Latest Public health News

FDA food safety official resigns, cites structural issues

Jan. 25, 2023 16:22 PM EST

The federal Food and Drug Administration's top food safety official resigned Wednesday, citing concerns about the agency's oversight structure and the infant formula crisis that led to a nationwide shortage. Frank Yiannas, the deputy commissioner for food policy and response since...

Military probing whether cancers linked to nuclear silo work

Jan. 22, 2023 19:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nine military officers who had worked decades ago at a nuclear missile base in Montana have been diagnosed with blood cancer and there are “indications” the disease may be linked to their service, according to military briefing slides obtained by The Associated Press. One of...

Brazil declares public health emergency for Yanomami people

Jan. 21, 2023 18:32 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva visited Brazil's northern state of Roraima on Saturday after the government declared a public health emergency for the Yanomami people in the Amazon, who are suffering from malnutrition and diseases such as malaria as a consequence of...

Spaniards spending record high on private health insurance

Jan. 18, 2023 14:44 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spaniards spent a record high amount on private health insurance last year, according to data released Wednesday, amid growing discontent with the country’s once-prized public health system. Spending in 2022 hit a total $11.36 billion, an increase of 7% over 2021,...

Spanish health workers march against Madrid regional govt

Jan. 15, 2023 08:59 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Several thousand health workers returned to the streets of Spain’s capital Sunday to protest what they claim is the dismantling of Madrid's public health care system by its conservative regional government. Carrying homemade signs with slogans that translated into...

New York eyes nixed COVID-19 vaccine rule for health workers

Jan. 14, 2023 18:54 PM EST

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Department of Health is “exploring its options” after a state Supreme Court judge struck down a statewide mandate requiring health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the agency said Saturday. Judge Gerard Neri wrote in a...

Nevada GOP governor orders review, freeze of new regulations

Jan. 12, 2023 23:17 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's new Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo signed executive orders Thursday indefinitely freezing implementation of new state regulations or occupational licensing requirements, with some exceptions in areas such as public health and safety. Lombardo also ordered...

US launches online system to seek asylum on Mexican border

Jan. 12, 2023 22:21 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday launched an online appointment system as the only way for migrants to get exceptions from pandemic-era limits on asylum — the U.S. government's latest major step in eight days to overhaul border enforcement. U.S. Customs and...

UK ambulance workers walk out, joining wave of strike action

Jan. 11, 2023 11:13 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Around 25,000 U.K. ambulance workers went on strike Wednesday, walking out for the second time since December in an ongoing dispute with the government over pay. The industrial action by paramedics, drivers and call handlers was the latest in a wave of strikes in...

Indiana governor pushes big spending plan in annual address

Jan. 10, 2023 20:49 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb urged skeptical state legislators Tuesday to support funding for several big-ticket spending plans, arguing that the state needed to take action on multiple fronts. Holcomb used the annual State of the State address before members of...