New Zealand hands out extra cash to fight ‘inflationary storm’ | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By NICK PERRY – Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The New Zealand government announced Thursday that it will distribute an extra few hundred dollars to more than 2 million low-income adults to help them through what it describes as “the peak of the global inflationary storm”. The payments are part of a package … Read more

Number of suspected COVID-19 cases in North Korea approaches 2 million | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KIM TONG-HYUNG – Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea reported an additional 262,270 suspected COVID-19 cases on Thursday as its pandemic caseload neared 2 million — a week after the country acknowledged the outbreak and s is working to slow infections in its unvaccinated population. The country is also trying to … Read more

Global stocks mixed after US retail data offset rate fears | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By JOE McDONALD – AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets were mixed and Wall Street futures were down on Wednesday after positive U.S. retail sales data helped offset concerns the Federal Reserve may be considering new rate hikes to calm inflation. London and Frankfurt opened lower. Tokyo and Seoul advanced, while Shanghai … Read more

New US hospitals face budget crisis over COVID relief money | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By JAY REEVES – Associated Press THOMASVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A whole city celebrated in 2020 when, at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Thomasville Regional Medical Center opened its doors, providing cutting-edge drugs that were previously unavailable in a poor, isolated part from Alabama. The timing of the inauguration seemed perfect: new treatment … Read more

US Reaches Deal to Reopen Shut Down Infant Formula Factory | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By ZEKE MILLER and MATTHEW PERRONE – Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials reached an agreement on Monday allowing infant formula maker Abbott to restart its largest domestic plant, though it will be two months or more before any new product ships from the site for help alleviate the national shortage facing parents. Under … Read more

Kim blasts pandemic response as North Korean outbreak grows | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KIM TONG-HYUNG – Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has criticized authorities for slow drug deliveries and ordered his military to respond to the growing but largely undiagnosed COVID-19 crisis that has left 1.2 million people sick with fever and 50 dead in a few days, state … Read more

The Australian Prime Minister launches his campaign a few days before the election | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By ROD McGUIRK – Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s embattled prime minister officially launched his Conservative party’s campaign on Sunday less than a week before the election, underscoring the country’s early success in containing the pandemic and its strong economic recovery. Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s coalition trails the centre-left opposition Labor Party in … Read more

The Australian Prime Minister launches his campaign a few days before the election | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By ROD McGUIRK – Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s embattled prime minister officially launched his Conservative party’s campaign on Sunday less than a week before the election, underscoring the country’s early success in containing the pandemic and its strong economic recovery. Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s coalition trails the centre-left opposition Labor Party in … Read more

The Australian Prime Minister launches his campaign a few days before the election | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By ROD McGUIRK – Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s embattled prime minister officially launched his Conservative party’s campaign on Sunday less than a week before the election, underscoring the country’s early success in containing the pandemic and its strong economic recovery. Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s coalition trails the centre-left opposition Labor Party in … Read more

California Governor: $98 Billion Surplus Supports True Pro-Life State | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By ADAM BEAM and KATHLEEN RONAYNE – Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Governor Gavin Newsom pledged Friday to use the state’s record $300 billion budget, including an unprecedented surplus of nearly $100 billion, to “save” the state from the impacts of a volatile midterm election cycle that he says will undermine abortion access, … Read more