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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County public health officials reported 66 coronavirus deaths on Saturday, the highest number in more than nine months. The number of coronavirus-positive patients hospitalized increased to 4,386, and 41,765 new positive cases were reported. “The extraordinary high number of new cases reflects worrisome rates of community transmission,” officials said in a statement. ...

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LOS ANGELES — Emergency rooms are nearing crisis levels in parts of California, and officials are forecasting weeks of strain in hospitals even as there are glimmers of hope the omicron wave may soon peak in the northern part of the state. There is unprecedented spread of the coronavirus in California; never before in the pandemic have so many people been simultaneously infected. And despite ...

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The crowding wrought by omicron has made going to the hospital more dangerous and likely to be more deadly. The variant is so contagious that it is deluging hospitals with patients at a moment of severe staff shortages. That combination risks eroding the advantages of omicron’s oft-touted milder symptoms compared to previous versions of COVID-19. “Overcrowding kills,” said Sameer Kadri, an ...

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MINNEAPOLIS — A patient being treated for COVID at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids will remain on a ventilator for at least another month after an Anoka County judge issued a restraining order preventing the hospital from disconnecting it. The hospital had planned to turn off the ventilator that had been keeping Scott Quiner, 55, of Buffalo, alive at noon Thursday, but judge Jennifer Stanfield ...

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County has recently noted an increase in coronavirus deaths, but officials think they are mainly tied to the delta variant, rather than the prolific omicron strain that has fueled record-high infections in the county and across the state. Over the last week, the county has averaged 24 reported COVID-19 deaths a day, up from about 14 a month ago. L.A. reported 39 ...

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NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Jan. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved RINVOQ® (upadacitinib) for the treatment of moderate to severe atopic dermatitis in adults and children 12 years of age and older whose disease did not respond to previous treatment and is not well controlled with other pills or injections, including biologic medicines, or when use of other pills or injections is not recommended.1 RINVOQ 15 mg once daily can be initiated in adults and children 12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kg.1 In these children and adults less than 65 years of age who do not achieve an adequate response, the dose may be increased to 30 mg once daily.1

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BOISE, Idaho — As of early this month, more than one out of four people tested in Idaho were positive for COVID-19. Idaho's testing positivity rate jumped to 25.7% the week of Jan. 2-8, the highest statewide figure during the pandemic and another indicator of the speed at which the omicron variant has engulfed the state after the winter holidays. The new positivity data, which is reported ...

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OAK PARK, Ill., Jan. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Athletico Physical Therapy has opened a new location in Oak Park, Illinois, located at the corner of Madison St. and S. Scoville Ave. next to Wingstop. This location offers convenient hours, including early mornings, late evenings and Saturday appointments, and does not require a referral or prescription to start treatment. To learn more, or to schedule a free assessment, visit www.athletico.com/OakParkSouth.

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This time, it didn’t take much persuading for Mary Murphy to embrace home hospice. When her mother was dying from Alzheimer’s disease in 2020, she had been reluctant until she saw what a help it was. So when her husband, Willie, neared the end of his life, she embraced hospice again. The Murphys’ house in a leafy Nashville neighborhood is their happy place — full of their treasures. “He’s good ...

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FRIDAY, Jan. 14, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The nomination of former U.S. Food and Drug Administration head Dr. Robert Califf to again lead the agency now heads to the full Senate for a vote, after a Senate committee on Thursday voted 13-8 for approval.