New subvariants, holiday gatherings may bring more COVID, but experts don’t expect severe surge

As millions of Americans travel to gather with friends and family over the next few days, there’s a good chance that COVID-19 will follow. Experts expect that Thanksgiving gatherings will stir up social networks and give new coronavirus subvariants fresh pockets of vulnerable people to infect. As a result, cases and hospitalizations may tick up … Read more

Home Births Increased in the US During the COVID-19 Pandemic, CDC Data Shows

U.S. home births increased slightly in the pandemic’s second year, rising to the highest level in decades, according to a government report published Thursday. Among almost 4 million births in 2021, nearly 52,000 occurred at home, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report showed. That’s up about 12% from 2020, following a 22% rise … Read more

CDC Relaxes Its Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids

The nation’s top public health agency on Thursday softened its guidelines for U.S. doctors prescribing oxycodone and other opioid painkillers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention new recommendations are an update to 2016 guidelines that added momentum to a decline in opioid painkiller prescriptions. Opioids painkillers can be addictive — even when used under doctors’ orders … Read more

Texas girl first child in US to die from flu this season

HIDALGO COUNTY, Texas (KVEO) — Officials in Hidalgo County, Texas, have confirmed that a 3-year-old girl’s death earlier this month was flu-related. The child’s death is the nation’s first confirmed pediatric flu death in the United States for the 2022 flu season, according to CDC data updated Friday morning. County health officials had said the … Read more

Officials: Valley girl first child in US to die from flu this season

HIDALGO COUNTY, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Hidalgo County officials have confirmed to ValleyCentral that a 3-year-old girl’s death earlier this month was flu-related. Hidalgo County is in south Texas on the U.S.-Mexico border. The Rio Grande Valley child’s death is now the nation’s first confirmed pediatric flu death in the United States for the 2022 flu … Read more

Doctors at Memorial Hermann Katy use new technology to treat blood clots

KATY, Texas (KTRK) — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, blood clots affect many people in the United States. About 100,000 people die of blood clots each year, and one in four people with pulmonary embolism, or P.E., can die without warning. But Memorial Hermann Katy now has state-of-the-art technology to quickly … Read more

RSV in children: Symptoms, treatment and what parents should know

NEW YORK CITY — In September, an 8-month-old baby came into Dr. Juanita Mora’s office in Chicago with an infection the doctor hadn’t expected to see for another two months: RSV. Like her peers across the country, the allergist and immunologist has been treating little ones with this cold-like virus well before the season usually … Read more

Boy dies of rare brain-eating amoeba after visit to Lake Mead, officials say

A boy has died after exposure to a rare brain-eating parasite at Lake Mead, the popular recreation area near Las Vegas, health officials say. The brain-eating amoeba, known technically as Naegleria fowleri, enters the body through the nose and can cause inflammation, seizures, coma and usually death. Health officials say it flourishes in warm, fresh-water … Read more

COVID US: CDC drops traveler health notices for individual countries

WASHINGTON — The federal government is scrapping another of its responses to the pandemic. On Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dropped its country-by-country COVID-19 travel health notices that it began issuing early in the pandemic. The reason: Fewer countries are testing for the virus or reporting the number of COVID-19 cases. … Read more

No Illinois Counties at ‘High’ COVID Community Level Status for First Time in Months, CDC Data Reveals

As a sign of progress in the fight against COVID-19, the Illinois Department of Public Health revealed none of Illinois’ 102 counties are listed at “high” community level status for the first time in more than four months. Every week since mid-May, at least one county had been listed at “high” status, the third of … Read more