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  • Biden's ambitious expansion of long-term care sparks debate

    WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden is proposing a major expansion of the government’s role in long-term care, but questions are being raised over his using the low-income Medicaid program and piggybacking the whole idea on an infrastructure bill.
  • Ontario science table recommends limiting use of COVID drug due to supply shortage

    TORONTO - An expert group is recommending Ontario clinicians ration doses of a drug used to treat COVID-19 as a supply shortage coincides with a third wave of infections that's sending more patients into intensive care.
  • Vaccine passports are latest flash point in COVID politics

    HARRISBURG, Pa. - Vaccine passports being developed to verify COVID-19 immunization status and allow inoculated people to more freely travel, shop and dine have become the latest flash point in America’s perpetual political wars, with Republicans portraying them as a heavy-handed intrusion into personal freedom and private health choices.
  • In Nevada desert, a technology firm aims to be a government

    CARSON CITY, Nev. - In the Nevada desert, a cryptocurrency magnate hopes to turn dreams of a futuristic “smart city” into reality. To do that, he’s asking the state to let companies like his form local governments on land they own, which would grant them power over everything from schools to law enforcement.
  • Rush of visitors at Red River Gorge sparks call for changes

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - One of Appalachia's most beloved natural attractions is becoming a victim of its own popularity.
  • Health panel proposes colon cancer tests start at 45, not 50

    NEW YORK - A panel of health experts wants U.S. adults to start getting colon cancer screenings at age 45, five years younger than it previously recommended.
  • CDC changes, then retracts, web posting on how virus spreads

    NEW YORK - The top U.S. public health agency stirred confusion by posting — and then taking down — an apparent change in its position on how easily the coronavirus can spread from person to person through the air.
  • Third virus vaccine reaches major hurdle: final US testing

    A handful of the dozens of experimental COVID-19 vaccines in human testing have reached the last and biggest hurdle — looking for the needed proof that they really work as a U.S. advisory panel suggested Tuesday a way to ration the first limited doses once a vaccine wins approval.
  • Canada's drag queens on staying fierce after COVID-19 sidelined a big year

    TORONTO - Kevin Levesque rarely hesitates to get his hands dirty working the crowds as drag queen Miss Conception, but when things got hairy this summer in the live entertainment world, the Toronto performer literally dug his heels into the mud.
  • Health panel may open lung cancer screening to more smokers

    A U.S. health panel wants to widen the number of Americans offered yearly scans for lung cancer by opening the screening to less-heavy smokers.

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