States race to use COVID-19 vaccines before they expire
Hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses have been saved from the trash after U.S. regulators extended their expiration date for a second time, part of a nationwide effort to salvage expiring shots to battle the nation's summer surge in infections.
Delta seems more dangerous than other COVID-19 variants, contagious as chicken pox, reports say
An internal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention document obtained by several news outlets warns that the COVID-19 Delta variant could be more likely to produce severe illness and can spread as fast as chickenpox.
Louisiana hospitals prepare for surge of COVID-19 patients
Louisiana has one of the lowest vaccination rates and it's seeing the worst outbreak of COVID-19 cases. Several hospitals in the state have paused non-emergency surgeries to make room for COVID patients. They expect to be full within the week.
Arkansas mother accused of faking adopted son's terminal illness: What is Munchausen by proxy?
An Arkansas woman and her husband have been accused of a rare psychiatric disorder behind the life-threatening abuse and neglect they inflicted on their son, a judge ruled, according to a report.
Lonely older adults more likely to use prescription drugs, study finds
A new study suggests that older adults who are lonely are twice as likely to use opioids for pain and 2 1/2 times more likely to use sedatives and anti-anxiety medications, potentially putting them at risk for drug dependency or other adverse health outcomes.
Mississippi teen who died of COVID-19 had 'common' medical issue, official says
Health officials in Mississippi said a teenager with a “common” underlying health condition died from COVID-19 recently, marking the state’s fourth pediatric fatality related to the virus since the pandemic began.
Communities hope to combat record drug overdose deaths reported amid coronavirus pandemic
Hard-hit communities across the U.S. hope to combat the rising number of fatal overdoses as the nation reached a morbid milestone in the drug epidemic: Drug overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 in 2020, according to provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.