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Fewer than 1 in 3 insured hepatitis C patients getting cure

NEW YORK — Fewer than 1 in 3 people infected with hepatitis C are getting the expensive treatments that can cure them, according to a U.S. government study released Tuesday. The report is distressing because it focused on those with health insurance — the group most likely to get treated ...

Polio fears rise in NY amid possible spread

ALBANY — New York state health officials issued a more urgent call Thursday for unvaccinated children and adults to get inoculated against polio, citing new evidence of possible “community spread” of the dangerous virus. The polio virus has now been found in seven different wastewater ...

Under fire, US officials say monkeypox can still be stopped

WASHINGTON — The country’s monkeypox outbreak can still be stopped, U.S. health officials said Thursday, despite rising case numbers and so far limited vaccine supplies. The Biden administration’s top health official pushed back against criticism about the pace of the response and ...

As COVID cases climb, advice remains the same: Get vaccinated

While the North Country and the rest of the state are nowhere near the peak coronavirus infection rates reached in recent winters, when places like Clinton County were reporting hundreds of new infections daily, cases are climbing across New York. “We’re seeing the same trend throughout ...

WHO chief advises reducing sex partners to avoid monkeypox

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization on Wednesday advised men at risk of catching monkeypox to consider reducing their sexual partners “for the moment” following the U.N. health agency declaring the escalating outbreaks in multiple countries to be a global emergency. ...

FDA chief’s long-promised opioid review faces skepticism

WASHINGTON — As U.S. opioid deaths mounted in 2016, the incoming head of the Food and Drug Administration promised a “sweeping review” of prescription painkillers in hopes of reversing the worst overdose epidemic in American history. Dr. Robert Califf even personally commissioned a ...