Behind the Scenes, McKinsey Guided Companies at the Center of the Opioid Crisis

The consulting firm offered clients “in-depth experience in narcotics,” from poppy fields to pills more powerful than Purdue’s OxyContin.

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For Gun Violence Researchers, Bipartisan Bill Is a ‘Glass Half Full’

About two dozen American researchers focus exclusively on how to prevent gun violence. They have waged an often-frustrating battle to translate their findings into public policy.

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Black Maternal Mortality Is Still a Crisis

Linda Villarosa’s new book, ‘Under the Skin,’ shows just how urgent the problem is.

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‘It Was Really a Love Story.’ How an N.R.A. Ally Became a Gun Safety Advocate.

While befriending a former rival, Jay Dickey became one of the rare politicians to change his stance on gun control.

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F.D.A. Set to Propose Lower Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes

The move would be an effort to further wean Americans from addictive tobacco products and reduce smoking-related illnesses.

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Vaccines for Young Children Are Coming, but Many Parents Have Tough Questions

The vaccines seem safe for children and are likely to protect against severe illness. But data on efficacy are thin, and most children have already been infected.

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How Worried Should We Be About Monkeypox?

What are the origins and symptoms of the virus, and what is America’s plan to try to contain the outbreak?

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Monkeypox Is Spreading in New York, Making Education Urgent

Be aware but don’t panic, say health officials and advocates as cases of the disease tick upward in New York and around the country.

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F.D.A. Panel Recommends Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines for Youngest Children

States have already ordered millions of doses; if the agency authorizes them in the coming days, babies, toddlers and preschoolers could start receiving shots next week.

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C.D.C. Dismisses Airborne Transmission of Monkeypox. Some Experts Disagree.

The virus “is not known to linger in the air,” agency officials said. But the research is far from definitive.

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How Gender Neutral Language Is Shaping the Fight for Abortion Rights

Progressive groups and medical organizations have adopted inclusive language, which has led to terms like “pregnant people” and “chestfeeding.”

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More Omicron Versions Gain Ground U.S., According to C.D.C. Estimates

The spread of the subvariants adds more uncertainty to the trajectory of the pandemic in the United States.

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Monkeypox Can Be Airborne, Too

An abrupt change in C.D.C. guidance underscores a little-known phenomenon: On occasion, monkeypox can be transmitted through aerosols, similar to the coronavirus.

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How to Report Your Home Covid Test Result

In many places, there is no system for sharing home test results with health officials, but the information may still be beneficial for public health.

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21 Americans Infected With Monkeypox, C.D.C. Reports

As the number of cases outside Africa approaches 800, governments are scrambling for a limited pool of vaccines and treatments with unclear effectiveness.

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Democratic States Push Gun Control Bills with Congress Gridlocked

Democratic state leaders from California to New Jersey are demanding immediate action after the Uvalde shooting.

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How Some People Travel to the U.S. After Positive Covid Tests

Entering the United States by air requires a negative coronavirus test. Some people who can’t provide one are using a workaround: flying to Canada or Mexico, then entering via a land border.

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It’s Still Covid’s World. We’re Just Living In It.

The virus has receded from the headlines, but it may continue to cause major problems for some time to come.

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Vaccinating Our Youngest Kids Shouldn’t Take This Long

The formula shortage came on the heels of this seemingly endless wait.

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F.D.A. Chief Details ‘Shocking’ Conditions at Baby Formula Plant

Agency inspectors found a leaking roof, standing water and cracked production equipment before a facility shutdown that led to major shortages.

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1 in 5 Adult Covid Survivors in the U.S. May Develop Long Covid, Says CDC

Researchers identified lasting health problems in many different organ systems, including the heart, lungs and kidneys.

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U.S. Birthrate Ticks Up 1 Percent, Halting a Steady Decline

Data from the federal government showed last year’s increase was the first since 2014, and followed a sharp drop in 2020, the first full year of the coronavirus pandemic.

#birth-rates, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #population, #united-states

As Monkeypox Cases Rise, Nations Are Urged to Examine Vaccine Stores

The United States has stockpiled millions of doses of two smallpox vaccines, also effective against monkeypox. But the outbreaks so far are clustered in other countries.

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The Michigan Mink Mystery: How Did an Interspecies Outbreak Unfold?

The puzzling coronavirus cases highlight ongoing surveillance challenges and blind spots.

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C.D.C.’s Pandemic Team Will Surrender Some Responsibilities

The transition was announced in a letter to agency employees, but details were scant.

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Judge Orders Government to Continue Migrant Expulsions on Border

Under the ruling, the public health measure known as Title 42 that has denied migrants entry will remain in effect.

#asylum-right-of, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immigration-and-emigration

C.D.C Says Adults 50 and Over Should Get Second Booster Shot

Previously, the agency said those 50 and older could opt for the additional shot, but only encouraged people over 65 or with underlying medical conditions to get it.

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What Is Monkeypox?

There have been dozens of cases reported in recent weeks among populations not typically vulnerable to the disease.

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Testing Requirements for Travel to the U.S.? Here’s What to Know

The requirement to test for Covid before flying to the United States is hated by many travelers and the U.S. travel industry. But the government shows no sign of getting rid of it.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #americans-abroad, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #politics-and-government, #travel-and-vacations

C.D.C. Advisers Recommend Pfizer Boosters for Children 5 to 11.

A third dose would enhance immunity to the coronavirus, the agency said. But hesitancy is high, and less than one-third of children in this age group have received two doses.

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Since You’re Already Getting a Flu Shot, Why Not One for Covid, Too?

Scientists and federal health officials are debating plans to pair coronavirus and flu vaccinations in the fall.

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Why Are Sexually Transmitted Infections Surging?

After reaching historic lows more than a decade ago, rates are on the rise again.

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Overdose Deaths Continue Rising, With Fentanyl and Meth Key Culprits

New data show a surge in overdose deaths involving fentanyl and methamphetamine; overall, the nation saw a 15 percent increase in deaths from overdoses in 2021.

#addiction-psychology, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #fentanyl, #methamphetamines, #naloxone-drug, #opioids-and-opiates, #white-house-office-of-national-drug-control-policy

What Scientists Know About the Unusual Hepatitis Cases in Children

Officials are exploring the possibility that a common adenovirus might be responsible for the unexplained cases, which remain rare.

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Coronavirus Cases Are Rising Across the U.S., but Most Are Mild

Hospitalizations remain low, partly a reflection of greater immunity in the population.

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Most of Us Have Had Covid

Three in five Americans have been infected. What does this mean for immunity, and the for future of the pandemic?

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Did Faulty Assumptions Dash Parents’ Hope for an Under-5 Vaccine?

The under-5 Covid vaccine should be approved.

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The Coronavirus Has Infected More Than Half of Americans, the C.D.C. Reports

But prior infection does not guarantee protection from the virus, officials said, and Americans should still get vaccinated and boosted.

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Most Americans have been infected with the coronavirus at least once, the C.D.C. says.

Blood tests showed a sharp increase in the proportion of people — especially children and adolescents — in the United States who had antibodies indicating past exposure to the virus, the agency said.

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How a Sudden Mask Ruling Left the C.D.C. Reeling

An obscure lawsuit in Florida could endanger the federal health agency’s ability to intervene in future crises.

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Biden Must Halt Any Resumption of Pre-Covid Border Policy, Judge Says

Under a public health rule known as Title 42, thousands of migrants have been expelled at the border. A federal judge is halting efforts to begin lifting the policy, due to end on May 23.

#asylum-right-of, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Who Helped End the Travel Mask Mandate?

The mask rule on planes and public transportation has been targeted by the travel industry and Republican lawmakers. In the end, it was brought down by a little-known nonprofit, a conservative judge and chance.

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Will the End of the Mask Mandate Hobble Our Response to the Next Pandemic?

A recent decision by a federal judge to block the mask mandate is deeply troubling.

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Why Hasn’t the U.S. Asked for a Stay in the Mask Mandate Case?

The administration’s actions suggest either a botched case or a shrewd play for time as it gives up on the mask order but hopes to erase an adverse ruling, legal experts said.

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What Travelers Should Know About the Federal Mask Mandate

After a federal mask mandate was struck down on Monday, travelers are facing a patchwork of rules spanning air travel, trains, buses, cruise ships and ride-hailing services. Here’s what to know.

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What Happens When New York’s Covid Alert Level Moves to Medium Risk?

The city will reach a yellow, or medium, risk level if new cases surpass 200 a week for every 100,000 residents. Here’s what that would mean.

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Biden Administration May Appeal Mask Mandate Ruling

If the C.D.C. decides there is a public health basis for trying to reinstate and extend the mask mandate, the Justice Department will swiftly file an appeal.

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Four Americans Were Infected With a Virus Variant Seen in Mink

The cluster is the first known instance of likely animal-to-human transmission in the United States.

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Pushing ‘Long Covid’ Sufferers Too Hard Could Cause Them to Crash

The employment system inadequately serves people who can work but aren’t back to 100 percent.

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Philadelphia Mask Mandate Back in Effect as Coronavirus Cases Rise

A sharp increase in new infections triggered the return of indoor mask rules a little more than a month after they were lifted.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #masks, #philadelphia-pa