Health

HIV outbreak reported in Minneapolis and surrounding area

HIV cases have spiked the past two years in Hennepin County, Minnesota, home to Minneapolis, the state’s largest city. The outbreak centers on people who have injected drugs, experienced homelessness or transmitted HIV through sex, reports the Star Tribune. At least 54 people have tested positive for HIV in the past two...

FACT Check: Did half of CDC, NIH, and FDA employees refuse the COVID-19 shots?

Did half of CDC, NIH, and FDA employees refuse the COVID-19 shots?The answer should be obvious in the title itself… The National Institutes of HEALTH, Center for DISEASE CONTROL Control, and the Federal DRUG Administration?There would be no vaccines given to the general public if employees...

FACT Check: Meme featuring DeSantis presents misleading picture of COVID-19 and vaccine safety

SciCheck DigestCOVID-19 was the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2020. But a meme featuring Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis minimizes the toll the pandemic already has taken — particularly among the elderly. The meme also questions getting inoculated, despite the safety record of the...

Does federal law prohibit employers and other institutions from requiring the COVID-19 vaccine?

Does federal law prohibit employers and other institutions from requiring the COVID-19 vaccine? ANSWERAccording to a list maintained by The Chronicle of Higher Education, more than 200 colleges and universities are “requiring [COVID-19] vaccines of at least some students or employees” ahead of the fall semester....

Colorectal cancer screening age is now 45 as cases skyrocket among younger adults

BOSTON, Mass. — Many people probably equate old age with worsening healthy and higher risks for disease. When it comes to cancer however, that’s not always the case. With more and more younger people developing and dying from colorectal cancer, health officials have come to the...

Diabetes health information: Nearly half a billion people have it

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — As one pandemic begins to fade away, a new study finds another is continuing to grip the entire world. Researchers find that almost half a billion people globally have diabetes, although many don’t know they have it. The number of cases have...

COVID-related deaths in U.S. counties underestimated by 20%, study estimates

BOSTON, Mass. — To this point, doctors say COVID-19 is responsible for nearly 600,000 American deaths. Unfortunately, researchers from Boston University warn many related deaths are going unnoticed. Their findings reveal death certificates may not be properly attributing up to 20 percent of COVID-related deaths during...

US cervical cancers fall but other sex-related cancers rise

Screening and the HPV vaccine have led to drops in cervical cancers over the last two decades in the U.S., a new study finds, but the gains are offset by a rise in other tumors caused by the virus. Oral sex is helping fuel more cases...

Dr. Fauci popularity / approval rating: 71% of Trumpers insist he hurt America

Per a new Yahoo! News/YouGov poll, 71% of Trump supporters think Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical advisor to the president who guided America through tough times in 2020 and early 2021, ultimately...

Which food sales will slump as restaurant dining reopens?

Dive Brief: Meat is 50% more likely than the average grocery category to see a decrease in sales when restaurants reopen, according to Numerator's new Grocery Vulnerability Index, which aims to measure the impact that increased out-of-home dining will have on supermarkets and other food retailers as pandemic...