Liz Szabo

Liz Szabo

Doctors sound alarm about child nicotine poisoning as vapes flood the U.S. market

By: - September 5, 2023

Hospital toxicologist Ryan Marino has seen up close the violent reactions of children poisoned by liquid nicotine from electronic cigarettes. One young boy who came to his emergency room experienced intense nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting, and needed intravenous fluids to treat his dehydration. Kids can also become dizzy, lose consciousness and suffer dangerous drops in […]

Study reveals staggering toll of being Black in America: 1.6 million excess deaths during 22 years

By: - May 30, 2023

Research has long shown that Black people live sicker lives and die younger than white people. Now a new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, casts the nation’s racial inequities in stark relief, finding that the higher mortality rate among Black Americans resulted in 1.63 million excess deaths relative to white […]

Most Americans say they or a family member have experienced gun violence

By: - May 14, 2023

A majority of Americans say they or a family member has experienced gun violence, such as witnessing a shooting, being threatened by a person with a gun, or being shot, according to a sweeping new survey. The national survey of 1,271 adults conducted by KFF revealed the severe physical and psychological harm exacted by firearm […]

Hospital financial decision plays a role in the critical shortage of pediatric beds during RSV

By: - December 17, 2022

The dire shortage of pediatric hospital beds plaguing the nation this fall is a byproduct of financial decisions made by hospitals during the past decade, as they shuttered children’s wards, which often operate in the red, and expanded the number of beds available for more profitable endeavors like joint replacements and cancer care. To cope […]

Unraveling the interplay of Omicron, reinfections and Long COVID

By: - September 4, 2022

The latest COVID-19 surge, caused by a shifting mix of quickly evolving omicron subvariants, appears to be waning, with cases and hospitalizations beginning to fall. Like past COVID waves, this one will leave a lingering imprint in the form of long COVID, an ill-defined catchall term for a set of symptoms that can include debilitating […]

Why won’t more older Americans get a COVID booster

By: - May 16, 2022

Even as top U.S. health officials say it’s time America learns to live with the coronavirus, a chorus of leading researchers say faulty messaging on booster shots has left millions of older people at serious risk. Approximately 1 in 3 Americans 65 and older who completed their initial vaccination round still have not received a […]

Pandemic poses short- and long-term risks to babies, especially boys

By: - December 24, 2021

The pandemic has created a hostile environment for pregnant people and their babies. Stress levels among expectant mothers have soared. Pregnant women with COVID are five times as likely as uninfected pregnant people to require intensive care and 22 times as likely to die. Infected moms are four times as likely to have a stillborn […]

Black and Hispanic Americans suffer biggest decline in life expectancy since WWII

By: - July 31, 2021

Although James Toussaint has never had COVID, the pandemic is taking a profound toll on his health. First, the 57-year-old lost his job delivering parts for a New Orleans auto dealership in spring 2020, when the local economy shut down. Then, he fell behind on his rent. Last month, Toussaint was forced out of his […]

Scientists scramble to unravel the delta variant of COVID

By: - July 28, 2021

Upon first inspection, the mutations in the highly contagious delta covid variant don’t look that worrisome. For starters, delta has fewer genetic changes than earlier versions of the coronavirus. “When people saw that the epidemic in India was driven by delta, they did not suspect it would be so bad or overtake other variants,” said […]

The pandemic’s twin — grief — will outlast COVID-19

By: - July 6, 2021

Cassandra Rollins’ daughter was still conscious when the ambulance took her away. Shalondra Rollins, 38, was struggling to breathe as COVID overwhelmed her lungs. But before the doors closed, she asked for her cellphone, so she could call her family from the hospital. It was April 7, 2020 — the last time Rollins would see […]

Doctors prescribing more opioids to COVID ‘long-haulers’ raising addiction fears

By: - May 30, 2021

Covid survivors are at risk from a separate epidemic of opioid addiction, given the high rate of painkillers being prescribed to these patients, health experts say. A new study in Nature found alarmingly high rates of opioid use among covid survivors with lingering symptoms at Veterans Health Administration facilities. About 10% of covid survivors develop […]

Coronavirus deranges the immune system in complex and deadly ways

By: - March 22, 2021

There’s a reason soldiers go through basic training before heading into combat: Without careful instruction, green recruits armed with powerful weapons could be as dangerous to one another as to the enemy. The immune system works much the same way. Immune cells, which protect the body from infections, need to be “educated” to recognize bad […]