d3sign/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — Dr. Peter Marks, the Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine chief, said he is well aware that COVID-19 booster uptake might be low for the latest shot, authorized by the government on Thursday morning for young children over 6 months old, but he told ABC News that he’s hopeful increased access may […]

EMS-FORSTER-PRODUCTIONS/Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles County said Thursday it is holding off on issuing an indoor mask mandate amid rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. During a press conference, LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the county had moved into the “high” COVID-19 community transmission category, as defined by the Centers for […]

Jasmin Merdan/Getty Images (ATLANTA) — A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows how infectious mpox can be and how important vaccination was in reducing the outbreak over the summer. Last month, the World Health Organization renamed “monkeypox” as “mpox” over concerns of stigmatization of the disease. The study, published Thursday, […]

DIGICOMPHOTO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty Images (COLUMBUS, Ohio) — An ongoing measles outbreak in central Ohio has ballooned to 63 cases as of Thursday. Twenty-five children have been hospitalized. The state’s health system is also fighting the surge in respiratory illness — flu, RSV and COVID-19. The high rates of those illnesses are making it harder for […]

Witthaya Prasongsin/Getty Images (SILVER SPRING, Md.) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized bivalent COVID-19 boosters for children between the ages of 6 months and 4 years old Thursday. The booster, available from both Pfizer and Moderna, was previously authorized for everyone 5 years and older in October. “More children now have the opportunity […]

ER Productions Limited/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — A respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, vaccine for older adults could be on the horizon after Pfizer announced Wednesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would fast-track review of its experimental vaccine. The federal health agency will make a decision by May 2023 and, if it decides to […]

Thomas Northcut/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — The Food and Drug Administration is weighing whether or not surgeons should provide additional warnings about the risks of Lasik, a popular corrective eye-sight surgery. In a draft guidance from July, the agency suggested that patients should be explicitly informed about the risks of dry eye, problems driving at […]

Chris Rogers/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — Doctors should ask patients with heart failure if they’re using any supplements, specific diets, or other types of complementary and alternative medicines to help manage potential benefits and risks, the American Heart Association said in a scientific statement published Thursday. Research shows that about a third of people with […]

patty_c/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — Walgreens has launched a new delivery service for the COVID-19 oral antiviral therapy Paxlovid in partnership with DoorDash and Uber to get the treatment “directly to the doorsteps of those who need it.” Walgreens on Thursday said it has more than 8,000 locations offering same-day delivery services, available to anyone […]

KATERYNA KON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — Kirstie Alley’s unexpected death at age 71 has put a spotlight on colon cancer, the disease that took her life. Alley had been recently diagnosed with colon cancer prior to her Dec. 5 death, a rep for the actress confirmed to ABC News. “We are sad to […]

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