Science and Health

Spilled pill bottle.

Final U.S. Tally: Nearly 107,000 Overdose Deaths Last Year

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 106,699 Americans died from overdoses in 2021, a 16% increase from the year prior.

 | AP

A cat carries a rat.

Cats Are Curtailing Chicago's Rat Problem

A Chicago-area humane society is strategically relocating outdoor cats to areas that will repel rats out of residents' home and businesses.

 | Meg Hilling

Maceo Carter and his family are shown.

After A Life-Altering Diagnosis, 4 People Found Hope On The Other Side

Four people share what happened in the aftermath of a life-altering diagnosis and how they have continued to live with their new normal.

 | Amber Strong

A rat crosses a Times Square subway platform in New York.

Rats Are Seemingly Taking Over U.S. Cities

Why does it seem like the rat problem is such a stumper for so many U.S. cities, and what can be done do to solve it?

 | Scripps News Staff

Dark chocolate bars.

Your Chocolate May Contain Heavy Metals — How Worried Should You Be?

Consumer Reports set out to test lead and cadmium levels in 28 different dark chocolate bars. Even organic chocolate showed high levels.

 | Kathleen St. John

Earthquake damage is seen outside a building in Rio Dell, California.

Tens Of Thousands Without Power After California Earthquake

Officials say there was some damage to buildings and infrastructure, but the scale of damage is minimal compared to the strength of the quake.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A hearing aid is shown.

What To Know About Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids

New access to hearing aids over the counter has raised questions on eligibility and the difference between them and ones from the doctor's office.

 | Meg Hilling

Building lights are turned on as residents react to an earthquake.

Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Rocks Parts Of Northern California

The quake occurred overnight near Ferndale, a small community about 210 miles northwest of San Francisco. No injuries were immediately reported.

 | AP

A person holds a COVID test kit.

How To Order Free At-Home COVID Tests Ahead Of The Holidays

In an attempt to shrink the post-holiday surge in COVID cases, the Biden administration has reinstated the government's free at-home testing program.

 | Bridget Sharkey

The beginning of the New Year is celebrated in New York's Times Square just after the stroke of midnight.

How Science Can Help You Stick To That New Year's Resolution

On average, Americans stick to their New Year's resolutions for 32 days. But there are ways to break the mold.

 | Dan Grossman

Fire and rescue team members look down on a landslide.

Malaysia Landslide Death Toll Rises To 24, 9 More Missing

Rescuers worked in teams Saturday to comb through debris as deep as 26 feet.

 | AP

An employe of a genetic institute makes a DNA test in Bogota, Colombia

How Are Genetic Tests Changing Families?

Algorithms identify those who share many genetic markers, making them very likely to be close relatives.

 | Eli Kintisch and Cat Sandoval

Rescuers work during a rescue and evacuation operation following a landslide

Landslide At Malaysia Campground Kills 18, Leaves 15 Missing

More than 90 people were sleeping on an organic farm when dirt tumbled from a road about 100 feet above the site and covered about 3 acres.

 | AP

Debris lay in front of a hotel in Berlin, Germany

Huge Berlin Aquarium Bursts, Unleashing Flood Of Devastation

The 82-foot-tall AquaDom was described as the biggest cylindrical tank in the world and held more than a thousand tropical fish before the incident.

 | AP

Destruction is seen from a tornado that tore through the area in Killona, Louisiana.

South Cleans Up From Tornadoes As Blizzards Advance North

The storms are expected to hobble the Midwest with wintry weather for days and push up the East Coast into New England.

 | AP and Scott Withers

A sprinkler waters a lawn.

Another Drought Emergency Has Been Declared In Southern California

The water district serving 19 million people in and around Los Angeles is telling residents to conserve water to avoid worse restrictions.

 | James Packard

A visitor sits on a bench to look artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg's "In America: Remember," a temporary art installation

U.S. Deaths Fell This Year, But Not To Pre-COVID Levels

Current reports suggest U.S. deaths may be down about 3% from 2020 and about 7% compared to 2021.

 | AP

President Joe Biden.

White House Reveals Winter COVID-19 Plans, More Free Tests

COVID-19 cases have shown a marked increase after the Thanksgiving holiday.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A school zone speed limit sign lays with downed trees along North Lucas Drive after a possible tornado in Grapevine, Texas.

3 Dead In Louisiana As Storm Spawns Tornadoes In The South

The punishing storms barreled eastward Wednesday after killing a mother and son in the northwestern part of the state a day earlier.

 | AP and Scott Withers

A scale in a doctor's office

Health Officials Revise Tool To Track Severe Obesity In Children

Updated growth charts released Thursday by the CDC now extend to a body mass index of 60 — up from previous charts that stopped at a BMI of 37.

 | AP

A demonstrator holds a paper saying, "End zero-COVID. End dictatorship. Free China."

What The Historic Protests Against Xi Jinping Could Mean For China

As Xi Jinping begins his third term, widespread protests and the response to "zero-COVID" could give a look into China's future and Xi's legacy.

 | Scripps News Staff

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis / AP

WFTS: Gov. Ron DeSantis Takes Aim At COVID-19 Vaccine Makers

Gov. Ron Desantis has asked Florida's supreme court to impanel a grand jury to investigate COVID-19 vaccine makers.

 | Vanessa Araiza and WFTS

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

Nuclear fusion machinery in a laboratory.

U.S. Scientists Announce Fusion Energy Breakthrough

Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for the first time produced more energy in a fusion reaction than was used to ignite it.

 | AP

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

Fissure 3 is seen erupting on the Northeast Rift Zone of Mauna Loa.

Scientists Say Eruption Of Hawaii Volcano Continues To Ease

The inactive front of the lava flow may inch northward very slowly as it continues to settle, officials said.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

U.S. Navy divers secure NASA's Orion capsule during recovery operations.

NASA's Orion Capsule Blazes Home From Test Flight To Moon

The mission should clear the way for astronauts on the program’s next lunar flyby, set for 2024.

 | AP and Clayton Sandell