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11h ago

Polio vaccine coverage is as low as 37% in N.Y. county where paralysis case was found

Samples of the virus found in wastewater suggest it is spreading in the area, but vaccination provides near-total protection.
Poliovirus, Tem
Poliovirus, Tem
12h ago

Inflation Reduction Act becomes law: How it will affect your health care

The new law is the most significant health care legislation since the Affordable Care Act was passed more than a decade ago.
A pharmacy technician grabs a bottle of drugs off a shelf on Sept. 10, 2018, in Midvale, Utah.
A pharmacy technician grabs a bottle of drugs off a shelf on Sept. 10, 2018, in Midvale, Utah.

Biden signs major climate, health care and tax bill into law

The president plans to lean on Cabinet members to tout the law's benefits as part of what White House officials described as a “coordinated August recess travel blitz.”
Image: President Joe Biden signs the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 into law during a ceremony in the State Dining Room of the White House on Aug. 16, 2022.
Image: President Joe Biden signs the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 into law during a ceremony in the State Dining Room of the White House on Aug. 16, 2022.
15h ago

Childhood lead exposure is linked to low test scores for Black students, study finds

Researchers found that lead exposure is associated with cognitive deficits.
School desks in a Classroom
School desks in a Classroom
16h ago

OTC hearing aids might soon be coming to a drugstore near you

OTC hearing aids could be available for people with mild to moderate hearing impairment online and in drugstores as early as mid-October.
Image: Hand holding hearing aid
Image: Hand holding hearing aid

Who's really at risk for monkeypox? Debunking false claims about the virus

Does monkeypox spread easily through the air, on surfaces or from food? False reports about the virus are causing high levels of anxiety.
Image: Gerald Febles shows monkepox lesions on his hands on July 3, 2022 in New York.
Image: Gerald Febles shows monkepox lesions on his hands on July 3, 2022 in New York.

Map: These states lag in polio vaccinations

Idaho and Washington, D.C., had the lowest vaccination rates among kindergartners. Louisiana and Mississippi had the highest.
A color-coded map of the U.S. that shows the rate of polio vaccination among kindergarteners, per state. Idaho and Wisconsin have the lowest rates, Louisiana and Mississippi have the highest.
A color-coded map of the U.S. that shows the rate of polio vaccination among kindergarteners, per state. Idaho and Wisconsin have the lowest rates, Louisiana and Mississippi have the highest.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla tests positive for Covid

Bourla, 60, said he had started a course of the company’s oral Covid-19 antiviral treatment, Paxlovid, and was isolating and following all public health precautions.
Image: Albert Bourla
Image: Albert Bourla

Moderna's vaccine that targets the omicron variant gets its first approval as British regulators authorize it

Each dose of the booster shot will target both the original Covid-19 virus and the omicron BA.1 variant, which was first picked up in November.
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WHO plans to rename monkeypox over stigmatization concerns

The World Health Organization said the decision is in line with current best practices for naming diseases, which aim to avoid offense to specific groups.
A health care worker administers a dose of Imvanex, a vaccine to protect against monkeypox virus, at a municipal vaccination center in Marseille, France, on Aug. 10, 2022.
A health care worker administers a dose of Imvanex, a vaccine to protect against monkeypox virus, at a municipal vaccination center in Marseille, France, on Aug. 10, 2022.

As fungal infections grow resistant to medication, desperate patients try drug after drug

Two types of fungi, Aspergillus and Candida auris, are becoming harder to treat with the drugs commonly used for such infections.
Jill Fairweather at her home in Holyport, England.
Jill Fairweather at her home in Holyport, England.