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Costs for Covid tests and treatments may rise after federal emergency declarations end in May

The White House has announced an expiration date for the national and public health emergencies tied to the coronavirus, which have been in place since early 2020.
A home Covid test kit.
A home Covid test kit.
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Being overweight can cause similar changes in the brain as having Alzheimer's, new study suggests

Brain scans show patterns of shrinkage in regions involved in learning, memory and judgment. Experts hope losing weight could reverse some of the damage.
Scan of the brain of a patient affected by Alzheimer's.
Scan of the brain of a patient affected by Alzheimer's.

Biden plans to end the Covid public health emergency this spring in a major shift to federal response

The move would have widespread implications for government programs and authorities and mark a new chapter in the federal response to the coronavirus.
Image: President Joe Biden speaks at Steamfitters Local 602 in Springfield, Va., on Jan. 26, 2023.
Image: President Joe Biden speaks at Steamfitters Local 602 in Springfield, Va., on Jan. 26, 2023.

Valley fever cases on the rise and may worsen due to climate change

Cases of Valley fever, a fungal infection caused by breathing in microscopic spores that live in dirt, are on the rise and experts worry that climate change could cause more cases. NBC News’ Gadi Schwartz shares one college freshman’s story of being diagnosed with Valley fever and ongoing recovery five years later.
Valley fever cases on the rise and may worsen due to climate change
Valley fever cases on the rise and may worsen due to climate change

Valley Fever is spreading outside of the Southwest. It could have devastating consequences.

The fungus that causes Valley fever is found in hot, dry environments. As the climate warms, scientists project its range will expand.
Photo Illustration: A medical illustration of lungs superimposed over an image of the Arizona desert
Photo Illustration: A medical illustration of lungs superimposed over an image of the Arizona desert
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What is postpartum psychosis? Rare condition is in the spotlight after the killing of three children in Massachusetts

Hallucinations and delusions that alter a mother’s sense of reality are part of postpartum psychosis. The illness, which is treatable, requires emergency care.
Silhouette of a mother with baby
Silhouette of a mother with baby

Can't say no to sweets and snacks? It could be a sign of food addiction.

About 1 in 8 adults over 50 had signs of food addiction, according to new survey results.
Assorted cookies
Assorted cookies

What it's like to take Ozempic and Wegovy, from severe side effects to 50-pound losses

Ten people taking the medications for weight loss, diabetes or other chronic health conditions described a wide variety of experiences.
Photo collage: Image of Eric Joiner Jr., Stacey Bollinger, close up of an Ozempic injection, C. Nicole Swiner, Megan Cornelius and Dr. Carey Yazeed.
Photo collage: Image of Eric Joiner Jr., Stacey Bollinger, close up of an Ozempic injection, C. Nicole Swiner, Megan Cornelius and Dr. Carey Yazeed.

Dense breasts raise breast cancer risk, but many women aren't aware of it — here’s what to know

The only way to tell if you have dense breasts is via a mammogram, and not all states require providers to notify women of their breast density.
A woman gets a mammogram at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago
A woman gets a mammogram at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago

Medicare negotiating drug prices will likely save the U.S. billions, study says

Beginning in 2026, Medicare will begin negotiating the price of 10 drugs that cost the federal government the most money.
Prescription Medication Medicine Pill Tablets
Prescription Medication Medicine Pill Tablets

FDA pulls authorization for AstraZeneca's Covid antibody drug Evusheld

The drug, meant to prevent Covid in people with weakened immune systems, does not work against the predominant omicron subvariant XBB.1.5.
A box of Evusheld
A box of Evusheld