Health News

Latest Health Headlines

6 minutes ago

Mexican president tests positive for COVID-19, symptoms mild

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is working from isolation at home a day after announcing he's tested positive for COVID-19
6 minutes ago
FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2020 file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gives his daily, morning news conference at the presidential palace, Palacio Nacional, in Mexico City. Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is under medical treatment, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)
22 minutes ago

Polish president backs lockdown despite business frustration

Poland's president says he understands the “despair” of people opening their businesses in defiance of the anti-COVID-19 lockdown to survive, but says they must keep to government-ordered restrictions
22 minutes ago
A man delivers a supply of heating gas to Warsaw's popular Piw Paw pub in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, a business that is struggling to survive under lockdown by organizing legal, small-scale educative meetings and courses for beer lovers. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
23 minutes ago

The Latest: California lifts regional stay-at-home orders

California has lifted regional stay-at-home orders statewide in response to improving coronavirus conditions
23 minutes ago
Numerous people wait in front of a Corona test station at the German-Czech Republic border in Furth im Wald, Germany, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. German police say hundreds of cars and pedestrians are lining up at border crossings along the Czech-German border after Germany declared the Czech Republic a high risk area in the pandemic meaning it requires proof a negative coronavirus test results before entry. (Armin Weigel/dpa via AP)
25 minutes ago

California lifts virus stay-at-home orders, curfew statewide

California has lifted regional stay-at-home orders statewide in response to improving coronavirus conditions
25 minutes ago
FILE - In this Friday, May 22, 2020, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, Calif. A federal appeals court has denied a Southern California church's request to overturn the state's coronavirus restrictions barring worship services indoors during the coronavirus pandemic. The Sacramento Bee says Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals leaves the door open for addressing Gov. Gavin Newsom administration's limits on church attendance if a California county is in a less-restrictive COVID-19 tier. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, Pool, File)
38 minutes ago

Biden to reinstate COVID travel rules, add South Africa

Two White House officials say President Joe Biden on Monday will formally reinstate COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-U.S. travelers from Brazil, Ireland, United Kingdom and 26 other European countries that allow travel across open borders
38 minutes ago
President Joe Biden departs after attending mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
1 hour ago

Biden replaces White House doctor with longtime physician

President Joe Biden has brought back Dr. Kevin O’Connor as his physician, replacing President Donald Trump’s doctor with the one who oversaw his care when he was vice president
1 hour ago
FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2020 file photo, then President-elect Joe Biden leaves a doctor's appointment at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. Biden has brought back Dr. Kevin O’Connor as his physician, replacing President Donald Trump’s doctor with the one who oversaw his care when he was vice president(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
1 hour ago

Asia Today: Australia OKs Pfizer vaccine, to begin in Feb.

Australia’s medical regulator has approved use of its first coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for inoculations to begin next month
1 hour ago
Security patrol outside the Pullman Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand, July 6, 2020. Health officials in New Zealand say Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, that genome tests indicate the country's most recent COVID-19 patient contracted the virus from another returning traveler just before leaving quarantine. (Peter Meecham/New Zealand Herald via AP)
1 hour ago

California governor to lift regional stay-at-home orders, return to restrictions based on conditions in each county

California governor to lift regional stay-at-home orders, return to restrictions based on conditions in each county
1 hour ago
1 hour ago

Chaos mars over-80s vaccine start in major German state

Thousands of elderly Germans are facing online error messages and jammed-up hotlines as technical problems marred the start of the coronavirus vaccine campaign for over-80s in the country’s most populous state
1 hour ago
Cars queue in front of a Corona test station at the German-Czech Republic border in Furth im Wald, Germany, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. German police say hundreds of cars and pedestrians are lining up at border crossings along the Czech-German border after Germany declared the Czech Republic a high risk area in the pandemic meaning it requires proof a negative coronavirus test results before entry. (Armin Weigel/dpa via AP)
2 hours ago

Thailand confirms record 914 new coronavirus cases

Thailand has confirmed a record 914 new cases of the coronavirus, all in Samut Sakhon province near Bangkok where a major outbreak began in December
2 hours ago
Workers spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus at a shrimp market in Samut Sakhon, Thailand, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Thailand on Monday registered a new daily high of over 900 confirmed new cases of the coronavirus at the province near the capital Bangkok, where a major outbreak occurred in December. (AP Photo)
2 hours ago

EU proposes more travel restrictions to stop virus variants

The European Union's executive body has proposed that EU nations impose more travel restrictions to counter the worrying spread of new coronavirus  variants
2 hours ago
Officers of the German Federal Police check passengers arriving with a plane from Prague at the Frankfurt Airport in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, Jan 24, 2021. Anyone how is entering Germany from countries classify as high-risk countries by the federal government, must now be able to show a negative, up-to-date Corona test. (Boris Roessler/dpa via AP)
2 hours ago

EU pressures AstraZeneca to deliver vaccines as promised

The European Union is pressuring the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to deliver more vaccines to its 27 nations and stick to initial promises, especially since it has invested in enhancing production capacity
2 hours ago
European Council President Charles Michel, left, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen leave after a joint news conference at the end of a EU summit video conference at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. European Union leaders assessed more measures to counter the spread of coronavirus variants during a video summit Thursday as the bloc's top disease control official said urgent action was needed to stave off a new wave of hospitalizations and deaths. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool Photo via AP)
3 hours ago

In ambulances, an unseen, unwelcome passenger: COVID-19

For emergency medical technicians, the coronavirus is constantly close
3 hours ago
3 hours ago

Merck ends development of two potential COVID-19 vaccines

Merck is giving up on two potential COVID-19 vaccines following poor results in early-stage studies
3 hours ago
FILE- This May 1, 2018, file photo shows Merck corporate headquarters in Kenilworth, N.J. The drugmaker will stop developing two potential COVID-19 vaccines after seeing poor results in early-stage studies. The company said Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, that it will focus instead on studying two possible treatments for the virus that also have yet to be approved by regulators. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
3 hours ago

China pushes conspiracy theories on COVID origin, vaccines

China is trying to spread doubt about the effectiveness of Western vaccines and the origin of the coronavirus as a World Health Organization-selected team of scientists is in the city where the pandemic began
3 hours ago
FILE - In this March 19, 2020, file photo, a biosafety protective suit for handling viral diseases are hung up in a biosafety level 4 training facility at U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., where scientists are working to help develop solutions to prevent, detect and treat the coronavirus. China is trying to spread doubt about the effectiveness of Western vaccines and the origin of the coronavirus as a World Health Organization-selected team of scientists are in the city where the pandemic first broke out. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
January 25

China tackles pandemic with mass construction once again

China is building a coronavirus quarantine center with more than 4,000 rooms in a northern city at a speed that's rarely seen in other countries
January 25
This combination of satellite images released by Copernicus, the European Union's Earth observation program, shows a massive quarantine camp built in Shijiazhuang in China's Hebei province. China is building a COVID quarantine center with more than 4,000 rooms in the northern city of Shijiazhuang, at a speed that's rarely seen in other countries. The satellite images show dramatic changes over 10 days in an area where there had been only flat land before construction started on Jan. 13, 2021. (European Union, Copernicus Sentinel-2 imagery via AP)
January 25

White House begins talks with lawmakers on COVID-19 relief

Top aides to President Joe Biden have begun talks with a group of moderate Senate Republicans and Democrats on Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package
January 25
People stroll past a section of the National Mall by the Capitol where workers were still dismantling inauguration installations, after most downtown streets and public spaces had reopened to the public, on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021 in Washington. Biden is looking to jump-start his first 100 days in office with action and symbolism to reassure a divided and weary public that help is in the offing. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
January 25

North Carolina field hospital helps fight coronavirus surge

A temporary field hospital in North Carolina is easing the burden on medical facilities overwhelmed by coronavirus patients
January 25
Nurse Chris Rutledge suits up in personal protective equipment before entering the patient wards of a COVID-19 field hospital, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Lenoir, N.C. Rutledge works for Samaritan’s Purse, the international Christian relief organization which built the temporary facility to take pressure off local hospitals overwhelmed with coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan)
January 24

The Latest: Hong Kong ends lockdown in Kowloon neighborhood

Hong Kong’s government on Monday morning ended an unprecedented lockdown after testing thousands of residents living in an area that had reported an increasing number of coronavirus cases, authorities said
January 24
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
January 24

Thousands take to streets protesting Brazil's Bolsonaro

Thousands marched a second day, calling for impeachment of President Bolsonaro.
January 24
A demonstrator uses a bullhorn to shout slogans in a caravan to protest against the government's response in combating COVID-19 and demanding the impeachment of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)
January 24

Argentina's abortion law enters force under watchful eyes

Argentina’s groundbreaking abortion law has gone into force under the watchful eyes of women’s groups and government officials, who hope to ensure its full implementation despite opposition from conservative and church groups
January 24
FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2020 file photo, abortion-rights activists watch live video streaming of lawmakers in session, outside Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina became the largest nation in Latin America to legalize elective abortion after its Senate on Dec. 30 passed a law guaranteeing the procedure up to the 14th week of pregnancy. The abortion law goes into force Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)
January 24

Year after lockdown, Wuhan dissident more isolated than ever

One year after Wuhan’s lockdown, the central Chinese city has long since sprung back to life
January 24
January 24

Center-right incumbent wins Portugal's presidential election

The center-right incumbent candidate has won a resounding victory in Portugal’s presidential election
January 24
A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Lisbon, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. Portugal holds a presidential election Sunday, choosing a head of state to serve a five-year term. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
January 24

VIRUS TODAY: More hospital ICUs edge nearer a breaking point

U.S. hospital intensive care units in many parts of the country are straining to handle record numbers of COVID-19 patients
January 24
January 24

Dutch police clash with anti-lockdown protesters in 2 cities

Rioters have set blazes in the center of the southern Dutch city of Eindhoven and pelted police with rocks at a banned demonstration against coronavirus lockdown measures
January 24
A police officer takes images of a torched coronavirus testing facility in the Dutch fishing village of Urk, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, after it was torch Saturday night by rioting youths protesting on the first night of a nation-wide curfew. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
January 24

Exit poll suggests the center-right incumbent candidate has won Portugal's presidential election

Exit poll suggests the center-right incumbent candidate has won Portugal's presidential election
January 24
January 24

Chicago teachers vote to teach from home, defying district

The school district ordered has ordered in-person instruction to resume.
January 24
January 24

Chicago teachers vote to defy district's orders to return to in-person instruction before vaccinations

Chicago teachers vote to defy district's orders to return to in-person instruction before vaccinations
January 24
January 24

Turkey passes 25,000 COVID-19-related deaths

Turkey has recorded more than 2.4 million infections since the first in March.
January 24
People, some wearing masks to help protect from the spread of the coronavirus sit on a square in Eminonu market in Istanbul, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, hours before the start of a two-day weekend curfew. The country of 83 million rolled out its vaccination drive a week ago, starting with health care workers as well as nursing home residents and their care-givers. More than 1 million people received the first of two doses of the vaccine developed by China's Sinovac pharmaceutical company in the first week. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
January 24

2 in 5 Americans live where COVID-19 strains hospital ICUs

U.S. hospital intensive care units in many parts of the country are straining to handle record numbers of COVID-19 patients
January 24
January 24

UK vaccination drive expands as virus toll nears 100,000

Britain is expanding a coronavirus vaccination program that has seen more than 6 million people get the first of two doses — even as the country’s death toll in the pandemic approaches 100,000
January 24
Doctor Claire Chatt prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine inside Salisbury Cathedral in Salisbury, England, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Salisbury Cathedral opened its doors for the second time as a venue for the Sarum South Primary Care Network COVID-19 Local Vaccination Service. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
January 24

Spain's virus surge hits mental health of front-line workers

the critical care capacity has more than doubled and is nearly full.
January 24
A COVID-19 patient receives treatment in the ICU of the Hospital del Mar, in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. The unrelenting increase in COVID-19 infections in Spain following the holiday season is again straining hospitals, threatening the mental health of doctors and nurses who have been at the forefront of the pandemic for nearly a year. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
January 23

Asia Today: New Zealand reports 1st community case in months

New Zealand has reported its first coronavirus case outside of a quarantine facility in more than two months, although there was no immediate evidence the virus was spreading in the community
January 23
A government worker wearing personal protective equipment guards at the closed area in Jordan district, in Hong Kong, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. Thousands of Hong Kong residents were locked down Saturday in an unprecedented move to contain a worsening outbreak in the city, authorities said. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
January 23

The Latest: New virus clusters hit China's north provinces

A Chinese city has brought 2,600 temporary treatment rooms online as the country’s north battles new clusters of coronavirus
January 23
FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2021 file photo medical staff members walk between traffic cones at a mass COVID-19 vaccination site set up in the parking lot of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif. Five weeks into its vaccination program, California still doesn't have nearly the supply to meet demand and there's growing angst among residents over the difficulty to even get in line for a shot. Social media is awash with people seeking or giving tips on how to maneuver through the system. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)
January 23

Wuhan returns to normal as world still battling pandemic

A year ago, a notice sent to smartphones in Wuhan at 2 a.m. announced the world’s first coronavirus lockdown
January 23
Residents practice Taiji at a park in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. A year after it was locked down to contain the spread of coronavirus, the central Chinese city of Wuhan has largely returned to normal, even as China continues to battle outbreaks elsewhere in the country. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
January 23

Asia Today: Sri Lanka minister who drank potion is positive

Sri Lanka’s health minister who has faced criticism for consuming and endorsing a herbal syrup made by a sorcerer has tested positive for COVID-19
January 23
People wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus skate at an outdoor ice skating rink in Beijing, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
January 23

Biden's early approach to virus: Underpromise, overdeliver

President Joe Biden pledged in his inaugural address to level with the American people — and the message from his first three days in office has been nothing if not grim and grimmer
January 23
A portrait of former President Abraham Lincoln President hangs in the State Dining Room of the White House as Joe Biden delivers remarks on the economy Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
January 23

Insurers add food to coverage menu as way to improve health

Food is a growing focus for insurers as they look to improve people's health.
January 23
January 23

It takes a community to help overcome vaccine hesitancy: OPINION

Community health centers care for approximately 30 million Americans.
January 23
Donald Nelson, 80, left, talks with Ella and David Cayson Jr. after Nelson received his Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine "It's everything. Maybe It will help me keep me alive," Neslon said. A partnership with Marion County Sheriff's Office, Heart of Florida Health Center, Department of Health and the Marion County Fire Rescue is working to assist in closing the gap in health disparities with COVID-19 in the African American community in Ocala, Fla., Jan. 20, 2021.
January 23

Maine shifts some vaccine doses away from CVS and Walgreens

Independent pharmacists said they want to help with COVID-19 vaccinations.
January 23
Registered nurse Holly Burnham vaccinates Lynn Pelletier, who works as a nurse at Portland Public Schools, at the Northern Light Homecare and Hospice COVID-19 vaccine clinic in South Portland, ME., Jan 13, 2021.
January 23

Thousands of Hong Kongers locked down to contain coronavirus

Thousands of Hong Kong residents are locked down in an unprecedented move to contain a worsening outbreak in the city
January 23
Police officers stand guard at the Yau Ma Tei area in Hong Kong, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. Thousands of Hong Kong residents were locked down Saturday in an unprecedented move to contain a worsening outbreak in the city, authorities said. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
January 23

Top Lebanese hospitals fight exhausting battle against virus

Lebanon's hospitals are on the brink: Unable to keep up with coronavirus patients, they have run out of beds, oxygen tanks, ventilators and medical staff
January 23
A medical staffer looks at a COVID-19 patient at the intensive care unit of the Rafik Hariri University Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Hospitals in Lebanon are reaching full capacity amid a dramatic surge in coronavirus cases across the crisis-hit Mediterranean nation even amid strict lockdown. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
January 22

Denmark suspends Dubai flights amid doubts over virus tests

Denmark has temporarily suspended all flights from the United Arab Emirates for five days after suspicions arose that the coronavirus tests that can be obtained before leaving Dubai are not reliable
January 22
Tourists party on a yacht in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Since becoming one of the world's first destinations to open up for tourism, Dubai has promoted itself as the ideal pandemic vacation spot. With peak tourism season in full swing, coronavirus infections are surging to unprecedented heights, with daily case counts nearly tripling in the past month, but in the face of a growing economic crisis, the city won't lock down and can't afford to stand still. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
January 22

Language barriers, wariness make vaccinating immigrants hard

Advocacy groups are warning that immigrants may be some of the most difficult people to reach during the largest vaccination campaign in American history
January 22
Hispanic farm workers wait in line to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Mecca, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. The farmworkers who got their shots are among the millions of immigrants around the United States, who advocacy groups warn may be some of the most difficult people to reach during the largest vaccination campaign in American history. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
January 22

VIRUS TODAY: Barriers slow efforts to vaccinate immigrants

Advocacy groups are warning that immigrants may be some of the most difficult people to reach during the largest vaccination campaign in American history
January 22
Hispanic farm workers wait in line to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Mecca, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. The farmworkers who got their shots are among the millions of immigrants around the United States, who advocacy groups warn may be some of the most difficult people to reach during the largest vaccination campaign in American history. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
January 22

Biden's early approach to virus: Underpromise, overdeliver

President Joe Biden pledged in his inaugural address to level with the American people — and the message from his first three days in office has been nothing if not grim and grimmer
January 22
A portrait of former President Abraham Lincoln President hangs in the State Dining Room of the White House as Joe Biden delivers remarks on the economy Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
January 22

Florida governor walks back claim over 1 millionth shot

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is walking back his claims that his state has now vaccinated 1 million seniors
January 22
FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2020, file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis asks Vera Leip, 88, how she feels after nurse Christine Philips, left, administered the Pfizer vaccine at John Knox Village, in Pompano Beach, Fla. DeSantis is walking back his claims that his state has now vaccinated 1 million seniors. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier, File)
January 22

The Latest: Arizona COVID-19 cases down despite high rate

Health officials say the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Arizona are declining despite the state having the worst infection rate in the country
January 22
Nurse Coralie Ferron prepares a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Le Cannet, southern France, Thursday Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
January 22

Lucky few hit COVID-19 vaccine jackpot for rare extra doses

With millions of Americans waiting for their chance to get the coronavirus vaccine, a fortunate few are getting bumped to the front of the line as clinics scramble to get rid of extra, perishable doses at the end of the day
January 22
In this image from video, Jesse Robinson shows the spot on his arm where he received his COVID-19 vaccination, in Nashville, Tenn. With millions of Americans waiting for their chance to get the coronavirus vaccine, a fortunate few are getting bumped to the front of the line as clinics scramble to get rid of extra, perishable doses at the end of the day. (AP Photo/Kristin M. Hall)
January 22

Brazil awaits vaccine cargo from India amid supply concerns

Brazil’s government has received 2 million doses of coronavirus vaccine from India
January 22
A health worker prepares a dose of China's Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine to give to a senior during a priority vaccination program for the elderly at the Bezerra de Menezes Asylum in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)