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Health
March 6, 2021
Biden encouraged by consumer interest in ‘Obamacare’ offer

WASHINGTON (AP) In a solid start, more than 200,000 people signed up for coverage the first two weeks after President Joe Biden reopened HealthCare.gov as part of his coronavirus response, the government said Wednesday. Early consumer interest in the three-month special enrollment period shows pent-up demand for health insurance a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

February 27, 2021
Ad campaign launches to build public trust in COVID-19 shots

NEW YORK (AP) A public service ad campaign unveiled Thursday aims to convince Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, telling them “It’s Up to You.” The campaign by the Ad Council and its partners is focused on those who may be hesitant to get the shots. One print ad reads: “Getting back to hugs starts […]

February 20, 2021
Visitors allowed at Rochester Regional hospitals

As cases of COVID-19 are trending downward in our community, Rochester Regional Health is welcoming visitors back to their hospitals seven days a week. It is because the community and teams continue to follow safety guidelines that there was been a decrease in infections. RRH reminds the public to please continue to wear your mask, […]

February 13, 2021
New data shows racial disparities in vaccine administration

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)  New and limited data released Wednesday from the Connecticut Department of Public Health suggests there are racial disparities in the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine in the state, mirroring what’s been happening in other states where Black populations lag far behind white populations in getting the shot. As of Feb. 3, nearly […]

February 6, 2021
McKinsey to pay $573M for role in opioid crisis

By Geoff MulvihillAssociated Press The global business consulting firm McKinsey & Company has agreed to a $573 million settlement over its role in advising companies on how to “supercharge” opioid sales amid an overdose crisis, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person was not authorized to speak […]

January 30, 2021
J&J 1-dose shot prevents COVID-19, but less than some others

By LAURAN NEERGAARD and LINDA A. JOHNSONAssociated Press Johnson & Johnson's long-awaited vaccine appears to protect against COVID-19 with just one shot - not as strong as some two-shot rivals but still potentially helpful for a world in dire need of more doses. J&J said Friday that in the U.S. and seven other countries, the […]

January 23, 2021
New studies clarify which genes may raise breast cancer risk

Two large studies give a much sharper picture of which inherited mutations raise the risk of breast cancer for women without a family history of the disease, and how common these flawed genes are in the general population. Doctors say the results published Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine can help women make […]

January 16, 2021
What should I know about COVID-19 vaccines if I’m pregnant?

What should I know about COVID-19 vaccines if I’m pregnant? Vaccination is likely the best way to prevent COVID-19 in pregnancy, when risks for severe illness and death from the virus are higher than usual. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says COVID-19 vaccinations should not be withheld from pregnant women, and that women […]

January 9, 2021
Walgreens to sell drug wholesale business for $6.5B

By Tom MurphyAP Health Writer Walgreens Boots Alliance will sell its pharmaceutical wholesale business to AmerisourceBergen in a $6.5 billion cash and stock deal. Pharmaceutical wholesalers essentially act as middlemen, purchasing drugs from manufacturers and then distributing them to customers like drugstore chains, hospitals and doctor’s offices. Walgreens said Wednesday that the deal will allow […]

January 2, 2021
China OKs 1st homegrown vaccine said to be 79.3% effective

BEIJING (AP)  Chinese health regulators said Thursday that they have given conditional approval to a coronavirus vaccine developed by state-owned Sinopharm. The two-dose vaccine is the first approved for general use in China. The go-ahead comes as the country has begun to vaccinate 50 million people before the Lunar New Year holiday in February. Conditional […]

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VanHout, Tracey Lynn

MARION: Tracey passed away on February 20, 2021 at age 44.  She was predeceased by her daughter, Shaylynn Aubrey VanHout Caster; fiancé, Samuel Pergolizzi. Tracey is survived by her daughter, Abi (Louis Grayson) VanHout; parents, Gerald and Charlotte VanHout; siblings, Trevor VanHout; niece, Leah VanHout; aunt, Sharon (Steve) Smith; extended family and friends; beloved dog, […]

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Gallaher, James W. “Jim”

WALWORTH/ONTARIO: November 13, 1948 – February 27, 2021. Jim passed away due to complications from being struck, by a hit and run driver, on the night of February 28, 2006 while serving with the Lincoln Fire Department. Jim is predeceased by his parents Burrell and Alice, and his sister Barbara. Jim is survived by his wife […]

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