Kristine Gebbie, first White House AIDS czar, dies at 78

Trained as a nurse, she was named by President Bill Clinton as the country's first "AIDS czar."

By Matt SchudelMay 25, 2022

Guns killed more youngsters than cars for the first time in 2020

Guns killed more in 2021, too. The increase is driven by the number of Black youths killed by firearms.

By Dan KeatingMay 25, 2022

Vaccines may not prevent many symptoms of long covid, study suggests

Veterans Affairs analyzed records from nearly 34,000 people in the United States who experienced breakthrough infections.

By Ariana Eunjung ChaMay 25, 2022

How fast omicron’s BA.2 variant is spreading around the world

Tracking the main coronavirus variants in the U.S. and around the world: omicron, delta, gamma, alpha and beta.

By Dan Keating,  Madison Dong and Youjin ShinMay 24, 2022

Monkeypox: Should we be worried?

Today on Post Reports, what to know about monkeypox and how prepared the United States is for future pandemics. Plus, in New Orleans, the return of a beloved Mardi Gras tradition.

By Maggie Penman,  Alexis Diao,  Reena Flores,  Jordan-Marie Smith,  Rennie Svirnovskiy,  Ariel Plotnick,  Emma Talkoff,  Sabby Robinson,  Sean Carter,  Julie Depenbrock and Charla FreelandMay 24, 2022

As monkeypox panic spreads, doctors in Africa see a double standard

Doctors and infectious-disease experts across the continent have worked to contain monkeypox outbreaks for years. Few seemed to care, or even notice, until people in the West started getting sick.

By Danielle Paquette and Rael OmbuorMay 24, 2022

Nations eye vaccines for monkeypox, but WHO says mass immunization not urgent

Health authorities are urging careful assessment before expanding the use of smallpox vaccines to protect against monkeypox.

By Ellen FrancisMay 24, 2022

Unusual cases of hepatitis in children: Your questions, answered

Acute hepatitis cases have developed among previously healthy children around the world, including some in the United States. The cause is unknown, and parents should not worry unduly, experts said.

By Frances Stead Sellers and Lena H. SunMay 24, 2022

Nearly 106,000 U.S. residents are waiting for a lifesaving transplant

On average, 17 people die each day while waiting for an organ transplant.

By Linda SearingMay 24, 2022

What is monkeypox, the rare virus now confirmed in the U.S. and Europe?

Scientists are trying to answer questions about the outbreak of a disease not known to spread easily among humans.

By Meryl Kornfield,  Hannah Knowles,  Timothy Bella,  Lindsey Bever and Fenit NirappilMay 23, 2022

Pfizer covid shot 80 percent effective in younger kids, early data shows

The data is a step toward a vaccine for infants, toddlers and children younger than 5 — the last age group to lack access to a coronavirus vaccine in the United States.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson and Laurie McGinleyMay 23, 2022

The dangers of PFAS, often called ‘forever chemicals’

Even at low levels, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances have been linked to kidney disease, lowered immunity in children and other health concerns.

By Kevin LoriaMay 23, 2022

Teletherapy works, and it is vitally needed

States are ending emergency orders that increased access to telepsychology, and some insurance companies are cutting back on coverage, but the need remains great.

By Amy EttingerMay 23, 2022

Film shows how racism hobbled response to plague in 1900 San Francisco

Quarantines, fumigation, searches — all focused on Chinese immigrants and were fueled by misguided beliefs about the cleanliness and worthiness of Asian immigrants.

By Erin BlakemoreMay 23, 2022

Biden says quarantines for monkeypox aren’t needed in U.S.

Belgium imposed a 21-day quarantine to fight monkeypox, but President Biden said the U.S. had enough vaccine doses to handle flare-ups of the disease.

By Seung Min KimMay 23, 2022

Biden: U.S. exploring monkeypox vaccines; ‘everybody’ should be concerned

Biden said the U.S. is exploring “what vaccine if any might be available for it." Israel and Switzerland confirmed cases.

By Annabelle Timsit and Seung Min KimMay 22, 2022

Researchers find blood marker that could help identify newborns with SIDS

Scientists say that babies who died of sudden infant death syndrome had lower levels of an enzyme called butyrylcholinesterase shortly after birth.

By Nancy LapidMay 21, 2022

CDC tells doctors to be on alert for monkeypox as global cases rise

An unprecedented global spread of monkeypox raises alarm among public health authorities, with at least one case in the United States and more than 70 across Europe.

By Fenit NirappilMay 20, 2022

Tooth found in Laos sheds light on Denisovans, enigmatic group of extinct humans

“This is the first time that a Denisovan has been found in a warm region,” a lead author of the study says.

By Will DunhamMay 20, 2022

European countries confirm more than 70 monkeypox cases

Cases have been reported in North America and Australia, too.

By Adam Taylor,  Timothy Bella and Amanda ColettaMay 20, 2022