• Infertility is a challenge for 1 in 6: WHO

    Roughly 17.5 percent of adults worldwide experience infertility issues, a new report from the World Health Organization has found.
  • Influenza B cases tick up: 3 notes

    Overall, flu activity in the U.S. remains low and is down significantly from the late fall peak. However, the percentage of specimens testing positive for influenza B has risen in recent weeks. 
  • Researchers question NIH's long COVID study with exercise trials

    Researchers and international organizations are probing for more information on long COVID studies run by the National Institutes of Health because of exercise measurements, Nature reported March 31. 
  • Fentanyl and 'Tranq' mixtures are a 'deadly' combination on the rise

    Widespread mixtures of fentanyl and xylazine are causing concern for health officials in South Dakota — particularly because the combination cannot be aided by naloxone, according to an April 4 news release from the state's department of health.
  • US plans $300M database for Alzheimer's research

    The federal government plans to build a massive Alzheimer's research database capable of tracking the long-term health of up to 90 percent of the population, according to an exclusive April 3 report from Reuters. 
  • Nevada and California lead nation in number of C. auris cases

    Candida auris infections are increasingly on the rise across the U.S. — something the CDC has cited as "an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat." Now, the fungus has induced infections across dozens of states.
  • FDA to clear another booster for high-risk groups, officials say

    The FDA is planning to make another COVID-19 booster that targets omicron available for high-risk individuals, The Washington Post reported April 3.
  • Hackensack Meridian Health awarded $477K in grants for medical research, community health projects 

    The New Jersey Health Foundation awarded Edison, N.J.-based Hackensack Meridian Health almost $477,000 in grants, according to an April 3 HMH press release. The grants will be used to support research efforts and community health projects throughout New Jersey.
  • Coronavirus variant XBB.1.16 spotted in 18 US states

    The new SARS-CoV-2 omicron variant XBB.1.16 has spurred increased hospitalizations and deaths in some countries. In the U.S., the dominant variant is still XBB.1.5, but health officials say other variants are on the rise.
  • Concerns grow over drug-resistant bacteria tied to eye infections

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the strain of drug-resistant bacteria that has been found in eye drops and ointment imported from India, has never been found before in the U.S., the CDC said. 
  • Experimental treatment aims to treat long COVID-19 smell disorders

    Physicians are experimenting with a numbing procedure which may restore or improve smell and taste disorders in people with long COVID-19, NBC News reported March 31.
  • New omicron subvariant is 'one to watch': WHO

    The World Health Organization added XBB.1.16 to its list of variants under monitoring on March 22. The omicron subvariant has been reported in 22 countries, with most cases detected in India. 
  • CDC team fell ill while investigating aftermath of Ohio train derailment

    Earlier this month, seven CDC investigators studying potential health risks associated with the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, briefly fell ill, experiencing symptoms including  headache, sore throat, coughing and nausea, according to a March 31 report from CNN. 
  • 23 groups denounce ruling that blocks preventive care coverage

    Twenty-three national health associations are speaking out after a Texas judge struck down the ACA provision that required insurance companies to provide coverage for preventive services.
  • UC Health use e-referral system to helps patients quit smoking

    A University of California Health study found electronic referrals were effective in helping patients quit smoking.
  • Kaiser lays out public health agenda

    Kaiser Permanente is aiming to strengthen the nation's public health system through three new initiatives, the Oakland, Calif.-based system said March 29. 
  • Invest in new drugs to combat antibiotic resistance, experts urge

    Health officials are sounding the alarm over a lack of new drugs in the pipeline to combat antibiotic resistance, warning the globe could face a "doomsday scenario" if more effort isn't invested in new drug development, NBC News reported March 29. 
  • CDC: 1 booster is enough

    The CDC updated its COVID-19 vaccine guidance, stating that one updated dose is enough even for individuals who received their last vaccination more than six months ago, the San Francisco Chronicle reported March 28.
  • American College of Physicians president echoes health leaders' calls for gun reform in wake of Nashville shooting

    A school shooting that left six dead in Nashville, Tenn.,took place just 10 minutes away from the office of Ryan Mire, MD, president of the American College of Physicians, prompting him to join other health leaders in condemning gun violence. 
  • New human case of bird flu identified in China

    Health officials in China have reported a positively identified case of H3N8 avian flu, according to a March 27 report from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

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