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Parents in Uvalde left with agonizing what ifs about police response

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Some parents in Uvalde, Texas, say children's lives could have been saved if police had confronted the gunman at Robb Elementary School more quickly.


Telehealth abortion demand is soaring. But access may come down to where you live

Friday, May 20, 2022

Recent rule changes made it easier for patients to get abortion pills through the mail, using telehealth services. Now there is growing demand for these services – and new legal battles brewing.


3 ways to get COVID pills, if you've just tested positive

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Some people have had trouble getting Paxlovid pills quickly, despite the administration's effort to ease access after a COVID test confirms infection.


A new puberty guide for kids aims to replace anxiety with self-confidence

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Talking about testes and menses can be super awkward for any kid. A new book tries to take the embarrassment out of growing up – and be inclusive of every body.


Battle over CDC's powers goes far beyond travel mask mandate

Thursday, April 21, 2022

A federal judge's decision to strike down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's mask mandate for travelers is only the latest in a series of challenges that seek to rein in the agency.


A look at how much authority the CDC actually has

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

In public health circles, there's growing concern that the CDC is being hamstrung in ways that are hurting the pandemic response and that could limit the agency's tools in the future.


The federal transportation mask mandate has been extended

Thursday, April 14, 2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will require travelers to mask up in airports, planes, buses, trains and at transit hubs until May 3. That mandate had been set to expire next week.


CDC extends transportation mask mandate until May 3

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

The Biden administration will continue to require travelers to wear masks on planes and other forms of public transport,.


U.K. COVID cases are rising. Health officials are watching to see if the U.S. is next

Saturday, March 19, 2022

The rise of the more infectious BA.2 variant in the U.S. — plus signals in the sewage — also point to a possible uptick in cases, and have health officials on alert.


Lifesaving COVID drugs are sitting unused on pharmacy shelves, HHS data shows

Friday, March 18, 2022

States and health providers report they've dispensed less than half their supply from the government, raising fears that the drugs may go to waste while people who could benefit get sicker.


'Test to Treat' gets COVID pills to at-risk patients fast but its reach is limited

Tuesday, March 08, 2022

The Biden administration's new program enables high-risk patients who test positive to get antiviral pills on the spot in some pharmacies. But many pharmacies won't be able to participate.


How Biden's new 'test to treat' COVID plan works — and why it might not be enough

Monday, March 07, 2022

A new program will pair tests and COVID pills in pharmacies, solving some of the timing issues with the pills. This is currently limited to pharmacies that have an on-site prescribing clinician.


It's safe to unmask in many places, says the CDC. These experts aren't quite ready

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Doctors and health researchers are looking to testing rates, case rates – and intuition – to determine when they'll feel comfortable mingling maskless indoors.


CDC says Americans can now go unmasked in many parts of the country

Friday, February 25, 2022

The federal health agency released new guidance for when Americans need to mask up indoors, saying about 70% of the population lives in a place where it's safe to go mask free.


Doctors find limited use for less effective COVID pill

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

The antiviral pill molnupiravir was authorized and distributed by the government late last year. But it's not doctors' first choice of treatment, except for a narrow slice of patients.


Why remdesivir, a highly effective COVID treatment, is a last resort for providers

Monday, February 07, 2022

The antiviral infusion was just revived as an early treatment for COVID patients. But the drug is relatively expensive and hard to administer, relegating it to what some are calling "stopgap" status.


Remdesivir can help COVID patients avoid the hospital. But it's been slow to catch on

Monday, February 07, 2022

The antiviral infusion Remdesivir was just revived as an early treatment for COVID. It can be expensive and hard to administer, but is useful when monoclonals and pills are in short supply like now.


The FDA is restricting the use of 2 drugs first authorized to treat COVID

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The FDA curbed the use of two out of three monoclonal antibody treatments. Studies show they're highly unlikely to work against the omicron variant, which is overwhelming hospitals.


Hospitals use a lottery to allocate scarce COVID drugs for the immunocompromised

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

So far the government has distributed about 300,000 doses of Evusheld, a new drug that protects against COVID-19. Some 7 million Americans could benefit from the drug right away.


A drug that helps immunocompromised people fight COVID is in short supply

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Antibody-based drug Evusheld protects immune-suppressed people against COVID-19 for up to six months. The drug is hard to get, and some hospitals are selecting patients by lottery.