As Monkeypox Spreads, US Plans a Vaccination Campaign

Clinics nationwide will be offering vaccinations against monkeypox to anyone who has been exposed to the virus, federal health officials announced on Tuesday. Until now, immunizations were offered only to people with a known exposure. States will receive doses of a safer and newer monkeypox vaccine called Jynneos from the federal stockpile, based on the … Read more

The Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are simultaneously dominant in the US, the CDC estimates.

Continuing their rapid march across the United States, the Omicron subvariants are known as BA.4 and BA.5 together with dominant among new coronavirus cases, according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of the week ending Saturday, BA.4 made up 15.7 percent of new cases, and BA.5 was 36.6 percent, … Read more

‘No Magic Bullet’ for Preserving Abortion Access, Biden’s Health Secretary Says

WASHINGTON – President Biden’s health secretary is facing criticism from other Democrats that the administration is not doing enough to counter the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade said on Tuesday that there was “no magic bullet” to abortion access to preserve – even as he outlined a series of steps his department would … Read more

Gas Piped Into Homes Contains Benzene, Other Risky Chemicals, Study Finds

The natural gas delivered to homes has low concentrations of several chemicals linked to cancer, a new study found. Researchers also found inconsistent levels of odorants – substances that give natural gas its characteristic “rotten egg” smell – which could increase the risk of small leaks going undetected. The study, which was published in the … Read more

The Many Uses of CRISPR: Scientists Tell All

Smartphones, superglue, electric cars, video chat. When does the new technology wear off? When do you get used to its presence that you don’t think of it anymore? When something newer and better comes along? When did you forget how things were before? Whatever the answer, the gene-editing technology CRISPR has not reached that point … Read more

What’s Next for Juul and E-Cigarettes?

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday ordered Juul Labs to stop selling e-cigarettes in the United States, saying the company had provided conflicting and insufficient data that prevented the agency from determining potential health risks of its products. The company’s pods and cartridges are among the most widely sold electronic vaping devices. Does the … Read more

Does Your Nose Help Pick Your Friends?

Human beings maintain the polite fiction that we’re not constantly smelling one another. Apart from our efforts to the contrary, we all have our own odors, pleasant and less so, and if we are like other land mammals, our particular perfume might mean something to our fellow humans. Some of these, like the reek of … Read more