Will your older self refuse to give up the car keys? Here’s how to plan.

An “advance directive” for driving is one tool that can help seniors and their loved ones plan for post-driving life.

By Judith GrahamJanuary 21, 2024

Medical Mysteries: A daughter’s pregnancy and a life-or-death decision

A California teenager’s splitting headaches, violent nausea and sudden bizarre behavior were erroneously brushed off as temporary signs of pregnancy.

By Sandra G. BoodmanJanuary 20, 2024

AI could flag patients’ dangerous alcohol use before surgery

The model did about as well as a panel of human alcohol use experts, matching their classification of a subset of records 87 percent of the time.

By Erin BlakemoreJanuary 20, 2024

Claire Fagin, renowned nurse and researcher who led UPenn, dies at 97

As a clinician, educator and advocate, she helped reshape American nursing. She was also one of the first women to lead an Ivy League school.

By Harrison SmithJanuary 18, 2024

Michael Berman, political strategist who revealed private struggles, dies at 84

An eclectic Washington insider whose career included senior White House aide, lobbying firm founder and a book about his battles with his weight

By Brian MurphyJanuary 18, 2024

Chinese scientist filed covid sequence weeks before official release, records show

Public health experts said the episode illustrated a missed opportunity to learn more about the virus early in the global health emergency.

By Dan DiamondJanuary 17, 2024

Coronavirus, mpox and rabies: A tale of three viruses

Today, we dissect three recent public health responses to learn about the world’s ability to prevent outbreaks – covid and beyond – in 2024.

By Elana Gordon, Lucy Perkins, Sean Carter and Fenit NirappilJanuary 17, 2024

Roy Calne, a pioneer of organ transplant surgery, dies at 93

The British surgeon introduced new drugs and techniques for organ transplantation, earning one of medicine’s top honors and giving hope to millions of patients.

By Harrison SmithJanuary 16, 2024

How doctors are using AI to diagnose a hidden heart condition in kids

The system allows nurses to diagnose children at risk for rheumatic heart disease when they can still be treated with penicillin, potentially saving thousands

By Mark JohnsonJanuary 16, 2024

How to prevent shingles and what to do if you get it

Shingles can be painful, itchy and have long-term side effects. Here’s what to know about preventing and treating it.

By Hallie LevineJanuary 15, 2024

The boom in imitation Ozempic went bust for one pharmacy and its clients

The FDA-designated shortage of weight-loss drugs opened the door for pharmacies like ACA to sell their own versions of the brand-name medications.

By Daniel GilbertJanuary 15, 2024

Va. officials warn of possible measles exposure at Dulles, Reagan

Officials urged unvaccinated travelers to watch for measles if they passed through Dulles International Airport on Jan. 3 or Reagan National Airport on Jan. 4.

By Olivia DiazJanuary 14, 2024

Marijuana reclassification proposed over lower public health risk, documents show

In recommending marijuana be reclassified to a Schedule III drug, the Department of Health and Human Services acknowledges its medical use for the first time.

By Fenit Nirappil, David Ovalle and Dan DiamondJanuary 13, 2024

Psychedelics gave terminal patients relief from their intense anxiety

End-of-life cancer patients in a therapy group in Canada used psilocybin to reduce their fears. It helped some find peace.

By Meryl Davids LandauJanuary 13, 2024

Enzyme that helps make urine yellow may lead to insights on gut microbiome

A new study may also open doors to more research on the gut microbiome’s role in certain illnesses.

By Erin BlakemoreJanuary 13, 2024

Is this covid surge really the second biggest? Here’s what data shows.

Virus levels in wastewater are higher than they were a year ago, but experts caution against comparisons and note hospitalizations are lower than last winter.

By Fenit NirappilJanuary 12, 2024

Grand jury declines to indict Ohio woman who miscarried of abusing a corpse

Charges will be dropped against Brittany Watts, 34, who had a miscarriage at home.

By Kim Bellware and Anumita KaurJanuary 11, 2024

FDA reports no link between weight-loss drugs and suicidal thoughts

The finding came barely a week after the agency disclosed it was evaluating the need for regulatory action on the drugs because of possible side effects.

By David Ovalle and Daniel GilbertJanuary 11, 2024

Covid kills nearly 10,000 in a month as holidays fuel spread, WHO says

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said intensive care admissions also surged in December: “This level of preventable death is not acceptable.”

By Jennifer HassanJanuary 11, 2024

White House weighs menthol ban amid dueling health, political pressures

Political advisers warn that President Biden could lose support by banning menthol cigarettes, the product of choice for many Black smokers.

By Dan Diamond and Tyler PagerJanuary 10, 2024