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Health May 03As schools spend millions on air purifiers, experts warn of overblown claims and harm to children
A KHN investigation found that more than 2,000 schools have spent millions of dollars for systems, lured by air purifier companies’ claims that experts say mislead or obscure the potential for harm.
Health Mar 26Birx joins air-cleaning industry amid land grab for billions in federal COVID relief
The former top White House coronavirus adviser under President Donald Trump, Dr. Deborah Birx, has joined an air-cleaning company that built its business, in part, on technology that is now banned in California due to health hazards.
Health Feb 26Labs can’t tell you if you have a COVID variant, a problem for tracking and prevention
As experts race to get an approved test for COVID variants, officials are severely restricted from sharing information about the cases. That makes it harder to protect others.
Health Feb 25Feds OK’d export of millions of N95 masks even as U.S. workers needed more
In the hours before President Joe Biden was inaugurated, the Federal Emergency Management Agency allowed a Texas mask maker to ship the high-quality masks overseas.
Health Dec 29More than 2,900 health care workers died this year — and the government barely kept track
Fatalities from the coronavirus have skewed young, with the majority of victims under age 60 in the cases for which there is age data.
Health May 05FDA to end program that hid millions of reports on faulty medical devices
In the wake of a Kaiser Health News investigation, the agency will no longer let device makers file reports of harm outside a widely used public database.
Nation Jul 18Infants summoned for deportation under family separation, federal data shows
The number of infants under age 1 involved has been rising — up threefold from 24 infants in the fiscal year that ended last Sept. 30, and 46 infants the year before.
Health Jun 28More toddlers appear alone in court for deportation under family separation
Requiring unaccompanied minors to go through deportation alone is not a new practice. But in the wake of the Trump administration’s controversial family separation policy, more young children — including toddlers — are being affected than in the past.
Health May 09Medicare failed to investigate suspicious infection cases from nearly 100 hospitals
Ninety-six hospitals reported suspicious data on dangerous infections to Medicare officials, but the agency did not follow up or examine any of the cases in depth, according to a report by the Health and Human Services inspector general’s office.
Health Feb 04Women fear drug they used to halt puberty led to health problems
Despite questions about Lupron’s lasting side effects and minimal study into its safety, the FDA sped approval of the drug to market.