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Georgia House Passes Broad Changes to Mental Health Programs | Georgia News

By JEFF AMY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s House of Representatives on Tuesday pushed forward a broad set of changes to the state’s lagging mental health system, with one sponsor pledging that “we are actually going to make a difference.” House Bill 1013 passed 169-3, moving on to the state Senate for more debate. … Read more

Gene-Edited Beef Cattle Get Regulatory Clearance in US | Health News

By CANDICE CHOI, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — US regulators on Monday cleared the way for the sale of beef from gene-edited cattle in coming years after the Food and Drug Administration concluded the animals do not raise any safety concerns. The cattle by Recombinetics are the third genetically altered animals given the green … Read more

Indiana’s Virus Health Order Poised to End With Bill Passage | Indian News

By TOM DAVIES, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to administrative steps Gov. Eric Holcomb said were necessary to end the statewide COVID-19 public health emergency while still protecting enhanced federal funding. The governor’s office said Holcomb signed the bill into law shortly after Indiana House members voted by a … Read more

As Vaccine Demand Falls, States Are Left With Huge Stockpile | Health News

By JENNIFER McDERMOTT, Associated Press As demand for COVID-19 vaccines collapses in many areas of the US, states are scrambling to use stockpiles of doses before they expire and have to be added to the millions that have already gone to waste. From some of the least vaccinated states, like Indiana and North Dakota, to … Read more

Nearly Half of Biden’s 500M Free COVID Tests Still Unclaimed | Health News

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly half of the 500 million free COVID-19 tests the Biden administration recently made available to the public still have not been claimed as virus cases plummet and people feel less urgency to test. Wild demand swings have been a subplot in the pandemic, from vaccines to … Read more

Hong Kong’s Success in Fending off COVID Comes Back to Haunt | Health News

By ALICE FUNG and ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL, Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — For two years, Hong Kong successfully insulated most of its residents from COVID-19 and often went months without a single locally spread case. Then the omicron variant showed up. The fast-spreading mutation breached Hong Kong’s defenses and has been spreading rapidly through one … Read more

California Governor Ends 12 Emergencies, but Not for COVID | Health News

By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Multiple California emergencies declared by the last two governors officially ended on Friday — including for heat waves, an oil spill, wildfires and the civil unrest in reaction to George Floyd’s murder — but Gov. Gavin Newsom said the threat from the coronavirus lives on and … Read more