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Older US adults should get another COVID-19 shot, health officials recommend

Feb. 28, 2024 17:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Older U.S. adults should roll up their sleeves for another COVID-19 shot, even if they got a booster in the fall, U.S. health officials said Wednesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Americans 65 and older should get another dose of the updated...

Flu shots are doing OK vs. virus, US numbers indicate

Feb. 28, 2024 17:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Early estimates suggest flu shots are performing OK in the current U.S. winter flu season. The vaccines were around 40% effective in preventing adults from getting sick enough from the flu that they had to go to a doctor’s office, clinic or hospital, health...

West Virginia House passes bill to allow religious exemptions for student vaccines

Feb. 26, 2024 17:12 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia would join 45 other states that allow religious exemptions from childhood vaccines required for school attendance under a bill that passed the House of Delegates on Monday. The religious exemption is included in a bill that would let private...

Bears great Steve McMichael returns home after more than a week in hospital

Feb. 23, 2024 21:33 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bears great Steve McMichael, who is battling ALS, is back home after spending more than a week in the hospital with several ailments, publicist Betsy Shepherd said Friday. The 66-year-old McMichael, who went public with an ALS diagnosis three years ago, was...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Feb. 23, 2024 16:58 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. ___ Executive Order 9066 authorized...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Feb. 22, 2024 12:48 PM EST

Post and Courier. February 17, 2024. Editorial: Medical marijuana can relieve needless suffering; SC bill can make it safe If you’re looking for a losing strategy for persuading the South Carolina Legislature to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana, check out the...

Amid fentanyl crisis, Oregon lawmakers propose more funding for opioid addiction medication in jails

Feb. 22, 2024 00:17 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Kendra Sawyer spoke with her dad from the Deschutes County jail and told him she loved him. Six hours later, in the throes of opioid withdrawal, the 22-year-old took her own life. A year later, Sawyer’s father, Kent, is left wondering whether his daughter,...

FDA warns against smartwatches and rings that claim to measure blood sugar without needles

Feb. 21, 2024 17:55 PM EST

Smartwatches and rings that claim to measure blood sugar levels for medical purposes without piercing the skin could be dangerous and should be avoided, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday. The caution applies to any watch or ring, regardless of brand, that claims...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Feb. 21, 2024 17:40 PM EST

Greenwood Commonwealth. February 20, 2024. Editorial: Keep An Eye On These Three Bills We’ll know in a couple of weeks, specifically by a March 5 deadline, how serious Mississippi lawmakers are about addressing the problems of unwanted pregnancies and holding...

Silent brain changes precede Alzheimer's. Researchers have new clues about which come first

Feb. 21, 2024 17:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alzheimer’s quietly ravages the brain long before symptoms appear and now scientists have new clues about the dominolike sequence of those changes — a potential window to one day intervene. A large study in China tracked middle-aged and older adults for 20...