Colorado hospitals reactivate transfer center as delta variant drives hospitalizations

The Colorado Hospital Association reactivated the state’s Combined Hospital Transfer Center on Friday, saying that some facilities in the state are concerned about bed and staffing capacity as the delta variant has fueled a “significant increase” in COVID-19 patients. The center, which was deactivated in February, will help hospitals if they are full and need to transfer patients to other […]

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The Biden administration is being criticized for falling short on its pledge to provide vaccines to the world.

President Biden, who has pledged to fight the coronavirus pandemic by making the United States the “arsenal of vaccines” for the world, is under increasing criticism from public health experts, global health advocates and even Democrats in Congress who say he is nowhere near fulfilling his promise. Mr. Biden has either donated or pledged about 600 million vaccine doses to […]

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Heart Problem More Common After Covid-19 Than After Vaccination, Study Finds

The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is associated with an increased risk of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, a large new study from Israel confirms. But the side effect remains rare, and Covid-19 is more likely to cause myocarditis than the vaccine is, scientists reported on Wednesday. The research, which is based on the electronic health records of about two […]

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Aurora Public Schools staff will be required to get COVID-19 vaccine

All Aurora Public School employees will be required to get a COVID-19 vaccination now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer one this week, district officials said Monday. Superintendent Rico Munn wrote earlier this month that the approval would be the tipping point for requiring vaccinations for the entire district’s staff. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s […]

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Overweight Adults Should Be Screened for Diabetes at 35, Experts Say

Overweight adults should be screened for Type 2 diabetes and abnormally high blood sugar levels starting at age 35, five years earlier than currently advised, an expert task force recommended on Tuesday. The new recommendation, which does not apply to pregnant women, comes amid cresting rates of obesity and diabetes in the United States. It means that more than 40 […]

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What does full approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine mean? – The Denver Post

What does full approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine mean? It means Pfizer’s shot for people 16 and older has now undergone the same rigorous testing and regulatory review as dozens of other long-established vaccines. COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. were initially rolled out under the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization, which allows the agency to speed the availability […]

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Caught in the Crossfire Over Covid’s Origins

In the early days of the pandemic, scientists reported a reassuring trait in the new coronavirus: It appeared to be very stable. The virus was not mutating very rapidly, making it an easier target for treatments and vaccines. At the time, the slow mutation rate struck one young scientist as odd. “That really made my ears perk up,” said Alina […]

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For Some College Students, Remote Learning Is a Game Changer

When Daniel Goldberg took his final exams last December, he was attired in little more than a baby-blue hospital gown with an intravenous line snaking out of his arm. Over the past year, Mr. Goldberg, a 24-year-old law student at Arizona State University, has toggled between attending classes and consulting with his doctors — sometimes from his hospital bed. Before […]

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The U.S. Is Getting a Crash Course in Scientific Uncertainty

When the coronavirus surfaced last year, no one was prepared for it to invade every aspect of daily life for so long, so insidiously. The pandemic has forced Americans to wrestle with life-or-death choices every day of the past 18 months — and there’s no end in sight. Scientific understanding of the virus changes by the hour, it seems. The […]

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Blue blood of horseshoe crabs helps ensure injectable medications are safe

CHARLESTON, S.C. — It’s one of the stranger, lesser-known aspects of U.S. health care — the striking, milky-blue blood of horseshoe crabs is a critical component of tests to ensure injectable medications such as coronavirus vaccines aren’t contaminated. To obtain it, harvesters bring many thousands of the creatures to laboratories to be bled each year, and then return them to […]

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