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Courtesy of the Haugen Family (NEW YORK) — Fifteen years ago, Brian and Kathy Haugen lost their son Taylor while he was playing football for his high school team. The wide receiver took a hit to his abdomen by two defenders and didn’t get up for a few minutes. After he made it to the […]

Spencer Platt/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — More health officials across the U.S. are reporting new cases of the COVID variant BA.2.86. On Thursday, a genome sequencing team at Houston Methodist Hospital said it had identified the first case in Texas, a member of team wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. On the same day, Ohio […]

Maskot/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — Nursing homes that accept Medicaid and Medicare must adhere to new federally required staffing levels in order to keep receiving taxpayer money, according to a rule announced Friday by the Biden administration that would apply to some 15,000 centers. It’s an unprecedented move by the federal government aimed at improving care […]

File photo — KATERYNA KON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty Images (RICHMOND, Va.) — Health officials in Virginia have announced the state is experiencing an outbreak of rare, but serious meningococcal disease. Twenty-seven cases have been identified since June 2022, which is three times higher than the expected number of cases during this period, according to the Virginia […]

Vera Vita/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — The FDA has sent warning letters to three formula companies, red-flagging concerns about serious quality control issues at some manufacturing facilities. The warning letters were all sent Wednesday to Reckitt/Mead Johnson and Perrigo — two long-dominating industry forces — and ByHeart, a relative newcomer to a previously hyperconcentrated market. […]

kickers/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — Borax, a white, powdery substance, has long been a staple in many households as a cleaning agent and laundry detergent booster. Now, the substance is making the rounds on social media with some people promoting it as a health booster — a trend that doctors say is dangerous. “As a […]

Mint Images/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — Every month, Dawn LaGuerre has to decide which bills she’s going to pay or if she needs to cut back on groceries to be able to afford her monthly medications. The 63-year-old from Utica, New York — 90 miles northwest of Albany — takes multiple drugs including Januvia and […]

Jackyenjoyphotography/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — Late last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signaled it expects to have the updated COVID vaccine available by mid-September, along with a likely recommendation that everyone should get the latest booster shot, according to U.S. health officials. The announcement comes as COVID hospitalizations increased for the sixth […]

Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images (NEW YORK) — The overdose reversal drug Narcan will be available for over-the-counter purchase starting in September, its manufacturer announced Wednesday. Biotech company Emergent BioSolutions Inc. said the nasal spray has been shipped to pharmacies, drugstores and grocery stores as well as online retailers with a suggested […]

Courtesy Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center (NEW YORK) — With one delivery, Graham and Stephanie Freels became first-time parents, times five. Stephanie Freels, 27, gave birth on June 4 to five babies — four girls and one boy — delivered via emergency cesarean section. Over the weekend, she and her husband and […]

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