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A sickle cell clinic in South L.A. is believed to be the first of its kind: It brings primary and specialty care providers under one roof to treat the disease.
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U.S. Olympic heptathlete Annie Kunz says tracking her monthly cycles and learning she needs to eat more and get more naps when she's fatigued has already improved her athletic performance.

Uninsured Or Unemployed? You Might Be Missing Out On Free Health Insurance

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Millions of people who need insurance are eligible for free health care plans. A special enrollment period is ending on Aug. 15. Here's how to sign up in time.

Last Week, 1 In 3 U.S. COVID Cases Were In Florida And Texas

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In the last week, 3 million Americans got their first shot. On Tuesday, the U.S. hit President Biden's July Fourth goal of 70% of adults receiving at least one shot.

NYC Becomes Largest U.S. City To Require Proof Of Vaccination For Indoor Activities

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Mayor Bill de Blasio said the new policy will take effect starting September 13, and apply to indoor dining, gyms and entertainment venues.

Vaccinated People Can Spread Delta Variant, Suggests Data Behind The CDC Mask Guidance

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In an outbreak in Provincetown, Mass., three-quarters of cases occurred in fully vaccinated people. The study's findings suggest that vaccinated people infected with delta can transmit the virus.

Why Sweat Is A Human Superpower

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Sweat is an "evolutionary marvel," says Sarah Everts, the author of The Joy of Sweat. In her new book, Everts delves into the science of perspiration and how this trait has enabled humans to thrive.

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Get $100 For A Vaccine? Cash Incentives Work For Some, Others Not So Much

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President Biden has called on states and localities to offer $100 to people who get vaccinated. Many states have already offered cash incentives, with varying results.

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The CDC Says The Delta Variant Has Changed The War Against COVID-19

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The CDC information dated Thursday gives new details on this variant of the coronavirus and says the agency should "acknowledge that the war has changed." It was first reported by The Washington Post.

A New Alzheimer's Drug Comes With Lots Of Questions About How To Use It

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Weeks after the Food and Drug Administration approved the Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm, doctors are struggling to figure out who should get the drug and how to use it safely.

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The Federal Government Is Making HIV Prevention Treatment Free — But There's A Catch

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The brand-name version of the once-daily pill that is 99% effective at preventing HIV used to cost upwards of $1,800 a month. Federal guidance now makes getting the drug with insurance cheaper.

The Pentagon Will Require Masks To Be Worn Indoors Even By Those Who Are Vaccinated

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Reversing a decision made in May that allowed fully vaccinated people to ditch the mask, the Department of Defense will follow the CDC's most recent mask guidance.

COVID Symptoms May Linger In Some Vaccinated People Who Get Infected, Study Finds

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A small Israeli study of vaccinated health care workers found that a handful who got infected developed headaches, muscle pain, fatigue and other symptoms of long COVID that lasted for weeks.

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Do You Need To Wear A Mask Indoors Where You Live? Check This Map

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The CDC wants vaccinated people to wear masks indoors, if the coronavirus is spreading widely where they live. Find out the level of virus transmission in your county.

Tokyo Hits New High For Daily COVID-19 Cases. This Time, No Olympians Are Among Them

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The capital city surpassed a record that had been set just a day earlier, notching more than 3,000 new cases on Tuesday. For the first time in four days, no Olympic athletes tested positive.

Masks Will Return To The U.S. House And White House After The CDC Changes Guidance

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Congress's attending physician announced vaccinated and unvaccinated House members will again have to mask up while in the U.S. Capitol or risk a fine.

CDC Is Expected To Change Mask Guidance For Vaccinated People, Including In Schools

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Reversing earlier guidance, the agency will likely encourage indoor masking for fully vaccinated people under certain circumstances.