biden’s assertion that the coronavirus pandemic was “over.” Read story

Study: Breathing polluted air affects teenagers

September 20, 2022, 6:05am Health

Breathing polluted air may trigger irregular heart rhythms in otherwise healthy teens — even when pollution levels fall within standards set by the government, new research suggests. Read story

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Don’t try to manage suicidal thoughts on own

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September 20, 2022, 6:02am Health

Suicide affects people of all ages and is a leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read story

People grocery shop April 21 in Rosemead, Calif. Unprocessed, whole foods are things like fresh fruits and vegetables, rice, meat and eggs. (Frederic J.

Study highlights risks but what is ultra-processed food?

People grocery shop April 21 in Rosemead, Calif. Unprocessed, whole foods are things like fresh fruits and vegetables, rice, meat and eggs. (Frederic J.

September 20, 2022, 6:02am Health

Ultra-processed food can become the go-to diet for people on the run, as they sacrifice nutrition for convenience. Read story