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The Weekly: Extra vaccine doses for immunocompromised patients, sunscreens under scrutiny and more

Feature story FDA authorizes extra vaccine doses for immunocompromised patients to bolster protection against the coronavirus THURSDAY, August 12, 2021 (The Washington Post)—Regulators took steps Thursday to shore up the defenses of millions of vulnerable Americans against the coronavirus, authorizing extra doses of two widely used vaccines for some people with weakened immune systems. The action by […]

The Weekly: Alcohol linked to cancer, clinical trials in the pandemic and more

Feature story Alcohol consumption linked to nearly 750,000 cancer cases in 2020, new study says TUESDAY, August 3, 2021 (CBS)—Doctors are sounding the alarm over research showing a link between drinking alcohol and cancer. More than 700,000 new cancer cases were linked to alcohol consumption in 2020 — a time when many Americans reported drinking more. The […]

The Weekly: COVID-19 telehealth gaps, former Olympian’s cancer battle, and more

Feature story Telehealth leapt forward with COVID-19. Who was left behind? SUNDAY, July 25, 2021 (LA Times)—When Johnnett Kent learned she had lung cancer, the COVID-19 pandemic was already descending on California. Her doctor didn’t want the 49-year-old to risk her health by heading into a crowded clinic between surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. So she started checking […]

The Weekly: Smoking worldwide, breast and cervical cancer screenings during the pandemic, and more

Feature story Tobacco companies are beating governments’ efforts to stop smoking worldwide WEDNESDAY, July 21, 2021 (CNN op-ed)—It is no secret that adolescents are easily addicted to cigarettes. But recent research published in the Lancet provides a stark reminder: a majority of the more than 1 billion smokers globally became addicted by the end of […]

The Weekly: Sugary drinks and colorectal cancer, sunscreen recalls and more

Feature story Colon Cancer Is Rising in Younger Adults. Do Sugary Drinks Play a Role? MONDAY, June 5, 2021 (The New York Times)—Colon and rectal cancers are rising in younger adults, though researchers aren’t sure why. A new study of women and diet suggests that sugar-sweetened drinks may play a role. Rates of colorectal cancer in people […]

The Weekly: Juul agrees to pay NC, sharp decline in cancer screenings, and more

Feature story Juul agrees to pay North Carolina $40 million to settle vaping accusations MONDAY, June 28, 2021 (The Washington Post)—E-cigarette company Juul agreed to pay North Carolina $40 million to settle allegations that the company aggressively marketed its products to young people, leading to addiction to high-nicotine vapes, Attorney General Josh Stein announced Monday. North Carolina […]

The Weekly: Young men dying of colorectal cancer, new prostate cancer treatment, and more

Feature story Chadwick Boseman’s tragedy is America’s tragedy: In colorectal cancer hot spots, young men are dying at higher rates TUESDAY, June 22, 2021 (STAT News)—Three months before “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman died from stage 4 colon cancer at age 43, another young Black idol succumbed to the same scourge. Omhar Carter was a beloved youth […]

The Weekly: Obamacare survives, Christiane Amanpour announces cancer, and more

Feature story ‘Obamacare’ survives: Supreme Court dismisses big challenge THURSDAY, June 17, 2021 (The Associated Press)—The Supreme Court preserved insurance coverage for millions of Americans Thursday, rejecting the third major challenge to the national health care law known as “Obamacare.” The justices, by a 7-2 vote, left the entire Affordable Care Act intact in ruling that Texas, […]

The Weekly: Health care through the ACA, benzene in sunscreen and more

Feature story Record 31 million Americans have health-care coverage through Affordable Care Act, White House says SATURDAY, June 5, 2021 (The Washington Post)—About 31 million Americans now have health-care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, the White House announced Saturday, setting a record since the law, colloquially known as “Obamacare,” was enacted in 2010 under President Barack […]

The Weekly: New therapy for prostate cancer, breast cancer deaths in Latinas, and more

Feature story New radiation therapy for prostate cancer reduces deaths, study shows THURSDAY, June 3, 2021 (NBC)—By the time Michael Rosenblum’s prostate cancer was discovered, it was already at a late stage. He’d initially sought medical help because of excruciating back pain, but, during an exam, doctors found a tumor on his spine and tests revealed a […]