Fatal Opioid ODs Keep Rising in Black Americans

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The decades-long U.S. opioid epidemic could be hitting Black people harder than white folks as the crisis enters a new phase. Opioid overdose death rates among Black Americans jumped nearly 40% from 2018 to 2019 in four states hammered by the epidemic, researchers… Continue reading Fatal Opioid ODs Keep Rising in Black Americans

Coronavirus Infected One-Third of Americans in 2020

Aug. 26, 2021 — About one third of the US population had been infected with coronavirus 2 by the end of 2020, according to a new study published today in Nature. Jeffrey Shaman, PhD, director of the Climate and Health Program at Columbia University, and colleagues simulated the spread of coronavirus within all… Continue reading Coronavirus Infected One-Third of Americans in 2020

Poll Finds Most Americans Believe Nurses Are Underpaid

Aug. 11, 2021 — Large majorities of both Democrats and Republicans believe that nurses and health care aides are underpaid, while many Americans say doctors, physical therapists, and pharmacists are paid about the right amount, according to a new poll. The bipartisan agreement on health care workers’ pay stands in contrast to the… Continue reading Poll Finds Most Americans Believe Nurses Are Underpaid

As COVID Resurges, Vaccinated Americans Rage Against Holdouts

Jonathan Hyman, Berea, OH. James Simmons, South Florida. Melissa Martin, Atlanta. Leana Wen, MD, emergency medicine doctor; public health policy professor George Washington University. Eric Jaffe, Florida. Elif Akcali, Florida. Shon Neyland, senior pastor, Highland Christian Center church, Portland, OR. Ed Berliner, Florida. The New York Times: “Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and… Continue reading As COVID Resurges, Vaccinated Americans Rage Against Holdouts

Most Unvaccinated Americans Want to Stay That Way: Poll

MONDAY, July 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Eight in 10 American adults who haven’t received a COVID-19 shot say they are unlikely to get one, a new survey shows. The results mean “that there will be more preventable cases, more preventable hospitalizations and more preventable deaths,” Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease specialist… Continue reading Most Unvaccinated Americans Want to Stay That Way: Poll

PrEP HIV Prevention Pills to Be Free for Insured Americans

By Robert Preidt and Robin FosterHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Nearly all health insurers must cover the entire cost of HIV prevention treatments, the U.S. government says. That includes the two approved pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs Truvada and Descovy, all clinic visits and lab tests, NBC News reported. The guidance, issued… Continue reading PrEP HIV Prevention Pills to Be Free for Insured Americans

Money Can Buy Americans Longer Life: Study

FRIDAY, July 23, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Money may not buy happiness but new research suggests it may at least help Americans live longer. “Our results suggest that building wealth is important for health at the individual level, even after accounting for where one starts out in life,” said Greg Miller, a faculty… Continue reading Money Can Buy Americans Longer Life: Study

Canada to Welcome Fully Vaccinated Americans in August

By Robert Preidt and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Fully vaccinated U.S. travelers will be allowed into Canada as of Aug. 9, Canadian officials announced Monday. Canada’s 14-day quarantine requirement will be waived for people who are residing in the United States and are fully… Continue reading Canada to Welcome Fully Vaccinated Americans in August

Hospitals: One Reason COVID Is More Lethal for Black Americans

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Black COVID-19 patients in the United States are more likely to die than white patients, but there would be 10% fewer deaths among Black patients if they could get the same level of hospital care as white people, according to… Continue reading Hospitals: One Reason COVID Is More Lethal for Black Americans

Pandemic Boosted Drinking Among Americans Over 50

By Robert PreidtHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 10, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Drinking rose among older Americans during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that could put their health at risk, claim researchers behind a new poll. “As we all toast the end of the worst part of the pandemic in our country, it’s important… Continue reading Pandemic Boosted Drinking Among Americans Over 50