News: Health

Pediatricians say the mental health crisis among kids has become a national emergency
HEALTH
Deepa Shivaram | October 20, 2021
A girl looks out of her bedroom window as the sun is setting.Justin Paget | Getty Images This story includes the topic of suicide. If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (en español: 1-888-628-9454; deaf and hard of hearing: ...
2 blood pressure drugs recalled because of concern about cancer-causing ingredient
HEALTH
Rachel Treisman | October 20, 2021
The FDA has released sample labels of some of the two recalled blood pressure medications — various dosages of irbesartan tablets and irbesartan and hydrochlorothiazide tablets.FDA Two types of blood pressure medication made by the company Lupin Pharmaceuticals are being recalled because they may contain high levels of a substance ...
Worn-out nurses hit the road for better pay, stressing hospital budgets — and morale
HEALTH
Blake Farmer | October 20, 2021
Hospitals around the U.S., including large academic medical centers like Vanderbilt University's in Nashville, Tenn., have been forced to rely on traveling nurses to keep their intensive care units fully staffed. The demand for travel nurses has driven up their hourly rates, which then motivates more staff nurses to leave ...
Taliban will allow a national polio vaccination campaign in Afghanistan, says WHO
HEALTH
Becky Sullivan | October 19, 2021
An Afghan health worker administers a polio vaccine to a child in Kandahar province in 2019. Since 2018, the Taliban has blocked polio vaccination campaigns in parts of the country it controls. Now they're reportedly changed their position.Javed Tanveer | AFP via Getty Images For the first time in three ...
The FDA wants you to be able to buy a hearing aid without a prescription
HEALTH
Bill Chappell | October 19, 2021
The Food and Drug Administration is moving to approve over-the-counter hearing aids in a change that lawmakers and advocates have long called for. Here, a man displays his hearing aid before taking part in a meeting.Keith Bedford | Boston Globe via Getty Images People with mild or moderate hearing loss ...
Patients say telehealth is OK, but most prefer to see their doctor in person
HEALTH
Yuki Noguchi | October 18, 2021
Miakievy | Getty Images New Yorker Charlie Freyre's sinuses had been bothering him for weeks last winter, during a COVID-19 surge in the city. It was before vaccines became widely available. "I was just trying to stay in my apartment as much as possible," Freyre says, so checking in with ...
Sitting too much drags down your mental health. Here’s how to get moving
HEALTH
Rhitu Chatterjee | October 16, 2021
Add five-minute stints of fun and easy exercise to your day at home by working with what's around you, says trainer Molly McDonald.Cha Pornea for NPR Of all the ways in which the pandemic has affected Americans' well-being, perhaps the one we've noticed least is how much we're sitting. And ...
A two-tier wage system roiled the auto industry. Workers today say no way
HEALTH
Andrea Hsu | October 16, 2021
Workers from a Kellogg cereal plant picket along the main rail lines leading into the facility on Oct. 6 in Omaha, Neb. Workers have gone on strike after a breakdown in contract talks with company management.Grant Schulte | AP The workers behind Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops and Raisin Bran are ...
An FDA panel of experts backs J&J COVID vaccine booster
HEALTH
Scott Hensley | October 15, 2021
Nurse Christina Garibay administers Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine to a man at a community outreach event in Los Angeles in August.Frederic J. Brown | AFP via Getty Images A panel of experts voted unanimously to recommend that the Food and Drug Administration authorize a booster dose of the Johnson ...