73 Health & Fitness Pennsylvania has just four confirmed cases of monkeypox to date. Will the state get vaccine doses? Max Bennett , Patch Staff Posted Replies PENNSYLVANIA — More and more monkeypox cases are popping up globally and across the United States, and that means orthopoxvirus vaccines are being made more readily available to those most at risk in the U.S., according to federal public health officials. The vaccine won’t be available to everyone, however. The Department of Health and Human Services Tuesday said it is prioritizing areas with the highest numbers of cases and those most at-risk for the illness. Globally, there are 4,769 known cases of monkeypox. That's including 305 cases in the United States, as of Wednesday morning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pennsylvania is among those that have confirmed cases of monkeypox this year, with four reported cases. … [Read more...] about Feds Expand Monkeypox Vaccine Access: Will Pennsylvania Get Doses?
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0 Politics & Government "Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, even cancer and Alzheimer's disease are linked to either sleep loss or that circadian misalignment." Daily Montanan , News Partner Posted Reply Daily Montanan WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats in Congress can agree on sleep, or more precisely, the inconvenience of losing or gaining an hour of it each year thanks to going on and off daylight saving time. “I believe that any justifications for springing forward and falling back are either outdated or are outweighed by the serious health and economic impacts we now know are associated with the time changes,” U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone of New Jersey said this week. As Americans prepare to adjust their clocks this weekend for daylight saving time, lawmakers at an Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Wednesday assembled a panel of experts to discuss the health, energy … [Read more...] about Congress Hates Changing The Clocks Just Like Everyone Else
A big opioid settlement and a COVID-19 vaccine slowdown dragged on third-quarter earnings for Walgreens, but the drugstore chain still topped expectations. Net income slid to $289 million in the quarter that ended May 31, the company said Thursday. That’s down from about $1.2 billion the previous year. Walgreens booked a $683 million charge from a settlement announced last month with the state of Florida to resolve claims tied to dispensing prescription opioids. Its U.S. pharmacies also slowed compared with last year, when a COVID-19 vaccination push was bringing more people to its stores. Walgreens administered 4.7 million COVID-19 vaccinations in the quarter, compared with more than 17 million last year. The quarter shows how much Walgreens' performance has relied on demand for vaccines and COVID-19 testing, which brought more customers into the chain's stores and led to other product purchases, GlobalData Managing Director Neil Saunders said in an email. "Now that … [Read more...] about Walgreens earnings slide as number of vaccinations wane
After being prodded higher by inflation fears, mortgage rates were dragged down this week by recession concerns. According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average dropped to 5.7% with an average 0.9 point. (A point is a fee paid to a lender equal to 1% of the loan amount. It is in addition to the interest rate.) It was 5.81% a week ago and 2.98% a year ago. Freddie Mac, the federally chartered mortgage investor, aggregates rates from around 80 lenders across the country to come up with weekly national averages. The survey is based on home purchase mortgages. Rates for refinances may be different. It uses rates for high-quality borrowers with strong credit scores and large down payments. Because of the criteria, these rates are not available to every borrower. The 15-year fixed-rate average also moved lower, falling to 4.83% with an average 0.9 point. It was 4.92% a week ago and 2.26% a year ago. The five-year adjustable rate average … [Read more...] about Mortgage rates held in check as recession fears mount
New York Democrats, still seeking to constrain concealed carry as much possible in the wake of the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) striking down the New York proper cause requirement, are finalizing legislation to bar concealed carry in all businesses, save those which explicitly invite concealed carry on their premises. The Associated Press reports that Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) and Democrat legislators are pushing a piece of legislation to ban concealed carry in New York businesses. The exception would be businesses that post signs explicitly stating, “Concealed Weapons Welcome Here.” Hochul commented on the push saying, “We’re going to protect the rights of private property owners, allow them to not have to be subjected to someone walking into their workplace or a bar, restaurant with a concealed weapon.” The push to limit concealed carry comes one week after SCOTUS ruled that New York’s proper cause requirement for concealed carry permit issuance was unconstitutional. New York … [Read more...] about NY Democrats To Limit Locations Where Concealed Carry Allowable