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If the Unvaccinated Want to Work, They Face a Series of Hurdles

Article by KHN on Aug 19, 2021

Christine Herman, WILL / Illinois Public Media With the delta variant surging, a growing number of employers are tiring of merely cajoling workers to get vaccinated against covid-19 and are following President Joe Biden’s protocol for federal workers: Either show proof of vaccination, or mask up and get regular testing if you want to work on-site.

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Science Shows Mask-Wearing Is Largely Safe for Children

Article by KHN on Aug 18, 2021

Louis Jacobson, PolitiFact Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is one of a handful of Republican governors trying to block school districts from requiring masks in the classroom. 

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Federal Vaccine Program Hasn’t Helped Those Whose Lives Were Altered by Covid Shot

Article by KHN on Aug 18, 2021

Louis Jacobson, PolitiFact Angela Marie Wulbrecht jumped at the first chance to get a covid-19 vaccine, driving three hours from her Santa Rosa, California, home to a mass-vaccination site on Jan. 19. Twelve minutes after her Moderna shot, she stumbled into the paramedic tent with soaring blood pressure and a racing heartbeat. And so began a calvary of severe fatigue, brain fog, imbalance and other symptoms that are still with her eight months later.

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Rush to Boosters Sparks Confusion, Differing Recommendations

Article by KHN on Aug 18, 2021

Louis Jacobson, PolitiFact When the Food and Drug Administration announced last week that a third dose of Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech covid-19 vaccine may boost the immunity of some people who are immunocompromised, officials repeated their stance that fully vaccinated, healthy people do not need another dose.

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Have Vaccines, Will Travel: On the Road With a Covid Entrepreneur

Article by KHN on Aug 17, 2021

Katheryn Houghton VIRGINIA CITY, Mont. — While many businesses in this southwestern Montana “ghost town” reel in tourists with its mining and Wild West vigilante past, one businessman arrived offering a modern product: covid-19 vaccines.

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‘Tainted’ Blood: Covid Skeptics Request Blood Transfusions From Unvaccinated Donors

Article by KHN on Aug 17, 2021

Katheryn Houghton The nation’s roiling tensions over vaccination against covid-19 have spilled into an unexpected arena: lifesaving blood transfusions.

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In Rural America, Twisting Arms to Take a Covid Vaccine First Takes Trust

Article by KHN on Aug 16, 2021

Cara Anthony CAIRO, Ill. — Lee Wright was hard at work, constructing a nail salon near the city’s abandoned hospital, when Jody Johnson stopped by to introduce himself on a recent afternoon.

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The Newest Disease Detection Tool for Covid and Beyond: Poop

Article by KHN on Aug 16, 2021

Cara Anthony Since reopening campus at the University of California-San Diego last summer, university officials have relied on the tried-and-true public health strategies of testing and contact tracing. But they have also added a new tool to their arsenal: excrement.

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How a Hospital and a School District Teamed Up to Help Kids in Emotional Crisis

Article by KHN on Aug 13, 2021

Rhitu Chatterjee, NPR and Christine Herman, WILL / Illinois Public Media In 2019, the Rockville Centre school district in Long Island, New York, was shaken by a string of student deaths, including the suicides of a recent graduate and a current student.

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Pfizer CEO to Public: Just Trust Us on the Covid Booster

Article by KHN on Aug 13, 2021

Rhitu Chatterjee, NPR and Christine Herman, WILL / Illinois Public Media Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla was confident in June about the ability of his company’s vaccine to protect against the highly contagious delta variant, as it marched across the globe and filled U.S. hospitals with patients.

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: The Senate Acts

Article by KHN on Aug 12, 2021

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Reading, ’Rithmetic and Resisting Covid: The New 3 R’s as Kids Head Back to School

Article by KHN on Aug 12, 2021

Christina Jewett When kids head back to school this fall, for some it will be the first time they’ve been in a real classroom with other students since the pandemic began. Even if they attended classes in person last year, the spread of the highly transmissible delta variant of covid-19 will require a new safety calculation, particularly for parents of kids younger than 12, who can’t yet get a vaccine.

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Getting a Covid Vaccine During Pregnancy Even More Urgent as ICU Beds Fill Up

Article by KHN on Aug 12, 2021

Christina Jewett The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is doubling down on its recommendation that people who are pregnant get the covid-19 vaccine, in light of new data underscoring its safety and effectiveness throughout pregnancy.

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National Academies’ Report Took Pharma-Friendly Stance After Millions in Gifts From Drugmakers

Article by KHN on Aug 12, 2021

Christina Jewett To several U.S. senators, it looked wasteful, even outrageous. Every year, taxpayers pay for at least $750 million worth of expensive pharmaceuticals that are simply thrown away. Companies ship many of the drugs in “Costco”-size vials, one lawmaker said, that once opened usually cannot be resealed or saved for other patients. Yet pharma gets paid for every drop.

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Apple Aims to Push More Patient Data to Doctors. But Who Can Gauge Its Impact on Health?

Article by KHN on Aug 12, 2021

Christina Jewett Soon, Apple announced recently, it will enable doctors to monitor health data from their patients’ phones and watches between visits, part of the push into health care that Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, has declared will constitute the company’s greatest contribution to mankind.

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Public Favors Masks in Classrooms but Balks at Mandating Vaccinations for Students

Article by KHN on Aug 11, 2021

Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News As the spread of the delta variant threatens the safety of classrooms, a poll released Wednesday found nearly two-thirds of parents support schools’ requiring unvaccinated students age 5 or older and teachers to wear masks. A majority of parents, however, oppose requiring students now eligible for a covid vaccine to get one, with one Black parent from Michigan telling pollsters that “my child is not a test dummy.”

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Why Doesn’t Medicare Cover Services So Many Seniors Need?

Article by KHN on Aug 11, 2021

Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News Sorry, Joe Namath. Despite what you keep saying in those TV ads, under Medicare, seniors are not “entitled to eliminate copays and get dental care, dentures, eyeglasses, prescription drug coverage, in-home aides, unlimited transportation and home-delivered meals, all at no additional cost.” But if Democratic lawmakers in Congress have their say, seniors could soon be entitled to some of those services.

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DeSantis’ Executive Order Is Misleading About Lack of Scientific Support for Masking in Schools

Article by KHN on Aug 11, 2021

Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent guidance on students and masking “lacks a well-grounded scientific justification.”

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Surgeons Cash In on Stakes in Private Medical Device Companies

Article by KHN on Aug 10, 2021

Fred Schulte, Kaiser Health News Several orthopedic surgeons who invested in Renovis Surgical Technologies made big money when a Japanese technology giant snatched up the small California medical device company.

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A Quarter of US Hospitals, and Counting, Demand Workers Get Vaccinated. But Not Here.

Article by KHN on Aug 10, 2021

Fred Schulte, Kaiser Health News Hospitals coast to coast are demanding their employees get vaccinated against covid as the highly contagious delta variant tears through populations with low vaccination rates.

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