What to know about the Biden administration’s drug price negotiations

Find out which 10 drugs were selected for Medicare price negotiations, how they were chosen, when to expect price changes and more.

By Mark JohnsonAugust 29, 2023

Biden administration names 10 prescription drugs for price negotiations

The move represents an unprecedented step in a long political war over the nation’s exorbitant drug costs.

By Amy Goldstein and Daniel GilbertAugust 29, 2023

A deadly tick-borne epidemic is raging. Dogs are key to ending it.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is on the rise in parts of Mexico and the United States. Climate change and dogs could be crucial to the fight against the tick-borne scourge.

By Lena H. SunAugust 29, 2023

Sliman Bensmaia, who added sensations of touch to prosthetics, dies at 49

He was an instrumental figure in helping amputees and paralyzed patients feel textures, temperatures and shapes through bionic devices.

By Michael S. RosenwaldAugust 25, 2023

This latest covid variant could be the best yet at evading immunity

BA.2.86 is the most mutated version of coronavirus since omicron, raising fears about re-infection. But it’s unclear whether it’s transmissible enough to surge.

By Fenit NirappilAugust 25, 2023

What to know about covid-19 this fall

Today, what to know about covid boosters, the new variant and how to protect those most at risk this fall.

By Monica Campbell, Ariel Plotnick, Sean Carter and Elana GordonAugust 24, 2023

Opioid-maker Mallinckrodt’s bankruptcy will cut nearly $1 billion from settlement

Drug maker Mallinckrodt, on the hook for more than $1 billion in opioid settlement payments, plans to file for bankruptcy for a second time. The move imperils the $1.7 billion opioid settlement struck last year.

By David Ovalle and Daniel GilbertAugust 23, 2023

Brain chip helps voiceless patient communicate at 62 words per minute

Using brain implants, machine learning and a predictive model, researchers decoded a woman’s attempts to speak at a rate that begins to approach natural conversation.

By Daniel GilbertAugust 23, 2023

Stop kissing and snuggling turtles, CDC warns amid salmonella outbreak

At least 26 people across 11 states have recently been infected in a salmonella outbreak linked to small turtles, the CDC said. Nine have been hospitalized.

By Kelly Kasulis ChoAugust 23, 2023

More obituaries acknowledge suicide as openness on mental health grows

The reluctance to talk about suicide has many implications. Stigma also affects everything from how people grieve to how people help prevent it.

By Debby Waldman August 22, 2023

Wildfire smoke linked to increased risk of dementia, study says

A new study has found that people living in areas with persistent exposure to wildfire smoke may have higher risks of developing dementia.

By Aara'L YarberAugust 22, 2023

What to know about new covid booster, RSV vaccines, flu shots this fall

New vaccines can stop a "tripledemic" of covid, RSV and influenza. Here's what to know about who should get them and how.

By Fenit Nirappil and Lena H. SunAugust 21, 2023

FDA approves RSV vaccine in pregnancy to protect infants

The U.S. now has three ways to immunize vulnerable infants and seniors for RSV, a leading cause of hospitalization in young children.

By Fenit NirappilAugust 21, 2023

Is that salad safe to eat? How to guard against germs in leafy greens.

Consumer Reports experts answer questions about the risks of bacteria in lettuce and how to minimize them.

By Kevin LoriaAugust 21, 2023

Thinking about playing in Hilary floodwater? ‘Stay out,’ experts say.

While health experts have repeatedly warned people to “stay out of floodwater” during Tropical Storm Hilary, some in California are swimming or playing in it.

By Timothy BellaAugust 21, 2023

Gardening changed how I see myself as a disabled woman

For Rosemary McDonnell-Horita, a 29-year old with multiple disabilities, gardening gave her an opportunity to be a caregiver rather than a care-receiver.

By Amanda Morris and SonakshaAugust 21, 2023

Many long-covid symptoms linger even after two years, new study shows

The report finds a heightened risk for lung problems, fatigue, diabetes and other health woes.

By Amy GoldsteinAugust 21, 2023

Medicine without doctors? State laws are changing who treats patients.

State legislatures are considering how much independence to give nurse practitioners and other medical professionals, some of whom use the title "doctor."

By Shera Avi-YonahAugust 20, 2023

Study: Kids who’ve been assaulted more likely to develop mental illness

The risk of mental illness is highest in the year after an assault, so early diagnosis and treatment are critical, researchers say.

By Erin BlakemoreAugust 19, 2023

What we know about the rare flesh-eating bacteria that’s killed 3

Two Connecticut residents died after being infected with the rare flesh-eating bacteria after swimming with open cuts in the Long Island Sound.

By Timothy BellaAugust 18, 2023