Many states move to ban vaccine mandates, passports in public schools

(HealthDay)—As schools around America begin to prepare for reopening this fall, many states are taking steps to stop public schools from requiring COVID-19 vaccination or proof of vaccination. At least seven states—Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Montana, Oklahoma and Utah—have already passed such laws, while 34 more have introduced bills that would limit requiring someone to demonstrate their vaccination status, CNN […]

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Ouch! Needle-phobic people scarred by so many images of COVID shots

Each night it’s the same. Story after story on the TV news is about the COVID vaccination effort, and they are all illustrated with footage of needles sinking into exposed upper arms. Could those visuals, ostensibly making this all seem routine, backfire? More than causing squeamish people to look away or change the channel, researchers say such illustrations could hamper […]

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Ouch! Needle-Phobic People Scarred by So Many Images of Covid Shots

Each night it’s the same. Story after story on the TV news is about the covid vaccination effort, and they are all illustrated with footage of needles sinking into exposed upper arms. Could those visuals, ostensibly making this all seem routine, backfire? More than causing squeamish people to look away or change the channel, researchers say such illustrations could hamper […]

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Many summer camps don’t require childhood immunizations, study finds

While most children need to show immunization records to attend school, the same may not be true for camps, a new study suggests. Nearly half of summer camps surveyed by researchers didn’t have official policies requiring campers be vaccinated, according to findings led by Michigan Medicine C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in JAMA Pediatrics. Of 378 camps represented, just 174 reportedly […]

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US gun violence: Too many people have died in 2020 – and COVID played a larger part than you think

Recent reports here and elsewhere in the media have focused on gun violence in the US, reporting a dramatic rise in mass shootings in 2020—despite the pandemic—which by November had overtaken the total for 2019. The term mass shooting conjures up images of Columbine and Parkland, but the story for 2020 is more complex. How many mass shootings there have […]

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Risk for Fatal Cardiovascular Events High in Many T2DM Patients

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2020 — About half of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) have a very high risk for fatal cardiovascular (CV) events, according to a research letter published online Nov. 13 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. Ana M. Cebrián-Cuenca, M.D., Ph.D., from the Servicio Murciano de Salud in Cartagena, Spain, and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional […]

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Many Male Breast Cancers Diagnosed Late, and Delays Can Be Lethal

THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2020 — Breast cancer in men is rare. But because it’s not often suspected in men, diagnosis often comes only after a tumor has begun to spread throughout the body, new research shows. “Approximately one-half of males with breast cancer received a diagnosis after it had already spread,” either to nearby or distant tissues, said a team […]

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Many U.S. counties lack infectious disease specialists

(HealthDay)—The distribution of infectious disease (ID) physicians in the United States is geographically skewed, with 90 percent of U.S. counties having below-average ID physician density or no ID physicians at all, according to a research letter published online June 3 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and colleagues examined the […]

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