Wildfire smoke again hits the East Coast. How bad is it for your health?

Here's what you need to know about wildfire smoke, including the plumes blowing to the south from Nova Scotia, and how to protect yourself.

By Amudalat AjasaJune 5, 2023

If you’re hurt in a fall, follow these tips for recovery

Some falls can cause traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, even death. These moves can help you heal faster.

By Kevin LoriaJune 5, 2023

Cancer patients are confronting widespread shortages of chemotherapy drugs

Chemotherapy drugs, particularly those used to treat kids’ cancers, are among those medications experiencing some of the most prolonged shortages.

By Rene EbersoleJune 5, 2023

The ‘silent’ disease of osteoporosis affects 10 million Americans

Each year, about 2 million broken bones can be attributed to osteoporosis, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

June 5, 2023

Native American women face heart risks while pregnant, group says

The majority of Native American and Alaska Native women already have heart problems when they become pregnant, the researchers write.

By Erin BlakemoreJune 4, 2023

‘MacGyver med’ and rock-and-roll: Event medicine is the ticket for some

From Coachella to the Preakness to Lollapalooza, these doctors see it all: blue patients, drunken falls, overheated dancers and much more.

By Dawn FallikJune 3, 2023

Measles case reported in Montgomery County, Md.

A case of measles has been reported in Montgomery County, the first reported case in Maryland since 2019.

By Martin WeilJune 3, 2023

As mpox worries return ahead of Pride, a leather convention offers hope

Chicago's rise in mpox cases raised concerns about spread at the city's International Mr. Leather convention. The virus is spreading sexually among gay men.

By Fenit NirappilJune 2, 2023

Medicare outlines plan to expand coverage for costly new Alzheimer’s drugs

The first drug potentially covered by the expanded plan, Leqembi, could be granted full approval from the Food and Drug Administration as soon as this summer.

By Laurie McGinley, Rachel Roubein and Daniel GilbertJune 1, 2023

Birth rates among teens and young women hit record low in 2022, CDC says

The 2022 numbers also show record low birth rates among women in their early 20s and a consistent rise in birth rates for women 35 and older.

By Justine McDanielJune 1, 2023

New AI tool searches genetic haystacks to find disease-causing variants

PrimateAI-3D was trained on the genetic blueprints of 233 primate species to help scientists sift through millions of variants and find ones that can cause harm.

By Mark JohnsonJune 1, 2023

Biden plans to pick physician Mandy Cohen to lead CDC

Mandy Cohen, former North Carolina health secretary, would replace Rochelle Walensky, who is stepping down June 30, as head of the CDC at a critical time for the agency.

By Dan Diamond and Lena H. SunJune 1, 2023

Canada to require health warnings on individual cigarettes

Beginning next year, cigarettes will bear labels including “TOBACCO HARMS CHILDREN,” “POISON IN EVERY PUFF” and “SMOKING CAUSES IMPOTENCE.”

By Sarah DadouchJune 1, 2023

Food poisoning often caused by sick restaurant workers, CDC says

A lack of paid sick time in the food service industry and staffing pressures can lead workers to clock in when ill, putting consumer health at risk, the CDC says.

By Justine McDanielMay 31, 2023

Peru battles record dengue outbreak, in a warning for a warming world

Recent warm and wet El Niño conditions — which scientists say are likely to be prevalent in the future because of climate change — are ideal for mosquitoes.

By Frances VinallMay 31, 2023

Appeals court paves way for Purdue Pharma opioids settlement

The ruling also shields from future claims members of the Sackler family, who own Purdue Pharma.

By David OvalleMay 30, 2023

Being your own patient advocate is doable. Here’s what to consider.

Don’t get lost in the system. Careful note-taking, second opinions and other strategies will help you.

By Ashley AbramsonMay 29, 2023

For covid long-haulers, the pandemic is far from over

The end of the coronavirus public health emergency has left long-covid patients fearful they will be forgotten.

By Frances Stead SellersMay 29, 2023

Military members half as likely as civilians to receive HPV vaccine

Active-duty military and veterans are twice as likely as civilians to develop cancers associated with human papillomavirus, or HPV.

By Erin BlakemoreMay 28, 2023

Exercise can cut women’s chances of getting Parkinson’s by 25 percent

The study found that as a woman’s exercise level increased, her risk for Parkinson’s decreased.

May 28, 2023