Health/Fitness

2 in 5 Americans Live Where COVID-19 Strains Hospital ICUs

2 in 5 Americans Live Where COVID-19 Strains Hospital ICUs

HEALTH | By Carla K. Johnson, Nicky Forster | Jan 25, 2021

Straining to handle record numbers of COVID-19 patients, hundreds of the nation's intensive care units are running out of space and supplies and competing to hire temporary traveling nurses at soaring rates.

How to Stay Safe with New Fast-Spreading Coronavirus on the Loose

How to Stay Safe with New Fast-Spreading Coronavirus on the Loose

HEALTH | Jan 24, 2021

A fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has been found in at least 20 states, and people are wondering: How do I protect myself now?

Study: PrEP Use Rising, Still Low Among Gay, Bisexual Men

Study: PrEP Use Rising, Still Low Among Gay, Bisexual Men

HIV/AIDS | By Kilian Melloy | Jan 24, 2021

A scholarly paper based on surveys of gay and bisexual men finds that while PrEP use has increased, only a fraction of men who have sex with men have taken it up — and a third of those abandon PrEP over time.

South Africa's Inability to Confront AIDS Shows the Dangers of America's COVID-19 Denialism

South Africa's Inability to Confront AIDS Shows the Dangers of America's COVID-19 Denialism

HEALTH | Jan 23, 2021

Americans could take some cautionary lessons from South Africa, the nation that fared the worst during the HIV/AIDS epidemic because of the many stumbles and mistakes of its different governments.

Canada Thinking of Quarantining Travelers in Hotels

Canada Thinking of Quarantining Travelers in Hotels

HEALTH | By Rob Gillies | Jan 22, 2021

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Friday his government could impose stricter restrictions on travelers at any moment in response to new, likely more contagious variants of the coronavirus.

UK Chief Scientist Says New Virus Variant May be More Deadly

UK Chief Scientist Says New Virus Variant May be More Deadly

HEALTH | By Jill Lawless | Jan 22, 2021

There is some evidence that a new coronavirus variant first identified in southeast England carries a higher risk of death than the original strain.

Need to Quarantine? A Free Hotel May Be an Option

Need to Quarantine? A Free Hotel May Be an Option

HEALTH | By Kevin Schattenkirk | Jan 22, 2021

During the pandemic, hotels in many major cities have offered rooms for isolation and quarantine not just to frontline workers and the homeless, but also to those vulnerable because of their living conditions.

FDA Approves 1st Long-Acting HIV Drug Combo, Monthly Shots

FDA Approves 1st Long-Acting HIV Drug Combo, Monthly Shots

HIV/AIDS | By Marilynn Marchione | Jan 22, 2021

U.S. regulators have approved the first long-acting drug combo for HIV, monthly shots that can replace the daily pills now used to control infection with the AIDS virus.

Lucky Few Hit COVID-19 Vaccine Jackpot for Rare Extra Doses

Lucky Few Hit COVID-19 Vaccine Jackpot for Rare Extra Doses

HEALTH | By Bernard Condon, Candice Choi, Matt Sedensky | Jan 22, 2021

With millions of Americans waiting for their chance to get the coronavirus vaccine, a lucky few are getting bumped to the front of the line as clinics scramble to get rid of extra, perishable doses at the end of the day.

Fauci Unleashed: Doc Takes 'Liberating' Turn at Center Stage

Fauci Unleashed: Doc Takes 'Liberating' Turn at Center Stage

HEALTH | By Jonathan Lemire | Jan 22, 2021

In truth, the nation's leading infectious-diseases expert never really went away. But after enduring nearly a year of darts and undermining comments from former President Donald Trump, Fauci now speaks with the authority of the White House again.

Can COVID-19 Vaccines be Mixed and Matched?

Can COVID-19 Vaccines be Mixed and Matched?

HEALTH | Jan 21, 2021

Worried that your second vaccine dose may not be available? Experts weigh in on the efficacy of mixing the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Biden Puts Forth Virus Strategy, Requires Mask Use to Travel

Biden Puts Forth Virus Strategy, Requires Mask Use to Travel

HEALTH | By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Jan 21, 2021

As the U.S. enters "what may well be the toughest and deadliest period of the virus," President Joe Biden is putting forth a national COVID-19 strategy.

Biden's COVID Challenge: 100 Million Vaccinations in the First 100 Days. It Won't Be Easy.

Biden's COVID Challenge: 100 Million Vaccinations in the First 100 Days. It Won't Be Easy.

HEALTH | By Victoria Knight, PolitiFact | Jan 20, 2021

Sluggish vaccine distribution has been attributed to a lack of communication between federal and local departments, not enough funding for large-scale efforts, and confusing federal guidance, but the same problems could plague the Biden administration.

Black Americans Are Getting Vaccinated at Lower Rates Than White Americans

Black Americans Are Getting Vaccinated at Lower Rates Than White Americans

HEALTH | By Hannah Recht, Lauren Weber | Jan 20, 2021

Black Americans are receiving covid vaccinations at dramatically lower rates than white Americans in the first weeks of the chaotic rollout, according to a new KHN analysis.

Advocates View Health Care as Key to Driving LGBTQ Rights Conversation

Advocates View Health Care as Key to Driving LGBTQ Rights Conversation

HEALTH | By Aneri Pattani | Jan 20, 2021

Surveys in North Carolina and across the nation show that about one-third of transgender people have been refused treatment or suffered verbal or physical abuse from a medical provider, but advocates are fighting for change.

'Shameful': US Virus Deaths Top 400K as Trump Leaves Office

'Shameful': US Virus Deaths Top 400K as Trump Leaves Office

HEALTH | By Adam Geller, Janie Har | Jan 19, 2021

As President Donald Trump entered the final year of his term last January, the U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19. Not to worry, Trump insisted, his administration had the virus "totally under control."

'We Know This is Real': New Clinics Aid Virus Long-Haulers

'We Know This is Real': New Clinics Aid Virus Long-Haulers

HEALTH | By Jennifer Peltz | Jan 19, 2021

Dozens of facilities have cropped up around the U.S. to address a puzzling aspect of COVID-19 — the effects that can stubbornly afflict some people weeks or months after the infection itself has subsided.

Biden Picks Transgender Woman as Assistant Health Secretary

Biden Picks Transgender Woman as Assistant Health Secretary

HEALTH | By Will Weissert | Jan 19, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

California Bill Would Ban Intersex Surgery for Young Kids

California Bill Would Ban Intersex Surgery for Young Kids

HEALTH | By Adam Beam | Jan 19, 2021

The legislation would ban specific types of surgeries on infants born with intersex characteristics. Advocates are pushing to delay these types of surgeries until the child is old enough to develop a gender identity.

A New COVID-19 Challenge: Mutations Rise Along with Cases

A New COVID-19 Challenge: Mutations Rise Along with Cases

HEALTH | By Marilynn Marchione | Jan 19, 2021

The race against the virus that causes COVID-19 has taken a new turn: Mutations are rapidly popping up, and the longer it takes to vaccinate people, the more likely it is that a variant that can elude current tests, treatments and vaccines could emerge.

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