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Germany says pandemic not over as court OKs vaccine mandate

May. 19, 2022 10:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is not over yet, Germany's health minister warned Thursday as the country's highest court approved rules requiring health workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach noted the sharp rise in cases currently...

US health secretary tests positive for COVID on Germany trip

May. 18, 2022 16:34 PM EDT

President Joe Biden’s top health official tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, the latest member of his Cabinet to be infected with the virus. U.S. Health Secretary Xavier Becerra tested positive while visiting Berlin, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human...

California Republicans see chance to unseat Democratic AG

May. 15, 2022 12:12 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Republicans think they have a chance this year to unseat an appointed state attorney general they say is too progressive even for California, in part because they view him as soft on crime as that issue rises in importance for voters. But first they must...

Tennessee, South Carolina extend health care for new moms

May. 06, 2022 15:22 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee and South Carolina are joining five other states in extending health care coverage to women with low-to-modest incomes for a full year after childbirth, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra announced on Friday. The expansion of...

FDA issues plan to ban menthol in cigarettes, cigars

Apr. 28, 2022 14:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government on Thursday released its long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, citing the toll on Black smokers and young people. “The proposed rules would help prevent children from becoming the next generation of smokers and help...

Medicare weighs premium cut after limiting Alzheimer's drug

Apr. 07, 2022 19:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare said Thursday it's considering a cut in enrollee premiums, after officials stuck with an earlier decision to sharply limit coverage for a pricey new Alzheimer's drug projected to drive up program costs. The agency “is looking at that, and is still going...

Biden orders push on long COVID, pandemic's shadowy mystery

Apr. 06, 2022 00:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting the pandemic's lasting shadow, President Joe Biden has ordered a new national research push on long COVID, while also directing federal agencies to support patients dealing with the mysterious and debilitating condition. Biden assigned the Department...

Biden orders push on long COVID, pandemic's shadowy mystery

Apr. 05, 2022 16:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting the pandemic's lasting shadow, President Joe Biden on Tuesday ordered a new national research push on long COVID, while also directing federal agencies to support patients dealing with the mysterious and debilitating condition. Biden assigned the...

Obama to return to White House for health care event

Apr. 03, 2022 20:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama will be returning to the White House on Tuesday for his first public event there since he left office in 2017. A White House official said Sunday that Obama will be joining President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to...

COVID pandemic's end may bring turbulence for US health care

Mar. 31, 2022 17:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the end of the COVID-19 pandemic comes, it could create major disruptions for a cumbersome U.S. health care system made more generous, flexible and up-to-date technologically through a raft of temporary emergency measures. Winding down those policies could...