Health

CDC Is Investigating 109 Cases of Hepatitis in Children, Including 5 Deaths

The deaths of five children and what may be an unusual group of more than 100 hepatitis cases in young children in the United States are under investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency said on Friday. The CDC said it was examining cases involving 109 children in 25 states and …

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Sheldon Krimsky, Who Warned of Profit Motive in Science, Dies at 80

Sheldon Krimsky, a leading scholar of environmental ethics who explored issues at the nexus of science, ethics and biotechnology, and who warned of the perils of private companies underwriting and influencing academic research, died on April 23 in Cambridge, Mass. He was 80. His family said he was at a hospital for tests when he …

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Supreme Court Weighs Future Role and Final Word on Abortion

Some political and cultural events set off a cascade of emails from brands – sneaker, makeup and food companies telling their customers that they stand with them in a stressful time, or reminding them to vote. But after a draft opinion obtained by Politico revealed the Supreme Court’s intention to overturn Roe v. Wade, the …

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Few Transgender Children Change Their Minds After 5 Years, Study Finds

Young children who transition to a new gender with social changes – taking on new names, pronouns, haircuts and clothing – are likely to continue identifying as that gender five years later, according to a report published on Wednesday, the first study of its kind. The data come from the Trans Youth Project, a well-known …

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The Vanishing Variants: Lessons from Gamma, Iota and Mu

In early 2021, scientists in Colombia discovered a worrisome new coronavirus variant. This variant, eventually known as Mu, had several troubling mutations that experts believed could help it evade the immune system’s defenses. Over the following months, In a swiftly spread in Colombia, fueling a new surge of Covid-19 cases. By the end of August, …

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Philip J. Hilts, 74, Dies; Reporter Exposed a Big-Tobacco Cover-up

Philip J. Hilts, who as a science reporter for The New York Times in 1994 exposed a tobacco company’s decades-long cover-up of its own research showing that tobacco was harmful and nicotine was addictive, died on April 23 in Lebanon, NH He was 74. The cause was complications of liver disease, his son Ben said. …

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FDA Sets Aside June for Potential Decisions on Vaccines for Children Under 5

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday laid out a tentative timetable for deciding whether to authorize a coronavirus vaccine for America’s youngest children, announcing that June 8 is the earliest date that it will present data to its outside advisers for a recommendation. The nation’s 18 million children under 5 are the only group …

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