Red Cross declares first-ever national blood crisis

The American Red Cross warned this week that it is facing a “national blood crisis.” The organization said its “worst blood shortage in over a decade” is “posing a concerning risk to patient care” and that doctors have been “forced to make

Omicron surge: New Mexico extends indoor mask mandate

New Mexico moved to extend COVID-19 health orders on Friday.  In an emergency public health order, New Mexico Department of Health Acting Secretary Dr. David Scrase directed that all individuals ages 2 years and older shall wear a face mask in all indoor

Stress may be the culprit behind Crohn’s disease, study finds

Researchers have identified a possible link between psychological stress and Crohn’s disease. In a study led by Canada’s McMaster University and the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute, and published in the journal Nature, the authors said that mouse models found that

COVID-19, flu and cold: The symptoms and how they differ

Between a surge of COVID-19 variants, an active flu season and other spreading viruses, determining what an illness is can be tricky.  Experts say that testing is the best way to find out for certain because overlapping symptoms could cause confusion.  NEW

Omicron should not be categorized as mild, WHO says

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization, said Thursday that while the COVID-19 omicron variant seems to be less severe than delta, it should not be categorized as mild. “Just like previous variants, omicron is hospitalizing people and