Health

Chinese policemen form a line to stop protesters marching in Beijing.

Crowd Angered By Lockdowns Calls For China's Xi To Step Down

The protests are the most widespread show of opposition to the ruling party in decades.

 | AP and Patrick Fok

Residents line up for COVID-19 tests in Beijing.

Xinjiang Loosens Some COVID-19 Restrictions After Lockdown Protests

During Xinjiang's lockdown, some residents elsewhere in the city have had their doors chained physically shut.

 | AP and Patrick Fok

A shopper carries groceries at a supermarket

Beijing On Edge As City Adds New Quarantine Centers

Daily cases of COVID-19 across China are hitting records, with 32,695 reported Friday.

 | AP

People protest outside the White House in Washington

Why Private Equity Is Spending Big On Health Care

How private equity firms are purchasing hospitals and what repercussions its having on patients and staff.

 | Scripps News Staff

A flu shot sidewalk ad seen in front of Walgreens in San Francisco, Calif.

Hospitals Are Bracing For COVID, RSV And The Flu Amid The Holidays

Learn how to protect yourself, plus get a couple of other wellness tips to make Thanksgiving a safe and healthy one.

 | Lindsey Theis

Man wearing a face mask.

China's Guangzhou Locks Down Millions In 'Zero-COVID' Fight

China is the only major country in the world still trying to curb virus transmissions through strict lockdown measures and mass testing.

 | AP

A person holding headphones

Experts Warn Of Hearing Loss Due To Unsafe Listening Practices

Data from 2000 to 2021 on unsafe listening published in the British Medical Journal found two and a half hours of 92-decibel noise could do damage.

 | Lindsey Theis

Jade Godbolt nurses her newborn child at their Dallas-area home after giving birth

U.S. Home Births Rise In Pandemic To Highest Level In Decades

Increases in at-home births were seen across races and ethnicities, although home births were much less common among Hispanic women than others.

 | AP

Wayne Moorhead.

Houston Hospital Helps Amputee Patients With New Prosthetics Procedure

New surgical procedure at a Houston hospital increases success of people getting prosthetics.

 | John Mone

A man gets swabbed for COVID test near a building of Peking University in Beijing

In 'Zero-COVID' China, 1 Case Locks Down Peking University

Peking University students and faculty were not allowed to leave the grounds unless necessary and classes on the main campus were moved online.

 | AP

A researcher wears the exoskeleton.

'Robot Shoes' Could Help Humans Walk As We Age

A Stanford University lab has developed an ankle exoskeleton which saves the amount of energy it would take to carry a 20- to 30-pound backpack.

 | Lindsey Theis

Concussion symptoms diagram

Why Are We Still Mishandling Concussions?

Experts explain our current understanding of how concussion affects the brain.

 | Simon Kaufman

Storefront of a Walmart.

Walmart Offers $3.1 Billion To Settle Opioid Lawsuits

Walmart's offer would have to be approved by 43 U.S. states by Dec. 15, and local governments could sign on by March 31, 2023.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Cuddler volunteer holding a NICU baby

Chicago Hospital Offers Cuddlers To Help NICU Babies

An infant ICU in Chicago has resumed its cuddling program after pausing it at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 | Meg Hilling

a box of RELPAX migraine pills manufactured by Pfizer are arranged for a photo in Doral, Fla.

Why Are Migraines So Debilitating?

Nearly 40 million Americans battle migraines.

 | Lauren Magarino

A worker wearing a face shield talks to people standing in line for COVID-19 tests.

China Eases Some Quarantine For Travelers Even As Cases Rise

Incoming passengers to China will only be quarantined for five days instead of seven, followed by three days of isolation at their place of residence.

 | AP

Microscope image of a Listeria monocytogenes bacterium.

1 Person Dead, Over A Dozen Sick From Outbreak Tied To Deli Meat

Many of the people who got sick reported eating meat or cheese from deli counters where investigators detected listeria bacteria, the CDC said.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A sign stands outside Seattle Children's Hospital

Rural Hospitals Face Unique RSV, Flu Challenges

Hospital closures over the past few years means fewer beds, at a time when flu and RSV especially are stretching pediatric hospitals to the limit.

 | Lindsey Theis

A woman meditates on a beach

Mindfulness Worked As Well For Anxiety As Drug In Study

200 participants were randomly assigned to a mindfulness program or daily use of a generic drug for depression and anxiety over six months.

 | AP

A patron sips his drink while having a meal at a bar

CDC Data Reveals Alcohol-Related Deaths Increased During Pandemic

Despite the grim statistics, health experts say the public tends to minimize alcohol risks.

 | Ben Schamisso

Voters cast ballots.

Experts Share Tips On Dealing With Election-Related Stress

Three quarters of Americans say they're stressed about the future of the U.S., as many prepare to vote and wait for the results of midterm elections.

 | Lindsey Theis

Terry Horgan.

Death In CRISPR Gene Therapy Study Sparks Search For Answers

Terry Horgan, a 27-year-old who had Duchenne muscular dystrophy, died last month during a study testing gene editing treatment.

 | AP

A doctor works on a patient.

How Children's Hospitals Are Handling The RSV Surge

RSV, a respiratory illness that can be severe in infants because their lungs aren't strong enough, is overwhelming hospitals in parts of the U.S.

 | Lindsey Theis

The condom display at Chimes pharmacy in Berkeley, Calif

Why Are Sexually Transmitted Infections On The Rise?

The CDC made headlines this fall after warning cases of some sexually transmitted infections are at their highest levels in decades.

 | Lindsey Theis

Sign at a CVS Pharmacy.

CVS, Walgreens Announce $10B Opioid Settlement

The tentative settlement will not be final until enough states and localities sign off on it.

 | AP

Researchers look at parts of a brain.

Texas Brain Bank Highlights Hispanic Representation In Mental Research

There are more than 80 brain banks housing tens of thousands of brains across the U.S. One near the border is studying Hispanic brain health.

 | Lindsey Theis

Students walk on a college campus.

Universities Are Finding Ways To Encourage, Normalize Sober Living

More college campuses are introducing recovery groups and programs to help fight the stigma of sober living while in university.

 | Amber Strong

Medical staff sit with a child in a hospital.

What Parents Need To Know As RSV Cases Surge

With RSV and flu surging alongside cold and COVID season, there’s much for parents and caregivers to think about.

 | Lindsey Theis

a sleep apnea breathing device

Recall Of Philips CPAP Device Causing Worldwide Shortage Of Devices

A massive recall of machines that help people deal with sleep apnea is expected to drag on until next year.

 | John Mone

Dad sleeping and his son

Getting Less Than Five Hours Of Sleep Raises Risk Of Chronic Diseases

A new study reveals people who sleep less after age 50 are more likely to have chronic diseases.

 | Lindsey Theis