Health Highlights: Jan. 13, 2022

By Ernie Mondel, HealthDay reporter>

Opioid addiction is rising sharply among older Americans. New research shows that opioid misuse does not discriminate by age — rates have been rising steadily among adults aged 55 and over over the past 20 years. Read more

More COVID hospital admissions are seen among children too young to get a vaccine. The rate for children under the age of 5 rose dramatically last week, while the same rate for children aged 5 to 17 remained relatively stable, raising concern. Read more

The White House may give Americans “higher quality” masks. The program is being weighed by the Biden administration as a way to help significantly slow the spread of the transmissible Omicron variant. Read more

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