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Polio detected in New York City sewage suggesting local circulation of virus, health officials say

Polio has been detected in New York City wastewater, suggesting local circulation of the virus, health officials said Friday. New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett called the findings alarming. Bassett said local and federal health officials are aggressively assessing how far polio has spread in the city and in New York state. “For […]

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Passage of Inflation Reduction Act gives Medicare historic new powers over drug prices

A pharmacist collects medications for prescriptions at a pharmacy. Simon Dawson | Bloomberg | Getty Images Medicare is poised to renegotiate the prices of some of its most expensive drugs through a historic expansion of its power, which could reduce costs for many seniors as well as federal spending on its prescription drug plan. The […]

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CDC eases Covid guidance as U.S. has more tools to fight the virus and keep people out of the hospital

A sign outside of a hospital advertises COVID-19 testing on November 19, 2021 in New York City. On Friday vaccine advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention voted unanimously in recommending a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccines for all adults in the United States six months after they finish their […]

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FDA expands monkeypox vaccine authorization to increase dose supply, allows shots for children

A health worker administers a dose of the Bavarian Nordic A/S Jynneos monkeypox vaccine at a vaccination site in West Hollywood, California, on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. Jill Connelly | Bloomberg | Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday expanded its authorization for the monkeypox vaccine in a way that would significantly boost […]

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Novavax cuts 2022 revenue guidance in half, stock tanks in after-hours trading

In this photo illustration a silhouette of a man holding a medical syringe and a vial seen displayed in front of the Novavax logo on a screen. Cezary Kowalski | Lightrocket | Getty Images Novavax deeply cut its full year revenue guidance Monday, with the company expecting no new sales for the remainder of 2022 […]

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‘Stressed out’ STD clinics struggle to handle surge in monkeypox patients as U.S. outbreak grows

Dr. Emily Drwiega from the University of Illinois Health and Maggie Butler, a registered nurse, prepare monkeypox vaccines at the Test Positive Aware Network nonprofit clinic in Chicago, Illinois, July 25, 2022. Eric Cox | Reuters Dr. Ward Carpenter, co-director of health services at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, said the monkeypox outbreak across the […]

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New York polio case is the ‘tip of the iceberg,’ hundreds of others could be infected, health official says

Hundreds of other people could have polio after an adult in a suburb of New York City caught the virus and suffered paralysis last month, the state’s top health official said this week. New York State Health Commissioner Mary Bassett warned that the confirmed polio case in an unvaccinated adult, coupled with the detection of […]

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CDC estimates 1.7 million gay and bisexual men face highest risk from monkeypox

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 1.7 million men who have sex with men face the biggest threat from monkeypox right now. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told reporters on a call Thursday that gay and bisexual men who are HIV positive or who are taking medicines, called PREP, to reduce their chance […]

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Biden administration will declare monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency in the U.S.

People protest during a rally calling for more government action to combat the spread of monkeypox at Foley Square on July 21, 2022 in New York City. Jeenah Moon | Getty Images The Biden administration will declare monkeypox a public health emergency as the U.S. outbreak has grown into the largest in the world, the […]

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Polio found in sewage samples outside New York City suggests it’s spreading in the community, health officials says

Polio virus particle, computer illustration. Kateryna Kon | Science Photo Library | Getty Images Polio has been found in wastewater samples taken from two counties outside of New York City indicating the virus is spreading in the community, according to state health officials. Wastewater samples taken from two different locations in Orange County during June […]