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Coronavirus Files: New school guidelines are coming, and Feds take on...

As the country prepares for yet another round of COVID-19 boosters this fall, Black and Hispanic populations may be left behind. A new study in Health Affairs finds that while Black and white people had lower rates of uptake for the first dose of a COVID vaccine, Black and Hispanic people were least likely to get a booster shot.

US to declare health emergency over monkeypox outbreak

The U.S. will declare a public health emergency to bolster the federal response to the monkeypoxoutbreak that has infected more than 6,600 Americans, two people familiar with the matter said Thursday.

Daily Cannabis Users Less Likely to View Heavy Cigarette Smoking as...

A growing number of Americans are using cannabis as it becomes legalized for recreational adult use in a rapidly increasing number of U.S. states. Questions abound about what impact legalization will have on adult and youth health. 

California governor declares monkeypox state of emergency

California’s governor on Monday declared a state of emergency to speed efforts to combat the monkeypox outbreak, becoming the second state in three days to take the step.

If monkeypox spreads through sexual contact, is it an STD?

For most of the six decades that monkeypox has been known to affect people, it was not known as a disease that spreads through sex. Now that has changed.

US signs off on 800,000 more doses of monkeypox vaccine

After weeks of delays, nearly 800,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine will soon be available for distribution, U.S. health regulators said Wednesday.

Coronavirus Files: Mask mandates back in the news; Novavax gets CDC...

Florida’s stance against COVID vaccines for healthy children is endangering the state’s most vulnerable families, writes Lori Rozsa at The Washington Post. That’s because about 33,000 kids in the state normally get vaccines from state-run county health departments that aren’t offering the shots to kids under 5.

HHS Announces Historic Investment of Over $49 Million to Increase Health...

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), awarded $49 million to organizations on the frontlines of reducing uninsured rates and connecting more children, parents, and families to health care coverage.

Rural Emergency Hospitals Proposed Rulemaking

Rural Emergency Hospitals (REHs) are a new provider type established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 to address the growing concern over closures of rural hospitals.

White House urges caution on COVID variants, pushes boosters

The Biden administration is calling on people to exercise renewed caution about COVID-19, emphasizing the importance of getting booster shots for those who are eligible and wearing masks indoors as two new highly transmissible variants are spreading rapidly across the country.