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CDC Reveals 'Truly Staggering' Stat on Drug Overdoses

More than 107K Americans suffered fatal ODs last year

(Newser) - More than 107,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year, setting another tragic record in the nation's escalating overdose epidemic, the CDC estimated Wednesday. The provisional 2021 total translates to roughly one US overdose death every five minutes. It marked a 15% increase from the previous record, set...

CDC Report on Gun Homicides Is a 'Heartbreaking' One

First year of pandemic saw a 35% rise in firearm murders from the previous year, per new report

(Newser) - The pandemic has wreaked havoc on a variety of fronts, and gun violence hasn't escaped its path. According to a new report from the CDC, the firearm homicide rate in 2020 reached its highest rate since 1994, increasing nearly 35% from the previous year, reports Axios . "That's...

Hepatitis Jump Among Children Concerns CDC

Infection is the leading suspect, but agency says it's 'casting a wide net'

(Newser) - The startling rise in unexplained hepatitis cases in children officially has the interest of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency announced Friday that it's investigating 109 cases in 24 states and Puerto Rico, including five deaths, for which the cause is unknown. The CDC had issued...

FDA Limits Authorized Use of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

If they can, adults should get Moderna or Pfizer coronavirus shots, agency says

(Newser) - Referring to new data on blood clots, the Food and Drug Administration announced limits Thursday on who should and should not be administered Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine. Only adults unable to receive other vaccines instead, either because the products are inaccessible or they're not clinically appropriate, are...

Unexplained Cases of Liver Illness Among Children Concern WHO
First Death Reported
in Kids' Liver Ailment

First Death Reported in Kids' Liver Ailment

Health agencies in US and Europe investigate 'acute hepatitis of unknown origin'

(Newser) - Update: A mysterious liver disease affecting children in the US and Europe has claimed its first life. The World Health Organization didn't specify where the death occurred. It said it has received 169 reports of "acute hepatitis of unknown origin" from a dozen countries, with most of the...

Feds Will Appeal Ruling If CDC Says Mandate Is Needed
CDC Gives Go-Ahead
to Appeal of Mask Ruling

CDC Gives Go-Ahead to Appeal of Mask Ruling

Mandate still is needed for public travel, agency says

(Newser) - Update: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made its decision about a federal judge's ruling against mask mandates for public transit, including airplanes. "It is CDC's continuing assessment that at this time an order requiring masking in the indoor transportation corridor remains necessary for the...

For Anteater in Tennessee Zoo, a Big Rabies First

Rabies has never been seen in this species before; anteater may have brought it from Va. to Tenn.

(Newser) - A rabies variant not usually seen in Tennessee apparently found its way there via Virginia, and a captive anteater is getting the blame. A CDC report published Friday cites the case of a particular southern tamandua, aka lesser anteater (even fancier name: Tamandua tetradactyla), that may have exposed more than...

Travel Mask Mandate Extended Another 15 Days

CDC says it needs more time to assess impact of BA.2 subvariant

(Newser) - The nationwide mask mandate on planes, trains, and other public transportation has been extended yet again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that the mandate, which had been due to expire April 18, will be extended for at least another 15 days, meaning travelers will be required...

Myocarditis Follows Infection More Often Than Vaccine: CDC

Some young patients, parents have worried about heart issues developing after shots

(Newser) - For the first time, a study has directly compared the chances of teenagers and young men developing heart inflammation after receiving the coronavirus vaccine versus having a COVID infection. Myocarditis is much more likely to surface after an infection than after inoculation, the study showed, the Centers for Disease Control...

After 2 Years, CDC Drops Cruise Travel Notice

'Travelers will make their own risk assessment,' agency says

(Newser) - Less than four months after it urged Americans to avoid cruises , the CDC has dropped its public health notice warning of the risks of cruise travel. The notice was first issued two years ago amid coronavirus outbreaks on ships worldwide. The agency "is removing the COVID-19 Cruise Ship Travel...

Florida, 20 Other States Challenge Plane Mask Rule

CDC mandate is set to expire April 18

(Newser) - Florida and 20 other states sued Tuesday to halt the federal government's requirement that people wear masks on planes, trains, ferries, and other public transportation amid the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Tampa, Florida, contends that the mask mandate exceeds the authority of the Centers...

Flyers, Riders of Trains, Buses Can't Take Masks Off Yet

CDC extends mandate until April 18 as it examines policies

(Newser) - The CDC is developing guidance that will ease the nationwide mask mandate on airplanes, buses, and other mass transit next month, but the existing face-covering requirement will be extended through April 18, per the AP . The requirement, which is enforced by the Transportation Security Administration, had been set to expire...

Experts Offer New Plan for Living With COVID

US hasn't reached the 'endemic' stage yet, report says

(Newser) - A group of experts made more than 250 recommendations to the Biden administration Monday for a more robust response to COVID-19, warning that the disease has not yet faded to "endemic" levels. A report from the group partly builds on the White House plan released last week on achieving...

CDC: Most People Don't Need Masks
CDC: Most People
Don't Need Masks

CDC: Most People Don't Need Masks

Recommendation now applies only to high-risk people in high-spread places

(Newser) - Most people in the US can drop the masks, the Center for Disease Control has decided in a major pandemic shift. A change in metrics means wearing a mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus now is recommended for less than a third of the population, the agency said...

CDC Takes Flak After Report on Unpublished COVID Data

'New York Times' reveals agency has made public only a 'tiny fraction' of its info

(Newser) - The New York Times is out with a story that provides new ammunition to critics of the CDC. The gist, as reported by Apoorva Mandavilli, is that the agency has collected reams and reams of COVID data since the pandemic began but has made public only a "tiny fraction"...

Texas Asks Court to Block Plane Mask Mandate

AG Ken Paxton slams Biden's 'disregard of the individual liberties of Texans'

(Newser) - Texas is taking the Biden administration to court in a bid to end the federal mask mandate for planes and other public transport. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Republican US Rep. Beth Van Duyne filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday, arguing that the mandate is unconstitutional and the...

CDC Proposes Softening Guidance on Opioids

Strict 2016 guidelines were 'misused and misapplied'

(Newser) - The nation's top public health agency on Thursday proposed changing—and in some instances softening—guidelines for US doctors prescribing oxycodone and other opioid painkillers. The CDC's previous guidance, issued six years ago, helped slow the kind of prescribing that ignited the worst overdose epidemic in US history,...

New Data: Boosters Work Against Omicron

CDC releases real-world studies filling in the gaps on vaccine effectiveness

(Newser) - Full vaccination provides the best—and safest—protection from the delta and omicron coronavirus variants, new studies released Friday by the CDC confirm. It's the first comprehensive examination of the vaccines' effectiveness in preventing hospitalization for omicron infections, the Wall Street Journal reports. Booster shots were shown to make...

CDC Adjusts Mask Advice
CDC Adjusts
Mask Advice

CDC Adjusts Mask Advice

Agency decides there are enough N95 and KN95s for everyone

(Newser) - It's more of a guideline than a rule, but official mask guidance was updated late Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Americans "may choose" to wear N95 and KN95 masks because they do best in blocking coronavirus infection, NBC reports. Those are the masks worn...

CDC: Don't Take a Cruise Right Now
CDC: Don't Take
a Cruise Right Now

CDC: Don't Take a Cruise Right Now

Royal Caribbean, Norwegian cancel sailings among new COVID surge

(Newser) - If you've got tickets for an upcoming cruise, better check with your cruise line. This week, two major operators canceled near-future sailings amid the latest COVID surge, starting with Norwegian on Wednesday, reports USA Today . "Our first priority is the health and safety of our guests, crew, and...

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