Month: August 2021

ATLANTA (AP) ’ COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations are on the cusp of surpassing January peaks in Georgia as hospitals worried Monday that the delta variant of the respiratory illness threatens to suck some Georgia hospitals dry of medical oxygen, a key treatment for people struggling to breathe. Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order calling
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Elizabeth Holmes was poised to become the next college-dropout-turned-tech-billionaire. But there was only one problem: Her technology didn’t work. Holmes, the founder of the blood-testing company Theranos, will now finally stand trial for allegedly defrauding doctors, patients, and investors. She and her business partner and ex-boyfriend, Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, were indicted by a federal grand
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WASHINGTON (AP) ’ The Biden administration on Monday launched a new health office that will prod hospitals to cut carbon emissions, aiming to provide greener, more environmentally friendly medical care. Depending on how much money is at stake, that’s likely to meet with industry resistance. HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said the new Office of Climate Change
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U.S. intelligence agencies remain divided on the origins of the coronavirus but believe China’s leaders did not know about the virus before the start of the global pandemic, according to results released Friday of a review ordered by President Joe Biden. According to an unclassified summary, four members of the U.S. intelligence community say with
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Priority Health will offer $0 cost share coverage for members’ third COVID-19 vaccine doses, the insurer announced. That’s despite the Biden administration saying booster shots will be available for free in the fall. Pending federal approval, U.S. health officials plan to roll out Moderna and Pfizer vaccination boosters beginning the week of Sept. 20. While
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Healthcare providers are ramping up plans to administer COVID-19 vaccine boosters and seasonal flu vaccines at the same time. Luckily, they already developed the infrastructure. The initial COVID-19 vaccine rollout created an infrastructure for mass vaccinations. Recent federal guidance eliminated the need for a 14-day waiting period between COVID vaccinations and other shots. That means
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As healthcare providers offer bonuses and other perks to attract new employees amid a growing workforce shortage, staff unions say that’s not enough as their members face personal protective equipment shortages and unsafe staffing ratios. National Nurses United, a union representing more than 175,000 members nationwide, on Thursday said the country isn’t facing a workforce
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There are several autoimmune diseases that affect the thyroid gland, the most common being Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Graves’ disease results in hyperthyroidism, an overactive thyroid gland. Though slaughterhouses are supposed to remove thyroid glands, should some neck meat slip in, you can suffer a similar syndrome, called hamburger thyrotoxicosis. But that’s not from
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US President Joe Biden meets with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 27, 2021. Nicholas Kamm | AFP | Getty Images President Joe Biden said U.S. regulators are looking at administering Covid-19 booster shots five months after people finish their primary immunizations, moving
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Children participate in an activity in class at the Xavier Academy on August 23, 2021 in Houston, Texas. In-person classroom sessions are resuming and schools around Houston are requiring mask mandates, keeping in accordance with CDC guidelines. Brandon Bell | Getty Images CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Friday that recently reopened schools that are
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Dive Brief: Outpatient facilities, including family medicine and specialty clinics, were targeted by cybercriminals nearly as often as hospitals in the first half of this year, according to a report from cybersecurity firm Critical Insight using HHS data. Among healthcare facilities overall, breaches are occurring nearly twice as often since 2019, and breaches attributed to
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Two state government websites in Georgia recently stopped posting updates on COVID-19 cases in prisons and long-term care facilities, just as the dangerous delta variant was taking hold. Data has been disappearing recently in other states as well. Florida, for example, now reports COVID cases, deaths and hospitalizations once a week, instead of daily, as
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More hospitals are experimenting with outcome guarantees to attract cost-conscious employers. Geisinger has incrementally expanded its 90-day warranty on knee and hip replacements to two-year or lifetime guarantees on knee, hip and shoulder surgeries that cover avoidable complications. Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle and Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine, California, have surgical warranties for privately
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You’re reading the web edition of STAT Health Tech, our guide to how tech is transforming the life sciences. Sign up to get this newsletter delivered in your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday.  Merger time in mental health With all the money pouring into companies aiming to use tech to address mental health, observers have been whispering for months that some
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SINGAPORE ’ It is important to know the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic ’ but that’s not possible without “radical and complete transparency,” said Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan. “Let me speak as a scientist, or as a doctor: What we need is radical and complete transparency. Without everyone sharing the data and being able
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CMS will not immediately remove nursing homes from Medicaid and Medicare if they do not adhere to the employee staff vaccination requirement announced last week, administrators said during a call with industry stakeholders on Wednesday. Instead, CMS will take a stepwise approach to enforcing the mandate. Nursing homes will first be notified they are not
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