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FRANKFURT, Ky. (OVR) — More than 2.5 million people in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the Moderna or Pfzier COVID-19 vaccines. Little by little, states have received more vaccine doses, but the national supply remains low. However, more promise is on the horizon as the U.S…. Read More
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WCPN) — The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) wants to combat misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine by hosting town halls targeting specific, underserved communities and their questions over the next two weeks. “It is important to share reliable, factual information about COVID-19 vaccines with all Ohioans,” said ODH Director Stephanie McCloud in an… Read More
The group that suffered the largest drop in life expectancy was Black males — a decline of 3 years. Hispanic males also saw a large decrease, with a decline of 2.4 years.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The opioids crisis that has taken hundreds of thousands of American lives has received less attention in the pandemic, but drug overdoses and deaths have grown during the last year. Now, one of the world’s most powerful corporate consulting firms has agreed to a major settlement for its role in the sale… Read More
FRANKFURT, Ky. (OVR) — When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released drug overdose death data last December, it warned about the impacts the ongoing pandemic has had on the addiction crisis. “The disruption to daily life due to the COVID-19 pandemic has hit those with substance use disorder hard,” CDC Director Dr. Robert… Read More
LEXINGTON, Ky. (OVR) — Since 2012, the 2nd Chance Center for Addiction Treatment has served people in Lexington, Kentucky. The office sits on a busy street on the city’s north side. Similar to the heavy traffic that passes by, clients seeking treatment for substance and opioid use disorders steadily stream in and out of the… Read More
LEXINGTON, Ky. (OVR) — Terrance D. is the father of two daughters and lives in Lexington. He’s a carpenter and owns a small construction company. More than 15 years ago, Terrance walked into his first Narcotics Anonymous meeting at age 27. He spoke to the Ohio Valley ReSource about addiction, sobriety and how the COVID-19 pandemic… Read More
FRANKFORT, Ky. (OVR) — Terrance D. has been sober for more than 15 years and Narcotics Anonymous has been a big part of his recovery. He uses a pseudonym when speaking publicly about addiction and his work with NA. Terrance said the bonds the group has formed are very important, and they were forged through… Read More
President Biden’s executive order would open a special enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act from Feb. 15 to May 15.
ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — In the race to defeat COVID-19, much of the focus has been on vaccines that stimulate the body’s immune system to prepare for an attack. But a research team at Ohio University is focused on another approach: Shut down the genetic machinery that allows the virus to replicate. The team is… Read More
As drug overdose deaths rise during the pandemic, a former White House economist says social isolation could be partly to blame.
UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say shots were fired over the weekend into a home owned by an Ohio health department official, but no one was injured. Police in Upper Arlington, a city on the northwest side of the Columbus metropolitan area, said the shots were reported at about 8 p.m. Saturday. Police said… Read More
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Side Effects) — As soon as COVID-19 hit, there was a massive jump in telemedicine visits. A Centers for Disease Control study found that in March 2020 there was a 154% increase compared to the previous year. Now it’s clear the coronavirus has dramatically changed the way Americans get medical care. But some of these… Read More
(Ohio Valley ReSource)– He asked her if she was cold. A wind whips around the park in western Kentucky a couple days before Christmas. He puts his arm around her as they move closer together on the bench. Blake Livesay, 27, met Laura Brooke, 31, online earlier in 2020, and they’ve been inseparable since. She… Read More
Health policy researchers say Trump may not be able to pay for the cards, which fall short of lasting policy changes to curb high drug prices.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is rolling out updated guidelines for businesses and organizations to operate in the colder months to come and medical experts are sharing advise on how people can prepare for indoor visits that can still mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Dr. Mark Weir is director of… Read More
The federal loans were meant to help hospitals survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet they’re coming due now — at a time when many rural hospitals are still desperate for help.
Several COVID-19 vaccine candidates are being tested now. But why does it take 30,000 volunteers to know if one is safe and effective? And what does it mean to say a vaccine candidate is working?
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Many of Ohio’s doctors are already using telehealth to connect to their patients, especially during this pandemic. Now, Planned Parenthood says it is going to do the same thing for some of its services. Laurel Powell with Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio says the group will be using telehealth… Read More
A low-cost anti-inflammatory drug appears to reduce the risk of death in patients with COVID-19. The promising result comes from a large study of therapies being conducted in the U.K.
Trump has reversed Obama-era protections that prohibit discrimination in health care based on gender identity. Critics warn the rule could harm a vulnerable group — LGBTQ people — during a pandemic.
A young woman in her 20s was healthy before the coronavirus struck her. After two months on a ventilator and ECMO device, her transplanted lungs are now working.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — More than 50 people were signed up to speak out at the first hearing in the Ohio Senate for a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. They were some of the more than 130 people and groups who provided written testimony in support of the proposal backed by eight Senate… Read More
There are various studies looking at changes to the virus genome — and the possible impact on how the virus affects humans. Here’s what we know (and don’t yet know) about mutations.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Non-essential businesses that were closed during the past month due to COVID-19 are now starting to reopen. But some worry that’s happening too quickly without proper safeguards. A group of doctors joined Ohio Democratic Party leader David Pepper to say they are concerned about reopening businesses without enough testing and safety… Read More