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U.S. overdose deaths topped 100,000 in one year, officials say

NEW YORK – An estimated 100,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in one year, a never-before-seen milestone that health officials say is tied to the COVID-19 pandemic and a more dangerous dr...

Study: Childhood obesity in U.S. accelerated during pandemic

NEW YORK – A new study ties the COVID-19 pandemic to an “alarming” increase in obesity in U.S. children and teenagers. Childhood obesity has been increasing for decades, but the new work su...

U.S. life expectancy in 2020 saw biggest drop since WWII

NEW YORK – U.S. life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest one-year decline since World War II, public health officials said Wednesday. The decrease for both Black Americ...

US overdose deaths hit record 93,000 in pandemic last year

NEW YORK – Overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government reported Wednesday. That estimate far eclipses the high of about 72,...

Experts: Benefits of COVID vaccine outweigh small heart risk

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal officials said Wednesday they plan to strengthen cautions about a rare side effect of some COVID-19 vaccines — chest pain and heart inflammation, mostly among teenagers and young adults.

Experts see strides on AIDS, but COVID-19 halted progress

NEW YORK– Some researchers believe COVID-19 has derailed the fight against HIV, siphoning away health workers and other resources and setting back a U.S. campaign to decimate the AIDS epidem...

U.S. officials: Anxiety drove vaccine reactions in 5 states

NEW YORK – It was anxiety – and not a problem with the shots – that caused fainting, dizziness and other short-term reactions in dozens of people at coronavirus vaccine clinics in five state...

AP analysis: The expected COVID baby boom may be a baby bust

Births have fallen dramatically in many states

CDC says many Americans can now go outside without a mask

NEW YORK – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidelines Tuesday on the wearing of masks outdoors, saying fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to cover their faces any...

U.S. suicides dropped last year, defying pandemic expectations

NEW YORK – The number of U.S. suicides fell nearly 6% last year amid the coronavirus pandemic – the largest annual decline in at least four decades, according to preliminary government data....

COVID-19 vaccine found highly effective in real-world U.S. study

NEW YORK – The U.S. government’s first look at the real-world use of COVID-19 vaccines found their effectiveness was nearly as robust as it was in controlled studies. The two vacc...

Fully vaccinated people can gather without masks, CDC says

NEW YORK – Fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing, according to long-awaited guidance from federal health offi...