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Julia Naue/picture alliance via Getty Images (JACKSON, Miss.) — The number of babies born with syphilis in Mississippi has risen 10-fold over the last several years, according to a new report. Between 2016 and 2022, congenital syphilis cases rose from 10 to 110, marking a 1,000% increase, according to a report from the John D. Bower […]

Michael Siluk/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — The federal government program used for the last two winters to send free COVID tests to Americans’ homes will get up-and-running once again in the coming days, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said Wednesday. Becerra made the announcement at a CVS drugstore in Washington, D.C., […]

Brais Seara/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — The smoke from wildfires in recent years has been so intense that it is decreasing air quality in the majority of the U.S., reversing some of the improvements made to air quality in the last several decades, according to new research. Wildfire smoke in the U.S. had a “notable […]

ATU Images/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — The death of 43-year-old Billy Miller, an actor best known for his role in the soap opera The Young and the Restless, was due to suicide, his mother has confirmed. Patricia Miller wrote in a statement shared on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, that her son suffered […]

Allison Dinner/Bloomberg via Getty Images (NEW YORK) — COVID-19 hospitalizations are continuing to climb in the United States, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For the week ending Sept. 9, hospitalizations increased 7.7% from 19,068 to 20,538 weekly hospitalizations. This marks the first time COVID hospitalizations have surpassed 20,000 since mid-March, […]

KATERYNA KON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY (LONDON) — India’s southern state of Kerala is currently facing an outbreak of the rare, but potentially serious Nipah virus with at least two deaths so far, according to local reports. Health officials have closed schools and offices in Kerala and hundreds of residents are being tested. Despite Nipah virus’s high […]

Jason Dean/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a recall on approximately 58,281 pounds of raw ground beef due to possible E. coli contamination. American Foods Group and business operator Green Bay Dressed Beef announced a recall Friday after a sample collected by a state public health official notified the USDA Food […]

ANDREY DENISYUK/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — For those who need to commute when air quality is poor, a new technology will make it possible to use the safest route possible for their health. Airways, a new map–based app launched on Monday at the start of Climate Week NYC, will provide routes with the cleanest air […]

Alex Wong/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — A former Florida surgeon general is rebuking claims by the DeSantis administration that updated COVID-19 vaccines have “not been proven to be safe or effective” and that the shots should not be recommended for individuals under the age of 65. The COVID vaccines remain “very, very safe, and have a […]

Jackyenjoyphotography/Getty Images (ATLANTA) — The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is responding after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state’s surgeon general advised against getting the new booster. DeSantis advised against anyone under the age of 65 from receiving the shot while Dr. Joseph Ladapo claimed the federal government wasn’t being […]

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