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US maternal mortality climbs dramatically during pandemic, study finds

The rate of Americans dying while giving birth — or in the weeks afterward — increased by more than one-third in 2021 compared with a year earlier, according to a report released Thursday by US health officials.

Local scientists hope to create the ultimate COVID vaccine

Scientists at MIT and other universities say they’ve developed a COVID vaccine that may not only work against today’s versions of the virus, but future variants, as well.

A new study finds 59 percent of long-COVID patients had organ damage, but experts say it’s not that simple

The study analyzed 536 long-COVID patients still reporting extreme shortness of breath, cognitive dysfunction, and poor health-related quality of life.

Five people are dead at a South Yarmouth nursing home after a COVID-19 outbreak

As of Saturday, 75 residents have been infected with the coronavirus, 23 of whom have recovered. Another 19 cases have been reported involving staff, including five who have recovered.

‘It is very hard to study this topic’: How research sparked questions around masking and COVID — again

You may have thought the question of masking was settled, or at least that we had all agreed to disagree, but no such luck.

Governments target medical debt with COVID relief funds

Millions of Americans mired in medical debt face difficult financial decisions every day — pay the debt or pay for rent, utilities, and groceries. Some may even skip necessary health care for fear of sinking deeper into debt.

They bought mansions, a Rolls Royce, and chartered a jet with COVID relief loans, prosecutors allege

Criminal charges related to COVID relief funds have been brought nationwide against a dizzying array of suspects, including a former NFL player, a Hollywood producer, a reality TV star, rappers, doctors, preachers, drug dealers, romance scammers, and human traffickers.

The COVID-19 public health emergency ends May 11. What happens then?

Despite the uncertainty, it’s clear that ending the public health emergency after nearly three years will bring about a host of changes. Here’s a look at a few of them.