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The supply of donated organs has long chased the demand for transplants without much chance of catching up. That gap only widened during the spring of 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic brought living donations to “a near halt” and limited deceased organ transplant procedures to only the most dire of cases. Coronavirus brought new challenges to the transplant community, forcing it to alter how ...

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Lucien Wiggins, 12, arrived at Tufts Children’s Hospital by ambulance June 7 with chest pains, dizziness and high levels of a protein in his blood that indicated inflammation of his heart. The symptoms had begun a day earlier, the morning after his second vaccination with the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA shot. For Dr. Sara Ross, chief of pediatric critical care at the Boston hospital, the event ...

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Jun. 19—The incumbent says her opponent lacks the experience to lead one of upstate New York's largest municipal courts. The challenger says she wants to give voters a choice in an election often decided by cross endorsements from party leaders before anyone casts a ballot. The race for Amherst town justice has heated up as Tuesday's primary nears, with the contestants and their allies trading ...

ORLANDO, Fla. — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is taking the first step toward providing gender-confirmation surgeries through its health-care network, Secretary Denis McDonough announced at a Pride Month event in Orlando Saturday — a historic move he said is simply “the right thing to do.” Vowing to create a “safe and caring” environment for all veterans, McDonough cited the need to ...

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Jun. 19—Shares of Athira Pharma, a Bothell-based biopharmaceutical company, dropped 38% on Friday, after the company announced late Thursday it has placed CEO Leen Kawas on leave. The stock closed Friday $11.15, down from its previous close of $18.23, making it Nasdaq's second worst performing stock of the day. In a brief statement Thursday, the company said its board is reviewing Kawas' ...

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said he doesn’t believe U.S. Catholic bishops will adopt a policy denying him communion. “That’s a private matter and I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Biden told reporters Friday at the White House. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted Friday at their annual spring meeting to create guidelines on communion, which could lead to U.S. politicians ...

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Catholic bishops voted Friday in favor of drafting new guidelines governing Communion, a move seen as a rebuke of politicians including President Biden who receive the sacrament while also supporting abortion rights The final tally on the third day of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was 168 votes in favor of creating the controversial document and 55 against, according to the ...

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For more than two years, the University of California has grappled with how to manage proposed partnerships between UC medical systems and hospitals that impose restrictions on healthcare on religious grounds. That process is about to come to an end. On Wednesday, the UC Board of Regents will vote on a policy governing those arrangements. If the vote goes as expected, it will be a clear win ...

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For more than two years, the University of California has grappled with how to manage proposed partnerships between UC medical systems and hospitals that impose restrictions on healthcare on religious grounds.That process is about to come to an end. On Wednesday, the UC Board of Regents will vote on a policy governing those arrangements.If the vote goes as expected, it will be a clear win for ...

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John Micklus’s battle with COVID-19 began last Christmas and ended five weeks later with lungs so irreversibly damaged that doctors said there was nothing they could do to save him. “The doctor’s recommendation was to get my affairs in order,” Micklus said. The 62-year-old called his wife from his hospital bed in southern Maryland. She, in turn, desperately called several physicians, and ...