Category: Health

Passenger Exposed Buttocks and Threw a Can During Flight, Prosecutors Say

Passenger Exposed Buttocks and Threw a Can During Flight, Prosecutors Say

A passenger who refused to wear a mask on a flight from Dublin to New York pulled down his pants and exposed his buttocks, threw a can at a passenger and put his cap on the captain’s head and told him, “Don’t touch me,” prosecutors said in a case unsealed on Friday.After the Delta flight from Dublin to John F. Kennedy International Airport on Jan. 7, the passenger, Shane McInerney, 29, of Galway, Ireland, was charged with intentionally assaulting and intimidating a crew member, prosecutors said. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years...

Rural residents can’t get their medicines or COVID-19 help with pharmacies shuttering : NPR

Rural residents can’t get their medicines or COVID-19 help with pharmacies shuttering : NPR

Rural residents are waiting in line for hours to get prescriptions filled because pharmacies are closing down or limiting hours. Pharmacy companies blame high insurance fees and employee burnout. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Americans have been going to their local pharmacy for more than just prescriptions during the pandemic. They've been going there for masks, COVID-19 tests and vaccines. But even with that increased business, retail pharmacies, big and small, are closing their doors. Oregon Public Broadcasting's April Ehrlich reports that these closures are straining small towns where options were already limited. APRIL EHRLICH, BYLINE:...

Booster Shots Instrumental in Fighting Omicron, C.D.C. Data Show

Booster Shots Instrumental in Fighting Omicron, C.D.C. Data Show

Booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines aren’t just preventing infections with the highly contagious Omicron variant — they’re also keeping infected Americans from ending up in the hospital, according to data published on Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The extra doses are 90 percent effective against hospitalization with the variant, the agency reported. Booster shots also reduced the likelihood of a visit to an emergency department or urgent care clinic. The extra doses were most effective against infection and death among Americans aged 50 and older, the data showed.Over...

COVID tests and KN95 masks can be pricey. How are these expenses affecting you? : NPR

COVID tests and KN95 masks can be pricey. How are these expenses affecting you? : NPR

People receive boxes of KN95 face masks during a back to school event offering school supplies, COVID-19 vaccinations, face masks, and other resources for children and their families at the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA in August. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images People receive boxes of KN95 face masks during a back to school event offering school supplies, COVID-19 vaccinations, face masks, and other resources for children and their families at the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA in August. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via...

Mushie & Co Recalls FRIGG Pacifiers Over Choking Hazard

Mushie & Co Recalls FRIGG Pacifiers Over Choking Hazard

More than 330,000 pacifiers have been voluntarily recalled by their manufacturer after reports that they could pose a choking hazard, according to a notice posted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.Mushie & Co, a baby goods store, is recalling its FRIGG silicone pacifiers because the “base of the silicone nipple has a fine slit that can cause the nipple to detach from the plastic shield, posing a choking hazard,” according to the recall notice, which was posted on Wednesday.Mushie received more than 200 reports internationally that the nipple detached from the plastic shield...

Roe v. Wade could be reversed, 49 years later, though Americans views are split : Shots

Roe v. Wade could be reversed, 49 years later, though Americans views are split : Shots

Demonstrators gathered in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices heard arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, a case about a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks, on December 01, 2021. Experts believe a ruling on this case could undermine or overturn Roe v. Wade. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Demonstrators gathered in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices heard arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, a case about a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks,...

At Sundance, Two Films Look at Abortion and the Jane Collective

At Sundance, Two Films Look at Abortion and the Jane Collective

Judith Arcana was 27 and recently separated from her husband when she began driving women surreptitiously for safe — but illegal — abortions. The year was 1970, she was an out-of-work teacher on the South Side of Chicago, and she was spending her days counseling women in need.“I don’t think we were crazy,” said Arcana, now 78. “I don’t think we were stupid. I think that we had found something that was so important, so useful in the lives of women and girls.”“We were radicalized in the arena of women’s bodies,” she said. “We...

New Zealand will not impose lockdown when omicron hits : NPR

New Zealand will not impose lockdown when omicron hits : NPR

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses a post-Cabinet press conference at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. Mark Mitchell/AP hide caption toggle caption Mark Mitchell/AP New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses a post-Cabinet press conference at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. Mark Mitchell/AP WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand is among the few remaining countries to have avoided any outbreaks of the omicron variant — but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Thursday an outbreak was inevitable and the nation would tighten restrictions as soon as...

Starbucks drops COVID vaccine mandate after Supreme Court ruling : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Starbucks drops COVID vaccine mandate after Supreme Court ruling : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Starbucks is no longer requiring its U.S. workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, reversing a policy it announced earlier this month, saying it was responding to last week's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. David Zalubowski/AP file photo hide caption toggle caption David Zalubowski/AP file photo Starbucks is no longer requiring its U.S. workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, reversing a policy it announced earlier this month, saying it was responding to last week's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. David Zalubowski/AP file photo Starbucks is no longer requiring its U.S. workers to be...

How Does Getting a Breakthrough Covid Case Affect My Immunity?

How Does Getting a Breakthrough Covid Case Affect My Immunity?

Experts also caution against trying to get infected on purpose as a way to gain hybrid immunity. “I really worry that people will intentionally get infected so they can get to this ‘new normal’,” said Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease specialist at Bellevue Hospital Center. The virus is unpredictable, and even young people can become very sick. “Something could go wrong, and they could end up in the hospital,” she said. In addition, it’s impossible to know who might develop long Covid after an infection.How much does hybrid immunity protect you?The immunity boost...

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