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See a state-by-state breakdown of mpox cases across the U.S.

NBC News is tracking U.S. cases of mpox, which the World Health Organization labeled an international “public health emergency.” This story will be updated weekly.

FDA authorizes updated Covid booster shots for kids under 5

The omicron-targeted vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer will become available to children 6 months and older after the CDC signs off.
A nurse at a University of Washington Medical Center clinic in Seattle, gives a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine shot to a 20-month-old child on June 21, 2022, in Seattle.
A nurse at a University of Washington Medical Center clinic in Seattle, gives a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine shot to a 20-month-old child on June 21, 2022, in Seattle.

Just a couple minutes of vigorous activity several times a day might lower one's risk of death

Short bursts of intense movement, like climbing stairs, were linked to a significantly reduced risk of dying within seven years, a study found.
A woman exercises in Central Park in New York City on May 24, 2020.
A woman exercises in Central Park in New York City on May 24, 2020.

Céline Dion diagnosed with rare neurological disorder

Stiff-person syndrome, or SPS, is a rare neurological disorder with some features of an autoimmune disease, according to the National Institutes of Health. 
Celine Dion announces cancellations to her 2023 tour due health reasons on Dec. 8, 2022.
Celine Dion announces cancellations to her 2023 tour due health reasons on Dec. 8, 2022.
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After breast cancer, women may safely stop long-term therapies to have a baby

Taking a break from hormone-reducing drugs in order to get pregnant doesn’t appear to increase risk of recurrence, according to research presented at a breast cancer meeting.
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Promising melanoma therapy could be the next major advancement in cancer treatment

TIL therapy, which uses a patient's own immune cells to fight cancer, was found in a clinical trial to work better than the existing treatment for metastatic melanoma.
A melanoma biopsy.
A melanoma biopsy.

Dr. Anthony Fauci one-on-one with Lester Holt

Dr. Anthony Fauci sat down with Lester Holt to speak about the handling and politics of the Covid-19 pandemic as he plans to make his exit from government service. Fauci reflects on the congressional hearings, including his heated exchange with Senator Rand Paul. 
Dr. Anthony Fauci one-on-one with Lester Holt
Dr. Anthony Fauci one-on-one with Lester Holt

New treatment could help melanoma patients

Melanoma cases have been on the rise in the last 30 years, but a new therapy called TIL that relies on a patient’s immune cells could be a game changer. NBC News’ Stephanie Gosk has more details on a new study that found TIL helped reduce the risk of participants’ cancer progression.
New treatment could help melanoma patients
New treatment could help melanoma patients

U.S. hospitals overwhelmed by Covid, RSV and flu

Hospitals nationwide are once again at full capacity with a trifecta of illnesses: Covid, RSV and the flu. NBC News’ Tom Costello reports on the surge in viruses and how the CDC is responding.
U.S. hospitals overwhelmed by Covid, RSV and flu
U.S. hospitals overwhelmed by Covid, RSV and flu

New Zealand court rules against anti-vaccination parents of ill baby

The parents refused transfusions of blood for the baby unless it came from donors who were unvaccinated against Covid-19. Anti-vaccination groups have embraced their legal battle.
Anti-vaccination demonstrators supporting mother and father of a four-month-old baby that urgently needs a heart operation demonstrate outside the High Court in Auckland, New Zealand on Tuesday.
Anti-vaccination demonstrators supporting mother and father of a four-month-old baby that urgently needs a heart operation demonstrate outside the High Court in Auckland, New Zealand on Tuesday.

Kirstie Alley died of colon cancer. These are the disease's early signs.

Colorectal cancer is the fourth-most common cancer in the U.S. Doctors recommend a colonoscopy every 10 years for people ages 45 and up.
Kirstie Alley in New York on Jan. 5, 2015.
Kirstie Alley in New York on Jan. 5, 2015.