Health News
2/28/2024

'Very homophobic': Teachers' union leader Randi Weingarten says House hearing crossed the line



Raccoon dogs did not start COVID-19, new study says



What it means for the COVID-19 pandemic to be 'over'



Doctors perform lifesaving brain surgery on fetus in the womb



Randi Weingarten, Anthony Fauci, and why we are still talking about pandemic school closures



Black doctors call out 'broken' system for health care professionals



'Devastating': Pandemic learning loss needs urgent attention in U.S., national survey finds



Bats could hold secret to long life — and other health news you may have missed



The COVID public health emergency expires Thursday. Here’s what that means for you.



The surgeon general has warned that social media harms kids. Should they be banned until they're older?



South Carolina is the latest state to pass post-Roe abortion restrictions with 6-week ban



‘There’s a temptation to lump octogenarians together’: What you should know about work and aging-brain health



Who should have the 'right to die'



Feinstein’s health issues were far more serious than publicly disclosed: What we know



Air quality alerts triggered in New York as Canadian wildfire smoke blankets Northeast



Biden warns AI could 'overtake human thinking' — and other health news this week



Smoke from Canada wildfires is impacting air quality across the Northeast



How the U.S. surgeon general wants to repair a culture of isolation



What is the Air Quality Index?



Air quality alerts continue in U.S. as Canadian wildfire smoke spreads: Full coverage



How smoke from Canadian wildfires affects your health



What the destruction of Ukraine's Kakhovka dam means for local residents



Cities hire chief heat officers to address an unequal impact of climate change



Study finds more evidence gas stoves are bad for human health: ‘Worse than secondhand smoke’



Some doctors are using AI chatbots to help deliver bad news to patients, report says



Can COVID and wildfires spark a revolution in indoor air safety?



How to protect yourself from wildfire smoke



What's the deal with lab-grown meat? Expert answers our FAQ



Freeze-dried feces pills called 'crapsules' to be taken by patients in clinical trial



AI and health care: Should we be worried?



How extreme heat can be damaging to your long-term health



As Arizona and Texas experience extreme heat, how to protect yourself



Loneliness is worse for heart health than bad diet or smoking, study of diabetic patients finds



Some people with autism, intellectual disabilities are seeking euthanasia, researchers find



Coronavirus is back, but how worried should you be?



Scorching July on pace to be hottest month on record as climate change continues to worsen



AI takes on grief and loss, with new chatbot that lets you talk to dead loved ones



The truth about ultraprocessed foods may be ultracomplicated



Do people with darker skin tones need to wear sunscreen? Breaking down the myths



Why is it so hard to find a public bathroom in the U.S.?



Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19, and White House hunkers down as nation faces small wave



Rape and incest exceptions: How do they work in state abortion bans?



Florida leprosy cases may be here to stay. Do I need to worry?



Could psychedelics usher in a mental health revolution?



BMI alone is a poor indicator of health, the AMA says. These metrics may be better.



As COVID cases rise, pandemic politics return to the national stage



Price negotiations begin for heart disease, diabetes drugs and others. Here's how it will work.



Kate Cox is leaving Texas to get an abortion. New data shows she's part of post-Roe travel uptick.



The CDC has stopped printing COVID vaccine cards. Here's what to do with your old one.



3 questions for the CDC about how COVID-19 is still transforming our lives



Why we have nightmares and how to stop them


We leave behind our fears of monsters under the bed as we say goodbye to our childhoods, but one can follow us into adulthood and loom over our heads.

Your guide to finding the right Theragun massage gun for you



8 activewear brands you should add to your workout wardrobe


The increasing popularity of stylish, trendy athletic wear has made über-comfortable clothing something that's not just for the gym. It's infiltrated all corners of culture, from high fashion runways to the offices of Silicon Valley executives — and really, it's appropriate for any occasion when you just want to be comfortable.

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Desperate for heart surgery for their baby, a family feels the effects of pediatric hospital shortages


Even before their daughter was born in June, Aaron and Helen Chavez knew she would need heart surgery. Doctors expected her to have an operation around 6 months of age.

Fuzzy first photo of a black hole gets a sharp makeover


The first photo ever taken of a black hole looks a little sharper now.

Paper airplane breaks a world distance record


It's a bird... It's a plane... It's a paper airplane!

This bat fossil could fill in a piece of the evolutionary puzzle


Two 52 million-year-old bat skeletons discovered in an ancient lake bed in Wyoming are the oldest bat fossils ever found — and they reveal a new species.

How long you can use vintage Tupperware


Since Tupperware, the iconic kitchen brand that's been a household name for decades, signaled recently that it might be going out of business, you might be wondering how long your stash of its food storage containers is safe to use — especially if it's vintage.

Covid-19 boosters could keep thousands of kids out of hospitals, but uptake remains low


Higher Covid-19 vaccination rates among US children could prevent thousands of pediatric hospitalizations and millions of missed school days, according to an analysis published Tuesday by the Commonwealth Fund and the Yale School of Public Health.

Experimental therapy gantenerumab fails to slow or improve Alzheimer's memory loss in clinical trials


An experimental treatment, gantenerumab, failed to help people at high risk of memory loss from Alzheimer's or those who were in the early phases of the disease, the manufacturer said Monday.

US gets D+ grade for rising preterm birth rates, new report finds


The rate of premature birth in the United States is climbing, according to the infant and maternal health nonprofit March of Dimes.

RSV hospitalization rate for seniors is 10 times higher than usual for this point in the season


The respiratory virus season has started early in kids this year and flooded children's hospitals in many parts of the country -- especially with respiratory syncytial virus, known as RSV.

'There are loads of people that vape at school'


A group of teenagers in Fife have been making a documentary about the impact of disposable vapes.

UK Covid inquiry comes to Scotland… in 90 seconds


The BBC's Kirsten Campbell outlines what can be expected during three weeks of evidence held in Edinburgh.

Defending Eat Out to Help Out - PM's day at Covid inquiry


Arriving amongst protests, Rishi Sunak defends his time as chancellor during the pandemic, as he gives evidence to the Covid inquiry.

What you need to know about Covid as new variant rises


Hospital admissions have risen since the summer and a new variant is spreading. Should we be concerned?

Covid and flu winter jabs to be brought forward


Vaccines for the most vulnerable will start being given in September instead of October in England.

Should we be worried about Covid this winter?


Experts are not too concerned about a new variant of Covid but say monitoring should continue.

Sunak reveals he fasts at beginning of the week


The PM says he tries to fast at the start of the week so he can indulge in his “weakness for sugary things” on other days.

Why are measles cases rising and what is the MMR vaccine?


Young people are being encouraged to have the MMR jab, as cases of measles rise in several areas.

What is the UK Covid inquiry and how does it work?


The second round of public hearings examined how ministers made decisions during the pandemic.

What to do if you have Covid


No Covid restrictions are in place across the UK, so how should you manage having it?

Error to open pubs not schools, Covid inquiry told


The ex-children's commissioner in England says most senior officials did not put children first.

The strangers who saved each other’s lives


Two men who never met now call themselves blood brothers - after one donated stem cells to the other.

England now seeing clusters of measles cases


Another 56 cases have been seen in the last week across a number of regions.

How dangerous is vaping and what is the disposable vape ban?


Vaping is far safer than smoking but the government wants to stop the sale of vapes to children

Are weight-loss injections the answer to obesity?


The appeal is clear - but should we be turning to appetite-suppressing injections?

How much do junior doctors really get paid?


The BBC asked two junior doctors in England to show us their payslips and reveal their salaries.

More young people out of work due to health, study says


A Resolution Foundation report is calling for action to support young people's mental health.

'Recovering from food addiction is like walking a tiger'


Writer Bryony Gordon opens up on her OCD, food addiction and health inequality.

Postcode check: How's the NHS coping in your area?


As the NHS enters 2024 and a difficult winter period, find out what's happening in your area.

Why South Korean women aren't having babies


South Korea has spent billions to reverse its low birth rate, but some say it isn't listening to young women’s needs.

NHS paid out £101m over city's maternity failings


The two hospitals in Nottingham are at the centre of a major inquiry into baby deaths and injuries.

Ministers consider new vaping tax at Budget


Ministers fear that the relatively cheap cost of vaping makes it more accessible for young people.

College to offer free medical degrees after $1bn gift


The record-breaking donation came from a 93-year-old former professor, who is the widow of a wealthy investor.

Smokers increasingly overestimate vape risk - study


Fewer smokers see vapes as less harmful, despite evidence tobacco is far less healthy, data suggests.

Talking therapies may help menopause mood - study


Cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness can help with low mood and anxiety, research suggests.

Gething deleted messages, Covid inquiry hears


Labour leadership candidate used disappearing messages when he was health minister, inquiry told.

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