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Health

‘They are remarkable. They are the glue.’

SARANAC LAKE — The sole outpatient oncology department in the Adirondacks has an interesting history — and an even more interesting team. When Adirondack Medical Center (then the General Hospital of Saranac Lake) established its oncology clinic in June 1983, a physician would fly in from ...

Pfizer seeks OK of updated COVID vaccine booster for fall

Pfizer asked U.S. regulators Monday to authorize its combination COVID-19 vaccine that adds protection against the newest omicron relatives — a key step toward opening a fall booster campaign. The Food and Drug Administration ordered vaccine makers to tweak their shots to target BA.4 and ...

US offers extra monkeypox vaccine doses for gay pride events

NEW YORK — The U.S. is setting aside an extra 50,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine for places with upcoming gay pride events, health officials said Thursday. The number of doses sent to each will be based on factors like the size of the event, how many health workers will be available to give ...

Brain-eating amoeba suspected in 2nd Midwest death

OMAHA, Neb. — A child likely died from a rare infection caused by a brain-eating amoeba after swimming in an eastern Nebraska river, health officials said, making it the second such probable death in the Midwest this summer and raising the question of whether climate change is playing a ...

Monkeypox concerns loom as campuses reopen

ALBANY — Students, administrators and professors heading back to New York’s colleges and universities for the fall semester have to contend with a new worry: the fact that New York is the epicenter of the nation’s monkeypox outbreak. As of Tuesday, with dozens of new cases being ...

Youth mental health is in crisis. Are schools doing enough?

CECILIA, Ky. — For fourth-grader Leah Rainey, the school day now begins with what her teacher calls an “emotional check-in.” “It’s great to see you. How are you feeling?” chirps a cheery voice on her laptop screen. It asks her to click an emoji matching her state of mind: Happy. ...