FDA authorizes a coronavirus booster shot for children as young as 5

A third shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine would become available to 5-to-11-year-olds as cases rise nationally.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson and Laurie McGinleyMay 17, 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 17, 2022

Third round of free coronavirus tests made available by U.S. government

Households can now order eight additional tests, boosting supplies ahead of possible summer and fall surges.

By Katie ShepherdMay 17, 2022

Inside the global hunt for a culprit in mysterious hepatitis cases

More than 450 cases described as ’extremely unusual because these are healthy children,’ mostly under 5.

By Lena H. SunMay 17, 2022

How big is the latest U.S. coronavirus wave? No one really knows.

Americans are navigating murky waters in the latest wave of the pandemic, with highly transmissible subvariants of omicron spreading as governments drop measures to contain the virus and reveal less data about infections.

By Fenit Nirappil,  Katie Shepherd and Dan KeatingMay 17, 2022

3.4 million Americans could be diagnosed with skin cancer in 2022

Cancer experts predict that 7,650 U.S. residents will die of melanoma this year.

By Linda SearingMay 17, 2022

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

The action by the Food and Drug Administration is expected to come 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