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COVID-19 deaths have fallen significantly over the last nine months, but the world must remain vigilant as new subvariants spread, the World Health Organization's top official said Nov. 9. Last week, about 9,400 deaths were reported globally, down nearly 90 percent from February, when the weekly death toll topped 75,000, according to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus...

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New CDC surveillance data show there have been more than 880,000 influenza infections nationwide so far this season, including 6,900 hospitalizations and 360 deaths, making for an unusually early and brutal cycle. The burden of influenza has not reached the current level in more than a decade. "The data are ominous," remarks William Schaffner, a professor of infectious diseases at Vander...

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The Biden administration on Thursday extended the nation’s COVID-19 public health emergency for the next 90 days as officials brace for a potential surge of infections over the winter. The declaration comes as daily deaths and case rates have been falling, though the U.S. continues to see more than 300 people dying due to COVID-19 each day.  White House health officials ...

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed a shortage of the medication commonly referred to by the brand name Adderall.  “FDA is in frequent communication with all manufacturers of amphetamine mixed salts, and one of those companies, Teva, is experiencing ongoing intermittent manufacturing delays,” the FDA said in a statement on Wednesday. “Other manufactu...

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New research in Nature Communications underscores the difficult road to recovery for many people with long COVID. The Scottish study involved more than 33,000 participants with lab-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections and nearly 63,000 controls with no history of infection. Followup 6 and 18 months after infection revealed that 1 in 20 patients still had not recovered from symptoms such as breathles...

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