Senate Panel OKs Califf Nomination for F.D.A. Chief

A key committee was split mainly on party lines over the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf, foreshadowing divisions in the full Senate for a vote on confirmation.

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Medicare Proposes to Cover Aduhelm Only for Patients in Clinical Trials

If the preliminary decision is finalized this spring, it would sharply limit the number of patients who use the expensive drug.

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Alzheimer’s Drug Aduhelm Faces Crucial Medicare Decision

Medicare officials are trying to determine whether to cover Aduhelm, which the F.D.A. approved despite unclear evidence that it helps patients.

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Biogen Slashes Price of Alzheimer’s Drug Aduhelm, as It Faces Obstacles

A group of Alzheimer’s experts and health advocates called on the F.D.A. to withdraw its approval of the drug, the latest of several setbacks for the treatment.

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How Accurate Are At-Home Covid Tests? Here’s a Quick Guide

When used correctly, many rapid antigen tests are good at detecting people carrying high levels of the virus.

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F.D.A. Will Permanently Allow Abortion Pills by Mail

The decision will broaden access to medication abortion, an increasingly common method, but many conservative states are already mobilizing against it.

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Senators Question Califf, the F.D.A. Nominee, on Opioid Crisis and Pandemic Response

A Senate panel hearing on Tuesday signaled that Dr. Robert Califf, who briefly led the agency during the Obama administration, had some bipartisan support.

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How Conflicting Guidance on Travel During the Pandemic Shows Little Progress

The Omicron variant turned my trip home from South Africa into a nightmare episode of conflicting public health orders that often seemed to have little connection to science.

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Women Earn $2 Million Less Than Men in Their Careers as Doctors

A survey of more than 80,000 physicians estimated that women make 25 percent less than men over a 40-year career.

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Booster Rollout for Nursing Homes Is Sluggish

Thousands of new cases have been reported among vulnerable elderly residents in the last several months, as the virulent Delta variant fuels outbreaks.

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Texas Abortion Law Complicates Care for Risky Pregnancies

Doctors in Texas say they cannot head off life-threatening medical crises in pregnant women if abortions cannot be offered or even discussed.

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Immunocompromised Families Greet Child’s Vaccine With Relief

Many families with immuno-compromised or vulnerable relatives are racing to get vaccines for their 5-to-11-year-olds — and finally experiencing a long-awaited sense of relief.

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CVS, Walgreens and Walmart Fueled Opioid Crisis, Jury Finds

This is the first jury verdict in an opioid case. The decision embraced a key legal argument that judges in other opioid cases had recently rejected.

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CVS, Walgreens and Walmart Perpetuated Opioid Crisis, Jury Finds

This is the first jury verdict in an opioids case. The decision embraced a key legal argument that judges in other opioids cases had recently rejected.

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Veterans Have Become Unlikely Lobbyists in Push to Legalize Psychedelic Drugs

Lawmakers find it hard to “just say no” to combat veterans seeking support for drug decriminalization efforts gaining traction around the country.

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Bariatric Surgery May Lower Risk for Severe Liver Disease, New Study Finds

Obesity is a leading cause of fatty liver condition. Patients who had weight-loss surgery showed fewer signs of the disease progressing.

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Oklahoma Supreme Court Throws Out $465 Million Opioid Ruling Against J.&J.

The 5-1 decision is a setback for those who are fighting to hold big drug makers accountable for the opioid epidemic.

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Biden Promised to Fix Home Care for Seniors. Much More Help May Be Needed.

The latest Democratic proposal would funnel $150 billion toward subsidized home and community-based care. Experts worry that may not be enough to ease the severe shortage of workers.

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Home Care Is Broken. Can Congress Fix It?

The latest Democratic proposal would funnel $150 billion toward subsidized home and community-based care. Experts worry that may not be enough to ease the severe shortage of workers.

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Waiting on U.S. Mandate, Some Nursing Homes Are Slow to Vaccinate Staff

Less than half of workers are still not immunized at facilities in several states. “I just feel like a sitting duck,” one resident said.

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Data from Federal Scientists Raise Questions About J.&J. Booster Shots

People who have received the company’s one-shot vaccine may benefit from a booster with another brand. F.D.A. advisers will discuss the data on Friday.

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F.D.A. Issues Voluntary Guidelines in Effort to Reduce Sodium Consumption

The new recommendations are aimed at food manufacturers and restaurants. Some experts say they don’t go far enough.

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Aspirin Use to Prevent 1st Heart Attack or Stroke Should Be Curtailed, U.S. Panel Says

Adults at high risk for cardiovascular disease may face serious side effects if they start a daily regimen of low-dose aspirin.

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Boosters Are Complicating Efforts to Persuade the Unvaccinated to Get Shots

The number of eligible people still weighing whether to get a Covid vaccine has sharply dwindled, leaving an unvaccinated population that is mostly hard-core refusers.

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First, Impressive Vaccines for Covid. Next Up: The Flu.

Vaccine makers are betting that the mRNA technology powering two successful Covid vaccines will help curb the tragic global death toll from the flu.

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A ‘Pacemaker for the Brain’: No Treatment Helped Her Depression — Until This

It’s the first study of individualized brain stimulation to treat severe depression. Sarah’s case raises the possibility the method may help people who don’t respond to other therapies.

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How Accurate Are At-Home Covid Tests?

If you test positive in an at-home Covid test, you’re very likely carrying the virus.

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For Transgender Youth, Stigma Is Just One Barrier to Health Care

Discrimination, delays and systemic hurdles prevent young trans people from reaching the care they need, a new study finds.

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Transgender Youth Face Multiple Barriers to Health Care, Study Finds

Discrimination, delays and systemic hurdles prevent young trans people from reaching the care they need, a new study finds.

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High Covid Hospitalizations Have Delayed Elective Surgeries

In areas inundated with coronavirus patients, hospitals have postponed treatments and surgeries for people with other serious conditions.

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How Specialty Pharmacies Cater to the Blind and Those With Impaired Vision

The pandemic has exposed flaws in services for people who can’t easily access a drive-through window for Covid shots or testing or can’t read prescription labels.

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The Pain Wouldn’t Stop — Because Her Medication Had Been Stolen

Too often, seniors who use opioids become targets for exploitation and abuse.

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They Shunned Covid Vaccines but Embraced Antibody Treatment

Championed by doctors and conservative radio hosts alike, monoclonal antibodies for Covid are in high demand — even from those who don’t want a vaccine.

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Phony Diagnoses Hide High Rates of Drugging at Nursing Homes

At least 21 percent of nursing home residents are on antipsychotic drugs, a Times investigation found.

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Parents Find Ways to Get Their Youngest Children Covid Vaccines

Schools have reopened around the country, and families with those under 12 are finding ways to get their kids inoculated, even though they’re not officially eligible yet.

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F.D.A. Delays Decision on Juul’s E-Cigarettes but Orders Others Off the Market

The agency had faced a Sept. 9 deadline to decide whether the products could stay on the market but said it needed more time to review evidence.

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The Best Birthday Present in 2021? A Covid Vaccine.

Turning 12 has taken on added significance this summer, as tweens line up for shots allowing them to see friends and play sports again.

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Purdue Pharma Is Dissolved and Sacklers Pay $4.5 Billion to Settle Opioid Claims

The ruling in bankruptcy court caps a long legal battle over the fate of a company accused of fueling the opioid epidemic and the family that owns it.

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Teachers, Police, Other Public Workers Left Out of Mental Health Coverage

Health plans for state and local workers can opt out of the federal law requiring them to treat mental health like other medical conditions.

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Ivermectin Demand Surges Though It Doesn’t Work for Covid-19

Prescriptions for ivermectin have jumped to more than 88,000 per week, some pharmacists are reporting shortages and people are overdosing on forms of the drug meant for horses.

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‘Nursing Is in Crisis’: Staff Shortages Put Patients at Risk

“When hospitals are understaffed, people die,” one expert warned as the U.S. health systems reach a breaking point in the face of the Delta variant.

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Nursing Homes Face Dilemma: Vaccinate Staff or Don’t Get Paid.

A new policy from President Biden will require all nursing home workers to be vaccinated against Covid. Facilities that fall short could be penalized or lose federal funding.

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CPAP Recall Over Potential Cancer Risks Leaves Millions Scrambling

People with sleep apnea and other ailments who rely on CPAP and more than a dozen devices made by Philips are facing lengthy delays for replacements.

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C.D.C. Recommends Covid Vaccines During Pregnancy

New research shows the shots do not increase risk of miscarriage, the agency said, but the risks of severe disease from a coronavirus infection while pregnant are serious.

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‘This Is Really Scary’: Kids Struggle With Long Covid

Lingering physical, mental and neurological symptoms are affecting children as well as adults, including many who had mild reactions to the initial coronavirus infection.

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More Hospitals Impose Vaccine Mandates for Employees

With some health care workers still refusing to be immunized, medical centers around the country are requiring shots as cases climb once again.

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F.D.A. Attaches Warning of Rare Nerve Syndrome to Johnson & Johnson Covid Vaccine

Federal regulators concluded that the risk of developing the syndrome was low, and that the benefits of the vaccine still strongly outweigh it.

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15 States Reach a Deal With Purdue Pharma Over Opioids

The states, including Massachusetts and New York, agreed to drop opposition to the bankruptcy organization plan of the company, the maker of OxyContin.

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Juul Is Fighting to Keep Its E-Cigarettes on the U.S. Market

The company faces declining sales and thousands of lawsuits claiming it knowingly sold its trendy vaping products to minors. Soon the F.D.A. will decide whether it can keep selling them at all.

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Stress and Burnout Still Plague Front-Line Health Care Workers as Pandemic Eases

Doctors and nurses are reeling from new Covid cases, staff burnout and the prolonged stress of dealing with the pandemic.

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