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Pfizer says tweaked Covid-19 shots boost omicron protection

The announcement comes days before an FDA advisory committee meeting to discuss whether to offer updated boosters to Americans this fall.
A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine
A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine

The ‘abortion pill’ may treat a disease affecting many veterans. What happens now?

Mifepristone, the FDA-approved abortion drug, might also treat conditions like cancer and PTSD. Proving it works in a post-Roe landscape could be a challenge.
The abortion drug Mifepristone
The abortion drug Mifepristone

Birth control restrictions could follow abortion bans now Roe protection is gone

States trying to limit abortion from the moment of conception could also try to restrict access to Plan B and IUDs, according to legal experts.
Birth control pills blister pack
Birth control pills blister pack

How the end of Roe will affect Americans' access to abortion pills

The Supreme Court's decision will make it more difficult for many Americans to obtain medication abortions, either via telehealth or in person.
Image: Doses of Mifepristone, the abortion pill, and Misoprostol, which is taken the day after to cause cramping and bleeding to empty the uterus, at a clinic in Santa Teresa, N.M. on May 7, 2022.
Image: Doses of Mifepristone, the abortion pill, and Misoprostol, which is taken the day after to cause cramping and bleeding to empty the uterus, at a clinic in Santa Teresa, N.M. on May 7, 2022.

The CDC is still searching for the cause of mysterious liver illness in kids

With data on nearly 300 cases, experts are confident that the culprit will soon be uncovered.
Transmission electron microscopic (TEM) image of some of the ultrastructural details exhibited by a small cluster of adenovirus virions.
Transmission electron microscopic (TEM) image of some of the ultrastructural details exhibited by a small cluster of adenovirus virions.

LGBTQ Pride events offer a make-or-break moment for monkeypox

There have been over 170 diagnoses of monkeypox in the U.S. since the outbreak began in early May. The vast majority of cases are among gay and bisexual men.
Crowds rally outside the Stonewall Inn for a rally to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City, on June 28, 2019.
Crowds rally outside the Stonewall Inn for a rally to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City, on June 28, 2019.

Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, doing away with half-century of precedent

The ruling came in a dispute over a 2018 law passed by Mississippi’s Republican-controlled Legislature that banned abortions after 15 weeks.
Anti-abortion and abortion rights demonstrators protest
Anti-abortion and abortion rights demonstrators protest

ER doctor who became sick with Covid at work says she was told to 'finish the shift'

One doctor who worked for American Physician Partners says in a lawsuit there was an unwritten policy: “Motrin, mask, man-up and must not test.”
Sonali Patel and Prasanth Boyereddigari.
Sonali Patel and Prasanth Boyereddigari.

Manhattan clinic overwhelmed by demand for monkeypox vaccines

Monkeypox vaccinations were administered for the first time in New York City today for those at high risk – gay or bisexual men who have had multiple partners in the last two weeks. The one clinic in Manhattan giving out shots was overwhelmed by demand and closed its doors to walk-ins by midday.
Manhattan clinic overwhelmed by demand for monkeypox vaccines
Manhattan clinic overwhelmed by demand for monkeypox vaccines

Monkeypox vaccines offered to gay and bisexual men in New York, Canada and U.K.

Monkeypox cases have been disproportionately reported among men who have sex with men, prompting health authorities to expand vaccine access to people at high risk.
A technician holds a suspected monkeypox sample at a lab in La Paz Hospital on June 6 in Madrid.
A technician holds a suspected monkeypox sample at a lab in La Paz Hospital on June 6 in Madrid.

Deputy CIA chief briefs senators on ‘Havana Syndrome’ as U.S. prepares to pay victims

Some payments are expected to exceed $100,000 per person, people familiar with a classified briefing said.
Image: U.S. embassy in Havana
Image: U.S. embassy in Havana