Health Highlights: Oct. 26, 2021

COVID vaccine safe even for people with severe allergies. A new study shows that even when people report a history of severe allergic reactions to medications, vaccines or allergens, nearly all of them can be fully and safely vaccinated. Read more

Combo of common antidepressants and painkillers could raise bleeding risk. Two widely used medications -- SSRI antidepressants (such as Paxil or Zoloft) and over-the-counter painkillers like Advil or Aleve -- appear to raise the odds for dangerous bleeds, a new review finds. Read more

Cancer takes big bite out of patients' finances. New American Cancer Society data shows that direct out-of-pocket costs to patients for cancer treatment now tops $21 billion per year. Many may even forgo or postpone care because they can't afford it, experts warn. Read more

Big rise in number of American teens who vape pot. Data from 2013 to 2020 shows that the percentage of American and Canadian teenagers who say they vape marijuana doubled over that time, and 1 in every 8 teens now does so.Read more

Biden Administration takes step to boost supply of at-home COVID tests. The White House announced Monday that it will boost funding to help manufacturers of COVID-19 at-home test kits better navigate regulatory hurdles, getting more tests into Americans' homes. Read more

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