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    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Doctors at hospitals throughout the area say they’re noticing a spike in emergency room wait times, and they say it’s for a myriad of reasons. The long wait times aren’t just at major hospitals like UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland. Doctors KDKA’s Amy Wadas spoke to say it’s happening at smaller hospitals too, and they stress it...
    The tragic rise was even sharper for teenage girls, specifically. Over roughly the last year, suspected suicide attempts for girls ages 12 to 17 went up an eye-popping 51% compared with the same period in 2019. Last year's mental health decline has also disproportionately affected children of color. Research published in Pediatrics this month determined that more than 140,000 kids...
    By Larry Keane Remember that American Rescue Plan signed by President Joe Biden that sent $1,400 checks to support those economically affected by the COVD-19 crisis? That was the plan pushed by The White House to provide direct relief to Americans, help contain the spread of COVID-19 and rescue the economy. Turns out, it is also being used to advance...
    The Food and Drug Administration announced on Wednesday that it gave emergency use authorization for booster shots of the Moderna and the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. The FDA also greenlighted adults to "mix and match" their booster shots. An advisory committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set to discuss boosters on Thursday. The...
    SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Police officers, firefighters, a veterinary technician and a plumber were the unlikely team that freed a puppy stuck in a bathtub drain. It happened Saturday night in Sleepy Hollow. READ MORE: MTA Enforcing Mask Use On Mass Transit, Distributing Thousands Of Free Masks Throughout SystemPolice say they tried to free the animal’s paw from the...
    Joe Manchin vs. civilization, continued In the news today: Senate Democrat Joe Manchin continues to thwart the nation's last chance to rework its energy infrastructure and, perhaps, dodge the worst of our impending, almost-unimaginable climate catastrophes. Advocacy groups staged a virtual walk-out during a meeting with the Biden administration in protest of the administration's continued backing of Trump-era anti-asylum policies. Former...
    RIKERS ISLAND (WABC) -- Victor Mercado, 64, had been awaiting trial on weapons charges since last July.Mercado tested positive for COVID last week while at the infirmary at Rikers and died on Friday.Mercado's girlfriend, Tammy Echevarria remembers his soft side."He was very loving, very loving and caring...he would talk to all the kids and take care of them and make...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – The Florida Department of Health on Friday proposed a long-term rule to try to prevent school mask mandates and give parents more authority to decide whether children who have been exposed to COVID-19 should be able to attend school. The department published the proposed rule as it tries to fend off a legal challenge from six school...
    Photo via AdobeThe Florida Department of Health on Friday proposed a long-term rule to try to prevent school mask mandates and give parents more authority to decide whether children who have been exposed to COVID-19 should be able to attend school. The department published the proposed rule as it tries to fend off a legal challenge from six school districts...
    U.S. President Joe Biden responds to a question from a reporter after speaking about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines and booster shots in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, September 24, 2021.Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters Led by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Republican-run states are already gearing up to challenge the legality of the Biden administration's vaccine mandate...
    WASHINGTON (CBS/CNN) – A panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration will meet Friday to look at booster shots for those who received the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. They’ll also discuss whether a mix-and-match strategy of using a booster from a different vaccine maker is safe or even beneficial. The same advisers voted Thursday to recommend emergency...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A UT Dallas-developed potential COVID-19 detection breathalyzer test may be available in the United States soon. Dr. Shalini Prasad is a professor of bioengineering at UT Dallas as well as a research collaborator for Sotech Health. READ MORE: Former Boeing 737 Chief Technical Pilot Indicted In North Texas For FraudFor the last 18 months, the two organizations...
    Joyce Johnson-Albert looks on as she receives an antibody infusion while lying on a bed in a trauma room at the Upper Tanana Health Center Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Tok, Alaska.Rick Bowmer | AP Dr. Jeremy Gitomer at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage realized last month there weren't enough dialysis machines to treat the flood of Covid patients...
    Delaware Gov. John Carney has extended the Public Health Emergency order in the state for another 30 days. In a news release , the governor extended the order for the third time to allow the state and medical providers to continue COVID-19 vaccinations and testing programs. “There’s no better way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and keep all Delaware...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A new COVID-19 treatment is being called a game-changer. Drugmaker Merck is asking for federal approval for a COVID-19 pill to treat the virus that people could take at home and possibly avoid treatment in the hospital. READ MORE: Around The Table: Investing And The EconomyThe announcement by Merck has doctors optimistic. Current COVID-19 treatments are...
    Creative Commons/Christa R.Blame Wisconsin. The Star Tribune reports: “The threat of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Minnesota’s deer herd prompted ‘emergency action’ by the state Monday morning. … The Department of Natural Resources said it is temporarily banning the movement and import of farmed whitetail deer. … The action comes as the DNR investigates CWD’s known spread in Minnesota and...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSNEWS.COM) — Drug maker Merck asked U.S. regulators Monday to authorize its pill against COVID-19 in what would add a new and easy-to-use weapon to the world’s arsenal against the pandemic. ♦♦♦ Click Here To Read The Complete Story On cbsnews.com ♦♦♦
    Merck, one of America's largest pharmaceutical companies, has put in an Emergency Use Authorization request for a pill that may be the first to treat COVID-19. On Friday, the pharmaceutical company released a statement declaring that they were preparing to apply for emergency use of their molnupiravir tablet with the Food and Drug Administration. If approved by the FDA,...
    The pharmaceutical company Merck and their partners at Ridgeback Biotherapeutics are seeking FDA emergency use authorization for an experimental pill they developed to treat non-severe coronavirus cases. Merck announced that they are requesting the authorization for molnupiravir after a series of trials suggested that the drug reduced the risk of hospitalization and death for Covid patients by around 50 percent....
    (CNN) — Merck said Monday it is seeking US Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization for its experimental antiviral Covid-19 treatment, molnupiravir. If authorization is granted, the drug, made by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, would be the first oral antiviral treatment to fight Covid-19. It comes in capsule form. Merck said it is asking for authorization for the capsules...
    In this article MRKThe Merck logo at the Merck campus in Rahway, New Jersey.Brendan McDermid | ReutersMerck said Monday it asked the Food and Drug Administration to authorize emergency use of its experimental antiviral pill to treat mild-to-moderate Covid-19 in adults. The U.S. drugmaker's request came after phase three clinical trial data released on October 1 showed the medication –...
    (CNN)Merck said Monday it is seeking US Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization for its experimental antiviral Covid-19 treatment, molnupiravir.If authorization is granted, the drug, made by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, would be the first oral antiviral treatment to fight Covid-19. It comes in capsule form.Merck said it is asking for authorization for the capsules to treat infected adults...
                      by Fred Lucas  President Joe Biden is using what one court opinion called “the most dramatic weapon in OSHA’s enforcement arsenal” to back up his COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employers with 100 or more workers. But relying on this bureaucratic weapon could be a risky strategy in the face of litigation threats, since courts...
    D.C.’s public emergency, which gives the city’s government the power to provide COVID-19 guidance, has been extended to 2022, according to a new Mayor’s order released Thursday. The public emergency was set to expire Friday, but will now continue through Jan. 7, 2022. According to the order, the extension was granted following the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, new...
    President Joe Biden said Thursday he personally reached out to a hospital the night before to ensure the wife of his "good friend" received immediate care because the "waiting room was so crowded." "Last night, I was on the telephone with a person at an emergency hospital ward in Pennsylvania because a good friend had called, and he had rushed...
    Finally, a chance to get 'back to normal'? It's official: Pfizer and BioNTech have now formally asked the Food and Drug Administration to grant an emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine to be given to children aged 5 to 11 years. If granted, it will close another big gap in getting the United States closer to "herd immunity," a...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Big news on the vaccine front; Pfizer has requested emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine for children age 5-11. Currently, the vaccine is only approved for anyone over the age of 12, but by the end of the month that could be changing. READ MORE: Annapolis Police Department Mourning The Loss Of Lt. Brian DellaIf approved,...
    This article was written by WTOP’s news partner InsideNoVa.com and republished with permission. Sign up for InsideNoVa.com’s free email subscription today. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is asking Gov. Ralph Northam to waive the witness signature requirement for absentee ballots cast by mail in this fall’s election. The board voted 9-1 for the proposal by Chair Jeffrey McKay to...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s an exciting development that parents have been waiting for in the fight against COVID. Pfizer has applied to the FDA for emergency use authorization to use its COVID vaccine in children ages 5-11. READ MORE: 18 Ex-NBA Players Charged In $4M Health Care Fraud SchemeAs CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reports, Pfizer already has authorization to...
    Pfizer and BioNTech requested Food and Drug Administration emergency authorization of their COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, the companies announced Thursday. Pfizer took to Twitter to share the news, writing: "With new cases in children in the U.S. continuing to be at a high level, this submission is an important step in our ongoing effort against #COVID19."...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Pfizer officially submitted a request to the FDA for emergency authorization of their COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old. UPDATE: We and @BioNTech_Group officially submitted our request to @US_FDA for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of our #COVID19 vaccine in children 5 to
    (CNN) — As soon as the US Food and Drug Administration authorizes the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 in the United States, pediatricians’ offices, local pharmacies and even some schools will be ready to help get those first doses into young arms. Vaccine makers Pfizer and BioNTech announced on Thursday that they have officially submitted a...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A political standstill is preventing a special legislative session at the Minnesota State Capitol, putting the fate of bonus pay for frontline workers and drought relief for farmers in limbo. September came and went without lawmakers reconvening in St. Paul, which was long anticipated in order to pass $250 million approved for frontline worker...
    Sign up here to get our updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. Among the requests Gov. Tim Walz made of legislative leaders Tuesday was to have them pass a requirement that school staff and eligible students get vaccinated against COVID-19.  That request — part of a...
    Johnson & Johnson announced today it has submitted data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to support use of a booster shot of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in individuals 18 years of age and older. The submission includes recent results from the Phase 3 ENSEMBLE 2 study that...
    A MUM who refused a Covid vaccine was killed by the virus before meeting her ninth child after doctors were forced to carry out an emergency C-section. Jennifer Rosebluff-Thomas was 29 weeks pregnant when she caught the delta variant in August and never recovered. 1Mum-of-nine Jennifer Rosebluff-Thomas was 29 weeks pregnant when she fell ill with CovidCredit: Facebook The mum-of-eight...
    Pharmaceutical developer Johnson & Johnson is seeking emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for its COVID-19 booster vaccine for people 18 years and older. The company claims that a booster dose given six months after the initial one-dose regimen increases antibodies 12 times during the first month following administration of the booster and is 94% effective...
    GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization is still reviewing data about Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine as part of hopes that it can be approved by the U.N. health agency for emergency use against coronavirus, but said Tuesday that no decision is imminent. The clarification comes after Russia’s Health Minister Mikhail Murashko in recent days reportedly said that administrative...
    Days after the D.C. Council announced plans to introduce emergency legislation aimed at expanding virtual learning and loosening attendance policies, Mayor Muriel Bowser doubled down on her stance that the city’s current approach aligns with national health guidelines and urged the council to reconsider. In a letter to Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Bowser wrote that “we are collectively working hard...
    In this article JNJ MRNA BNTX PFE VIDEO4:2404:24Merck could seek emergency FDA nod for Covid pill this week: GottliebSquawk BoxDr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Monday that unlike in 2020 he fully expects families and friends to gather around the holidays this year. He also suggested there are ways to do so that can minimize Covid risk. "Nothing is...
    By The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska on Saturday activated emergency crisis protocols that allow 20 health care facilities to ration care if needed as the state recorded the nation’s worst COVID-19 diagnosis rates in the U.S. in recent days, straining its limited health care system. The declaration covers three facilities that had already declared emergency protocol, including the...
    Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), testifies before a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing to examine an update from Federal officials on efforts to combat COVID-19 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on May 11, 2021 in Washington, DC.Jim Lo Scalzo | Getty Images White...
    New Jersey drug manufacturer Merck & Co. and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics on Friday said the new experimental COVID-19 drug significantly reduces hospitalization time and chance of death for 50 percent of patients with mild to moderate cases. In light of the new findings, the Kenilworth-based company has stopped the drug's trial to apply for emergency use authorization. Molnupiravir is an oral pill...
    A new pharmaceutical company is throwing its hat in the ring as the country continues its fight against COVID-19. Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics announced on Friday, Oct. 1 that it is planning to apply for federal emergency approval of a pill that can reportedly help prevent hospitalizations and deaths in COVID-19 patients. According to the company, trials have found that the...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s been a potentially major advancement in the efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic. New Jersey-based drugmaker Merck & Co. says its experimental COVID-19 pill is so effective that the trial has been halted so it can immediately apply for emergency use authorization. Merck & Co.’s drug would be the first pill to treat COVID-19. If it...
    PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — A pill has cut the risk of hospitalization or death from COVID-19 by half in a study, Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics said Friday. It would become the first oral medicine that fights viral infection for Covid-19 if approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization. “At the interim analysis, molnupiravir reduced the risk...
    Pharmaceutical company Merck will apply for emergency use authorization for a pill that may be the first to treat COVID-19, according to experiment results released by the company on Friday. Merck and its partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics tracked 775 adults with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms who were considered to be at higher risk for severe disease due to health...
    In this article MRKA nurse tends to a Covid-19 patient at SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, August 24, 2021.Nick Oxford | ReutersMerck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics plan to seek emergency authorization for their oral antiviral treatment for Covid-19, after the medicine showed "compelling results" in clinical trials. The drug, molnupiravir, reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by...
    By Mari Yamaguchi | Associated Press TOKYO — Japan fully came out of a coronavirus state of emergency for the first time in more than six months as the country starts to gradually ease virus measures to help rejuvenate the pandemic-hit economy as the infections slowed. At Tokyo’s busy Shinagawa train station, a sea of mask-wearing commuters rushed to their...