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Carrying around too many pounds? Vaccine for COVID-19 could be less effective for obese adults

Looking forward to getting a vaccine for the novel coronavirus when it becomes available? If you’re carrying around way too many pounds, it would be a good idea to lose some. “Vaccines engineered to protect the public from influenza, hepatitis B, tetanus and rabies can be less effective in obese adults than in the general population, leaving them more vulnerable to infection and illness,”...

Rural Blog: Hepatitis B cases on the rise in Kentucky while remaining stable nationwide

The number of hepatitis B cases in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia increased 114 percent from 2009-13, while hepatitis B cases remained stable nationally during the same time period, says a study released recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study, which cites intravenous drug use in Appalachia for the rise in cases—rates were highest among non-Hispanic whites ages...