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Mask study with more than 340,000 subjects shows how facial coverings prevent spread of COVID-19

September 2, 2021, 8:34am Health

A new study from Bangladesh that featured more than 340,000 subjects across 600 villages shows the important role masks play in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Read story

Biden’s booster plan seen facing resistance from CDC panel, FDA

September 2, 2021, 8:30am Health

Medical experts who advise U.S. regulators on vaccines are chafing at what they perceive as political interference in the review process by the Biden administration. Read story

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018, file photo, Lynn Wencus of Wrentham, Mass., holds a sign with a picture of her son Jeff and wears a sign of others' loved ones lost to OxyContin and other opioids during a protest at Purdue Pharma LLP headquarters in Stamford, Conn. A landmark settlement in the nation's opioid epidemic is forcing the owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to give up the company and pay out $4.5 billion. "Am I happy they don't have to admit guilt and give up all their money? Of course not," said Wencus. "But what would that do?

Deal with OxyContin maker leaves families angry, conflicted

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018, file photo, Lynn Wencus of Wrentham, Mass., holds a sign with a picture of her son Jeff and wears a sign of others' loved ones lost to OxyContin and other opioids during a protest at Purdue Pharma LLP headquarters in Stamford, Conn. A landmark settlement in the nation's opioid epidemic is forcing the owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to give up the company and pay out $4.5 billion. "Am I happy they don't have to admit guilt and give up all their money? Of course not," said Wencus. "But what would that do?

September 2, 2021, 7:57am Health

Among the families who lost children and other loved ones in the nation’s opioid crisis, many had held out hope of someday facing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and its owners in a courtroom. Read story

Seattle Children’s pledges to earn back trust and increase focus on diversity, following inquiry into racial disparities

September 2, 2021, 7:33am Health

SEATTLE — Seattle Children’s pledged Wednesday to become the “anti-racist organization you expect us to be,” apologizing to patients and families, pledging to earn trust and promising changes ranging from new investments in a community clinic to a greater focus on diversity to ending a hospital security practice that brought… Read story

Wenderson Cerisene, 7, right, and his sister Dorah, 9, wait to get tested for COVID-19, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, in North Miami, Fla. Florida schools are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases forcing of students and teachers to quarantine.

COVID surge stretches oxygen supplies

Wenderson Cerisene, 7, right, and his sister Dorah, 9, wait to get tested for COVID-19, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, in North Miami, Fla. Florida schools are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases forcing of students and teachers to quarantine.

August 31, 2021, 4:23pm Health

MISSION, Kan. — The COVID-19 surge is stretching oxygen supplies and sending hospitals scrambling for more ventilators, even as there are signs of hope that the spread of the virus is slowing down in pockets of the U.S. Read story

This Feb. 24, 2021 photo shows a Johnson & Johnson logo on the exterior of a first aid kit in Walpole, Mass. A potential HIV vaccine being developed by Johnson & Johnson did not provide protection against the virus in a mid-stage study, the drugmaker said Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. J&J plans to end that study, which involved young women in sub-Saharan Africa. But researchers will continue a separate, late-stage trial involving a different composition of the vaccine in men and transgender people.

J&J: Potential HIV vaccine falls short in mid-stage study

This Feb. 24, 2021 photo shows a Johnson & Johnson logo on the exterior of a first aid kit in Walpole, Mass. A potential HIV vaccine being developed by Johnson & Johnson did not provide protection against the virus in a mid-stage study, the drugmaker said Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. J&J plans to end that study, which involved young women in sub-Saharan Africa. But researchers will continue a separate, late-stage trial involving a different composition of the vaccine in men and transgender people.

August 31, 2021, 7:51am Health

A potential HIV vaccine being developed by Johnson & Johnson did not provide protection against the virus in a mid-stage study, the drugmaker said Tuesday. Read story

Swedish Medical Center health care workers battling the coronavirus outbreak look on from inside the hospital as first responders gathered outside in support of them Thursday, April 16, 2020, in Seattle. First responders across King County planned to stand outside of 15 hospitals in a show of appreciation for health care workers through the day Thursday.

Washington health care system faces ‘enormous stress’ as COVID hospitalizations continue to rise

Swedish Medical Center health care workers battling the coronavirus outbreak look on from inside the hospital as first responders gathered outside in support of them Thursday, April 16, 2020, in Seattle. First responders across King County planned to stand outside of 15 hospitals in a show of appreciation for health care workers through the day Thursday.

August 31, 2021, 7:39am Health

The coronavirus pandemic continues to hammer Washington communities, filling hospitals at an “alarming” rate and straining health care workers particularly concerned about pregnant and unvaccinated patients, state hospital leaders said Monday. Read story

Competitive eating champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut wins the 2021 Nathan's Famous 4th of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest with 76 hot dogs, breaking his personal best record of 75 at Coney Island on July 4 in New York City.

Hot dogs can shave time off life, PB&J restores it

Competitive eating champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut wins the 2021 Nathan's Famous 4th of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest with 76 hot dogs, breaking his personal best record of 75 at Coney Island on July 4 in New York City.

August 31, 2021, 6:02am Health

Joey Chestnut better start scarfing nuts and berries. Read story

Brian Lopez, 15, receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from Parsia Jahanbani in a mobile vaccine clinic operated by Families Together of Orange County on Thursday in Santa Ana, Calif. (Jae C.

Caution urged with vaccine booster

Brian Lopez, 15, receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from Parsia Jahanbani in a mobile vaccine clinic operated by Families Together of Orange County on Thursday in Santa Ana, Calif. (Jae C.

August 31, 2021, 6:00am Health

Amid reports of waning COVID-19 immunity, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to officially approve a third dose of messengerRNA vaccines for the general public. Moderna and Pfizer are mRNA vaccines. Read story

Every day, an estimated 17 people in the U.S. die while awaiting an organ transplant, according to organdonor.gov. While people of color make up most of the people awaiting an organ transplant in the U.S., only about 30 percent of donors come from communities of color.

Diversity needed in organ donations

Every day, an estimated 17 people in the U.S. die while awaiting an organ transplant, according to organdonor.gov. While people of color make up most of the people awaiting an organ transplant in the U.S., only about 30 percent of donors come from communities of color.

August 31, 2021, 5:40am Health

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Of the 106,000 people in the U.S. who are awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant, roughly 60 percent are minorities. Read story