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February 16, 2021

Weekly review: Can over-the-counter pain relievers interfere with the Covid-19 vaccine? Here's what researchers say.

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    The 250 "Best Hospitals" in America, according to Healthgrades; the age groups driving new coronavirus infections, charted; and more.

    The age groups driving new coronavirus infections, charted (Monday, Feb. 8)

    Researchers in a new study examined mobility data pulled from the cellphones of more than 10 million Americans, finding that some generations are far more mobile—and associated with many more coronavirus infections—than others.

    Can over-the-counter pain relievers interfere with the Covid-19 vaccine? Here's what researchers say. (Tuesday, Feb. 9)

    Some patients are preemptively taking over-the-counter pain medications before receiving a Covid-19 vaccine to stave off potential side effects, such as muscle aches or pains—but researchers warn that common painkillers may reduce the immune system's response to some vaccines. Here's what the evidence suggests.

    The 250 'Best Hospitals' in America, according to Healthgrades (Wednesday, Feb. 10)

    Healthgrades last week named this year's recipients of its annual America's Best Hospitals Awards, which recognizes the 250 top hospitals in the country.

    If you've already had Covid-19, can you contract a new variant? Here's what experts say. (Thursday, Feb. 11)

    Although reports of reinfection from the novel coronavirus have been rare so far, public health experts worry that emerging variants of the virus could evade the natural immunity conferred by prior infections. Here's what research suggests about the risks to people who've already recovered from a coronavirus infection.

    How a Covid-19 patient's care drove $1M in charges (and $40K in out-of-pocket bills) (Friday, Feb. 12)

    When Patricia Mason was rushed to the ED with severe Covid-19, her focus was on survival. But after weeks in the ICU, Mason received medical charges totaling more than $1 million—and due to little-known quirks in health care laws, she was expected to pay more than $40,000 out-of-pocket.

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