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As Omicron fades, South Africa drops quarantine, other measures

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South Africa is halting contact tracing and ending quarantine for asymptomatic cases of COVID-19. The news comes as the Omicron variant has run its course with little to no effect on the ...

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Help children avoid Christmas emotional breakdowns

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The Christmas season is an exciting time for children – perhaps a little too exciting at times. Christi Bergin, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist at the University of Missouri, shared advice for making ...

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Israel bans citizens from traveling to United States over Covid 

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The Israel cabinet on Monday approved a ban on travel to the United States because of concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 omicron variant. All travel restrictions, including those entering Israel, ...

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Christmas season puts spotlight on epidemic of loneliness – including in the church

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With the Christmas bustle, it can be easy to forget that the holidays can be one of the loneliest times of the year for many people. Nearly one-third of U.S. adults report ...

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Researchers say they have discovered the cause of Alzheimer’s

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The cause of Alzheimer’s disease has most likely been discovered on a molecular level, according to researchers. If confirmed, the discovery could lead to a cure in coming years, bringing hope to ...

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Americans disagree about allowing religious exemptions for vaccination but majority support

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Americans are divided over whether COVID-19 vaccination mandates should include religious exemptions, according to a new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute and Interfaith Youth Core. The survey, which was released late ...

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Zero deaths reported worldwide from Omicron variant: World Health Organization

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Covid-19 appears to be mutating into much less dangerous variants. The World Health Organization has reported that there have been zero deaths anywhere in the world from the Omicron variant. The data ...

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Liver transplant waiting lists fueled by alcohol, obesity

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Alcohol consumption and being overweight is contributing to a record number of Americans needing liver transplants. The rise is being seen most acutely by those over 65 whose numbers now mirror those ...

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5 ways to stay balanced during the busy holiday season

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As bright and joyful as the holiday season can be, the hustle and bustle of the season can also leave people feeling overwhelmed. Remembering to slow down and find ways to maintain ...

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France sends troops to Caribbean to stop mandate protests

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As unrest against vaccine mandates grows around the world, France is deploying its military to the Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe to stop the protests. The unusual deployment follows several weeks ...

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Photo albums at Thanksgiving can engage elders struggling with memory

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Alzheimer’s Awareness Month comes each November when families gather together for Thanksgiving. That time together often shines a light on loved ones struggling with memory loss. Over 5 million Americans suffer from ...

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How companies push sugary drinks on children

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Walking down the drink aisle at any grocery store will take you past hundreds of drinks, from sodas to sports drinks. Drink sections for children are filled with a vast array of ...

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Health and nursing home associations say Build Back Better threatens long-term care

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Two provisions in President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376) will have a devastating impact on nursing homes. The result will be that thousands more facilities will be forced to ...

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How to get cheap (or free) health insurance if you retire early

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I often hear when I first meet with someone that the only reason they are still working is to pay for health insurance until they can get on Medicare at age 65. ...

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Franklin Graham has surgery for life-threatening heart condition

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Franklin Graham expects to make a full recovery from specialized heart surgery this week at the Mayo Clinic. Graham, 69, had developed pericarditis, which involves swelling and irritation of the thin, saclike ...

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Labor shortage creates long waits for mental health services in Missouri

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Mental health patients in Missouri are waiting months for services because of a staffing shortage, according to data from the state. Within the Department of Mental Health’s division of behavioral health, about ...

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Take it from Reagan and Proverbs: We need to laugh again

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Late on a rainy December morning in 1997, on the 34th floor of the Century City office building in Southern California, Ronald Reagan was gazing out a large window, looking down to ...

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Internal emails reveal why CDC changed definition of ‘vaccine’

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Newly released emails reveal the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) altered the definition of “vaccine” because of concern that its definition did not apply to COVID-19 vaccines. The definition change ...

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Pastors feeling overwhelmed, survey finds

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More than six in 10 pastors of evangelical and historically black Protestant churches agree that “the role of being a pastor is frequently overwhelming,” with 21 percent strongly agreeing, a new Lifeway ...

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Australia considers massive fines, prison for breaking Covid mandates

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As Australia is increasingly described as a police state, a new bill mandates prison and a $67,000 fine for breaking covid mandates. Australians living in the state of Victoria were shocked when ...

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7 simple steps to improve your health

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Our society faces a health epidemic because over half of Americans live with a chronic illness and a third suffer from obesity. Does your health or weight impede you from having a ...

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China, Mexico fueling American overdose death surge

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Drug overdose deaths in the United States increased by nearly 30 percent during the first year of the pandemic. Nearly 97,000 Americans died from overdoses between March 2020 and March 2021, according ...

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Fear of the mark of the beast not a valid reason to avoid vaccine, scholars say

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Although some people have legitimate reasons for not being vaccinated for COVID-19, fear of receiving the mark of the beast mentioned in Revelation should not be one of them, a New Testament ...

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Covid tests recalled after giving false positive results

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An Australian company is the latest to recall at-home Covid testing kits that are being used in the United States. Medical manufacturer Ellume made the emergency move saying the 200,000 tests produce ...

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Biden administration overrides vaccine advisory panel

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President Joe Biden’s political appointment heading the CDC has overridden its vaccine advisory panel on who should receive the booster shot.  Early Friday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said people as young ...

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