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First responders nationwide resist COVID vaccine mandates

September 20, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Amethyst, the five-year old daughter of Erin “Toke” Tokley, a Philadelphia cop who died from COVID-19 in March, poses with a portrait of her father on Aug. 29, 2021, in Secane, Pa. Tokley was scheduled to be vaccinated on March 11 – which turned out to be his funeral. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson) By…

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Diabetes technology aims to simplify life

September 20, 2021

BPT Hiking, swimming, traveling — the summer and fall seasons are all about adventure. But for the 7.4 million Americans who require insulin due to type 1 diabetes, being on-the-go can be complicated.  There’s so much to think about when it comes to managing diabetes, from checking blood glucose, to tracking food intake and exercise….

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Young Africans struggle with jobs, education amid pandemic

September 10, 2021

By Farai Mutsaka and Andrew Meldrum ASSOCIATED PRESS HARARE, Zimbabwe — The future looked promising for Tinashe Mapuranga, an intern at a leading bank in Zimbabwe who appeared set to get a staff position as soon as he completed his college degree. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Amid the lockdowns, the 24-year-old was one of…

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What can employers do if workers avoid COVID-19 vaccines?

September 10, 2021

ASSOCIATED PRESS They can require vaccination and fire employees who don’t comply, or take other actions such as withholding company perks or charging extra for health insurance. Businesses for months have been encouraging workers to get vaccinated, in some cases offering incentives like time off or gift cards. But more are taking a harder stance…

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Pain medicine specialists innovate to tackle America’s ongoing opioid epidemic by reducing misuse after surgery

September 10, 2021

BPT Drug overdose deaths broke records during 2020, and while the pandemic no doubt contributed, surgery plays an often-overlooked role in America’s ongoing opioid epidemic because many patients continue to use their prescribed opioids months after their procedures. Pain medicine specialists are leading the way in addressing the opioid epidemic by developing strategies to reduce…

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Answers to six common questions about COVID-19 vaccines

September 2, 2021

BPT COVID-19 vaccines are authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for widespread use for those who are eligible. But while vaccines are now more accessible, vaccination rates are slowing across the country. Those still uncertain about whether the COVID-19 vaccine is right for them can look to trusted health experts within their…

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US regulators give full approval to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

August 27, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Florida International University student Rico Rozier gets the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a site on campus, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier) By Lauran Neergaard and Matthew Perrone ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON — The U.S. gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, a milestone that may help lift public confidence…

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Five back-to-school tips to support children’s emotional well-being

August 27, 2021

BPT Over a year and a half of coping with the pandemic is taking a toll on everyone’s emotional and mental health, and may be affecting children and teens even more than adults. According to recent research from the Kaiser Family Foundation, over 25% of high school students have experienced a decline in emotional and…

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Sparked by pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across US

August 27, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Arlena Brown, center, holds her youngest child, Lucy, 9 months, as she and husband, Robert, left, lead their other children, from left, Jacoby, 11; Felicity, 9, and Riley, 10, through math practice at their home in Austin, Texas, Tuesday, July 13, 2021. “I didn’t want my kids to become a statistic and not…

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Five tips for easing the transition to in-person back to school

August 20, 2021

BPT As most working American parents and students prepare to return to in-person work and school, after a year plus of remote work and virtual learning, it begs the question for parents: How prepared are you to handle not only back to school, but also back to after school? The impact felt from COVID-19 —…

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