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Daily Harvest sued over illness linked to lentils, but cause remains a medical mystery

At least 470 people have reported illnesses after eating the company's lentil crumbles, but experts are stumped as to what's behind the severe symptoms.
Daily Harvest has recalled its French Lentil and Leek crumbles after customers reported gastrointestinal issues.
Daily Harvest has recalled its French Lentil and Leek crumbles after customers reported gastrointestinal issues.

FDA panel recommends redesigned Covid booster shots for the fall

The FDA must now decide which strains should be included in the next round of shots to offer the best protection for a fall wave.
A nurse administers the Pfizer booster shot
A nurse administers the Pfizer booster shot

Life expectancy for Black Americans continues to lag that of whites, study finds

While disparities in life expectancy have narrowed over the past three decades, the Covid-19 pandemic has reversed some of that progress.
Image: A woman chalks a message at a makeshift memorial outside of the scene of a mass shooting at a Tops Friendly Markets location on May 15, 2022 in Buffalo, N.Y.
Image: A woman chalks a message at a makeshift memorial outside of the scene of a mass shooting at a Tops Friendly Markets location on May 15, 2022 in Buffalo, N.Y.

FDA advisers to weigh in on updated Covid booster shots for the fall

The FDA has said scientists need to determine what sorts of updates the shots would require by the end of June.
A resident receives a Covid-19 booster shot at a vaccine clinic in Lansdale, Pa., on Apr. 5, 2022.
A resident receives a Covid-19 booster shot at a vaccine clinic in Lansdale, Pa., on Apr. 5, 2022.

WHO says monkeypox does not constitute a global public health emergency

WHO has given the designation to six disease outbreaks since 2007, including Covid-19, Ebola, Zika, and the H1N1 flu.
Image: A nurse holds one of the tests for monkeypox at the Hospital Ramon y Cajal, on May 30, 2022, in Madrid.
Image: A nurse holds one of the tests for monkeypox at the Hospital Ramon y Cajal, on May 30, 2022, in Madrid.

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.