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The NIH director on why Americans aren’t getting healthier, despite medical advances

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — It’s Dr. Francis Collins’ last few weeks as director of the National Institutes of Health after 12 years, serving under three presidents. Collins made his name doing the kind of biomedical research NIH is famous for, especially running The Human Genome Project, which fully sequenced the human genetic code. The focus… Read More

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

New antiviral drugs are coming for COVID. Here’s what you need to know

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — An FDA advisory committee is meeting Tuesday to consider whether to recommend a new antiviral pill for the COVID-19 treatment toolkit. Take-at-home pills could be a game changer for keeping COVID-19 in check, and helping people recover from early stages of the disease. “With omicron [variant] breathing down our necks, we… Read More

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Elective Surgeries May Resume, Finances At Rural Hospitals Still Threatened By COVID-19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — On Wednesday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signaled that restrictions on elective medical procedures may ease soon. Still, it may take time for hospitals to catch up financially.  Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, ordered all hospitals to postpone elective surgeries and medical procedures in March. This measure was… Read More

Navigating Medical Catastrophe

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“Navigating the Healthcare System During a Catastrophic Illness” is a four-part Conversations from Studio B program about Doug Mann and his journey through the complex healthcare system while suffering from a debilitating illness. Hosted by Jackie Wolf, Professor of Social Medicine in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University, she invites Doug to… Read More