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Heart Inflammation And COVID Linked

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A Penn State University doctor notes a high incidence of myocarditis among athletes who suffered with COVID-19, though it is not as high as the 30% that he initially stated.

Trump Administration’s Abortion ‘Gag Rule’ Blocked In Maryland By Appeals Court

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The rule bans doctors and other medical providers who receive government funding from referring patients for abortion services. In this latest ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit permanently blocked the measure in Maryland. The cases is expected to make its way to the Supreme Court.

‘Very, Very Low Chance’: Top Vaccine Adviser Downplays Chance Of Early Approval

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Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the chief scientific adviser for the White House’s “Operation Warp Speed” vaccine program, spoke to NPR about the possibility that a COVID-19 vaccine could be granted Emergency Use Authorization before final clinical trials wrap up: “I think it’s extremely unlikely but not impossible.”

Tyson Foods Will Open Health Clinics For Employees Near Some Meat Plants

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The Springdale, Arkansas-based company processes about 20% of all beef, pork and chicken in the United States. Earlier this year, the families of three Tyson workers in Iowa who died from the coronavirus sued the company, saying it knowingly put employees at risk. Other coronavirus public health news is on flu season, sleep disruptions and more.

Families Question Why Hospitals Told Black COVID Patients To Go Home

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A ProPublica investigation in Louisiana found what it called “a striking pattern: Before they died, about two dozen patients first sought care at a hospital, which then discharged them, in many cases sending them home to die with hospice care. All were Black. The vast majority came from Ochsner Health, the largest hospital network in Louisiana.”

Mental Health Study: Depression Rates Soar During Pandemic

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Half of U.S. adults surveyed by Boston and Brown universities reported at least some signs of depression, such as hopelessness, feeling like a failure or getting little pleasure from doing things.

More Sickened From Onions In Salmonella Outbreak

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According to the ongoing investigation, red onions are the “likely source of this outbreak.” Public health news is also on updated 911 procedures, a pharmacist charged with diluting drugs, fat-shaming, West Nile, and eye strain.

How Back-To-School Is Going

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In most places, not well, mostly because of the fears of teachers and other staff that they could catch the coronavirus. Also, students in Wuhan, China return to class.

Biden Lays Blame On Trump For School Reopening Turmoil

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The chaos hitting many of the nation’s school districts is due to a lack of federal leadership surrounding the pandemic, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said during his latest campaign event. If president, Biden pledged to get schools the equipment needed to open safely.

Pelosi Ignores COVID Strictures, Claims ‘Set-Up’

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ignored California’s coronavirus restrictions, got caught on camera and now claims she was set up by the hair salon owner. Predictably, her adversaries relish the moment. And Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) falsely claims pandemic statistics are inflated.

Administration Moves Affect Health Care

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A number of Trump administration policy changes are examined. Could President Donald Trump make a breakout health care policy move in the final months of the campaign? Stat suggests a way he could lower drug prices.

Strife At FDA: Second Trump Appointee Ousted Amid Squabble With HHS

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John “Wolf” Wagner is out as the head of FDA’s office of external affairs. Politico reports that two high-level staffing changes and a public relations consultant’s termination at HHS are part of a “tit for tat” battle between FDA chief Steven Hahn and HHS Secretary Alex Azar related to the botched convalescent plasma announcement. Meanwhile, KHN reports on hospitals defying FDA on that issue.

Treating COVID With Steroids Cuts Deaths Of Hospitalized Patients

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The World Health Organization calls for corticosteroids — which are inexpensive and easily accessible — to become the new standard for coronavirus care based on the evidence of its lifesaving benefit in a series of clinical trials.