What to do if you hit your head

Knowing in advance what actions to take can help keep you safe.

By Ashley AbramsonJuly 4, 2022

At last, medical guidelines address care for adults with Down syndrome

Until recently, there were no guidelines for treating the special medical needs of adults with Down syndrome.

By Erin BlakemoreJuly 4, 2022

Why optimists live longer than the rest of us

Regularly envisioning yourself as having the best possible outcomes, and taking realistic steps toward achieving them, may help develop an optimistic mind-set.

By Fuschia SiroisJuly 3, 2022

Texas Supreme Court blocks order that allowed abortions to resume

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has said he is committed to making the state “fully pro-life.”

By Adela SulimanJuly 2, 2022

With therapists in short supply, group counseling offers alternative

If group-based mental health seems like a good fit, try a few sessions. Pay attention to how the interactions between the therapist and the other group members feel.

By Juli FragaJuly 2, 2022

Debunking myths about vasectomies as their popularity increases post-Roe

Physicians spoke to The Washington Post about vasectomies as people rush to schedule them after last week's Supreme Court decision overturned Roe v. Wade.

By Meena VenkataramananJuly 1, 2022

Nursing home that diverted vaccines to rich donors pays $1.75 million

“Of course go after the billionaires first,” the CEO of the high-end Florida facility told fundraisers while covid shots were still scarce.

By Isaac Stanley-BeckerJuly 1, 2022

State parks want to attract more visitors of color

The racial gap in park visitation is long-standing: Officials estimate that about 3 in 4 visitors to America’s state and national parks are White.

By Marsha MercerJuly 1, 2022

Supreme Court lets vaccine mandate stand, tosses rulings on guns, abortion

The court’s orders came on the final day of its term, as the justices announced what additional cases they will review when the court reconvenes in the fall.

By Ann E. Marimow and Robert BarnesJune 30, 2022

Tens of thousands of monkeypox vaccines rushed to clinics

White House pushes new strategy as cases climb.

By Dan Diamond, Lena H. Sun and Fenit NirappilJune 30, 2022

Omicron-based coronavirus booster shots will roll out this fall

The FDA announced that the fall shots would include a component from BA.4 and BA.5, the omicron subvariants gaining ground in the United States.

By Carolyn Y. JohnsonJune 30, 2022

Tiger dies after contracting coronavirus at Ohio zoo

Jupiter, a 14-year-old Amur tiger, died after developing pneumonia caused by covid-19, officials with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said.

By Lindsey BeverJune 30, 2022

Miss. lawmaker says 12-year-old incest victims should carry pregnancies to term

"I believe life begins at conception,” Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn (R) said.

By Timothy BellaJune 30, 2022

Some doctors don’t like some patients

Health-care professionals don’t like to admit that dealing with “hateful patients” leaves them feeling frustrated, resentful, defeated or inadequate.

By Joan NaidorfJune 30, 2022

E.U. proposes ban on flavored heated tobacco products as sales rise

The proposal, which does not address e-cigarettes that heat liquid rather than tobacco, is part of a wider plan to tackle cancer rates in the E.U.

By Adela SulimanJune 30, 2022

Men rush to get vasectomies after Roe ruling

The push for vasectomies comes as some physicians and patients are facing confusion and fear in a post-Roe world.

By Meena VenkataramananJune 29, 2022

Texas AG says he’d defend sodomy law if Supreme Court revisits ruling

Attorney General Ken Paxton suggested he would be comfortable supporting a law outlawing intimate same-sex relationships.

By Timothy BellaJune 29, 2022

Elmo gets coronavirus shot, sparks another Muppet feud with Ted Cruz

This isn’t the first time Texas Republican Cruz has tangled with a high-profile Sesame Street Muppet over vaccines.

By Adela SulimanJune 29, 2022

Coronavirus vaccines should be updated for fall, FDA advisers say

The panel recommended that coronavirus shots be updated to more closely reflect the circulating virus.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson and Katie ShepherdJune 28, 2022