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GAO report knocks mental health care during pandemic

May 11, 2021, 5:00am Health

Therapists and other behavioral health care providers cut hours, reduced staffs and turned away patients during the pandemic as more Americans experienced depression symptoms and drug overdoses, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Read story

FILE - This Jan. 24, 2021, file photo shows a vial of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 in Seattle. U.S. regulators on Monday, May 10, 2021, expanded use of Pfizer's shot to those as young as 12, sparking a race to protect middle and high school students before they head back to class in the fall. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Pfizer COVID-19 shot expanded to U.S. children as young as 12

FILE - This Jan. 24, 2021, file photo shows a vial of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 in Seattle. U.S. regulators on Monday, May 10, 2021, expanded use of Pfizer's shot to those as young as 12, sparking a race to protect middle and high school students before they head back to class in the fall. (AP Photo/Ted S.

May 10, 2021, 3:03pm Health

COVID-19 vaccines finally are headed for more kids as U.S. regulators on Monday expanded use of Pfizer's shot to those as young as 12, sparking a race to protect middle and high school students before they head back to class in the fall. Read story

Fatal drug overdoses surged in Washington last year, as COVID pandemic upended lives

May 10, 2021, 9:30am Health

More Washington residents died of drug overdoses in 2020 than any other year in at least the last decade, as people, struggling with the social isolation and loss of routine stemming from the COVID pandemic turned to substances more often, according to preliminary data from the state Department of Health. Read story

This image released by HBO shows a scene from the two-part documentary "Crime of the Century," about the opioid epidemic, premiering May 10.

Filmmaker says opioid crisis is ‘The Crime of the Century’

This image released by HBO shows a scene from the two-part documentary "Crime of the Century," about the opioid epidemic, premiering May 10.

May 10, 2021, 6:05am Entertainment

NEW YORK — Not unexpectedly given the subject matter, HBO’s two-part documentary “The Crime of the Century” opens with a body bag. Read story

A patient is treated at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center on Dec. 23, 2020, in Colton, California.

‘Clash of 2 pandemics’: Doctors find that COVID-19 spurs diabetes

A patient is treated at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center on Dec. 23, 2020, in Colton, California.

May 9, 2021, 1:45pm Health

When Ziyad Al-Aly’s research team told him how often diabetes appeared to strike COVID-19 survivors, he thought the data must be wrong, so he asked his five colleagues to crunch the numbers again. Read story

Scientists see path for the coronavirus to invade the brain

May 9, 2021, 10:59am Health

Scientists experimenting in the lab have found that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is capable of infecting two types of brain cells — neurons and astrocytes. Read story

COVID-19 forecasters warn India deaths may double in coming weeks

May 9, 2021, 10:55am Health

The coronavirus wave that plunged India into the world’s biggest health crisis has the potential to worsen in the coming weeks, with some research models projecting that the death toll could more than double from current levels. Read story

FILE - In this May 4, 2021, file photo, a container with boxes of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 is delivered at the Sarajevo Airport, Bosnia. The head of the World Trade Organization said Friday, May 7, the U.S. administration's call to remove patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines could help expand fair access to vaccines but might not be the most "critical issue," as officials in Europe increasingly insisted that more vaccine exports are the more pressing priority.

WTO chief: Vaccine waiver helpful, not key for virus fight

FILE - In this May 4, 2021, file photo, a container with boxes of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 is delivered at the Sarajevo Airport, Bosnia. The head of the World Trade Organization said Friday, May 7, the U.S. administration's call to remove patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines could help expand fair access to vaccines but might not be the most "critical issue," as officials in Europe increasingly insisted that more vaccine exports are the more pressing priority.

May 7, 2021, 9:46am Health

GENEVA — The head of the World Trade Organization said Friday the U.S. administration’s call to remove patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines could help expand fair access to vaccines but might not be the most “critical issue,” as officials in Europe increasingly insisted that more vaccine exports are the more… Read story

Dr. Michelle Lee, left, a radiology resident, and Ida Chen, right, a physician assistant student, prepare posters they carry at rallies protesting anti-Asian hate, Saturday April 24, 2021, in New York's Chinatown. Lee, who is Korean-born, and Chen, who is American-born Chinese, join medical professionals of Asian and Pacific Island descent who feel the anguish of being racially targeted because of the virus while toiling to keep people from dying of it.

Asian American health workers fight virus and racist attacks

Dr. Michelle Lee, left, a radiology resident, and Ida Chen, right, a physician assistant student, prepare posters they carry at rallies protesting anti-Asian hate, Saturday April 24, 2021, in New York's Chinatown. Lee, who is Korean-born, and Chen, who is American-born Chinese, join medical professionals of Asian and Pacific Island descent who feel the anguish of being racially targeted because of the virus while toiling to keep people from dying of it.

May 7, 2021, 8:32am Health

NEW YORK — Medical student Natty Jumreornvong has a vaccine and protective gear to shield her from the coronavirus. But she couldn’t avoid exposure to the anti-Asian bigotry that pulsed to the surface after the pathogen was first identified in China. Read story

Visitors walk past a health alert sign detailing measures meant to prevent the spread of coronavirus at an entrance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in 2020.

COVID-19 death toll is more than double the official count, UW analysis suggests

Visitors walk past a health alert sign detailing measures meant to prevent the spread of coronavirus at an entrance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in 2020.

May 7, 2021, 7:42am Health

A new analysis from scientists at the University of Washington suggests 6.9 million people worldwide have died from COVID-19, more than double the official death toll. Read story