Pandemic-era asylum limits in hands of federal judge | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KEVIN McGILL – Associated Press LAFAYETTE, Louisiana (AP) — An attorney arguing for 24 states urged a federal judge Friday to block Biden administration plans to lift pandemic-related restrictions on migrants requesting asylum, saying the decision was made without sufficient consideration on the effects the move could have on public health and law enforcement. … Read more

This Year’s Weird Flu Season Just Got Even Weird

Photo: Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer (PA) Even as covid-19 continues to dominate the public health spotlightour old friend the flu is showing up with some new surprises. This year’s flu season is not following the usual bell curve pattern, as an NBC graphics illustrations, where cases peak around January and February and then fall toward … Read more

This Year’s Weird Flu Season Just Got Even Weird

Photo: Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer (PA) Even as covid-19 continues to dominate the public health spotlightour old friend the flu is showing up with some new surprises. This year’s flu season is not following the usual bell curve pattern, as an NBC graphics illustrations, where cases peak around January and February and then fall toward … Read more

Havana hotel death toll at 30 as dogs search for survivors | Health, Medicine & Fitness

By ANDREA RODRÍGUEZ – Associated Press HAVANA (AP) — Search crews with dogs on Sunday hunted through the ruins of a luxury hotel in Cuba’s capital for survivors of a devastating explosion while officials raised the number of known dead to 30. The Hotel Saratoga, a five-star 96-room hotel in Old Havana, was preparing to … Read more

CDC investigating severe hepatitis in children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Tami Chappell | Reuters The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating 109 cases of severe hepatitis, including five deaths, the public health agency said on Friday. More than 90% of the children were hospitalized and 14% required liver transplants, according to … Read more

New York City could bring back mask mandate, vaccine checks

Children are seen walking to school, on the first day of lifting the indoor mask mandate for DOE schools between K through 12, in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, US March 7, 2022. Brendan McDermid | Reuters New York City could bring back mask mandates and proof of vaccination status to go to restaurants, … Read more

Medical professionals are skeptical about a fourth Covid vaccine dose

There hasn’t been enough research on how much protection a fourth dose can offer, medical professionals told CNBC. Justin Sullivan | Getty Images Countries are beginning to offer a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to vulnerable groups, but medical professionals are undecided on whether it would benefit the wider population. The US Food and … Read more

Medical professionals are skeptical about a fourth Covid vaccine dose

There hasn’t been enough research on how much protection a fourth dose can offer, medical professionals told CNBC. Justin Sullivan | Getty Images Countries are beginning to offer a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to vulnerable groups, but medical professionals are undecided on whether it would benefit the wider population. The US Food and … Read more

CDC says adenovirus may have caused Alabama outbreak of severe hepatitis in children

Adenovirus structure, computer illustration showing the surface structure of the virus’ outer protein coat (capsid). Kateryna Kon | Science Photo Library | Science Photo Library | Getty Images US health officials said adenovirus may have caused an outbreak of severe hepatitis that afflicted nine children in Alabama in February. All nine kids with severe acute … Read more

Hepatitis outbreak in kids may be linked to adenovirus, WHO says

An outbreak of severe hepatitis in healthy children that has caused liver failure in some kids might be linked to adenovirus infection, and not hepatitis as originally suspected, though further investigation is needed, World Health Organization officials said on Thursday. Eleven countries, including the US, have reported at least 169 cases of severe acute hepatitis … Read more