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Big Leagues Balk at Endorsing Vaccination

Article by KHN on Jul 22, 2021

Michelle Andrews Santa Clara County, where the San Francisco 49ers train and play their NFL home games, has one of the highest covid vaccination rates in California. As of July 11, more than 76% of its vaccine-eligible residents were fully vaccinated, partly because the county and the 49ers franchise turned Levi’s Stadium into a mass inoculation site where more than 350,000 doses were administered over four months.

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Wildfire Smoke Drives People in Low-Vaccinated Areas Indoors, Raising Outbreak Fears

Article by KHN on Jul 22, 2021

Michelle Andrews MISSOULA, Mont. — Missoula’s new downtown library was teeming with people who might typically spend a Saturday afternoon hiking, biking or otherwise making the most of Montana’s abundant outdoor recreation. One look at the soupy haze blanketing the city and it was clear why.

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A Chilling Cure: Facing Killer Heat, ERs Use Body Bags to Save Lives

Article by KHN on Jul 22, 2021

Michelle Andrews As a deadly heat wave scorched the Pacific Northwest last month, overwhelming hospital emergency rooms in a region unaccustomed to triple-digit temperatures, doctors resorted to a grim but practical tool to save lives: human body bags filled with ice and water.

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Big Leagues Balk at Endorsing Vaccination

Article by KHN on Jul 22, 2021

Michelle Andrews Santa Clara County, where the San Francisco 49ers train and play their NFL home games, has one of the highest covid vaccination rates in California. As of July 11, more than 76% of its vaccine-eligible residents were fully vaccinated, partly because the county and the 49ers franchise turned Levi’s Stadium into a mass inoculation site where more than 350,000 doses were administered over four months.

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Wildfire Smoke Drives People in Low-Vaccinated Areas Indoors, Raising Outbreak Fears

Article by KHN on Jul 22, 2021

Michelle Andrews MISSOULA, Mont. — Missoula’s new downtown library was teeming with people who might typically spend a Saturday afternoon hiking, biking or otherwise making the most of Montana’s abundant outdoor recreation. One look at the soupy haze blanketing the city and it was clear why.

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Analysis: Necessary or Not, Covid Booster Shots Are Probably on the Horizon

Article by KHN on Jul 21, 2021

Michelle Andrews The drugmaker Pfizer recently announced that vaccinated people are likely to need a booster shot to be effectively protected against new variants of covid-19 and that the company would apply for Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization for the shot. Top government health officials immediately and emphatically announced that the booster isn’t needed right now — and held firm to that position even after Pfizer’s top scientist made his case and shared preliminary data with them last week.

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The Delta Variant Thrives in a State of Political and Public Health Discord

Article by KHN on Jul 21, 2021

Michelle Andrews ST. LOUIS — The day after Missouri Gov. Mike Parson finished his bicentennial bus tour to drum up tourism to the state in mid-July, Chicago issued a travel advisory warning about visiting Missouri.

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Analysis: Necessary or Not, Covid Booster Shots Are Probably on the Horizon

Article by KHN on Jul 21, 2021

Michelle Andrews The drugmaker Pfizer recently announced that vaccinated people are likely to need a booster shot to be effectively protected against new variants of covid-19 and that the company would apply for Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization for the shot. Top government health officials immediately and emphatically announced that the booster isn’t needed right now — and held firm to that position even after Pfizer’s top scientist made his case and shared preliminary data with them last week.

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The Delta Variant Thrives in a State of Political and Public Health Discord

Article by KHN on Jul 21, 2021

Michelle Andrews ST. LOUIS — The day after Missouri Gov. Mike Parson finished his bicentennial bus tour to drum up tourism to the state in mid-July, Chicago issued a travel advisory warning about visiting Missouri.

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With a Diagnosis at Last, Black Women with ADHD Start Healing

Article by KHN on Jul 20, 2021

Michelle Andrews Miché Aaron has always been a high achiever. The 29-year-old is in her third year of a planetary sciences doctoral program at Johns Hopkins University, where she researches minerals found on Mars. She’s a former NASA space grant scholar and hopes to become an astronaut one day.

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With a Diagnosis at Last, Black Women with ADHD Start Healing

Article by KHN on Jul 20, 2021

Michelle Andrews Miché Aaron has always been a high achiever. The 29-year-old is in her third year of a planetary sciences doctoral program at Johns Hopkins University, where she researches minerals found on Mars. She’s a former NASA space grant scholar and hopes to become an astronaut one day.

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Sen. Wyden: $3.5T Budget May Have to Trim but It Can Set a Path to ‘Ambitious Goals’

Article by KHN on Jul 20, 2021

Michelle Andrews Exactly what American health care will look like if Democrats can pass their $3.5 trillion spending plan is unclear, but the senator negotiating its health-related provisions hopes what emerges will be dramatic: the first complete health care system for older Americans and significantly reduced costs for everyone else.

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Thousands of Young Children Lost Parents to Covid. Where’s Help for Them?

Article by KHN on Jun 23, 2021

JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News Five months after her husband died of covid-19, Valerie Villegas can see how grief has wounded her children.

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At Texas Border, Pandemic’s High Toll Lays Bare Gaps in Health and Insurance

Article by KHN on Jun 23, 2021

JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News EL PASO, Texas — Alfredo “Freddy” Valles was an accomplished trumpeter and a beloved music teacher for nearly four decades at one of the city’s poorest middle schools.

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The Hard Realities of a ‘No Jab, No Job’ Mandate for Health Care Workers

Article by KHN on Jun 22, 2021

Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News Christopher Richmond keeps a running tab on how many workers at the ManorCare skilled nursing facility he manages in western Pennsylvania have rolled up their sleeves for a covid-19 vaccine.

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: The ACA Lives

Article by KHN on Jun 22, 2021

Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Nurses and Docs at Long Beach Center ‘Consider It an Honor’ to Care for Migrant Children

Article by KHN on Jun 22, 2021

Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News The 5-year-old had nodded off while waiting for her 10-year-old brother to be treated for scabies at the clinic in the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, which she currently calls home. Nurse Chai-Chih Huang asked if she wanted to be taken back to her dormitory to sleep.

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‘It’s a Mission’: Volunteers Treat Refugees Massing at the Border

Article by KHN on Jun 22, 2021

Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News TIJUANA, Mexico — El Chaparral Plaza once teemed with tourists, street vendors and idling taxis. But the plaza, just outside the San Ysidro port of entry on the Mexican side of the border, now serves as a sprawling refugee camp where migrants from Mexico, Central America and Haiti wait in limbo while they seek asylum in the U.S.

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Montana Tribe Welcomes Back Tourists After Risky Shutdown Pays Off

Article by KHN on Jun 22, 2021

Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News Millions of people will flock to Montana’s Glacier National Park this summer after last year’s pandemic-caused tourism skid, and they will once more be able sightsee and camp nearby on the recently reopened Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

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What It Means When Celebrities Stay Coy About Their Vaccine Status

Article by KHN on Jun 22, 2021

Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News [UPDATED at 10 a.m. ET]

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