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    China ministry seeks more fever clinics to combat respiratory illness surge

    China's health ministry on Sunday urged local authorities to increase the number of fever clinics as the country grapples with a surge in respiratory illnesses in its first full winter since easing COVID-19 restrictions. The spike become a global issue last week when the World Health Organization asked China for more information, citing a report on clusters of undiagnosed pneumonia in children by the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases. China and the WHO have faced questions about the tra

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    4 out of 5 Mexicans who got a flu shot this year turned down Cuban and Russian COVID-19 vaccines

    Four out of five people in Mexico who got influenza shots so far this year turned down the government’s recommendation that they get Russian or Cuban COVID-19 boosters at the same time, officials said Tuesday. Assistant Health Secretary Ruy López Ridaura attributed the high refusal rate to people being reluctant to get two vaccines at the same time. “People have a certain reluctance to get simultaneous vaccinations,” López Ridaura said.

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  • HealthYahoo Canada Style

    COVID subvariant HV.1 is spreading across Canada: What experts say people should know

    HV.1 makes up more than a third of reported COVID-19 cases in the country, according to the latest data.

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    US childhood vaccination exemptions reach their highest level ever

    The proportion of U.S. kindergartners exempted from school vaccination requirements has hit its highest level ever, 3%, U.S. health officials said Thursday. “The bad news is that it’s gone down since the pandemic and still hasn’t rebounded,” said Dr. Sean O’Leary, a University of Colorado pediatric infectious diseases specialist. “The good news is that the vast majority of parents are still vaccinating their kids according to the recommended schedule.”

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  • HealthAssociated Press

    Mind-altering ketamine becomes latest pain treatment, despite little research or regulation

    As U.S. doctors scale back their use of opioid painkillers, a new option for hard-to-treat pain is taking root: ketamine, the decades-old surgical drug that is now a trendy psychedelic therapy. Prescriptions for ketamine have soared in recent years, driven by for-profit clinics and telehealth services offering the medication as a treatment for pain, depression, anxiety and other conditions. “There’s a paucity of options for pain and so there’s a tendency to just grab the next thing that can ma

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    Montana's psychiatric hospital is poorly run and neglect has hastened patient deaths, lawsuit says

    Montana's state psychiatric hospital has been so poorly run for decades that patients are unsafe and not treated with dignity and respect, which combined with a pattern of understaffing, lack of training and neglect has hastened the deaths of two patients, a lawsuit filed this week states. The families of Lucio DiMauro and David Patzoldt, and patient Lesley Jungers, filed a federal lawsuit in Butte on Tuesday alleging low-income residents with mental health issues are “systematically abused and

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    Norway's 86-year-old king tests positive for COVID-19 and has mild symptoms

    Norway’s 86-year-old King Harald V, who has been in frail health in the past few years, has tested positive for the coronavirus and has mild symptoms, royal officials said on Sunday. The Norwegian monarch had also tested positive in March 2022 with mild symptoms. Officials have earlier said Harald had received three COVID-19 vaccine shots but it's not known whether he had received booster shots.

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