For now, wary US treads water with transformed COVID-19

For now, wary US treads water with transformed COVID-19

The fast-changing coronavirus has kicked off summer in the US with lots of infections but relatively few deaths compared to its prior incarnations. COVID-19 is still killing hundreds of Americans each day, but is not nearly as dangerous as it was last fall and winter. “It’s going to be a good summer and we deserve … Read more

Who Can Get a Monkeypox Vaccine?

Who Can Get a Monkeypox Vaccine?

Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) So far there are at least 351 confirmed cases of monkeypox in humans in the United States, with more than half of states reporting at least one case. Given existing barriers to diagnosis and testingit’s likely that there are a lot more cases out there than have been documented. So how do … Read more

Gay/bi men in Florida need the meningococcal vaccine

24 cases, 7 deaths among gay and bisexual men reported in Florida meningococcal disease outbreak, CDC says

CNN — Don’t be surprised if you see the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention out at the LGBTQ pride parade this year or showing up on your dating app. The CDC’s been trying to warn men in Florida or traveling to Florida, particularly those who identify as gay, bisexual, queer or trans, that … Read more

Long-Covid can affect children of all ages, including infants, study shows

Long-Covid can affect children of all ages, including infants, study shows

CNN — Even the littlest children can experience long Covid, according to a large study, one of the first of its kind to include infants and toddlers. The study published Wednesday in the journal The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health included 44,000 children in Denmark ranging in ages zero through 14 years old. Of the … Read more

Rail strikes and labor shortages are hurting UK economy

Rail strikes and labor shortages are hurting UK economy

London CNN Business — The United Kingdom has a jobs problem. There just aren’t enough workers to keep its economy moving forward, and many employees are growing angry about inflation taking a large bite out of their paychecks. The problem escalated Tuesday as thousands of rail workers went on strike over demands for better pay … Read more

The ‘best’ and ‘worst’ places in America for first-time home buyers

The 'best' and 'worst' places in America for first-time home buyers

Angelenos, congratulations — you officially live in one of the worst metro areas for first-time home buyers, according to a new study by Bankrate.com. Out of the 50 largest metro areas studied, Los Angeles ranked 49th in affordability, 48th in employment factors, 30th in safety, and 39th in housing-market tightness, as the supply of homes … Read more

We Are Not Ready for Monkeypox

We Are Not Ready for Monkeypox

Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez (Getty Images) Monkeypox is here, and it’s spreading. The couple of dozen cases in a few countries that we told you about last month are now up to over a thousand cases worldwide, with 35 reported in the United States. But the US almost certainly has more cases than the statistics … Read more

Singapore’s dengue ’emergency’ is a climate change omen for the world

Singapore's dengue 'emergency' is a climate change omen for the world

CNN — Singapore says it is facing a dengue “emergency” as it grapples with an outbreak of the seasonal disease that has come unusually early this year. The Southeast Asian city-state has already exceeded 11,000 cases – far beyond the 5,258 it reported throughout 2021 – and that was before June 1, when its peak … Read more

CDC Says You Should Wear a Mask While Traveling—for Monkeypox

CDC Says You Should Wear a Mask While Traveling—for Monkeypox

A medical laboratory technician shows a test sample from someone suspected of having monkeypox.Image: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez (Getty Images) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is stepping up its guidance concerning monkeypox. While the risk of monkeypox is still thought to be low for the general public, the agency is now warning people to … Read more

Melatonin poisoning reports are up in kids, study says

Melatonin poisoning reports are up in kids, study says

NEW YORK — Researchers are drawing attention to a rise in poisonings in children involving the sleep aid melatonin — including a big jump during the pandemic. Last year, US poison control centers received more than 52,000 calls about children consuming worrisome amounts of the dietary supplement — a six-fold increase from about a decade … Read more