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Newsom boosted California's public health spending during COVID. Now he wants to cut it

When a doctor in Pasadena reported in October that a hospital patient was exhibiting classic symptoms of dengue fever, such as vomiting, a rash, and bone and joint pain, local disease investigators snapped into action. The mosquito-borne virus is common in places like Southeast Asia, East Africa, and Latin America, and when Americans contract the […]

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Column: Democrats show that they're no better than Trump in allowing politics to interfere with science

Anyone who cares about the importance of science in the making of government policy had to be deeply dispirited by the hearing into the origins of COVID-19 staged by a Republican-led House subcommittee on May 1. The sole witness at the hearing, and its target, was Peter Daszak, the head of EcoHealth Alliance, a nongovernmental

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What military doctors can teach us about power in the United States

Power is invisible, but its effects can be seen everywhere — especially in the health records of active duty military personnel. By examining details of 1.5 million emergency room visits at U.S. military hospitals nationwide, researchers found that doctors invested significantly more resources in patients who outranked them than in patients of equal or lesser

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As national wastewater testing expands, Texas researchers identify bird flu in nine cities

As health officials turn increasingly toward wastewater testing as a means of tracking the spread of H5N1 bird flu among U.S. dairy herds, some researchers are raising questions about the effectiveness of the sewage assays. Although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says current testing is standardized and will detect bird flu, some

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Star USC scientist faces scrutiny — retracted papers and a paused drug trial

Late last year, a group of whistleblowers submitted a report to the National Institutes of Health that questioned the integrity of a celebrated USC neuroscientist’s research and the safety of an experimental stroke treatment his company was developing. NIH has since paused clinical trials for 3K3A-APC, a stroke drug sponsored by ZZ Biotech, a Houston-based

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Despite its 'nothingburger' reputation, COVID-19 remains deadlier than the flu

Since the earliest days of the pandemic, health officials have gauged the threat of COVID-19 by comparing it to the flu. At first, it wasn’t even close. People hospitalized in 2020 with the then-novel respiratory disease were five times more likely to die of their illness than were patients who had been hospitalized with influenza

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Deadly overdoses fell in U.S. for first time in five years, new estimates show

Deaths from drug overdoses fell last year in the United States as fewer people lost their lives to fentanyl and other opioids, marking the first time the death toll had dropped in five years, according to newly released estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Federal officials said the numbers show a 3%

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What you need to know about the bird flu outbreak, concerns about raw milk, and more

There is a bird flu outbreak going on. Here is what you need to know about it: What is bird flu? Bird flu is what’s known as a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus. The “highly pathogenic” part refers to birds, which the virus is pretty adept at killing. In virology speak, the virus is of

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Doctors saw younger men seeking vasectomies after Roe vs. Wade was overturned

Kori Thompson had long wrestled with the idea of having a child. The 24-year-old worried about the world a kid would face as climate change overtook the globe, fearing the environmental devastation and economic strain that could follow. He had been thinking about getting a vasectomy ever since he learned about the sterilization procedure from

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