Pandemic unemployment benefit fraud could reach $45 billion, federal watchdog says

CNN — About $45.6 billion in pandemic unemployment benefits may have been fraudulently paid to criminals between March 2020 and April 2022, the office of the U.S. Department of Labor Inspector General said in a memorandum on Thursday. It is the latest report identifying widespread plans to steal money from various federal aid programs. The … Read more

State employees likely to get 1K bonuses for COVID booster | Health, medicine and fitness

SEATTLE (AP) — Under a tentative deal, Washington state employees would receive $1,000 in bonuses for receiving a COVID-19 booster shot. The agreement between the state and the Washington Federation of State Employees also includes 4% pay increases in 2023, 3% pay increases in 2024 and a $1,000 retention bonus, The Seattle Times reported. Governor … Read more

Mask mandates in Australia: Rules discussed as states abolish public transport requirement

Is it time to put away or throw away your masks? From Thursday, commuters in all Australian jurisdictions will no longer be required to wear masks on public transport. WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Debate rages over the need for masks on public transport. For more health and wellness news and videos, visit Health and wellness … Read more

Impact on socioeconomic status with HFrEF results

1. In patients with HFrEF, lower socioeconomic status was associated with increased rates of HFrEF readmission and all-cause mortality, even when adjusting for the use of guideline-guided medical therapies (GDMTs). Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good) Heart failure (HF) affects more than 6.5 million people in the US, but advances in guideline-directed medical therapies (GDMTs) have … Read more

NSW Greens Introduce Bill to Ban Fossil Fuel Ads

A proposed new NSW law would ban fossil fuel advertising, putting it on par with tobacco. The NSW Greens say the move is in recognition of the “enormous and destructive contribution fossil fuel companies are making” to the “public health crisis” caused by climate change. “It is wrong that these companies that are doing so … Read more

Monkeypox cases in the US are declining. There is no reason why

Add to that, there is little past experience with the vaccine, known as Jynneos in the US, used against this disease. It was only approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2019, primarily for the prevention of smallpox in case virus — eradicated by a previous vaccine, but held in two labs — … Read more

What sewage can tell us about Covid, Monkeypox and Polio outbreaks | WSJ – Wall Street Journal

What sewage can tell us about Covid, Monkeypox and Polio outbreaks | WSJWall Street Journal Wastewater is liquid gold for detecting viruses. Scientists hope work won’t be washed awayCBC.ca How wastewater helps in the fight against infectious diseasesCBC News: The National What sewage can tell us about polio, monkeypox and covid-19 outbreaks?The Wall Street Journal … Read more

First vaccination ads for updated Covid-19 booster target audience aged 50 and over

CNN — As part of the White House’s Covid-19 response plan for the fall, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is introducing a video ad to encourage people to take the updated Covid-19 booster shot — especially those 50 and older. . In the public information campaign’s new video ad, released Thursday and … Read more

China’s consumer and factory activity improving, but still weak | Health, medicine and fitness

By JOE McDONALD – AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) – Chinese consumer spending and factory output rose in August but were still weak, official data showed Friday, with forecasters warning the second-largest economy is vulnerable to repeated city closures to fight virus outbreaks. Home sales plummeted as prices fell, contributing to a decline in real … Read more

China’s consumer and factory activity improving, but still weak | Health, medicine and fitness

By JOE McDONALD – AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) – Chinese consumer spending and factory output rose in August but were still weak, official data showed Friday, with forecasters warning the second-largest economy is vulnerable to repeated city closures to fight virus outbreaks. Home sales plummeted as prices fell, contributing to a decline in real … Read more