News: Health

Vaccinated foreign travelers will be allowed into the U.S. starting Nov. 8
HEALTH
Brian Naylor | October 15, 2021
The U.S. will allow fully vaccinated international travelers to fly to the U.S. starting Nov. 8.Themba Hadebe | AP Foreign tourists who have been shut out of the United States since the early days of the pandemic will be allowed to visit starting on Nov. 8, as long as they ...
The federal government pledges $100 million to address health care worker shortages
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Deepa Shivaram | October 15, 2021
A doctor stands at a walk-up coronavirus testing site at West County Health Center in San Pablo, Calif., in April 2020. Pandemic burnout has affected thousands of health care workers.Jessica Christian | Hearst Newspapers via Getty Images As health care workers face increased pandemic burnout, some states — particularly in ...
Global TB deaths are rising — and COVID gets the blame
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Jason Beaubien | October 15, 2021
A patient with tuberculosis waits to be seen by a doctor at the Sizwe Tropical Diseases Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa. Annual deaths from the infectious disease are on the rise after years of progress.Michele Spatari | AFP via Getty Images TB patients have become collateral damage in the train ...
Coronavirus FAQ: I’m vaccinated. Is it OK to sing into a karaoke mic again?
HEALTH
Vicky Hallett | October 15, 2021
Each week, we answer frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions." See an archive of our FAQs here. Malaka Gharib/ NPR I'm vaccinated. ...
Experts recommend that FDA should authorize Moderna COVID vaccine booster
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Scott Hensley | October 14, 2021
A nurse draws a vaccine dose from a vial of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine at a community center in Bowie, Md., in March.Win McNamee | Getty Images A panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday unanimously recommended that the agency authorize a booster dose of the Moderna ...
Coming soon, a surprise billing law may have unintended effects on health care
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Julie Appleby | October 14, 2021
The No Surprises Act is intended to stop surprise medical bills. It could also slow the growth of health insurance premiums.J. Scott Applewhite | AP Patients are months away from not having to worry about most surprise medical bills — those extra costs that can amount to hundreds or thousands ...
With hospitals crowded from COVID, 1 in 5 American families delays health care
HEALTH
James Dawson | October 14, 2021
Hospitals in Idaho, like St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, remain full after the summer delta surge pushed many to their limits.Kyle Green | AP Last month, Chelsea Titus, a 40-year-old mother of one in Boise, Idaho, needed surgery to relieve severe pain from endometriosis. But hospitals there are ...
FDA analysis of J&J COVID vaccine booster sets the stage for public hearing
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Scott Hensley | October 13, 2021
Janet Gerber, a health department worker in Louisville, Ky., processes boxes containing vials of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine in March.Jon Cherry | Getty Images A Food and Drug Administration analysis of Johnson & Johnson's application for authorization of its COVID vaccine booster tees up deliberations at a public ...
A study of COVID vaccine boosters suggests Moderna or Pfizer works best
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Rob Stein | October 13, 2021
A study by the National Institutes of Health this week suggests people who got the J&J vaccine as their initial vaccination against the coronavirus may get their best protection from choosing an mRNA vaccine as the booster.Francine Orr | Los Angeles Times/Getty Images Updated Oct. 14, 12:45 p.m. ET If ...