F.D.A. Plans to Seek Lower Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration is planning to require tobacco companies to slash the amount of nicotine in traditional cigarettes to make them less addictive and reduce the toll of smoking that claims 480,000 lives each year. The proposal, which could take years to go into effect, would put the United States at the forefront […]

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Despite Another Covid Surge, Deaths Stay Near Lows

“Overall, the people who’ve been coming through with Covid are much, much less sick than they were even this winter,” said Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency physician at Brown University. “It feels like almost a different disease for folks, with the exception of people who are really old, who are unvaccinated or who are immunosuppressed.” […]

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Abortions Increase in the U.S., Reversing a 30-Year Decline, Report Finds

The number of abortions in the United States has increased, reversing what had been a three-decade decline, according to a new report. The uptick began in 2017, and as of 2020, one in five pregnancies, or 20.6 percent, ended in abortion, according to the report by the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports abortion […]

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Report Reveals Sharp Rise in Transgender Young People in the U.S.

The number of young people who identify as transgender has nearly doubled in recent years, according to a new report that captures a stark generational shift and emerging societal embrace of a diversity of gender identities. The analysis, relying on government health surveys conducted from 2017 to 2020, estimated that 1.4 percent of 13- to […]

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Seeking Pills, Young People Head to Social Media, With Deadly Results

Now, when Snapchat users search for “fenta,” “xanax” or other drug language, the results are blocked. They are redirected to an in-app video channel with content from nonprofit groups and the C.D.C. that addresses “fentapills” — the dangers of purported OxyContin, Percocet, Xanax and Adderall. According to Facebook’s latest community standards report, it took action […]

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Over 75 Percent of Long Covid Patients Were Not Hospitalized for Initial Illness, Study Finds

The analysis, based on what the report calls the largest database of private health insurance claims in the United States, found 78,252 patients who were diagnosed with the U09.9 code from the International Classification of Diseases between Oct. 1, 2021, and Jan. 31, 2022, and the vast majority of them had not been hospitalized for […]

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Do Vaccines Protect Against Long Covid?

As the pandemic enters its third year, long Covid has emerged as an increasingly important concern. And many people are wondering whether getting a Covid shot can reduce their chances of developing long-term symptoms. What does the research show so far? The jury is still out, but a growing number of studies suggest that getting […]

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Study Raises Questions About Popular Genetic Test for ‘Abnormal’ Embryos

But the new study also shows the limitations of transferring such embryos. A vast majority of the 144 embryos transferred by the group had only one or two chromosomal abnormalities, but the transfers led to 11 miscarriages in addition to the eight live births. “There’s a lot of miscarriages in that ratio,” said Laura Hercher, […]

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How Long Should It Take to Grieve? Psychiatry Has Come Up With an Answer.

She noticed something odd: In many cases, patients were responding well to antidepressant medications, but their grief, as measured by a standard inventory of questions, was unaffected, remaining stubbornly high. When she pointed this out to psychiatrists on the team, they showed little interest. “Grief is normal,” she recalls being told. “We’re psychiatrists, and we […]

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Meet the Underdog of Senior Care

Felicia Biteranta was struggling when, five years ago, she enrolled in a PACE program operated by Lutheran Senior Life in Jersey City, N.J. Having suffered a stroke, she found it hard to eat without choking. She fell frequently; her diabetes was out of control; she had pulmonary disease and asthma. She might miss a medical […]

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Covid May Cause Changes in the Brain, New Study Finds

Covid-19 may cause greater loss of gray matter and tissue damage in the brain than naturally occurs in people who have not been infected with the virus, a large new study finds. The study, published Monday in the journal Nature, is believed to be the first involving people who underwent brain scans both before they […]

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For Older Americans, Some Positive Health News

Repealing the three-day requirement would take Congressional action. But at least with the right to appeal, you have a fighting chance. California Eases Medicaid Qualifications In a second promising development, California is eliminating asset limits for older people who are trying to qualify for Medicaid, and other states are considering similar moves. Medicaid, the state […]

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