More Chinese cities are easing some anti-virus restrictions as police patrol their streets to head off protests. Meanwhile, the ruling Communist Party is preparing for the funeral of late leader Jiang Zemin. Guangzhou in the south and other cities announced they are easing controls on moveme…
Word of anti-lockdown protests in China spread on domestic social media for a short period last weekend, thanks to a rare pause in the cat-and-mouse game that goes on between millions of Chinese internet users and the country’s gargantuan censorship machine. Chinese authorities maintain a ti…
With his death, former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin leaves behind a very different China than the one he tried to shape. Now it’s Xi Jinping’s nation. It’s also a country in the throes of protests against “zero-COVID” lockdowns that saw protesters take to the streets of Beijing and Shanghai an…
A campaign to vaccinate older Chinese has sparked hopes Beijing might roll back severe anti-virus controls that prompted angry protesters to demand President Xi Jinping resign. But the country faces daunting hurdles before “zero COVID” can end. Global stock markets rose after Beijing announc…
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with early Alzheimer disease, lecanemab reduced markers of amyloid and resulted in moderately less decline in cognition and function at 18 months, according to a study published online Nov. 29 in the New England Journal of Medicine to…
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A clinician nudge alone or combined with a patient nudge can increase initiation of statin prescribing during primary care visits, according to a study published online Nov. 30 in JAMA Cardiology.
The U.S. Justice Department has received a federal judge’s approval to carry out its proposal to improve the precarious water system in Mississippi’s capital city. The department filed the proposal Tuesday and U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate approved it later that day in Mississippi. Attor…
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms are common in patients recovering from postacute COVID-19 syndrome (PACS), according to a study published online Oct. 26 in the Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare.
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- From 2000 to 2020, there was an increase in the age-adjusted rates of drug overdose deaths for adults aged 65 years and older, according to a November data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A computerized skills-training program designed to reduce long glances away from the road is beneficial for teenagers with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a study published online Nov. 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers warn that high rates of cervical cancer screening in women over 65 suggest that some older Americans are being unnecessarily screened.
An Oklahoma man is preparing to try to gather over 173,000 signatures and millions of dollars in fundraising to put abortion access up for public vote in a state with one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws. It's part of a growing trend of citizen-led initiatives across the nation. Voters in six states this year rejected measures to restrict abortion access and supported efforts to protect it. Carolyn Ehrlich is a senior political strategist at the American Civil Liberties Union. She says such initiatives can serve as a “roadmap in states where the legislature is a roadblock.”
U.S. officials approved the first pharmaceutical-grade version of the fecal transplant procedures that doctors have increasingly used to treat a potentially life-threatening intestinal infection. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the drug for adult patients at risk for reinfection with the infection commonly referred to as C. diff. The bacterial infection is particularly dangerous when it reoccurs and is linked to about 15,000 to 30.000 deaths a year. For more than a decade, some U.S. doctors have used stool samples from healthy donors to treat the condition. The new therapy from Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc. is manufactured from stool donations by donors who are screened for dozens of conditions.
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (American Heart Association News) -- Winter's coming. The leaves have fallen, temperatures are dropping and there's less daylight to brighten our moods.
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Growing numbers of older Americans are dying from drug overdoses and alcohol abuse.
Indiana’s Republican attorney general has asked the state medical licensing board to discipline an Indianapolis doctor who has spoken publicly about providing an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim who traveled from Ohio after its more-restrictive abortion law took effect. The complaint alleges Dr. Caitlin Bernard violated state law by not reporting the girl’s child abuse to Indiana authorities and violated patient privacy laws by telling a reporter about the girl’s treatment. That account sparked a national political uproar in the weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. Bernard maintains the girl’s abuse had already been reported to Ohio police before the doctor ever saw the child.
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are eating more whole grains than ever before -- but it's still not enough.
Yale University is being accused of discriminating against students with mental health disabilities, including pressuring some to withdraw from the prestigious institution and then placing “unreasonable burdens” on those who seek to be reinstated. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Connecticut on behalf of current and former students seeks no monetary damages. Rather, it demands changes to Yale’s current withdrawal policies, including the required forfeiture of health insurance and tuition payments, among other rules. The plaintiffs contend Yale needs to implement a process for handling students with mental health needs that’s more accommodating for individuals. Yale's president has said the reinstatement policy has been eased.
Yearly flu vaccines protect you and those around you from the influenza virus, which could be deadly. Here's a look at where people get them the most.
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Utilization of new-to-market neurologic medications in the privately insured population remains low, according to a study published online Nov. 30 in Neurology.
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A temporal improvement in COVID-19 standard of care (SOC) has been suggested, which explains improved outcomes from Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trial (ACTT)-2 to ACTT-3, according to a study published online Nov. 29 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A quality improvement (QI) collaborative can improve cancer screening, according to a study published online Nov. 16 in JAMA Network Open.
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A subcutaneously implanted, catheter-pump system capable of chronic convection-enhanced delivery (CED) of topotecan is well tolerated and active for patients with recurrent glioblastoma, according to a study published in the November issue of The Lancet Oncology.
Fed Chair Jerome Powell says the Federal Reserve will push rates higher than previously expected and keep them there longer to fight a stubborn bout of inflation. In a speech to the Brookings Institution on Wednesday, Powell also signaled that the Fed may increase its key interest rate by a smaller increment at its December meeting, only a half-point after four straight three-quarter point hikes. But Powell also stressed that the smaller size shouldn’t be seen as a sign the Fed will let up on its inflation fight anytime soon. Financial markets rallied in response to Powell’s suggestion that rate increases will slow.
North Carolina government is appealing a judge’s order that demands by certain dates many more community services for people with intellectual and development disabilities who otherwise live at institutions. Health and Human Services Secretary Kody Kinsley announced the formal challenge on Wednesday. He says his agency has grave concerns about some directives issued four weeks ago by Judge Allen Baddour. One in particular says new admissions to new admissions for people with such disabilities in state-run development centers, privately intermediate care facilities and certain adult care homes must end by January 2028. Kinsley says the decision could shutter small facilities and leave clients without accommodations.
City Council members in Portland, Oregon, have voted to allocate $27 million of the city's budget to build designated camping areas for homeless people. The money will help fund a measure passed earlier this month that banned street camping and approved the creation of six designated campsites. The $27 million approved Wednesday will help launch the first three sites. The city aims to move homeless people from the hundreds of encampments scattered across the city to the sanctioned camping areas over the next 18 months. The plans have sparked fierce debate. Supporters say it would make streets safer and connect people with resources, while opponents say it would criminalize homelessness.
The lead contractors in charge of building a suicide prevention net on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge say it will cost more than double its original price because of deterioration on the bridge that was concealed and other problems. The allegations filed in state court Monday by Shimmick Construction Co. and Danny’s Construction Co. say that changes to and flaws in the government's net design and the lack of transparency about the deterioration of maintenance platforms have raised the construction price to about $400 million, from its original price tag of $142 million. The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District blames the delays on the contractor.
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Children exposed to the Zika virus may need more support as they start school, even if they were not diagnosed with Zika-related birth defects and congenital Zika syndrome (CZS), a new study suggests.
Nineteen people including 17 New York City and New York state public employees have been charged in a federal complaint with submitting fraudulent applications for funds intended to help small businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic. Prosecutors say the accused listed themselves as owners of businesses that in some cases did not exist in their applications for funds through the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and Paycheck Protection Program. The defendants were charged Wednesday with wire fraud, and nine were also charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. One defendant was charged with aggravated identity theft. Information on their attorneys wasn’t immediately available.