Covid becomes plague of elderly, reviving debate over ‘acceptable loss’

Nearly 9 out of 10 deaths are now in people 65 or older, the highest rate since the pandemic began.

By Ariana Eunjung Cha and Dan KeatingNovember 29, 2022

How useful — and safe — are deodorants for down there?

Most products geared for private parts target women, and too often the marketing for them feeds off people's insecurities.

By Perry SantanachoteNovember 28, 2022

Scientists identify biomarkers that could help diagnose Lyme disease

A genetic test would be an improvement on current FDA-approved tests, which identify antibodies that can take weeks to emerge.

By Erin BlakemoreNovember 28, 2022

If your sight goes white, these are diagnoses to consider

Vision whiteouts are usually benign, but it's always worth making sure by consulting with your physician.

By Lisa MulcahyNovember 27, 2022

Salted ants. Ground crickets. Why you should try edible insects.

The edible insect industry is ramping up — one report predicts the market will reach $9.6 billion by 2030.

By Carolyn BeansNovember 27, 2022

Covid hospitalized him for 453 days. Now he’s home for the holidays.

Dub Crochet was hospitalized through more than a year's worth of milestones and holidays before emerging from the hospital this month.

By Andrea SalcedoNovember 26, 2022

Desperate covid long-haulers turn to costly, unproven treatments

Unproven treatments put patients at risk of potentially harmful health effects as well as having their hopes dashed and their wallets emptied.

By Frances Stead SellersNovember 25, 2022

Former surgeon general faces his wife’s cancer — and the ‘Trump Effect’

Jerome Adams and his wife want to tell their own story about melanoma and prevention.

By Manuel Roig-FranziaNovember 25, 2022

Measles is ‘imminent threat’ globally, WHO and CDC warn

Nearly 40 million children missed a measles vaccine dose in 2021, in part due to the coronavirus pandemic, global health officials said.

By Andrew JeongNovember 24, 2022

Men are using condoms less, even as syphilis and other STDs surge

The United States recorded nearly 2.5 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in 2021, more than doubling in the last two decades.

By Fenit NirappilNovember 23, 2022

Sick kids are filling hospitals. But there aren’t enough beds.

Experts say the high demand is due to the early onset of RSV, which is making children sicker than usual, the start of flu season and the continued circulation of covid.

By Jenna PortnoyNovember 22, 2022

White House touts omicron-specific boosters ahead of feared winter covid wave

The Biden administration's campaign to boost Americans ahead of an expected winter covid wave has lagged, with about 11 percent of people 5 and older having receiving bivalent booster.

By Frances Stead Sellers and Ariana Eunjung ChaNovember 22, 2022

Trying to stay safe in a mass shooting, and to overcome the fear created

Experts talk about how to stay safe if a mass shooting erupts near you, and how to deal with the fear that can be triggered by this type of violence.

By Shayna JacobsNovember 21, 2022

Which cooking oils are the healthiest?

Cooking oil, including olive oil, canola, seed oils and ghee, all have different health effects and smoke points. Here's how to choose which ones to use.

By Jennifer CookNovember 21, 2022

Visually impaired people less likely to access health care, CDC says

People with vision problems were more than twice as likely as their counterparts to say they had an unmet health need because of cost.

By Erin BlakemoreNovember 21, 2022

Coronavirus variants are dodging antibody treatments. New lab-made options may help.

Some variants are dodging antibody therapies, but the next generation of treatments may help by targeting a different, more stable part of the rapidly mutating virus.

By Mark JohnsonNovember 21, 2022
Well+BeingPerspective

After a loved one dies, red tape adds to the grief

Bureaucratic delays and paperwork are frustrating, exhausting, emotionally crushing — and often unavoidable.

By Allison EngelNovember 20, 2022

The ‘most common crippling hand condition’ you’ve never heard of

Dupuytren's contracture may be mistaken for arthritis or tendinitis, or go unnoticed until the fingers start to bend.

By Marlene CimonsNovember 20, 2022

RSV, covid and flu push hospitals to the brink — and it may get worse

Hospitals across the United States are overwhelmed, and experts believe conditions will deteriorate in coming months.

By Sabrina MalhiNovember 20, 2022

This teenager would sleep for alarming 20-hour stretches

The condition drastically alters her personality and temporarily shuts down her life. The diagnosis brought relief but also uncertainty.

By Sandra G. BoodmanNovember 19, 2022