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The first probable case of monkeypox is reported in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There is now one probable case of monkeypox in the Buckeye State. Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said the agency has identified a probable case of monkeypox and is waiting for confirmation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But unlike COVID-19, Vanderhoff said… Read More

Jerry Coleman stands in a parking lot. His shirt has the words "Black Lung Kills" on it.

Black lung patients and advocates urge mine safety officials to update silica dust standards

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Ohio Valley ReSource · Black lung patients, advocates urge mine safety officials to update silica dust standards CABIN CREEK, W.Va. (OVR) — Jerry Coleman mined West Virginia coal underground for 37 years. When he was in his early fifties, he found himself gradually struggling to keep up with other men his age, and went to… Read More

The White House's COVID-19 response coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jha, speaks on June 2 about COVID-19 vaccinations for children at the White House

White House says COVID vaccination for kids younger than 5 could start in a few weeks


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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The White House laid out the federal government’s plans to make the first COVID-19 vaccines available for very young children. COVID-19 vaccinations for kids younger than 5 could start right after the Juneteenth holiday. In a White House briefing on Thursday, Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House’s COVID-19 response coordinator, said… Read More

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Cancer screenings like colonoscopies are supposed to be free. Hers cost $2,185

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SUNAPEE, New Hampshire (NPR) — Elizabeth Melville and her husband are gradually hiking all 48 mountain peaks that top 4,000 feet in New Hampshire. “I want to do everything I can to stay healthy so that I can be skiing and hiking into my 80s — hopefully even 90s!” said Melville, a 59-year-old part-time ski… Read More

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The number of Americans who say they won’t get a COVID shot hasn’t budged in a year

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — West Hansen pilots his muddy Subaru through the industrial landscape of Southeast Texas where he grew up — past Bible churches, donut shops and the silver industrial towers of the refineries. The longtime social worker says he’s given up trying to explain to his clients how safe the COVID-19 vaccines are…. Read More

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What COVID might look like in the U.S. once we reach the endemic phase

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — If it feels like everyone you know has COVID-19 right now, you’re not alone. In many parts of the U.S., case numbers are going up, and much of that increase is being driven by subvariants of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. And this new wave of cases might be a… Read More

Molnupiravir, an antiviral drug to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 pills scattered about

Drug plan prices touted during Medicare open enrollment can rise within a month

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Something strange happened between the time Linda Griffith signed up for a new Medicare prescription drug plan during last fall’s enrollment period and when she tried to fill her first prescription in January. She picked a Humana drug plan for its low prices, with help from her longtime insurance agent and… Read More

Abortion advocates unfurl a banner and shut down a vote in the Ohio Senate on an abortion bill, September 28, 2021

Ohio State University study calculates travel, cost for procedure if Ohio bans abortion

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — An Ohio State University study examined what the result could be for people seeking an abortion if it were not an option in Ohio. The study comes as lawmakers consider a bill that would make abortion illegal if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. The bill under… Read More

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Brain scans may reveal a lot about mental illness, but not until studies get bigger

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — MRI scans have allowed researchers to peer inside the human brain. And the technology is great at revealing damage from a stroke, or areas that light up when we see a face. But brain scan studies have yet to offer much insight into the underpinnings of traits like intelligence, or mental… Read More

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Drug overdose deaths are at a record high. Here’s what the White House plans to do

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBUR) — In its first detailed plan to slow the rise in drug overdose deaths, the Biden administration is emphasizing harm reduction. That means increasing access to clean needles, fentanyl test strips and naloxone. Clean needles help reduce the spread of disease. Fentanyl test strips enable drug users to check if they are… Read More

Metallurgical coal sits in a pile after being loaded onto a barge at the SunCoke Energy Partners LP Ceredo Terminal in Ceredo, West Virginia

Researchers say they’ve linked silica dust directly to severe black lung disease

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Exposure to a toxic rock dust appears to be “the main driving force” behind a recent epidemic of severe black lung disease among coal miners, according to the findings of a new study. Lawmakers have debated and failed to adequately regulate the dust for decades. The study, which examined the lungs… Read More

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A staffing crisis is causing a monthslong wait for Medicaid, and it could get worse

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SALEM, Mo. (NPR) — Korra Elliott has tried to avoid seeing a doctor while waiting to get on Medicaid. She worries she can’t afford more bills without any insurance coverage. But in early March — five months, she said, after applying and with still no decision about her application — a suspected case of the… Read More

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Southeast Ohio veterans and lawmakers push to keep Chillicothe VA Med Center’s doors open

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WOUB) — Veterans and lawmakers across Southeast Ohio are fighting to keep open the Chillicothe VA Medical Center, which has served veterans in the region for close to 100 years. A recent U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs report recommended closing the center, which oversees outpatient clinics in six rural Southeast Ohio counties —… Read More

A woman receives a booster shot at a pop-up vaccination clinic in Las Vegas on Dec. 21.

The FDA OKs another Pfizer or Moderna COVID booster for people 50 and up

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — U.S. regulators are allowing people 50 and older to get another booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration’s decision aims to offer extra protection to the most vulnerable in case the virus rebounds. The FDA said Tuesday that age group can seek a fourth dose… Read More

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Free COVID tests and treatments no longer free for uninsured, as funding runs out

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The first real-world consequences of dwindling federal COVID-19 funds have started to be felt in recent days. Coronavirus tests for uninsured patients are no longer free in some places. That’s because the program that reimbursed clinics and hospitals for the testing, as well as for treating uninsured patients with COVID-19, stopped… Read More

A woman receives a booster shot at a pop-up vaccination clinic in Las Vegas on Dec. 21.

Evidence grows that vaccines lower the risk of getting long COVID

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The chance of even a mild case of COVID-19 turning into a long-term, debilitating medical condition is one of the greatest fears of Americans trying to navigate the pandemic, which is again taking a turn as new data show the BA.2 subvariant is taking hold in the U.S. Unfortunately, the only… Read More

Dr. Paul Nyquist points to spots of possible damage caused by a stroke brain scan.

Stroke rates are increasing among young people. Here’s what you need to know

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Over the weekend, the model Hailey Bieber told her Instagram followers that she experienced stroke-like symptoms while at breakfast with her husband Thursday morning. Doctors found a small clot in her brain, she said, which caused “a small lack of oxygen.” Bieber said on Instagram that her body passed the clot… Read More

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Americans are stuck in unhealthy pandemic habits. Here’s how to reboot

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The early days of lockdown restrictions had a profound effect on people’s daily lives. Alcohol sales skyrocketed, physical activity dropped off sharply, and “comfort eating” led to weight gain, too. So, what’s happened since March of 2020? After two years of pandemic life, many of these effects persist. The strategies we… Read More

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As the Supreme Court deliberates abortion rights, access is already limited in the Ohio Valley

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Ohio Valley ReSource · Reproductive Health in the Ohio Valley 02/18/22 KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (OVR) – On a cold Wednesday morning in February, cars arrive at an abortion provider in Knoxville, Tennessee. The women inside their cars are met with a line of people, mostly men, on either side of the parking lot entrance. “Don’t turn… Read More

Louis, age 7, gets his COVID vaccine shot at Cincinnati Children's.

There are hopeful signs Ohio might be moving toward an endemic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Dept of Health said there’s evidence Omicron is quickly moving through Ohio. In fact, Cuyahoga County now has the lowest case levels. But doctors say they are seeing signs that give them hope the worst might be over. Ohio Dept of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said… Read More

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks while meeting with Vice president Kamala Harris, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), and ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in the Oval Office

Here’s how the Biden administration says it will halve cancer rates by 2047

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that he is reigniting “Cancer Moonshot,” the project he spearheaded as vice president during the Obama administration. The initiative aims to dramatically reduce the national death rate from cancer, as well as improve the experience of survivors and family members of those living with the… Read More

A health worker grabs at-home COVID-19 test kits

Why rapid COVID tests aren’t more accurate and how scientists hope to improve them

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — How much should you trust the results of a rapid antigen test? That’s a question many people are asking these days amid recent research and anecdotes suggesting these tests may be less sensitive to omicron. Researchers are working fast to figure out what’s going on and how to improve… Read More

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How to get insurance to pay for at-home COVID tests, according to the White House

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Biden administration announced Monday new details on how Americans can get free COVID-19 tests — or get reimbursements from their private insurance. This follows up on an announcement that the White House made last month. Under the new policy announced by the White House, individuals covered by a health insurance… Read More