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In this Dec. 29, 2020, photo, Memorial Hospital registered nurse Steve Menchaca, right, and Emily Rentquiano tend to a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit in Bakersfield, Calif. (Alex Horvath/The Bakersfield Californian via AP) **FILE**

COVID-19 increases risk of heart attack, says U.K. study

- The Washington Times

It's not just the lungs. Mounting evidence shows that COVID-19 can invade the heart or spark so much inflammation during the immune response that it weakens the critical organ, raising the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiac chaos.

An employee adds drops of water-soluble CBD, or cannabidiol, an essential component of medical marijuana, into a coffee glass at the Found Cafe in Hong Kong on Sept. 13, 2020.Hong Kong will ban cannabidiol or CBD from the beginning of next month, authorities announced Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

Hong Kong to ban CBD, label it a 'dangerous drug'

Associated Press

Hong Kong will ban CBD starting Wednesday, categorizing it as a "dangerous drug" and mandating harsh penalties for its smuggling, production and possession, customs authorities announced Friday.

Passengers coming from China arrive at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, on Jan. 14, 2023. South Korea says it will continue to restrict the entry of short-term travelers from China through the end of February over concerns that the spread of COVID-19 in that country may worsen following the Lunar New Year’s holidays. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

South Korea extends restrictions on travelers from China

- Associated Press

South Korea says it will continue to restrict the entry of short-term travelers from China through the end of February over concerns that the spread of COVID-19 in that country may worsen following the Lunar New Year's holidays.

Syringes with vaccines are prepared at the L.A. Care and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plans' Community Resource Center where they were offering members and the public free flu and COVID-19 vaccines Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, in Lynwood, Calif. The U.S. is poised to make COVID-19 vaccinations more like a yearly flu shot, a major shift in strategy despite a long list of questions about how to best protect against a still rapidly mutating virus.The Food and Drug Administration asked its scientific advisers Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, to help lay the groundwork for switching to once-a-year boosters for most Americans -- and how and when to periodically update the shots’ recipe. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

FDA's advisers back plan to simplify COVID-19 vaccinations

- Associated Press

The U.S. is poised to make COVID-19 vaccinations more like a yearly flu shot, a major shift in strategy despite a long list of questions about how to best protect against a still rapidly mutating virus.

Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the Administrator for the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, poses for a photograph in her office, Feb. 9, 2022, in Washington. The federal government will allow Medicaid dollars to treat people in prisons, jails or juvenile detention centers for the first time ever, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Jan. 26, 2023. The move will provide more stability for inmates and juvenile detainees as they exit institutions and re-enter the outside world, said Brooks-LaSure. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

California prison inmates to get some Medicaid care

- Associated Press

The federal government will allow Medicaid dollars to treat some people in prisons, jails or juvenile detention centers for the first time ever, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Thursday.

FILE - CBD wax is displayed at a shop in Sunset Hills, Mo., on June 27, 2019. The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday, jan. 26, 2023, there are too many unknowns about CBD products to regulate them as foods or supplements under the agency's current structure and Congress needs to create new rules for the massive and growing market. (Brian Munoz/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)

FDA declines to regulate CBD; calls on Congress for fix

- Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday there are too many unknowns about CBD products to regulate them as foods or supplements under the agency's current structure and called on Congress to create new rules for the massive and growing market.