Nearly 9,000 more Coloradans died in 2020 than normal as fatalities jumped 23.5% during pandemic

Nearly 9,000 more Coloradans died in 2020 than would be expected in a normal year, according to newly finalized data that offers the fullest picture yet of the severe toll the coronavirus pandemic has taken on human life in the state. Deaths from all causes jumped 23.5% in Colorado last year from the number of fatalities recorded on average during […]

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More states ease lingering virus rules as vaccine rates rise

Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, more U.S. cities and states are shrugging off lingering COVID-19 restrictions as vaccination rates rise and the number of infections falls. Massachusetts lifted a mask requirement Saturday, a day after New Jersey dropped its mandate. In New York City and Chicago, officials reopened public beaches, though winds and cool temperatures kept crowds away. […]

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Doctors More Likely to Prescribe Opioids to Covid ‘Long Haulers,’ Raising Addiction Fears

Covid survivors are at risk from a possible second pandemic, this time of opioid addiction, given the high rate of painkillers being prescribed to these patients, health experts say. A new study in Nature found alarmingly high rates of opioid use among covid survivors with lingering symptoms at Veterans Health Administration facilities. About 10% of covid survivors develop “long covid,” […]

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WHO jab experts want more AZ clot data from outside Europe

The World Health Organization’s vaccine advisors called Thursday for more data on the incidence of blood clots in people who received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine outside Europe. The WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunisation updated their guidance on the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus jab, rewriting the section on precautions in light of data from Europe on clotting. […]

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More belly weight increases danger of heart disease even if BMI does not indicate obesity

People with abdominal obesity and excess fat around the body’s mid-section and organs have an increased risk of heart disease even if their body mass index (BMI) measurement is within a healthy weight range, according to a new Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association published today in the Association’s flagship journal, Circulation. “This scientific statement provides the most recent […]

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Colorado tested more prisoners for COVID-19 than most states — but it’s not clear if that prevented deaths

Colorado was near the top when it came to testing its prison inmates for COVID-19, but it’s not clear that helped reduce deaths behind bars. A study from the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice found that people incarcerated in state prisons were more likely to die of COVID-19 than free people in all but four states: Vermont, New […]

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More than a dozen states to open COVID-19 vaccines to all adults – The Denver Post

More than a dozen states will open vaccine eligibility to all adults this week in a major expansion of COVID-19 shots for tens of millions of Americans amid a worrisome increase in virus cases and concerns about balancing supply and demand for the vaccines. Meanwhile, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that she had […]

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230,000 more deaths than expected between 2010-18, according to new study

A study by the University of Liverpool has found a larger than expected increase in deaths between 2010-2018 and this can be partly associated with the impact of fiscal austerity measures. Published in the Journal of Public Health, researchers estimate that 231,707 more people died between 2010-11 and 2017-18 than was originally anticipated and these deaths were found in areas […]

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More than 800 Coloradans may have contracted COVID-19 twice, but confirmation hard to come by – The Denver Post

As many as 822 people in Colorado have been reinfected by the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19, according to new data provided by the state health department Monday. However, the state’s lab only has been able to confirm five cases of reinfection because of limited test specimens, according to a news release from the Colorado Department of Public […]

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Perceived discrimination makes black females more likely than males to exercise, eat healthy

Black men and women, as well as adolescent boys and girls, may react differently to perceived racial discrimination, with Black women and girls engaging in more exercise and better eating habits than Black men and boys when faced with discrimination, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. “In this study, Black women and girls didn’t just survive in […]

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