How to Know If You Qualify for Paxlovid, the Oral COVID Antiviral

How to Know If You Qualify for Paxlovid, the Oral COVID Antiviral

Photo: Stuart Monk (Shutterstock) With COVID cases on the upswing again (we’re on, what, the fifth wave? The seventh?) it’s important to know that there’s a medication that can prevent severe disease in people who are at high risk of complications. It’s called Paxlovid. But not everyone is eligible to receive it. Here’s how to … Read more

CDC 71 new cases of mysterious pediatric hepatitis

The CDC today said another 71 cases of the mysterious hepatitis had been spotted in the US, taking the tally to 180. They are in 36 states and territories (not all are shown in the above map)

Another 71 cases of the mysterious hepatitis have been spotted in the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed Wednesday. No further deaths were reported over the last two weeks, but previously the CDC revealed it was probing five fatalities in the outbreak — with one in Wisconsin. One more child has required … Read more

CDC now recommends ALL US domestic travelers get tested for COVID-19

CDC now recommends ALL US domestic travelers get tested for COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends Americans who are traveling within the US to get tested for covid in the days leading up to their trip – no matter their vaccine status. It is an update from previous domestic travel guidance, that only recommended people who were not up to date … Read more

Judge signs off on consent decree for troubled baby formula manufacturer, clearing the way to restart production

Judge signs off on consent decree for troubled baby formula manufacturer, clearing the way to restart production

The 33-page agreement lays out steps the manufacturer must take to restart production at its manufacturing plant in Sturgis, MI. Once Abbott has completed the to-do list to the FDA’s satisfaction, the company says it would take 2 weeks to resume production of baby formula at the facility. “There are a number of steps to … Read more

SIDS Is Still a Tragic Mystery, Despite Claims the ‘Cause’ Has Been Found

SIDS Is Still a Tragic Mystery, Despite Claims the 'Cause' Has Been Found

Photo: Andrew Wong (Getty Images) Last week, numerous headlines and social media posts declared that scientists had finally found the “cause” of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Unfortunately, the reality is a bit more complicated. While the research could one day lead to important discoveries in predicting or treating this devastating syndrome, the findings aren’t … Read more

Mississippi is the fattest place in America, report shows

The above map shows the proportion of people that are obese by state.  The top obesity rates were in Mississippi, West Virginia and Alabama - while the lowest rates were in Colorado and Massachusetts.  It is from a report by medical drugs provider NiceRx, and based on figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mississippi is the fattest state in America, with two in five obese or morbidly obese adults, a report revealed Tuesday amid mounting warnings over the country’s health. Telephone surveys of more than 400,000 people nationwide showed the Magnolia state had the highest rates of obesity followed by West Virginia and neighboring Alabama. At the other … Read more

How to Get a Free Fitbit or Apple Watch From Your Insurance Company

How to Get a Free Fitbit or Apple Watch From Your Insurance Company

Photo: charnsitr (Shutterstock) fitness trackers like Apple Watches and Fitbitsgenerally aren’t ace expensive as tech like smartphones and tablets, but they’re not exactly cheap. You certainly wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to snag one for free. Et uns it turns out, many insurance companies include fitness programs that either come with a complimentary tracker, allow … Read more

Conspiracy theorists flock to bird flu, spreading falsehoods

Conspiracy theorists flock to bird flu, spreading falsehoods

Brad Moline, a fourth-generation Iowa turkey farmer, saw this happen before. In 2015, a virulent avian flu outbreak nearly wiped out his flock. Barns once filled with chattering birds were suddenly silent. Employees were anguished by having to kill sickened animals. The family business, started in 1924, was at serious risk. His business recovered, but … Read more

Signs and symptoms of stroke: Everything you need to know

Signs and symptoms of stroke: Everything you need to know

A stroke is a serious medical event and can lead to disability or even death if not treated quickly, said Dr. Andrew Freeman, director of clinical cardiology and cardiovascular prevention at National Jewish Health. And they are common: Someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds, according to the CDC. US Sen. Chris … Read more

Anxiety: Early signs in children

Excessive clinginess to parents can be a sign a child is struggling with an anxiety disorder, experts have said.

How do you know whether she’s just having a bad day or if it’s a sign of ongoing anxiety she might be experiencing? Anxiety disorders are marked by persistent and excessive worries. While someone with generalized anxiety might worry about various everyday things, someone with social anxiety typically has “intense or persisting fears or worries … Read more