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Study Shows Late-Stage Colon Cancer Found In More Younger Adults

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The University of Colorado School of Medicine study found more younger adults with colon cancer, including cases in 20- to 29-year-olds. In other news, the U.S. blood shortage continues, and a study found a link between vitamin D and fish oil supplements and preventing autoimmune disease.

Winter Olympics Poised To Begin, In Shadow Of Covid And Strict Rules

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On Wednesday, U.S. bobsled team member Josh Williamson tested positive for covid, meaning he can’t travel to the Games, and in China itself, authorities are fighting to prevent flare-ups of the virus caused by omicron, including previous lockdowns of whole cities.

Pre-Surgery Immunotherapy Linked To Better Liver Cancer Outcomes

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A third of patients enrolled in a study who received immunotherapy treatment before surgical interventions had their liver tumors die off. Separately, reports say two new, little-known drugs are adding to the overdose crisis. AbbVie is also in the news over a Humira trade secrets investigation.

Chiefs Fans Raise Over $300K For Buffalo Children’s Hospital

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Many of the donations were for $13 – the same amount of seconds it took the Chiefs to tie the game against the Buffalo Bills, CBS reported. In Massachusetts, Mass General Brigham defended a $2.3 billion expansion plan after criticism from regulators over excessive spending.

Covid Rules Eased In San Francisco; Boston Vax Mandate Paused By Judge

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San Francisco is easing its mandate for masking in gyms and offices, if people are vaccinated, and will relax vaccine proof requirements for indoor sports arenas, restaurants and bars. Meanwhile in Boston, a judge ruled some unionized city workers won’t have to get vaccinated under a mandate. Media outlets cover other moves toward and away from mandates across the country.

White House Considering New Slimmed-Down Covid Paid Leave Plan

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The Build Back Better plan included 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave for all workers, and reports suggest the White House may again be considering a scaled-down version. Stateline and Modern Healthcare report on time off and raises for incentivizing frontline workers.

Universal Covid Shot Underway, But It May ‘Take Years,’ Says Fauci

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Media outlets cover developments in covid vaccines, including research into a “pan-coronavirus” shot that can tackle multiple variants of the virus. Moderna, meanwhile, warns that omicron will be a persistent problem this year and that its targeted vaccine won’t be ready before summer.

Mast Cells, Clues From ‘Chemo Brain’ May Help Unmask Long Covid

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Reports in Stat and St. Louis Public Radio show how researchers are trying to uncover the secrets behind what causes long covid, with its lingering post-infection effects. Another study shows pulse oximeter readings are an unreliable tool for measuring covid’s severity across ethnic groups.

Biden At-Home Test Program Accused Of Impacting Supply Chain

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Pharmacists and state officials are reportedly critical of the Biden administration’s billion-test plan for impacting the existing network for supply and distribution of covid tests. A poll in The Hill said over 60% of U.S. adults who’ve tried to get an at-home test have had difficulty.

Omicron Might Have Peaked, But The Pandemic’s Not Over — Nor Is Delta

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News outlets remind us that 1) delta covid, more severe if less infectious than omicron, is still a persistent threat; 2) the omicron surge may be fading in places, but the pandemic isn’t done amid still-spotty immunity; and 3) omicron isn’t “over,” and the effects of covid on health and care will linger through 2022.

Moderna Begins Trial Of HIV Vaccine

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The vaccine is based on the same mRNA technology used to create its covid vaccine. On Thursday, it administered the first doses to volunteers at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, news outlets reported.

With So Much At Stake On High Court, Time Is Of The Essence For A Nominee

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The White House has signaled that it intends to move quickly on naming a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. President Biden has said he intends to choose by the end of February, Politico reported, but his history of missing deadlines has caused concern among Democrats.

Obamacare Sign-Ups Hit Record

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Since the start of November, 14.5 million Americans have signed up for health insurance using Affordable Care Act exchanges, the Biden administration says.