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Details: PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials are reporting 1,961 new COVID-19 cases and one new death. It's the first time this month the daily new-case count has been under 2,000. The state Department of Public Health Services released the latest virus figures Monday, which now have Arizona at a total of 1,266,809 cases and 22,230 deaths.

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Nevada jury: Health insurers owe ER doctors $60M in

Details: 1 hour ago · LAS VEGAS (AP) — The nation’s largest health insurance company and its branches in Nevada were found liable Tuesday for $60 million in punitive damages for underpaying out-of-network emergency medical providers. A state court jury said three plaintiffs headed by urgent care staffing service

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Maryland health department site down after security

Details: 1 day ago · BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland's health department’s website is offline after a “network security incident." Maryland Department of Health spokesman Andy Owen said the Maryland Security Operations Center is investigating a “network security incident” involving the health department, news outlets reported.

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Belgian health workers rally to oppose mandatory …

Details: 13 hours ago · BRUSSELS (AP) — Thousands of Belgian health care workers rallied Tuesday in Brussels to oppose mandatory COVID-19 vaccines and to demand better working conditions as a surge in new cases weighs heavily on hospitals. Around 4,000 people – some with placards reading “Save your nurse, one day she

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Germany: 1 in 100 infected with virus, health minister

Details: BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s health minister said Friday that more than 1% of the population — almost a million people — are currently infected with the coronavirus, and called on citizens to get vaccinated if they haven’t done so yet. The country confirmed 74,352 new daily COVID-19 cases and

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In shadow of Texas gas drilling sites, health fears

Details: Scientific studies have found that the public health risks associated with these sites include cancers, asthma, respiratory diseases, rashes, heart problems and mental health disorders. Many of the wells Total has drilled in Arlington are near Latino and Black or low-income communities, often just a few hundred feet from homes.

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Pandemic relief to help health care workers with child

Details: 1 day ago · Last month, the health department announced that $31 million in federal pandemic relief funding was available to help increase licensed child care capacity. The money could be used to pay rent, utilities, wages, maintenance, personal protective equipment along with diapers and other care materials.

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Health Considerations for Young Women Living with …

Details: In recognition of National Diabetes Month, Maria Sophocles, MD, FACOG, NCMP, Gynecologist & Medical Director of Women’s Healthcare of Princeton, sheds light on important aspects of health for young women living with and managing their diabetes. In the United States alone, approximately 16.2

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Ascendis Pharma A/S to Host Virtual R&D Program …

Details: 3 hours ago · COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Dec. 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ascendis Pharma A/S (Nasdaq: ASND) today announced that the Company will host a virtual R&D Program Update for the investment community on Tuesday, December 14, 2021. The event will feature updates on Ascendis Pharma’s endocrinology rare

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The Latest: GOP lawmaker: I didn't come to 'defend' Trump

Details: WILLINGBORO, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on a town hall held by a Republican who helped pass a House health care overhaul bill (all times local): 7:25 p.m. A New Jersey Republican lawmaker instrumental in helping the GOP-led House pass a health care overhaul bill has told an angry constituent at a town hall he "didn't come here to defend the president." Rep. Tom MacArthur …

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Scholz taps epidemiologist as new German health minister

Details: 1 day ago · BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz announced Monday that an epidemiologist who has been a prominent voice of caution in the coronavirus pandemic will be Germany's new health minister, part of a team that includes the first woman to become the country's top security official.

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Bulls' DeRozan enters NBA's health and safety protocols

Details: 1 day ago · CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls leading scorer DeMar DeRozan entered the NBA's health and safety protocols on Monday, a major blow for a team with the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. DeRozan participated in the morning shootaround prior to the game against the Denver Nuggets.

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Participant Launches “The First Wave” Impact Campaign to

Details: 2 hours ago · Indeed, a majority of frontline healthcare workers (62%) say worry or stress related to COVID-19 has had a negative impact on their mental health, and younger frontline healthcare workers seem to be hit the hardest, with a vast majority (75%) reporting that worry or stress related to COVID-19 has had a negative impact on their mental health

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Flagship Pioneering Launches Harbinger Health to Detect

Details: “Harbinger Health is poised to redefine our approach to oncology, moving beyond cancer ‘staging,’ and toward early detection that enables the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and ultimately to effectively reduce morbidity and mortality associated with the disease,” said Stephen Hahn, M.D., CEO, Harbinger Health and CEO-Partner, Flagship Pioneering.

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Blue Cross commits $25M to address health care inequities

Details: 2 days ago · Improving health care equity could mean upgrading data on patient race and ethnicity, or making targeted investments in language capabilities or implementing condition-targeted programs to improve the equity of care for patients with high blood pressure or diabetes, said Blue Cross Senior Vice President Dr. Mark Friedberg.

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Wondr Health's Digital Health and Employee Benefits

Details: 12 hours ago · About Wondr Health Wondr Health™ (formerly Naturally Slim) is a digital behavioral change program focused on weight management, that helps participants improve their physical and mental wellbeing through simple, interactive, and clinically proven skills and tools. By treating the root cause of obesity through behavioral science, Wondr reduces

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Bulls’ DeRozan remains in NBA’s health and safety

Details: 1 hour ago · DeRozan entered the health and safety protocols a few hours before Monday’s win over the Denver Nuggets. The absence of the four-time All-Star is a blow for a team that was virtually tied with Brooklyn for the Eastern Conference lead entering Tuesday. He ranked fourth in the NBA in scoring and led the Bulls at 26.4 points per game.

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WHO says measures used against delta should work for

Details: MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Measures used to counter the delta variant should remain the foundation for fighting the coronavirus pandemic, even in the face of the new omicron version of the virus, World Health Organization officials said Friday, while acknowledging that the travel restrictions imposed by some countries may buy time.. While about three dozen …

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Louisiana Medicaid contractor search slower than planned

Details: The health department released its request for proposals from contractors interested in handling the taxpayer-financed Medicaid work in June. The deadline for submissions was Sept. 10. At the time the bid solicitation was issued, the agency released a timeline that said it planned to announce the contract awards “on or about” Nov. 5.

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New NY health commissioner takes over from embattled

Details: ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's new state health commissioner stepped into the role Wednesday, at a time when COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the rise in the state. Mary Bassett, a former New York City health commissioner, spent 17 years developing AIDS prevention programs in Zimbabwe.

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High court to hear pastor’s case against virus charges

Details: Tony Spell got national attention when he began to flout the state’s public health order in March 2020 at a time when much of the country was in lockdown due to the emergence of COVID-19. Louisiana was being hit especially hard at the time, but hundreds showed up to hear Spell claim that the virus, which has now killed more than 780,000

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MetroPlusHealth Brings Behavioral Health Services In-house

Details: 22 hours ago · Since 1985, MetroPlus Health Plan has built a reputation for providing access to affordable, quality health care to residents across New York City. MetroPlusHealth is the plan of choice for over 625,000 New Yorkers and has a five-star rating based on the State’s 2020 Consumer’s Guide to Medicaid and Child Health Plus Managed Care Plans in

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Armed gangs raise risks in vaccinating rural Nigerians

Details: At the Sabo health center in Kuje, a town of about 300,000 people near Abuja’s international airport, Bawa and three colleagues work in dilapidated buildings with worn-out office equipment. In the past three months, only two of them have received compensation from the government, getting about 10,000 Nigerian naira (about $24).

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Health official: Arizona poised to give COVID shots to

Details: Health official: Arizona poised to give COVID shots to kids. October 21, 2021 GMT. The state’s top public health official says preparations are underway to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11 if the federal government authorizes a lower-dose Pfizer vaccine in early November. Don Herrington, acting director of the state

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Liz Weston: How to maximize your ‘health span’ AP News

Details: LEARN THE 5 HEALTH SPAN RISK FACTORS. The institute commissioned Vitality, a company that partners with insurers and employers to promote healthier living, to conduct a study that identified five lifestyle risk factors with the largest impact on health span: tobacco use, obesity, high blood sugar, poor diet and high blood pressure.

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Illinois courts seek compassion, hope for mentally ill

Details: Research by the National Center for State Courts-led initiative found that defendants with a serious mental illness remain longer in jail than others facing similar charges, that access to appropriate health care is rare or often unavailable, and that courts rely too heavily on competency to stand trial, which leaves too many defendants waiting in jail for “restoration.”

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Biden HIV/AIDS strategy calls racism 'public health threat

Details: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration in its new HIV/AIDS strategy calls racism “a public health threat” that must be fully recognized as the world looks to end the epidemic.. The strategy released Wednesday on the annual commemoration of World AIDS Day is meant to serve as a framework for how the administration intends to shape its policies, …

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Michigan health agency, doctors urge COVID vaccine for

Details: LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Top state health officials, pediatricians and vaccine advocates on Wednesday urged parents to get Michigan’s 825,000 children ages 5 to 11 vaccinated against COVID-19, as appointments began opening after the U.S. gave the final signoff to Pfizer’s kid-size shots. More than 450 children under age 12 are becoming infected …

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Vegas G Robin Lehner to skip Olympics, cites health

Details: 1 day ago · LAS VEGAS (AP) — Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner said Sunday he is skipping the 2022 Winter Olympics, where he had been expected to play for Sweden. The 30-year-old Lehner, from Gothenburg, Sweden, cited health reasons for skipping the Winter Games in Beijing. He is a longtime mental

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Nearly all state health workers vaccinated in North Carolina

Details: RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials announced Monday that nearly all of the 10,000 employees working in 14 state-operated health care facilities are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. According to the state Department of Health and Human Services, 6% of workers got an approved medical or religious exemption or a special accommodation, while …

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Georgia says health departments to offer COVID-19 boosters

Details: The state Department of Public Health announced Friday that shots will be available for people who had previously received the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Public health departments are already offering booster shots for people who received the Pfizer vaccine. The following groups are eligible for boosters: — People 65 and older.

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CDC extends cruise line health rules until mid-January

Details: WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials on Monday extended for nearly three more months its rules that cruise ships must follow to sail during the pandemic. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the extension makes only “minor modifications” to rules already in effect.

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US health officials expand COVID-19 booster campaign to

Details: WASHINGTON (AP) — US health officials expand COVID-19 booster campaign to include all authorized vaccines, mixing of brands.

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Indiana county taking health grant amid COVID-19

Details: The Indiana Department of Health has recorded nearly 17,000 COVID-19 related deaths in the state, with both St. Joseph and Elkhart counties exceeding 500 deaths. Two of the three St. Joseph County commissioners, Derek Dieter and Deb Fleming, voted against the program, saying they were concerned accepting the money would make the county subject

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Nonprofit aims to improve health care in Alabama

Details: BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A global nonprofit that works to improve health care is planning a new initiative in Alabama. Partners in Health is hiring 40 healthcare workers in Alabama to work in low-income communities, Al.com reported. The effort is a part of a $21 million pilot investment in the U.S. to build capacity of public health departments, as well as mentor …

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Health care workers in Greece protest mandatory vaccines

Details: Health Minister Thanos Plevris said Tuesday that tougher restrictions would be imposed as of Saturday for all unvaccinated people in Greece. Anyone without a certificate of vaccination or recent recovery from COVID-19 will need to display a negative PCR or rapid test, conducted at their own cost at a private facility, for access to a wide range

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Spain eyes COVID-19 boosters for health workers, elderly

Details: MADRID (AP) — Spain’s panel of vaccine experts approved Wednesday the use of a COVID-19 booster shot for people between 60-69 years old and for health workers, as part of an effort to combat an uptick in infections. The final go-ahead for the shot must be given by Spain’s health minister and

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Employers eye shifting health care needs during pandemic

Details: Health care costs rise every year, but the nation’s biggest employers still see insurance coverage as an important benefit to provide. They just struggle getting the health care system to deliver what their workers need, according to Elizabeth Mitchell, CEO of the Purchaser Business Group on Health.

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Maine Health CEO: Mandate not the cause of worker crunch

Details: Maine Health CEO: Mandate not the cause of worker crunch. October 26, 2021 GMT. PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine health care centers are facing a staffing crunch during the COVID-19 pandemic, but vaccination mandates are not the cause, the chief of the largest health network in the state said Tuesday. Maine Health Chief Executive Officer Andrew

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World Health Organization gives emergency authorization to

Details: GENEVA (AP) — World Health Organization gives emergency authorization to India’s COVID-19 vaccine, finds it safe months into wide use.

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About 440 Advocate Aurora Health workers leave over

Details: Advocate Aurora Health represents 26 hospitals and 500 care sites in Illinois and Wisconsin. The deadline to comply with the mandate was Friday and workers initially were given a three-day suspension to have one last chance to comply, the company said.

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Maine begins enforcing health worker vaccine requirement

Details: MaineHealth, the state’s largest health care provider, said Friday was the last day for workers to submit paperwork showing compliance with the requirement. Those who do not comply will be terminated. Andy Mueller, CEO of MaineHealth, has said he expects to lose 1.5% to 2% of staff systemwide but that those losses would be offset by fewer

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Ricketts relaxes some health care licensing requirements

Details: OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts signed an executive order that will let drug counselors, physical therapists and other health professionals practice in their field even if they aren't licensed in Nebraska, to try to address staffing shortages that have grown worse during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Massachusetts Senate approves sweeping mental health bill

Details: The bill would address the issue by creating an online portal with real-time data to help health care providers more easily search for open beds, requiring hospital emergency departments to have a qualified behavioral health clinician to evaluate patients seeking mental health care during all operating hours, and directing the state Office of the Child Advocate to …

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Legionnaires' disease case at Missouri mental health

Details: FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) — State health officials said Thursday a case of Legionnaires' disease has been confirmed in a patient from the Southeast Missouri Mental Health Center in Farmington. Debra Walker, a spokeswoman for the Department of Mental Health, said the mental health center was told about the case on Wednesday after a 66-year-old man was …

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Trial to begin over health care for 27K Arizona prisoners

Details: PHOENIX (AP) — A lawsuit challenging the quality of health care for more than 27,000 people incarcerated in Arizona’s prisons is headed to trial Monday after a 6-year-old settlement resolving the case was thrown out by a judge who concluded the state showed little interest in making many of the improvements it promised under the deal.

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi convicted in further blow to democracy

Details: BANGKOK (AP) — Aung San Suu Kyi, the civilian leader of Myanmar who was ousted in a de facto coup this year, was convicted on two charges Monday and handed a four-year sentence that was quickly cut in half — in proceedings widely criticized as a further effort by the country’s military rulers to roll back the democratic gains of recent years.

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Oklahoma health update to add more than 1,000 COVID deaths

Details: OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health says it would reconcile its reported COVID-19 deaths with those reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, resulting in more than 1,000 additional deaths.

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