NYC monkeypox cases double again; officials hold town hall

NYC monkeypox cases double again;  officials hold town hall

Monkeypox town hall Health officials are looking to work with organizations, representatives, and advocates from LGBTQ community to share resources, answer questions, and get feedback. Dr. Mary Bassett, the state’s health commissioner, and Dr. Ashwin Vasan, the city’s health commissioner, hosted a joint virtual town hall to update the public on the monkeypox outbreak. NEW … Read more

Scientists are searching for solutions after studies show pulse oximeters don’t work as well for people of color

Scientists are searching for solutions after studies show pulse oximeters don't work as well for people of color

CNN — Often when Dr. Thomas Valley sees a new patient in the intensive care unit at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, he clamps a pulse oximeter on their finger – one of the many devices he uses to gauge their health and what course of care they might require , whether they are a … Read more

What To Do If Your Insurance Denies You Treatment Based On Your Weight

What To Do If Your Insurance Denies You Treatment Based On Your Weight

You go to the doctor for medication or a procedure you need in order to live a happier, healthier life. Your doctor approves … but your insurance does not. This happens frequently. A recent New York Times article, for example, highlighted how patients who qualified for a new weight loss drug were denied coverage by … Read more

FDA allows licensed pharmacists to prescribe Pfizer’s Paxlovid under certain conditions

FDA allows licensed pharmacists to prescribe Pfizer's Paxlovid under certain conditions

CNN — The US Food and Drug Administration revised the emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s Covid-19 antiviral treatment, Paxlovid, on Wednesday to allow state-licensed pharmacists to prescribe the treatment to people who are eligible. “The FDA recognizes the important role pharmacists have played and continue to play in combating this pandemic,” said Dr. Patrizia Cavazzoni, … Read more

The US bets billions of dollars on better COVID-19 boosters as it prepares for a spike in COVID-19 cases next winter

The US bets billions of dollars on better COVID-19 boosters as it prepares for a spike in COVID-19 cases next winter

The US is gearing up for another wave of COVID-19 infections in the fall and winter following a flurry of activity this week that included putting billions of dollars toward more COVID-19 vaccines and treatments and setting up new rules for how to update the shots . Here’s what happened this week: The Food and … Read more

‘It could be the difference between an approval and denial’: Experian, Equifax and TransUnion remove fully-paid medical debt from credit reports on July 1. Will this help your credit score?

'It could be the difference between an approval and denial': Experian, Equifax and TransUnion remove fully-paid medical debt from credit reports on July 1. Will this help your credit score?

Paid medical debt is rolling off consumer credit reports in an overhaul that the credit bureaus say will improve people’s financial wellbeing. In a time of rising interest rates and increased costs with the pandemic’s scariest days hopefully done, for some it can’t come a moment too soon. Equifax, Experian and TransUnion are dropping the … Read more

How to Stop Forgetting to Take Your Medication, Once and for All

How to Stop Forgetting to Take Your Medication, Once and for All

Photo: David Smart (Shutterstock) Americans, on average, juggle about 12 prescription medicines. While this number is certainly skewed by older folks who have racked up a lot of pills, many of us have been prescribed a prescription medicine we need to take every single day. But on the whole, we’re not very good at doing … Read more

Here’s how much your Social Security check is likely to go up next year

Here's how much your Social Security check is likely to go up next year

Good news — sort of. If you’re retired or just about to retire, next year’s Social Security checks are likely to see one of the biggest bumps on record as a result of surging consumer prices. The average beneficiary may be in line to get as much as $180 more a month starting next January, … Read more

They Ate Daily Harvest’s Lentil ‘Crumbles’ and Ended Up in the ER. They Were Offered $10 for Their Trouble.

They Ate Daily Harvest's Lentil 'Crumbles' and Ended Up in the ER.  They Were Offered $10 for Their Trouble.

Jenna Dargenzio was excited to dig into her first Daily Harvest delivery. On May 11, she whipped up the subscription service’s French lentil and leek “crumbles,” part of a PR package that the company hoped she would peddle to her 66,000 followers on TikTok. The finished product looks and functions much like seasoned bits of … Read more

Each SARS-CoV-2 reinfection causes more severe disease

Study: Outcomes of SARS-CoV-2 Reinfection. Image Credit: Andrii Vodolazhskyi / Shutterstock

In a recent study under review at the Nature Portfolio journal and currently posted to the Research Square* preprint server, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine and VA Saint Louis Health Care System showed that acute severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) reinfection adds to the risks of all-cause mortality and hospitalization increased … Read more