HIV Testing Plummeted During Pandemic

By Cara Murez HealthDay ReporterHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Testing for HIV suffered a sharp setback during the first year of the pandemic, new government data shows. The number of HIV tests funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administered in health care settings dropped 43% between 2019 … Read more

FDA Wants More Diversity in Clinical Trials

April 13, 2022 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says companies that produce drugs and other medical products should submit plans for how they will increase the number of Blacks and other underrepresented groups in clinical trials, the agency said Wednesday. Though racial and ethnic minorities are affected disproportionately by certain diseases, they are frequently … Read more

Subsidized COVID Testing, Treatments, and Vaccines May End Soon

March 23, 2022 — The federal government this week will begin cutting back on the anti-COVID-19 antibody treatments it ships to states, and doctors will no longer get paid for providing COVID-19 care for the uninsured, as the nation runs out of money to buy crucial tests, treatments, and vaccines needed to keep the pandemic … Read more

Home Blood Pressure Testing Better Than at Clinics: Study

March 8, 2022 — Everyone’s been there. You’ve arrived for your scheduled doctor’s office visit and the first order of real business is the reunion with the blood pressure cuff. The first reading might be high. A second reading looks a bit better — or maybe a bit worse. Which one’s right? The answer: Perhaps … Read more

Moderna Begins Testing Booster Shot Aimed at Omicron

By Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Moderna Inc. announced Wednesday that it has launched a trial that will study the power of a redesigned booster shot — one that hones in on the highly contagious Omicron variant. The news comes just one day after Pfizer … Read more

Hymen repair surgery and virginity testing to be banned in UK

But Dr Dheeraj Bhar, a cosmetic surgeon who runs a privative clinic in Harley Street London, disagrees with the ban. He says he has never done a virginity test and does not agree with them, but does perform hymenoplasty. On average, he says it can cost between £3,000-£4,000 and takes up to 45 minutes. Source … Read more