Step Up asthma program expands beyond Denver-area schools

When Pauline Cruz’s son and daughter started school, they were missing class on a regular basis because their asthma symptoms put them in the emergency room. Though their symptoms still sometimes flare up, both are doing better since they joined the Step Up program at Swansea Elementary School in Denver. The school nurse would go over techniques for inhaling their medication […]

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Colorado state epidemiologist defends use of student quarantines as school leaders call for their end – The Denver Post

The state’s lead epidemiologist defended the use of quarantines for Colorado students potentially exposed to the coronavirus, saying during a news briefing Thursday that the tactic helps slow transmission of the virus. While Dr. Rachel Herlihy acknowledged the quarantines can be disruptive, she said there needs to be a “balanced” approach to the pandemic. “Unfortunately, we are also at a […]

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Mask On or Off? Life Gets Back to Normal, and We’re Rusty.

After the C.D.C. issued new guidelines, people are figuring out how to proceed. Some want to keep their face coverings on: “It saves me having to put on sunscreen.” By Matt Richtel Mark Rasch hopped on his bike Tuesday in Bethesda, Md., pedaled off for an afternoon ride, and realized he forgot his mask. As he turned back for it, […]

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J.&.J. Vaccine Will Be Available Again Soon

U.S. experts weigh the risks for younger women and cases of a rare blood-clotting disorder, and lift the pause in giving the one-shot vaccine. By Denise Grady, Julie Bosman and Noah Weiland Use of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine will resume within days, but with a warning added to its label about the risk for a rare blood-clotting disorder […]

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They Have Alzheimer’s. This Clinical Trial May Be a Last Hope.

Despite the urgent need for treatments to slow or stop Alzheimer’s disease, finding patients for clinical trials has been difficult and frustrating. Patients are often older. Their doctors may not be part of a research network. And many with dementia never get a diagnosis — their doctors do not tell them what is wrong or they avoid finding out that […]

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Vaccines Won’t Protect Millions of Patients With Weakened Immune Systems

Many cannot produce enough infection-fighting cells to fend off the coronavirus. But researchers are testing one therapy that may help: monoclonal antibodies. By Apoorva Mandavilli For more than a year, Dr. Andrew Wollowitz has mostly been cloistered inside his home in Mamaroneck, N.Y. As chief of emergency medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, Dr. Wollowitz, 63, was eager […]

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Denver eases mask mandate with COVID-19 restrictions to follow

Denver no longer will require masks to be worn in outdoor settings as it prepares to loosen COVID-19 restrictions on Friday. However, the county mask mandate will still require face coverings to be worn in indoor settings and when people are using public transportation. The changes to the mask order, which go into effect immediately, come as Denver officials will […]

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Overdose Deaths Have Surged During the Pandemic, C.D.C. Data Shows

The latest numbers surpass even the yearly tolls during the height of the opioid epidemic and mark a reversal of progress against addiction in recent years. By Abby Goodnough WASHINGTON — More than 87,000 Americans died of drug overdoses over the 12-month period that ended in September, according to preliminary federal data, eclipsing the toll from any year since the […]

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