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Saturday, December 10, 2022

US plans end to mpox public health emergency in January

The federal government plans to end in January the public health emergency it declared earlier this year after an outbreak of mpox infected more than 29,000 people across the U.S.

Over 3 Million Selected Affordable Health Coverage in ACA Marketplace Since...

The Biden-Harris Administration announces nearly 3.4 million people nationwide have selected an Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace health plan since the start of the 2023 Marketplace Open Enrollment Period (OEP) on November 1.

Health Researchers Seek to Answer a Fundamental Question: What Is Health?

We usually think of health in the context of ill health: if I am not sick than I am healthy. However, according to the World Health Organization, health is more than the absence of disease.

WHO renames monkeypox as mpox, citing racism concerns

The World Health Organization has renamed monkeypox as mpox, citing concerns the original name of the decades-old animal disease could be construed as discriminatory and racist.

COVID Lockdown Did Not Lead to a Rush on Opioid Prescriptions

While some feared that New Yorkers would re-fill prescriptions to stockpile opioid medications in the early weeks of the COVID-19 lockdown much in the way people hoarded toilet paper, in fact, New York State opioid prescriptions declined in the period around the March 20, 2020 “PAUSE” order, according to new research.

Bird flu prompts slaughter of 1.8M chickens in Nebraska

Nebraska agriculture officials say another 1.8 million chickens must be killed after bird flu was found on a farm in the latest sign that the outbreak that has already prompted the slaughter of more than 50 million birds nationwide continues to spread.

US renews push for COVID boosters as data show they protect

Americans who got the updated COVID-19 booster shots are better protected against symptomatic infection than those who haven’t — at least for now, U.S. health officials said Tuesday.

Coronavirus Files: BQ variants on the rise, Moderna booster fights omicron

A pair of variants likely to dominate the early winter months are emerging from the Scrabble soup. BQ.1, a descendant of omicron BA.5, and its own offshoot BQ.1.1 have been steadily increasing for weeks, and now collectively make up more than 49% of U.S. cases

Community Partnership Boosts Digital and Health Literacy

Students, faculty, and staff volunteers across Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC), alongside leaders from the Upper Manhattan community, are working to improve health literacy while closing the digital divide.

The Primary Victims of Toxic Drinking Water

Every year, millions of Americans who rely on public utility systems for drinking water are exposed to potentially dangerous levels of arsenic, uranium, lead, pesticides, bacteria, and other contaminants, according to publicly available data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).