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Fake COVID-19 testing sites appear in Edmonds

April 29, 2021, 7:51am Health

EDMONDS — Two fraudulent COVID-19 testing sites appeared north of Seattle in downtown Edmonds Tuesday and local police are warning people to be alert. Read story

FILE - In this April 11, 2021, file photo, residents wearing masks walk in downtown Lake Oswego, Ore. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Tuesday, April 27, 2021 rising COVID-19 hospitalizations threaten to overwhelm doctors and she is moving 15 counties into extreme risk category, which imposes restrictions including banning indoor restaurant dining.

Pacific Northwest faces shutdowns amid rising virus cases

FILE - In this April 11, 2021, file photo, residents wearing masks walk in downtown Lake Oswego, Ore. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Tuesday, April 27, 2021 rising COVID-19 hospitalizations threaten to overwhelm doctors and she is moving 15 counties into extreme risk category, which imposes restrictions including banning indoor restaurant dining.

April 28, 2021, 11:53am Health

When the coronavirus pandemic hit the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon and Washington, their governors quickly reacted with shutdowns. Now they are about to impose new restrctions again as infections and hospitalizations rise to alarming levels. Read story

Hospital staff distribute food packets to the staff of ambulances carrying COVID-19 patients and their relatives as they queue up waiting for their turn to be attended at a government COVID-19 hospital in Ahmedabad, India, Tuesday, April 27, 2021. The COVID-19 death toll in India has topped 200,000 as the country endures its darkest chapter of the pandemic yet.

India grieves 200,000 dead with many more probably uncounted

Hospital staff distribute food packets to the staff of ambulances carrying COVID-19 patients and their relatives as they queue up waiting for their turn to be attended at a government COVID-19 hospital in Ahmedabad, India, Tuesday, April 27, 2021. The COVID-19 death toll in India has topped 200,000 as the country endures its darkest chapter of the pandemic yet.

April 28, 2021, 8:14am Health

NEW DELHI — Three days after his coronavirus symptoms appeared, Rajendra Karan struggled to breathe. Instead of waiting for an ambulance, his son drove him to a government hospital in Lucknow, the capital of India’s largest state. Read story

Masked and unmasked pedestrians walk across Las Vegas Boulevard, Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in Las Vegas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidelines Tuesday on the wearing of masks outdoors, saying fully vaccinated Americans don't need to cover their faces anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers.

Outdoor mask guidance echoes what many Americans already do

Masked and unmasked pedestrians walk across Las Vegas Boulevard, Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in Las Vegas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidelines Tuesday on the wearing of masks outdoors, saying fully vaccinated Americans don't need to cover their faces anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers.

April 28, 2021, 8:00am Health

In the small Nebraska town of Oxford, the school district dropped its mask mandate last month in what was a fairly straight-forward decision: Cases were down dramatically, and it didn’t bother local officials that their move flouted Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Read story

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 3, 2021 file photo, people wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus walk through a shaft of light on a street in Philadelphia. On Tuesday, April 27, 2021, U.S. health officials say fully vaccinated Americans don't need to wear masks outdoors anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers, and those who are unvaccinated can go without a face covering outside in some cases, too.

CDC: Fully vaccinated Americans can now go outside without a mask

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 3, 2021 file photo, people wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus walk through a shaft of light on a street in Philadelphia. On Tuesday, April 27, 2021, U.S. health officials say fully vaccinated Americans don't need to wear masks outdoors anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers, and those who are unvaccinated can go without a face covering outside in some cases, too.

April 27, 2021, 2:30pm Health

NEW YORK (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidelines Tuesday on the wearing of masks outdoors, saying fully vaccinated Americans don't need to cover their faces anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers. Read story

FILE - This July 23, 2018 file photo shows packets of buprenorphine, a drug which controls heroin and opioid cravings, in Greenfield, Mass. The U.S. government is easing requirements that made it difficult for doctors to treat opioid addiction using the medication. New guidelines announced Tuesday, April 27, 2021, mean doctors will no longer need eight hours of training to prescribe buprenorphine.

U.S. lifts barriers to prescribing addiction treatment drug

FILE - This July 23, 2018 file photo shows packets of buprenorphine, a drug which controls heroin and opioid cravings, in Greenfield, Mass. The U.S. government is easing requirements that made it difficult for doctors to treat opioid addiction using the medication. New guidelines announced Tuesday, April 27, 2021, mean doctors will no longer need eight hours of training to prescribe buprenorphine.

April 27, 2021, 9:00am Health

The Biden administration is easing decades-old requirements that made it difficult for doctors to treat opioid addiction using medication. Read story

Understanding low blood sodium in older adults

April 27, 2021, 6:01am Health

Hyponatremia, or low blood sodium, occurs when the concentration of sodium in your blood is abnormally low. This can occur due to certain medications and medical conditions. Read story

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So you’re vaccinated. Now what?

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April 27, 2021, 6:00am Health

PHILADELPHIA — Getting vaccinated comes as a huge relief. You finally have physical protection against a virus that has haunted us for over a year. Read story

Vaccines not cause of shingles cases

April 27, 2021, 6:00am Health

Physicians in Israel recently reported that six women with autoimmune disorders developed the painful rash known as shingles three to 14 days after they received a first or second dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. Read story

Nurses prepare doses of the Pfizer vaccine during a vaccination clinic as part of an outreach Henry Ford Health System at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Mich., in March.

Doctors advise delaying mammogram after vaccine

Nurses prepare doses of the Pfizer vaccine during a vaccination clinic as part of an outreach Henry Ford Health System at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Mich., in March.

April 27, 2021, 6:00am Health

Soon after the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines came to market, doctors began to notice something different in the mammogram images of a small fraction of women who’d recently gotten their shots: enlarged lymph nodes. Read story