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EXPLAINER: Italy faces a political crisis amid a pandemic

Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi is testing his already low popularity by provoking a political crisis that could bring down the government at yet another critical juncture in the fight against th…

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Vaccine skepticism hurts East European anti-virus efforts

Across the Balkans and other nations in southeastern Europe, a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus is being overshadowed by heated political debates or conspiracy theories that threaten to t…

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The Latest: Pakistan approves Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s planning minister says the country’s drug regulatory authority has approved the use of Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine and the government is trying to make it available b…

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Health Beat: Freezing: Better than meds for AFib?

At least 2.7 million Americans are living with atrial fibrillation, or AFib. It's an irregular heartbeat or a "quivering" heart that, left untreated, could lead to blood clots, stroke, or heart failure. Medication is the gold standard treatment, but a new study may lead to a change for doctors and patients.

Health Beat: Surgery during birth: Saving babies

Congenital pulmonary airway malformation, also called C-PAM, is a rare birth defect that only occurs in up to one in every 35,000 births, causing a mass to form on the lung of a fetus. The condition can also be accompanied by hydrops, where fluid builds up in a baby's tissue, causing extreme swelling as well as excess fluid inside the placenta. And in cases of C-PAM with hydrops, 95% of babies die before or soon after birth.

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Here comes the sun: The link between Vitamin D and COVID-19

New research is suggesting low vitamin D levels may affect a person’s chance of getting COVID-19 and recovering from it.

Food insecurity during COVID-19

About 12.6 million Americans were unemployed in September, but that doesn’t count the millions of workers who had their hours reduced or faced a pay cut because of COVID.

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