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What Can One Life Tell Us About the Battle Against H.I.V.?

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In 2001, U.N. estimates suggested 150 million people would be infected with H.I.V. by 2021. That preceded an ambitious global campaign to curb the virus. How well did it work?

December 2nd 2021, 7:07 am

The Toddler Was Bowlegged, Her Gait Awkward. What Was It?

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What the orthopedist saw on the X-rays surprised him.

December 2nd 2021, 7:07 am

Omicron Prompts Swift Reconsideration of Boosters Among Scientists

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Many public health experts were opposed to a boosters-for-all approach. The new variant is changing some minds.

December 1st 2021, 6:35 pm

The First Omicron Case Has Been Detected in the U.S.

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Much remains unknown about the new variant of the coronavirus. But with cases being detected in more countries, experts had said it was only a matter of time before the variant showed up in the United States.

December 1st 2021, 3:36 pm

C.D.C. Tells Airlines to Disclose Details on Passengers From Southern Africa

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The agency said it was “issuing this directive to prevent the importation and spread of a communicable disease of public health importance,” an apparent reference to the new Omicron variant.

December 1st 2021, 3:36 pm

How Exercise May Support the Aging Brain

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Simple activities like walking boost immune cells in the brain that may help to keep memory sharp and even ward off Alzheimer’s disease.

December 1st 2021, 12:35 pm

Trust in Science and Scientists Increased Globally, Poll Finds

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An international survey found that the pandemic had enhanced public faith in researchers and science, up from 2018.

December 1st 2021, 6:21 am

Build Back Better Act Would Patch Holes in Health Coverage

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Taken together, the provisions in the social policy bill represent the biggest step toward universal coverage since the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

December 1st 2021, 6:21 am

Prosecutors Push Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos to Take Responsibility

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Under cross-examination, the founder of the failed blood testing start-up defended herself but admitted that she had made mistakes.

November 30th 2021, 7:05 pm

An F.D.A. panel endorses Merck’s Covid pill for high-risk adults.

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The drug, molnupiravir, could be authorized within days for patients at high risk of severe illness.

November 30th 2021, 7:05 pm

Federal Judge Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Health Workers

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The ruling is a setback for the administration’s effort to require vaccination for hospital and nursing home workers, which had been set to start next week.

November 30th 2021, 7:05 pm

South African Company Nears License to Sell J. & J. Covid Shot Across Africa

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The new agreement makes Aspen Pharmacare the first African company to market a Covid vaccine on the continent. But it stops short of allowing Aspen to make the ingredients in the vaccine.

November 30th 2021, 4:37 pm

What We Know About the New Covid Variant, Omicron

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Intense research into the new coronavirus variant first identified in southern Africa, has just begun. World leaders have urged people not to panic — and to get vaccinated, if they can.

November 30th 2021, 12:34 pm

Regeneron Antibody Treatment May Not Be as Effective Against New Omicron Covid Variant

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The company said that analyses and modeling of mutations in the variant suggest that they may weaken the effect of the treatment, but that studies using Omicron’s full sequences are incomplete.

November 30th 2021, 11:51 am

F.D.A. Advisers Set to Discuss Merck’s Covid Pill

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If an expert committee votes to recommend it, the drug, molnupiravir, could be authorized within days for patients at high risk of severe illness.

November 30th 2021, 5:18 am

Counterfeit Covid Masks Are Still Sold Everywhere

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Rising Covid cases have spurred a return to mask-wearing in the U.S. and overseas, at a time when flawed KN95s from China continue to dominate e-commerce sites.

November 30th 2021, 3:19 am

Letter From Catherine the Great Shows Her Support for Inoculations

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In a letter from 1787 to be sold at auction this week, the Russian empress called for widespread access to a precursor of the smallpox vaccine.

November 29th 2021, 7:58 pm

With Scant Information on Omicron, Biden Turned to Travel Ban to Buy Time

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“Here’s what it does: It gives us time,” President Biden said of the flight restrictions. He called the new variant a cause for concern, not panic.

November 29th 2021, 7:58 pm

Antiviral Covid-19 Pills Are Coming. Will There Be Enough Tests?

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The pills must be given early in the course of infection, which means access to timely, accurate test results will be crucial.

November 29th 2021, 1:12 pm

Your Heart and Diet: A Heart-Healthy Way to Eat

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Aim for an overall healthful dietary pattern, the American Heart Association advises, rather than focusing on “good” or “bad” foods.

November 29th 2021, 10:12 am

Antiviral Covid Pills Are Coming. Will There Be Enough Tests?

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The pills must be given early in the course of infection, which means access to timely, accurate test results will be crucial.

November 29th 2021, 10:12 am

Stamping Bar Codes on Cells to Solve Medical Mysteries

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By tracking every cell in an organism, scientists are working out why certain cancer treatments fail, which could lead to improved medicine.

November 29th 2021, 7:42 am

As World Shuts Borders to Stop Omicron, Japan Offers a Cautionary Tale

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Japan, which has been very cautious throughout the pandemic, is again barring all nonresident foreigners. There is an economic and human cost.

November 29th 2021, 7:42 am

Will the Vaccines Stop Omicron? Scientists Are Racing to Find Out.

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A “Frankenstein mix” of mutations raises concerns, but the variant may remain vulnerable to current vaccines. If not, revisions will be necessary.

November 28th 2021, 6:59 pm

As U.S. Hunts for Chinese Spies, University Scientists Warn of Backlash

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A chilling effect has taken hold on American campuses, contributing to an outflow of academic talent that may hurt the United States while benefiting Beijing.

November 28th 2021, 6:59 pm

U.S. Governors Respond to Omicron Variant

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No cases of the new coronavirus variant have been confirmed in the U.S., but leaders said they were using existing safeguards and watching closely.

November 28th 2021, 4:12 pm

Does Omicron Cause Only Mild Illness? Too Early to Tell, Experts Say

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Should the Omicron variant cause severe illness, that will become apparent if there is a significant rise in hospitalizations over the next week or two, one expert said.

November 28th 2021, 1:27 pm

How Did the New Variant Get Its Name?

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The World Health Organization began naming the variants after Greek letters to avoid public confusion and stigma.

November 27th 2021, 3:26 pm

Texas Abortion Law Complicates Care for Risky Pregnancies

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Doctors in Texas say they cannot head off life-threatening medical crises in pregnant women if abortions cannot be offered or even discussed.

November 27th 2021, 3:26 pm

Families Cheer, Some Doctors Worry as Nursing Homes Open Doors Wide to Visitors

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The federal government recently lifted most visitation restrictions at nursing homes. But concerns linger that a full reopening could leave residents vulnerable to another coronavirus surge.

November 27th 2021, 3:26 pm

New 'Omicron' Variant Stokes Concern but Vaccines May Still Work

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The Omicron variant carries worrisome mutations that may let it evade antibodies, scientists said. But it will take more research to know how it fares against vaccinated people.

November 27th 2021, 3:26 pm

A Cure for Type 1 Diabetes? For One Man, It Seems to Have Worked.

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A new treatment using stem cells that produce insulin has surprised experts and given them hope for the 1.5 million Americans living with the disease.

November 27th 2021, 3:26 pm

Booster Rollout for Nursing Homes Is Sluggish

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Thousands of new cases have been reported among vulnerable elderly residents in the last several months, as the virulent Delta variant fuels outbreaks.

November 27th 2021, 3:26 pm

Why Retailers Are Fighting a Vaccine Mandate Before the Holidays

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The Biden administration has called on major companies to help fight the pandemic. Big chains want to get past the holiday staffing crunch first.

November 25th 2021, 1:06 pm

Immunocompromised Families Greet Child's Vaccine With Relief

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Many families with immuno-compromised or vulnerable relatives are racing to get vaccines for their 5-to-11-year-olds — and finally experiencing a long-awaited sense of relief.

November 25th 2021, 4:17 am

Massachusetts Hospitals to Cut Back on Elective Procedures

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Health officials cited pandemic staffing shortages and longer hospital stays for those who earlier delayed treatment; Covid cases are far from the state’s peak.

November 24th 2021, 1:02 pm

How Exercise Affects Your Appetite

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For most of us, exercise impacts our hunger and weight in unexpected and sometimes contradictory ways.

November 24th 2021, 7:47 am

Zena Stein, 99, Dies; Researcher Championed Women’s Health

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She studied the impact of AIDS on women and explored the effects of famine and poverty on health with an “unwavering commitment to social justice.”

November 23rd 2021, 8:00 pm

CVS, Walgreens and Walmart Fueled Opioid Crisis, Jury Finds

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This is the first jury verdict in an opioid case. The decision embraced a key legal argument that judges in other opioid cases had recently rejected.

November 23rd 2021, 8:00 pm

CVS, Walgreens and Walmart Perpetuated Opioid Crisis, Jury Finds

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This is the first jury verdict in an opioids case. The decision embraced a key legal argument that judges in other opioids cases had recently rejected.

November 23rd 2021, 2:01 pm

Covid Cases in Children Are Rising, Pediatricians Say

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Cases in children in the United States have risen by 32 percent from about two weeks ago, amid a rush to inoculate children ahead of the winter holiday season.

November 23rd 2021, 7:02 am

Concerns Grow Over Safety of Aduhelm After Death of Patient Who Got the Drug

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Newly published safety data shows that 41 percent of patients in key clinical trials of the Alzheimer’s drug experienced brain bleeding or swelling, though many cases were asymptomatic.

November 22nd 2021, 11:13 am

Coronary Calcium Scan: A Heart Test That Can Help Guide Treatment

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Many doctors recommend the heart test to pinpoint which patients would benefit from treatment to reduce their cardiovascular risk.

November 22nd 2021, 8:02 am

Disney Pauses Worker Vaccine Mandate After Florida Ban

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Iconic brand runs into political headwinds over the pandemic response.

November 20th 2021, 9:30 pm

When Can We Stop Wearing Masks?

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Although the end of mask mandates is in sight, restrictions should remain in place through the holidays, experts say.

November 20th 2021, 5:14 pm

House Passes Biden’s Build Back Better Bill

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The vote was months in the making for the roughly $2 trillion measure, one of the most consequential bills in decades. Now it faces a difficult path in the Senate.

November 20th 2021, 1:28 pm

Career Coaching Today: Forget the Corporate Ladder and Find Yourself

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The pandemic created a great reckoning among workers. Here to serve them is a raft of newfangled career coaches.

November 20th 2021, 6:12 am

When Can the Covid Masks Finally Come Off?

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Although the end of mask mandates is in sight, restrictions should remain in place through the holidays, experts say.

November 20th 2021, 6:12 am

Study: Stillbirths Higher Among Pregnant Women with Covid

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The risk increased even more under Delta, but stillbirths overall were still rare.

November 19th 2021, 5:42 pm

C.D.C. Panel Endorses Covid Vaccine Booster Shots for All Adults

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As infections rise, Americans over 18 will be permitted to get extra doses. But it’s not clear boosters really are needed by so many people, or that the shots will turn back the pandemic.

November 19th 2021, 5:42 pm

F.D.A. Authorizes Coronavirus Booster Shots for All Adults

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If the C.D.C. agrees, adults who received a second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago could be eligible by this weekend.

November 19th 2021, 5:42 pm

First Known Covid Case Was Vendor at Wuhan Market, Scientist Claims

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A new review of early Covid-19 cases in the journal Science will revive, though certainly not settle, the debate over how the pandemic began.

November 18th 2021, 5:04 pm

Why Are More Black Children Dying by Suicide?

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Mental health experts assumed that people of all races had the same risk factors for self-harm. Emerging evidence suggests that is not the case.

November 18th 2021, 5:04 pm

CVS Will Close 900 Stores as it Looks Beyond Traditional Pharmacies

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The company said the closures, which will affect about 9 percent of its stores in the next three years, were part of a shift in focus.

November 18th 2021, 5:04 pm

2 Austrian States, Including Salzburg, to Impose Covid Lockdowns

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The state, along with neighboring Upper Austria, will apply the restrictions to everyone regardless of inoculation status. The moves come in the wake of national rules affecting unvaccinated people.

November 18th 2021, 11:11 am

The Women Bringing Sex Ed to the Arab World

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Activists are using social media to do what Arab countries have failed to do: teach women about their bodies. They are aiming for nothing less than a cultural awakening.

November 18th 2021, 7:59 am

Must This Covid Swab Go So Far Up Your Nose?

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Some testers gently swab the front of your nostril and send you on your way. Others dig deep, bringing the pain. What’s the gold standard?

November 18th 2021, 7:59 am

Second U.S. Case of Monkeypox This Year Is Discovered in Maryland

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Health officials said there was little risk that the virus, which causes a rare but potentially serious illness, would spread. Both cases this year were identified in travelers who had returned from Nigeria.

November 17th 2021, 6:57 pm

The DNA of Roma People Has Long Been Misused, Scientists Reveal

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An op-ed in Nature calls for higher ethical standards in the usage and analysis of genetic information from the Romani, a marginalized group in Europe.

November 17th 2021, 11:30 am

Overdose Deaths Reached Record High as the Pandemic Spread

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More than 100,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in the yearlong period ending in April, government researchers said.

November 17th 2021, 11:30 am

300 Minutes a Week of Moderate Exercise May Help Ward Off Cancer

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More than 46,000 cancers in America each year, or about 3 percent of cases, could be prevented by meeting physical activity guidelines.

November 17th 2021, 11:30 am

F.D.A. Plans to Authorize Pfizer Boosters for All Adults This Week

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Regulators are set to clear extra doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine as soon as Thursday, after states began expanding eligibility on their own.

November 16th 2021, 8:13 pm

U.S. to Buy Enough of Pfizer’s Covid Antiviral Pills for 10 Million People

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The antiviral drugs have helped inspire hope among senior administration officials that the United States will be able to curb the devastating toll from the Delta variant.

November 16th 2021, 8:13 pm

Pfizer Will Allow Its Covid Pill to Be Made and Sold Cheaply in Poor Countries

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The company announced a deal that could help significantly expand access to the Covid-19 treatment, but the agreement excludes a number of countries hit hard by the pandemic.

November 16th 2021, 8:10 am

Cities Are Not Only Tackling Covid, But Its Pollution, Too

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All around the world the remnants of a global pandemic are testing the resolve of governments and private firms to rid the planet of its waste.

November 16th 2021, 8:10 am

Does it Matter if I Eat the Stickers on Fruits and Vegetables?

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They won’t cause you any harm, but there are reasons to remove them before taking a bite.

November 16th 2021, 8:10 am

Planning for Surgery? You Might Not Need All Those Tests Beforehand.

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Cardiac stress tests, X-rays and other medical tests may not provide useful information before operations, and they could cause harm.

November 15th 2021, 6:55 am

Why Don’t We Have a Covid Vaccine for Pets?

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Scientists have developed vaccines for cats and dogs, but vaccinating companion animals is not necessary, experts said.

November 15th 2021, 6:55 am

U.S. Surgeon General Says Blocking Vaccine Rules a 'Setback'

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The Biden administration’s attempts to compel vaccination for workers at large companies have been met with considerable resistance.

November 14th 2021, 4:41 pm

Colorado Governor Says He Is ‘Frustrated’ With Federal Regulators On Boosters

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Federal regulators are considering a request to make all adults eligible for Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid boosters. Colorado and two other states decided to broaden access anyway.

November 14th 2021, 4:41 pm

Appeals Court Extends Block on Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Employers

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A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that challengers were likely to succeed in their claim that the mandate was an unlawful overreach.

November 14th 2021, 2:38 pm

For Terminal Patients, the Barrier to Aid in Dying Can Be a State Line

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Complex restrictions are preventing patients from accessing medical aid in dying, even in states where it is allowed. New legal and legislative efforts are pushing to change that.

November 13th 2021, 6:26 am

‘They See Us as the Enemy’: School Nurses Battle Covid-19, and Angry Parents

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School nurses, who were already stretched thin before the pandemic, say that they are overworked and overwhelmed.

November 13th 2021, 6:26 am

Biden to Choose Robert Califf to Lead F.D.A., Despite Drug Industry Ties

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Dr. Robert M. Califf, an academic and clinical trial researcher who ran the agency in 2016, has also consulted for pharmaceutical companies.

November 12th 2021, 11:10 am

Veterans Have Become Unlikely Lobbyists in Push to Legalize Psychedelic Drugs

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Lawmakers find it hard to “just say no” to combat veterans seeking support for drug decriminalization efforts gaining traction around the country.

November 11th 2021, 4:57 pm

Bariatric Surgery May Lower Risk for Severe Liver Disease, New Study Finds

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Obesity is a leading cause of fatty liver condition. Patients who had weight-loss surgery showed fewer signs of the disease progressing.

November 11th 2021, 4:57 pm

A Doctor Asks Two Strange Questions That Reveal a Mysterious Disease

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She had a persistent cough that cracked a rib, and her body ached all the time. What was it?

November 11th 2021, 11:12 am

States Sue U.S. Over Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers.

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The suit claims that the rule “threatens with job loss millions of health care workers who risked their lives.”

November 11th 2021, 11:12 am

The Core Legal Strategy Against Opioid Companies May Be Faltering

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Two recent rulings rejected the “public nuisance” argument being used in thousands of cases against the industry, with more trials and settlement talks underway.

November 11th 2021, 5:26 am

Home virus tests recalled over false positives reach 2 million kits.

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Ellume says far more than 400,000 of its rapid test kits may be faulty, but a smartphone app alerts users to the issues.

November 11th 2021, 1:29 am

What Is HIIT and How Does the Training Benefit Your Health?

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What you need to know about high-intensity interval training, or HIIT.

November 10th 2021, 5:26 am

Pfizer Asks F.D.A. to Expand Booster Eligibility to All Adults

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In a turnaround, the agency is expected to grant the request before the winter holiday season, giving access to all 181 million fully vaccinated people.

November 9th 2021, 8:09 pm

Oklahoma Supreme Court Throws Out $465 Million Opioid Ruling Against J.&J.

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The 5-1 decision is a setback for those who are fighting to hold big drug makers accountable for the opioid epidemic.

November 9th 2021, 4:27 pm

Moderna and U.S. at Odds Over Vaccine Patent Rights

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Moderna’s patent application names several employees as the sole inventors of a crucial component of its coronavirus vaccine, excluding three government scientists.

November 9th 2021, 2:55 pm

Scientists Fight a New Source of Vaccine Misinformation: Aaron Rodgers

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The Green Bay Packers quarterback, one of the most visible athletes in the country, last week used anti-vaccination rhetoric as his reasoning for not getting vaccinated against Covid-19.

November 8th 2021, 9:39 pm

U.S. Urges Court Not to Block Vaccine Mandate on Employers

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The Biden Justice Department filed its case before an appeals court that has temporarily halted the measure.

November 8th 2021, 9:39 pm

How Nurturing Kindness in Children May Benefit All Of Us

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In “Social Justice Parenting,” Traci Baxley emphasizes the rewards of teaching our children to empathize with and care for others.

November 8th 2021, 12:09 pm

She Died With Long Covid. Should Her Organs Have Been Donated?

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Heidi Ferrer’s family feared her organs were unsafe. The case points to gaps in protocols for organ donation amid the pandemic.

November 7th 2021, 9:39 pm

Biden Administration Is ‘Prepared to Defend’ Vaccine Rules, Surgeon General Said

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The administration last week set Jan. 4 as the deadline for companies with 100 or more employees to mandate Covid vaccinations or implement weekly testing of workers.

November 7th 2021, 5:09 pm

Stephen Karpiak, Pathbreaking H.I.V. Researcher, Dies at 74

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His work helped change people’s attitude toward older people living with the virus that causes AIDS.

November 7th 2021, 1:24 pm

Michael Rutter, Pioneering Child Psychiatrist, Is Dead at 88

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His wide-ranging research helped transform his field, a colleague said, by “insisting on using data to drive thinking about diagnosis and treatment.”

November 7th 2021, 10:39 am

Congress Is Investigating McKinsey Over Its Role in the Opioid Crisis

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A House committee has requested documents related to the firm’s advice to drug makers and potential conflicts of interest with the F.D.A.

November 5th 2021, 1:54 pm

What Do You Want to Know About Kids and Vaccines?

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The Times is hosting a live chat with reporters about the coronavirus vaccine and children. We’d like to hear your questions.

November 5th 2021, 11:54 am

Pfizer Says Its Antiviral Pill Is Highly Effective in Treating Covid

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Pfizer’s is the second pill to show effectiveness against Covid-19, and it is the first purpose-built to attack the virus that causes the disease.

November 5th 2021, 7:05 am

Federal Government Cuts Ties With Troubled Vaccine Maker

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Emergent BioSolutions ruined millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines. Now its $600 million deal is canceled.

November 4th 2021, 11:21 pm

Elizabeth Holmes Trial Exposes Investors' Lack of Due Diligence

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Start-up investors have often suspended skepticism while chasing a hot deal. The trial of Ms. Holmes, the founder of Theranos, has put that behavior under the spotlight.

November 4th 2021, 3:48 pm

He Can’t Cure His Dad. But a Scientist’s Research May Help Everyone Else.

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The muscle wasting disease that has debilitated Sharif Tabebordbar’s father motivated a life in science that led to an important medical discovery.

November 4th 2021, 3:48 pm

Aerobic Exercise Before a Weight Workout May Help Boost Muscle

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Twenty minutes of cycling may prime muscles in the arms to grow more while lifting.

November 3rd 2021, 9:32 am

Pfizer, Moderna Covid Shots Less Effective for Immunocompromised, Study Shows

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Two doses of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines offered a significant degree of protection, but far less than the shots’ benefit to people without immune deficiencies.

November 2nd 2021, 9:33 pm

C.D.C. Recommends Covid Vaccine for Younger Children

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With the agency director’s sign-off, children ages 5 to 11 could begin to receive the shots this week.

November 2nd 2021, 9:33 pm
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