Feds OK booster shots, including mix-and-match approach

BY: - October 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — Tens of millions of additional Americans are now eligible to receive a booster dose of one of the COVID-19 vaccines, after federal health officials gave the green light late Thursday to follow-up doses of the shots made by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. Anyone who received the one-shot J&J vaccine is now eligible for a second […]

Gov. Gianforte announces opening of first state-run monoclonal antibody treatment clinic

BY: - October 21, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte announced the opening of the first state-run monoclonal antibody treatment clinic during a press conference on Thursday at St. James Healthcare in Butte. Officials said they hope the clinic and increased use of the antibody treatment across the state will help keep COVID-19 patients out of already overcrowded hospitals. The clinic at […]

Feds OK a mix-and-match approach to COVID vaccine boosters

BY: - October 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given a green light to Americans who want to receive a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by a different company than the one that produced the initial shot they received. The announcement Wednesday on allowing “mix-and-match” shots from different manufacturers will give more flexibility to state […]

AG to appeal injunction on abortion restrictions to Supreme Court

BY: - October 20, 2021

The state of Montana intends to appeal a preliminary injunction barring implementation of three bills restricting abortion passed in the last legislative session, according to a notice of appeal filed with the state Supreme Court by Attorney General Austin Knudsen on Tuesday. Briefs arguing the merits of the injunction won’t be due for several weeks […]

Dying patients with rare diseases struggle to get experimental therapies

BY: - October 18, 2021

At 15, Autumn Fuernisen is dying. She was diagnosed at age 11 with a rare degenerative brain disorder that has no known cure or way to slow it down: juvenile-onset Huntington’s disease. “There’s lots of things that she used to be able to do just fine,” said her mom, Londen Tabor, who lives with her […]

Which comes first, the doctor or the medical school? Montana attempts more homegrown doctors

BY: - October 17, 2021

Which comes first: The doctor or the medical school in Montana? That question is really part of the answer about how to solve Montana’s doctor shortage — it ranks 30th in number of doctors per capita, and many are older and beginning to retire, leading to an increasing shortage. Some in the Montana medical community […]

How ERs fail patients with addiction: One patient’s death

BY: - October 17, 2021

Jameson Rybak tried to quit using opioids nearly a dozen times within five years. Each time, he’d wait out the vomiting, sweating and chills from withdrawal in his bedroom. It was difficult to watch, said his mother, Suzanne Rybak, but she admired his persistence. On March 11, 2020, though, Suzanne grew worried. Jameson, 30 at […]

COVID testing, turnaround times still wildly uneven this far into pandemic

BY: - October 16, 2021

In one recent week, a New Yorker got a free COVID-19 test in a jiffy, with results the next day, while a Coloradan had to shell out $50 for a test two cities from her hometown after a frantic round of pharmacy-hopping. A Montanan drove an hour each way to get a test, wondering if, […]

FDA recommends booster of Moderna COVID shot

BY: - October 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans who received Moderna’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be eligible soon for booster shots, after a federal advisory panel on Thursday recommended a third dose for older and higher-risk adults as well as certain workers. The unanimous recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration vaccine panel came a few […]

How a Mississippi court case could reshape abortion laws across the U.S.

BY: - October 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — A six-week abortion ban in Texas enacted in September forced those seeking abortion services in the Lone Star State to look across state lines for care. But the timing couldn’t have been worse for Texans living near the state’s eastern border. The law took effect as neighboring Louisiana was reeling from the destruction […]

COVID immunity through vaccination or infection: Are they equal?

BY: - October 11, 2021

Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, a University of California-Irvine psychiatry professor, felt he didn’t need to be vaccinated against COVID because he’d fallen ill with the disease in July 2020. So, in August, he sued to stop the university system’s vaccination mandate, saying “natural” immunity had given him and millions of others better protection than any vaccine […]

Mounting COVID deaths fuel school bus driver shortages

BY: and - October 10, 2021

GRIFFIN, Georgia — Natalia D’Angelo got sick right after school started in August. She was driving a school bus for special education students in Griffin-Spalding County School System about 40 miles south of Atlanta and contracted COVID-19. One of her three sons, Julian Rodriguez-D’Angelo, said his mother, who was not vaccinated against the COVID virus, […]