FDA expected to okay Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine booster for kids 5 to 11

The action by the Food and Drug Administration is expected as soon as Tuesday.

By Laurie McGinley and Carolyn Y. JohnsonMay 16, 2022

What is topical steroid withdrawal?

The ailment had recently gone viral on social media. But TSW “is a real and difficult-to-treat phenomenon that can occur while treating any chronic skin rash with topical steroids,” an experts says.

By Tonya RussellMay 16, 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 16, 2022

Project connects gender, health and history

A collaborative, peer-reviewed project in Nursing Clio examines the tangled roots that connect our bodies to the past and present.

By Erin BlakemoreMay 16, 2022

How should you deal with sore muscles?

To avoid soreness, work up slowly to the activity. But if soreness sets in, get rest while the process plays out.

By Jill AdamsMay 15, 2022

Ex-nurse convicted of injecting patient with wrong drug gets probation

RaDonda Vaught, who worked at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, faced up to eight years in prison for giving 75-year-old Charlene Murphey a fatal dose of the wrong medication in December 2017.

By Timothy BellaMay 14, 2022

Genome study offers hope for vaquita, an endangered porpoise in Mexico’s waters

The vaquita is the smallest cetacean, the group including whales, dolphins and porpoises, reaching about 5 feet long and 120 pounds.

By Will DunhamMay 14, 2022

Why the pandemic has made it so hard and exhausting to make decisions

With the pandemic, people are faced with so many options about risk and health. Psychologists explain why that is so draining.

By Elizabeth Tricomi and Wesley AmedenMay 14, 2022

This woman’s desperate persistence helped spark her lucky break

Her memory was failing, she couldn’t walk without a cane and felt increasingly helpless.

By Sandra G. BoodmanMay 14, 2022

Abortion foes push to narrow ‘life of mother’ exceptions

Doctors warn women’s lives would be endangered and maternal deaths could increase.

By Ariana Eunjung Cha and Emily Wax-ThibodeauxMay 13, 2022

The bar for reimposing mask mandates is getting higher and higher

The shift away from mask mandates in blue cities and states has been months in the making, and they are not coming back even as cases of the highly transmissible BA. 2 coronavirus variant rise.

By Fenit NirappilMay 13, 2022

What to do if you can’t find baby formula

Many parents are scrambling to find baby formula. Pediatricians say there are some alternatives, but it's important to avoid shortcuts and consult your doctor.

By Kim Bellware and Lindsey BeverMay 13, 2022

A teen survivor of a shark attack revives his love for the ocean

Keane Hayes pursued an ocean-filled year not just to reclaim his passion, but also to inspire surfers and non-surfers to overcome formidable odds.

By Jared WhitlockMay 13, 2022

U.S. surpasses record 100,000 overdose deaths in 2021

The number of overdose deaths is a 15 percent increase from the previous year. More than 1 million Americans have now died of drug overdoses in the 21st century, according to federal data released Wednesday.

By Meryl KornfieldMay 11, 2022

Overturn of Roe could make IVF more complicated, costly

State laws could unleash 'a whole cascade of questions and problems.'

By Ariana Eunjung Cha and Emily Wax-ThibodeauxMay 11, 2022

Another rare virus puzzle: They got sick, got treated, got covid again

The rare cases aren’t severe but highlight the many questions that remain about the virus.

By Carolyn Y. JohnsonMay 10, 2022

Chicago will be ‘oasis’ for abortion if Roe is overturned, mayor says

If Roe v. Wade is overturned and more states enforce "trigger" laws severely weakening abortion access or banning it, Chicago's mayor said the city would “be a safe haven.”

By Timothy BellaMay 10, 2022

About half of parents give their children a dietary supplement

Parents said they give supplements because their children are picky eaters, they do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, and what they do eat does not give them enough vitamins, minerals and fiber.

By Linda SearingMay 10, 2022

High blood pressure in young people may cause long-term brain issues

A study suggests that high blood pressure starting at a young age was associated with a smaller brain at midlife — about age 50.

By Anne McCarthyMay 10, 2022

How to save on prescription medications

Online pharmacies aren’t the only way to get cheaper prices for your medications. These five strategies will also help you save.

By Lisa L. GillMay 9, 2022