Organization leading Covax could end the vaccine-sharing initiative

Board members of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance are considering a plan to phase out Covax, according to an internal document obtained by The Washington Post.

By Claire ParkerDecember 7, 2022

Congress moves to end military’s coronavirus vaccine mandate

It’s a major capitulation for Democrats, after Republicans had threatened to stymie action on the $858 billion bill

By Karoun DemirjianDecember 6, 2022

Strep A: What to know about the usually mild infection leading to children’s deaths

Symptoms of Strep A are usually mild, though an invasive form of the bacterial infection called iGAS has led to deaths of young children in Britain.

By Jennifer Hassan and Adela SulimanDecember 6, 2022

Flu hospitalizations soar as triple viral threat looms ahead of holidays

The CDC urged Americans to get the latest flu and coronavirus vaccines to protect themselves.

By Fenit NirappilDecember 5, 2022

How to choose the right soup for 4 common health issues

It often packs ingredients that can boost immunity and help fight colds.

By Rachel Meltzer WarrenDecember 5, 2022

Cancer surgeons should avoid these three words, researchers warn

The problem lies in a disconnect between surgeons’ phrasing and their patients’ expectations.

By Erin BlakemoreDecember 5, 2022

Covid hospitalizations rising post-Thanksgiving after an autumn lull

Public health authorities are concerned the increase in covid patients will exacerbate the strain on hospitals already reeling from RSV and influenza cases.

By Fenit Nirappil and Jacqueline DupreeDecember 4, 2022

Assisted living too often fails older, sicker residents, report says

“The nature of the clientele in assisted living has changed dramatically,” yet there are no widely accepted standards for addressing their physical and mental health needs, one expert says.

By Judith Graham December 3, 2022

Biden administration poised to lift monkeypox emergency declaration

Fewer than 10 cases a day are being reported, compared with more than 450 in early August.

By Fenit NirappilDecember 2, 2022

Drugs killed 8 friends, one by one, in a tragedy seen across the U.S.

Cascading deaths from fentanyl and other drugs transformed this small N.C. city and left indelible scars.

By Lenny Bernstein and Jordan-Marie SmithDecember 2, 2022

How China’s vaccine strategy stoked its looming ‘zero covid’ crisis

The nation's “zero covid” restrictions have created a crisis for a country with large numbers of older, vulnerable people who have never had a booster shot.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson, Cate Cadell and Joel AchenbachDecember 1, 2022

Parents allege ‘overly punitive’ Stanford discipline led to soccer star’s suicide

The university initiated a disciplinary process against Katie Meyer for allegedly spilling coffee on a football player accused of sexually assaulting one of her underage teammates.

By Brittany ShammasDecember 1, 2022

Virginia reports first monkeypox death

The person who died was a resident of the state health department’s Eastern region, which includes Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore.

By Jenna PortnoyDecember 1, 2022

Experimental treatment for chronic illness in winter: Paid-for heating bills

Britain's Warm Home Prescription will pay the heating bills of people with chronic illnesses that flare up in the winter, hoping to stop them from getting sick.

By Leo SandsDecember 1, 2022

Alzheimer’s drug shows promise but needs more study for safety, researchers say

The makers of an experimental Alzheimer's drug showcased its potential as they seek regulatory approval.

By Daniel GilbertNovember 30, 2022

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 30, 2022

CDC expands wastewater testing for polio to Michigan and Pennsylvania

The expansion of wastewater monitoring comes amid pressure to increase efforts to fight the disease after the first U.S. polio case in nearly a decade was discovered in July.

By Lena H. SunNovember 30, 2022

Poison pill: How fentanyl killed a 17-year-old

A 17-year-old's death in California shows how fentanyl and fake pills, often sold on social media, are killing record numbers of unsuspecting Americans.

By Devlin BarrettNovember 30, 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