CDC loosens coronavirus guidance, signaling strategic shift

The recommendations signal the Biden administration has decided the lower covid fatality rate in a heavily vaccinated nation allows less demanding guidelines.

By Lena H. Sun and Joel AchenbachAugust 11, 2022

When you have covid, here’s how you know you are no longer contagious

It’s complicated. Be forewarned: Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are nuanced and a little confusing.

By Lena H. Sun and Joel AchenbachAugust 11, 2022

What you need to know about the monkeypox vaccine

We answer your most pressing questions about the monkeypox vaccine.

By Fenit Nirappil and Meryl KornfieldAugust 11, 2022

London children offered polio vaccine booster as virus found in wastewater

Children ages 1 to 9 will be offered a booster dose amid global fears of a polio resurgence. The United States and Israel have also recently reported incidents.

By Rachel PannettAugust 11, 2022

Monkeypox vaccine maker voices concerns on U.S. dose-splitting plan

The Biden administration has adopted a strategy to stretch the nation’s limited supply of monkeypox vaccine.

By Dan DiamondAugust 10, 2022

Walgreens helped fuel San Francisco’s opioid crisis, judge rules

A trial will be held later to determine how much Walgreens must pay San Francisco to address the harms of the opioid crisis.

By Meryl KornfieldAugust 10, 2022

New Langya virus that may have spilled over from animals infects dozens

Scientists detected another potential zoonotic spillover nearly three years into the coronavirus pandemic, though evidence suggests very low fatality rates.

By Amy ChengAugust 10, 2022

Limited monkeypox vaccine supply would be stretched under FDA plan

Biden administration officials announce a new strategy to split monkeypox vaccine doses in hopes of vaccinating up to five times as many people.

By Dan Diamond and Fenit NirappilAugust 9, 2022

The GOP blocked an insulin price cap: What it means for diabetics

Another proposal in the Inflation Reduction Act that caps insulin at $35 per month for Medicare patients was left untouched.

By Rachel Pannett and Rachel RoubeinAugust 9, 2022

How the Inflation Reduction Act might affect your health care

The economic package would prevent huge spikes in the cost of health insurance for roughly 13 million Americans and cap seniors’ drugs costs at $2,000 a year.

By Rachel RoubeinAugust 9, 2022

Protecting teen athletes from high heat and humidity

An athletic training expert talks about what coaches and players can do to ensure safety.

By Susan YearginAugust 9, 2022

A neuroscientist’s insights on the adolescent brain

A developmental neuroscientist shares what she’s learned from studies on young people’s risk-taking behavior, reasoning and more.

By Tim VernimmenAugust 9, 2022

America has a maternal mortality crisis. Biden push aims to change that.

Black, Native American and rural women disproportionately bear the burden of maternal mortality.

By Akilah JohnsonAugust 9, 2022

Too little sleep may jeopardize young kids’ development, study finds

Pediatricians urge parents to make sufficient sleep a family priority and to encourage such things as daytime physical activity and a regular nighttime routine.

August 9, 2022

Lyme disease vaccine in late-stage trials would be first in 20 years

If successful, the vaccine would be the first against Lyme disease in the United States since Lymerix, which was discontinued in 2002 because of poor sales.

By Andrew JeongAugust 9, 2022

Looking at DEET, picaridin, other ingredients in insect repellents

What are these things anyway? Which work best and which are safe? Here’s what CR has found after years of testing.

By Catherine RobertsAugust 8, 2022

Abortion bans complicate access to drugs for cancer, arthritis, even ulcers

Some chronically ill women face questions about critical medications that could be used to end a pregnancy.

By Katie Shepherd and Frances Stead SellersAugust 8, 2022

Monkeypox manners: Navigating a virus disrupting how we live and love

Because frightened people don’t always behave well, it’s time for a primer in monkeypox manners.

By Steven PetrowAugust 8, 2022

Why tween girls especially are struggling so much

Mental health issues are on the rise, but tween girls about ages 10 to 14 appear to be struggling more than in the past, a psychologist says.

By Jelena KecmanovicAugust 8, 2022

Study: Kids who vape tobacco are more likely to go on to use cannabis

A study examines the link between vaping and marijuana use.

By Erin BlakemoreAugust 8, 2022