Cases in Florida, a national COVID bellwether, are rising – The Denver Post

By Apoorva Mandavilli, The New York Times Scientists view Florida — the state furthest along in lifting restrictions, reopening society and welcoming tourists — as a bellwether for the nation. If recent trends there are any indication, the rest of the country may be in trouble. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Florida has been steadily rising, though hospitalizations […]

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First-ever national survey shows the extent of South Africa’s tuberculosis problem

South Africa’s long-awaited tuberculosis (TB) prevalence survey results were recently released. This is the first national prevalence survey of its kind for TB in South Africa. TB prevalence surveys are difficult and expensive to do, and so are not carried out routinely, but have been done in many high burden countries following a World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendation in 2007. […]

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Will the US ever have a national COVID-19 testing strategy?

As the coronavirus epidemic worsens, U.S. health experts hope Joe Biden’s administration will put in place something Donald Trump’s has not—a comprehensive national testing strategy. Such a strategy, they say, could systematically check more people for infections and spot surges before they take off. The health experts say it would be an improvement from the current practice, which has professional […]

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Difficult to implement national coronavirus restrictions in Malawi

Households need financial support if COVID-19 restrictions are to be successful in Malawi. Furthermore, the authorities issuing the restrictions have an additional bearing on their enforceability. These are findings from a new study examining the relationship between authorities and civil compliance in one of the world’s poorest countries. In April 2020, then-President Peter Mutharika and his government announced plans to […]

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Poland turning National Stadium into COVID-19 field hospital

Poland’s government is transforming the National Stadium in Warsaw into a field hospital to handle the surging number of people infected with the coronavirus. Government spokesman Piotr Müller said Monday that the stadium will have room for 500 patients and will be equipped with oxygen therapy for those who need it. “We can see that the number of cases is […]

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Karen Pence on National Suicide Prevention Week: 'We want to reduce the stigma'

Second Lady Karen Pence on suicide prevention as Americans struggle with coronavirus pandemic Second lady of the United States, Karen Pence, joins Harris Faulkner on ‘Outnumbered Overtime.’ Second lady Karen Pence discussed National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week and the resources available to help those suffering from mental illness amid the coronavirus pandemic on “Outnumbered Overtime” on Thursday. "The thing we want people […]

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100 ventilators from national stockpile distributed to Colorado hospitals

A shipment of 100 ventilators were distributed to Colorado hospitals Thursday, a week after President Donald Trump promised the state’s Republican senator the same amount. The ventilators were initially distributed to 11 hospitals around the state, but may be moved around depending on need, the Colorado State Emergency Operations Center said Friday in a news release. The ventilators were allocated […]

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Machine learning model flags individuals with familial hypercholesterolemia for first time at national level

The FH Foundation, a leading research and advocacy organization, announced today that a machine learning algorithm effectively identified individuals with probable familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) for the first time at a national scale through its FIND FH initiative. FH is a common genetic disorder that carries a 20-times higher risk for life-threatening cardiovascular disease, but today less than 10 percent of […]

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National poll: Half of parents have declined kids’ play date invites

The new school year often leads to playdate invitations, sometimes between families who don’t know each other. But parents don’t always agree to such invites, with nearly half in a new national poll saying they have declined a playdate because they didn’t feel comfortable leaving their child in the other parent’s care. Parents’ top concerns about playdates include children being […]

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Study develops updated national birth weight reference

A new paper provides an updated national birth weight reference for the United States using the most recent, nationally representative birth data. The study, “A 2017 US reference for singleton birth weight percentiles using obstetric estimates of gestation,” led by the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, appears in the June 14 issue of Pediatrics. Fetal growth, typically measured as birth […]

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