U.S. life expectancy drops a year in pandemic, most since WWII

Life expectancy in the United States dropped a staggering one year during the first half of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic caused its first wave of deaths, health officials are reporting....

DATE: Feb. 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Health

UN authorizes AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine for emergency use

TORONTO – The World Health Organization has granted an emergency authorization to AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine, a move that should allow the U.N. agency’s partners to ship millions of doses to...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Health

CDC study finds two masks are better than one vs. COVID-19

NEW YORK – U.S. government researchers found that two masks are better than one in slowing coronavirus spread, but health officials stopped short of recommending that everyone double up. The...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Health

Durango local finds new strength after near-fatal crash

When Tanner Wegher regained consciousness, the road was 150 feet away. He was disoriented and lying on frozen dirt far from the remains of his car in a remote area of the San Luis Valley. He...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘New chance at life’: Man gets face, hands in rare surgery

NEW YORK – Almost six months after a rare face and hands transplant, Joe DiMeo is relearning how to smile, blink, pinch and squeeze. The 22-year-old New Jersey resident had the operation last...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Health

Karen Zink made call that launched community vaccination clinic

At the end of December, Karen Zink called San Juan Basin Public Health Executive Director Liane Jollon to see how she could help in the COVID-19 vaccination effort. “I said, ‘What are your plans...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Simple is beautiful’: One-shot vaccine proves effective

The first one-shot COVID-19 vaccine provides good protection against the illness, Johnson & Johnson reported in a key study released Friday, offering the world a potentially important new tool as...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2021 | CATEGORY: Health

Even with vaccine, public should follow health guidelines, SJBPH says

Fewer than 10% of La Plata and Archuleta county residents have received the vaccine as the COVID-19 community vaccination effort enters its sixth week. San Juan Basin Public Health and community...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

FDA approves 1st long-acting HIV drug combo, monthly shots

U.S. regulators have approved the first long-acting drug combo for HIV, monthly shots that can replace the daily pills now used to control infection with the AIDS virus. Thursday’s approval of the...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2021 | CATEGORY: Health

La Plata County nonprofit receives 3,000 pounds of vitamins

The Herb Hut Free Clinic, a La Plata County nonprofit, received 3,000 pounds of multivitamins this week that it intends to hand out to local residents in need – free. The Herb Hut has a clinic on...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Another record decline reported in U.S. cancer death rate

NEW YORK – Researchers on Tuesday reported another record one-year decline in the U.S. cancer death rate, a drop they attribute to success against lung cancer. The overall cancer death rate has...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Health

COVID-19 herd immunity unlikely in 2021 despite vaccines

GENEVA – The World Health Organization’s chief scientist warned that even as numerous countries start rolling out vaccination programs to stop COVID-19, herd immunity is highly unlikely this year....

DATE: Jan. 11, 2021 | CATEGORY: Health

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