Health

A person waits at a pharmacy counter.

COVID, RSV, Flu Surge Causing Medicine Shortages, Especially For Kids

As respiratory illnesses continue to surge, some pharmacies are running out of liquid versions of medicine that kids commonly use when sick.

 | Lindsey Theis

People sit on a subway.

Masks Might Be Coming Back As 'Tripledemic' Surges

Heading into the holidays, cases of respiratory illness are surging, and authorities are urging people to take preventive measures.

 | Cat Sandoval

Children in Ukraine traumatized by the war play with American pit bull terrier "Bice" as part of a therapy program.

Ukrainian Center Offers Dog Therapy For Children Traumatized By War

An 8-year-old dog named Bice goes to a rehabilitation center weekly to help children traumatized by Russia's war in Ukraine.

 | AP and Meg Hilling

A security guard in Beijing keeps watch inside a booth displaying a temperature scan device and a travel QR code.

China To Drop Some Travel Tracking As It Relaxes COVID Rules

China recently said it's ending many of its COVID measures. It has enforced some of the world's tightest virus restrictions over the last three years.

 | AP

People smoking fentanyl in an alley.

Researchers Develop A Fentanyl Vaccine That May Block High

University of Houston researchers say they've created a vaccine that appears to block synthetic fentanyl from entering the brain.

 | Scripps News Staff and AP

A nurse holds a sign saying, "We work sick, you get sick."

Health Experts: RSV, COVID Surge Highlights Need For Paid Sick Leave

The U.S. doesn't guarantee paid sick leave, and health experts say that impacts a whole community's ability to stay healthy.

 | Lindsey Theis

Florida state Rep. Joe Harding

'Don't Say Gay' Florida Lawmaker Indicted On Fraud Charges

Florida Rep. Joe Harding is being charged with two counts of wire fraud, two counts of money laundering and two counts of making false statements.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A nurse gives a vaccine shot.

Doctors: Get Your Flu, COVID Vaccines Now To Be Safe During Holidays

There's more room for the flu and COVID to spread as restrictions subside, but not as many people are up to date on their vaccines either.

 | Lindsey Theis

Christina Wilder, 28, gives her 3-month-old son Cutter Dees his pacifier at their home in Paintsville, Kentucky

Drop In WIC-Approved Stores Sends Families Scrambling For Formula

A Newsy investigation found WIC, a government program that helps low-income parents pay for healthy food, is becoming harder to use.

 | Karen Rodriguez and Rachel Gold and Rosie Cima and Lori Jane Gliha

A sign in front of the Food and Drug Administration building.

Speedier Drug Approvals Hit Slowdown As FDA Faces Scrutiny

The FDA's drug center has granted 10 accelerated approvals — fewer than the tally in each of the last five years.

 | AP

A resident pulls away a mask during COVID test in Beijing.

China Eases Anti-COVID Measures Following Protests

China is the last major country still trying to stamp out transmission of the virus while many nations switch to trying to live with it.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Staff Sgt. Travis Snyder, left, receives the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Congress Set To Rescind COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate For Troops

As of early this month, about 99% of the active-duty troops in the Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps had been vaccinated, and 98% of the Army.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Heavy snow falls as a man jogs on a pathway at Central Park in Burnaby, British Columbia

Why Do We Get Goosebumps?

We've all had goosebumps before, but why do we get them?

 | Simon Kaufman

Residents wearing face masks line up for their routine COVID-19 tests

China Eases Controls, Gives No Sign When 'Zero COVID' Ends

China is easing some of the world’s most stringent anti-COVID controls and authorities say new variants are weaker.

 | AP

bottles of prescription drugs: Lipitor, TriCor, Plavix, Singulair, Lexapro and Avapro are displayed at Medco Health Solutions

How Effective Are Anti-Depressants?

Many Americans battle depression. How do anti-depressant drugs work, and are how effective are they?

 | Maritsa Georgiou and Emily Grossberg

Residents ride public transportation in the district of Haizhu in China.

China Eases Virus Controls Amid Effort To Head Off Protests

In some areas, markets and bus service reopened, and a newspaper reported Beijing has begun allowing some people with the virus to isolate at home.

 | AP and Patrick Fok

A nurse talks to a patient in a hospital emergency room.

Hospitals Are Now Required To Post Costs Online, But Most Haven't

The 2021 Price Transparency Rule requires hospitals to make procedure costs available online, but many haven't fallen in line.

 | Amber Strong

A hospital room

Seniors Are Experiencing Record-High RSV Cases

The latest CDC data from November shows this year, the rate of hospitalization for seniors with RSV is already 10 times higher than average.

 | Lindsey Theis

A cup of water is drawn from a faucet

Justice Department Intervenes For Struggling Mississippi Water System

The Justice Department filed a proposal to appoint a third-party manager for the Jackson, Mississippi, water system.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

17-year-old Christian Brown.

More Kids Are Showing Up To ERs With Mental Health Crises

WARNING: You're going to hear doctors and a family talk about suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts, and about children who've killed themselves.

 | Lindsey Theis

An image of cells in an Alzheimer’s affected brain.

Study: New Drug Appears To Slow Alzheimer's

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine finds an experimental Alzheimer’s drug could slow cognitive decline.

 | Stephen Graddick IV and Mimi Mees

A public bus

How Public Transit Is Impacting Older Americans' Health Care

Unreliable transit systems are one issue keeping people from getting routine health care.

 | Chris Conte

A child looks out of a window

These States Allow Kids To Take Mental Health Days From School

Laws allowing kids to take mental health days vary by state. Some require a doctor's note, and others limit the number of mental health days allotted.

 | Tricia Goss and Simplemost

China residents stand in line to be tested for COVID-19.

China Vows Crackdown On 'Hostile Forces' As Public Tests Xi

The statement from Chinese officials comes amid a massive show of force by security services to deter protests against strict "zero-COVID" lockdowns.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A woman gets a COVID-19 throat swab.

Doctors Worry For COVID Effects On Seniors, Particularly In China

In a new briefing, health officials urged older adults in China to get a COVID vaccine and addressed lockdowns that are sparking protests.

 | Lindsey Theis

Travelers pass a sign near a COVID-19 testing site at Logan Airport.

Experts Are Expecting A Rise In Flu Cases Post-Thanksgiving

COVID, flu and RSV cases had already been on the rise, but the holidays are expected to cause even higher numbers.

 | Stephen Graddick IV

Water is stocked at Walmart after a boil water notice was issued for the city of Houston, Texas

Houston Lifts Boil-Water Order Affecting More Than 2 Million People

The boil order had been in effect since Sunday, when a power outage at a purification plant caused pressure to drop.

 | AP

Students in Hong Kong chanted “oppose dictatorship” in a protest against China’s anti-virus controls

Students Sent Home, Police On Patrol As China Curbs Protests

Chinese authorities have eased some controls after protests in several cities, but showed no sign of backing off their larger "zero-COVID" strategy.

 | AP

A man buys cases of water after learning that a boil water notice was issued for the entire city of Houston, Texas

Water Boil Order Issued For More Than 2 Million In Houston

Houston's mayor said two transformers failed, causing power outages at a water plant. There's no sign of contamination, but a full review was ordered.

 | AP

Police officers pin down and arrest a protester on a street in Shanghai, China.

China Eases Some COVID Rules After Wide Protests Of Lockdowns

China's decision to ease at least some of its COVID restrictions appeared to be aimed at quelling anger.

 | AP