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Kansas City hospitals overwhelmed, some forced to turn away ambulances as COVID-19 cases jump

By KARMA ALLEN, ABC News(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Hospitals in and around Kansas City, Missouri, are overwhelmed amid a troubling spike in COVID-19 cases that has forced some facilitates to refuse non-emergency care and others to turn away ambulances due to over-occupancy.Average daily COVID-19 hospitalizations were up about 10% this…... Read More

FDA's warning to pregnant women: Pain medication in 2nd half of pregnancy could lead to complications

By KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Pregnant women should avoid a group of over-the-counter pain relievers, including Advil and Aleve, for one month longer than previously advised, according to a new warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).Those pain relievers should now be avoided by pregnant women…... Read More

The last COVID-free counties in America

By ERIN SCHUMAKER and MARK NICHOLS, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Americans watched as the novel coronavirus swept through the country this year, eyes glued to colorful maps tracking the virus like a storm as it blasted through New York, spread through meatpacking plants in the Midwest and ravaged schools and…... Read More

Could schools be COVID-19 super-spreader sites? Experts still aren't sure

By SOPHIE TATUM, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Schools have received a lot of attention during the pandemic, but without a rigorous national effort to collect more and better data it's too early to tell whether in-person schooling is significantly contributing to COVID-19 transmissions, according to experts and education advocates.Some districts,…... Read More

Drug overdose deaths rose during the 1st months of 2020: CDC

By ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News(ATLANTA) -- While news coverage of United States' opioid epidemic has taken a backseat to the coronavirus this year, new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention forecast a grim year for fatal overdoses.During the first three months of 2020, drug overdose deaths rose…... Read More

Thanksgiving safety amid COVID-19: Here's what you should consider to stay safe

By KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate and be grateful with family and friends, but festivities will likely look different this year due to the pandemic."Understanding that everyone has this traditional emotional understandable warm feeling about the holidays and bringing a group of people,…... Read More

#MeToo founder Tarana Burke says group's new digital platform 'Act Too' is 'an offering directly to survivors'

By HAYLEY FITZPATRICK, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The #MeToo movement is releasing a new campaign aimed at giving back to survivors on the third anniversary of the now-famous hashtag going viral.The "Act Too" initiative is a digital platform that contains technology outlining actionable measures one can take or commit to…... Read More

Former 'Bachelorette' star Becca Kufrin reveals she's freezing her eggs

By ANDREA TUCCILLO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Former Bachelorette star Becca Kufrin isn't taking any chances when it comes to her fertility.Following her split from fiancé Garrett Yrigoyen, the 30-year-old revealed in her Instagram Story this week that she’s freezing her eggs.Kufrin and Yrigoyen appeared in season 14 of the…... Read More

Risk of COVID-19 exposure on planes 'virtually nonexistent' when masked, study shows

By GIO BENITEZ and SAM SWEENEY, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- United Airlines says the risk of COVID-19 exposure onboard its aircraft is "virtually non-existent" after a new study finds that when masks are worn there is only a 0.003% chance particles from a passenger can enter the passenger's breathing space…... Read More

Duchess Meghan cautions against social media users becoming addicts

By KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Duchess Meghan, who was active on social media before marrying Prince Harry, said she has been offline for "a very long time" and worries about the addictive nature of social media."For my own self-preservation, I have not been on social media for a…... Read More

Some states raising doubts about federal tests sent to nursing homes

By LAURA ROMERO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Several states have curtailed using coronavirus testing equipment in nursing homes that was provided by the Trump Administration after concerns were raised about the results, including false positives that risk mistakenly sending vulnerable seniors into special COVID isolation wings that could ultimately expose…... Read More

Baby born at 1 pound heads home after spending 133 days in hospital

By NICOLE PELLETIERE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A micro preemie who was born at just 1 pound has defied the odds after doctors determined he had little chance of survival.Russell Appold Jr. was treated at Tulane Lakeside Hospital in Louisiana after his mother went into labor at 22 weeks pregnant.…... Read More

COVID-19 vaccine: Lessons from 2001's anthrax attacks

By ARIELLE MITROPOULOS and SONY SALZMAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- As the race for a COVID-19 vaccine continues, the first vaccines are likely to reach the public through a regulatory pathway specifically intended for emergency situations.If that happens, it won't be the first time in recent history that the Food…... Read More

How one hospital organization is tackling racial bias in medicine

By SANDRA TEMKO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- For years, studies have shown that people of color don't get the same level of health care as white patients.Some of these studies include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2018 study which found that Black babies have a higher chance of…... Read More