The US/NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan has coincided with an increase in violence that is crippling the country’s health system—just as the Delta variant is driving a third wave of infections. Many health facilities caught in the crossfire have been forced to shutter;…

Early in the pandemic, there were dire predictions about a tidal wave of COVID cases hitting sub-Saharan African, overwhelming already struggling health systems. For much of the pandemic, those terrifying predictions didn’t materialize, perplexing researchers. But a year…

Washington has backpedaled its relaxed mask guidance, and is poised to announce a vaccine mandate for federal employees and contractors today,

Stop thinking of COVID-19 vaccination as fail/not fail, advises The Atlantic’s Katherine J. Wu, and start thinking of a castle.   Using an elaborate, telling analogy of a castle’s protections, Wu explains how the body’s vaccine-fortified defenses work.

The environment is bearing a heavy burden of collateral damage from the pandemic—in the form of PPE waste.  

Persistent cognitive issues and the troubling brain scans of recovering COVID-19 patients have led researchers to explore whether coronavirus infection ups the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. 

Republican lawmakers in the US are launching a flurry of legislative actions to curb the power of state governors who drew on general emergency powers to protect public health during the pandemic.  Their goal is to limit executive actions in emergencies and enshrine…

In Indonesia—the new epicenter of the pandemic—children are making up a ballooning share of COVID-19 cases and deaths, challenging the notion that the coronavirus poses little risk to kids.   With ICUs already packed with adults, pediatricians are shattered by the sub-par…

In announcing the settlement yesterday with the 3 biggest opioid distributors and drugmaker Johnson & Johnson, a group of state attorneys general acknowledge the compensation is insufficient for those who lost loved ones to opioids,

New COVID-19 cases in the US have nearly tripled in the last 2 weeks, hitting 37,000 on Tuesday and pushing exhausted health workers to their limits once again, the