Mass violence takes toll on Americans’ psyches

Repeated shootings in schools, churches and stores erode sense of safety, undermine health

By Lenny Bernstein,  Ariana Eunjung Cha and Joel AchenbachMay 27, 2022

As an ex-heroin addict, I know getting off opioids is near impossible

Withdrawal is the most important aspect, and it’s barely given lip service in the response to the opioid epidemic.

By Elizabeth GreyMay 27, 2022

Julie Beckett, champion of children with disabilities, dies at 72

A waiver that she obtained for her daughter helped allow more than half a million American children to grow up at home rather than in hospitals and institutions.

By Emily LangerMay 26, 2022

CDC identifies nine suspected monkeypox cases in U.S. amid signs of local spread

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced nine cases of monkeypox have been detected in seven states as of Wednesday, as global health authorities confront an unprecedented spread of the virus.

By Fenit NirappilMay 26, 2022

WHO members condemn Russia, warn its voting rights could be stripped

Ukraine’s successful resolution raises the possibility that Russia could be suspended from the assembly if attacks on hospitals and clinics continue.

By Adam TaylorMay 26, 2022

Kristine Gebbie, first White House AIDS czar, dies at 78

Trained as a nurse, she was named by President Bill Clinton as the country's first "AIDS czar."

By Matt SchudelMay 25, 2022

Guns killed more young people than cars did for the first time in 2020

Guns killed more in 2021, too. The increase is driven by the number of Black youths killed by firearms.

By Dan KeatingMay 25, 2022

Vaccines may not prevent many symptoms of long covid, study suggests

Veterans Affairs analyzed records from nearly 34,000 people in the United States who experienced breakthrough infections.

By Ariana Eunjung ChaMay 25, 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 24, 2022

Monkeypox: Should we be worried?

Today on Post Reports, what to know about monkeypox and how prepared the United States is for future pandemics. Plus, in New Orleans, the return of a beloved Mardi Gras tradition.

By Maggie Penman,  Alexis Diao,  Reena Flores,  Jordan-Marie Smith,  Rennie Svirnovskiy,  Ariel Plotnick,  Emma Talkoff,  Sabby Robinson,  Sean Carter,  Julie Depenbrock and Charla FreelandMay 24, 2022

As monkeypox panic spreads, doctors in Africa see a double standard

Doctors and infectious-disease experts across the continent have worked to contain monkeypox outbreaks for years. Few seemed to care, or even notice, until people in the West started getting sick.

By Danielle Paquette and Rael OmbuorMay 24, 2022

Nations eye vaccines for monkeypox, but WHO says mass immunization not urgent

Health authorities are urging careful assessment before expanding the use of smallpox vaccines to protect against monkeypox.

By Ellen FrancisMay 24, 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 24, 2022

Nearly 106,000 U.S. residents are waiting for a lifesaving transplant

On average, 17 people die each day while waiting for an organ transplant.

By Linda SearingMay 24, 2022

What is monkeypox, the rare virus now confirmed in the U.S. and Europe?

Scientists are trying to answer questions about the outbreak of a disease not known to spread easily among humans.

By Meryl Kornfield,  Hannah Knowles,  Timothy Bella,  Lindsey Bever and Fenit NirappilMay 23, 2022

Pfizer covid shot 80 percent effective in younger kids, early data shows

The data is a step toward a vaccine for infants, toddlers and children younger than 5 — the last age group to lack access to a coronavirus vaccine in the United States.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson and Laurie McGinleyMay 23, 2022

The dangers of PFAS, often called ‘forever chemicals’

Even at low levels, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances have been linked to kidney disease, lowered immunity in children and other health concerns.

By Kevin LoriaMay 23, 2022

Teletherapy works, and it is vitally needed

States are ending emergency orders that increased access to telepsychology, and some insurance companies are cutting back on coverage, but the need remains great.

By Amy EttingerMay 23, 2022

Film shows how racism hobbled response to plague in 1900 San Francisco

Quarantines, fumigation, searches — all focused on Chinese immigrants and were fueled by misguided beliefs about the cleanliness and worthiness of Asian immigrants.

By Erin BlakemoreMay 23, 2022

Biden says quarantines for monkeypox aren’t needed in U.S.

Belgium imposed a 21-day quarantine to fight monkeypox, but President Biden said the U.S. had enough vaccine doses to handle flare-ups of the disease.

By Seung Min KimMay 23, 2022