News: Health

Omicron boosters are in the works, but will they be needed?
Sydney Lupkin | December 7, 2021
People line up outside a free COVID-19 vaccination site that opened Friday in Washington, D.C. The local health department is stepping up vaccination and booster shots as more cases of the omicron variant are being identified in the United States.Samuel Corum | Getty Images Moncef Slaoui, the former head of ...
A COVID vaccine grown in plants measures up
Joe Palca | December 7, 2021
Dr. Naresh Aggarwal talks in April with Jennifer Bain, who volunteered for a study of Medicago's COVID-19 vaccine in Toronto.Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images A Canadian biotech firm is reporting positive results from a large study of its COVID-19 vaccine. What makes it unusual is that the key ingredient ...
The U.S. surgeon general issues a stark warning about the state of youth mental health
L. Carol Ritchie | December 7, 2021
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy talks to reporters at the White House on July 15.Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has a warning about the mental health of young people. Murthy told Morning Edition that children and young adults were already facing a mental health crisis ...
The NIH director on why Americans aren’t getting healthier, despite medical advances
Selena Simmons-Duffin | December 7, 2021
National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins served for 12 years under three presidents and presided over an expansion of the agency's budget and efforts to develop new cures to diseases.Graeme Jennings/Pool/AFP via Getty Images It's Dr. Francis Collins' last few weeks as director of the National Institutes of Health ...
Data analysts proved what Black Pittsburgh knew about COVID’s racial disparities
Christine Spolar | December 7, 2021
Members of the Black Equity Coalition, a grassroots team of researchers and advocates, meet regularly to discuss how they can use data to uncover life-threatening disparities between white and Black Pittsburgh. Clockwise, from top left are Kellie Ware, Karen Abrams, Tiffany Gary-Webb, Mark Lewis and Fred Brown.Martha Rial The ferocity ...
More people died of malaria in 2020 than in 2019. Here’s why
Joanne Silberner | December 6, 2021
El Salvador and China have now been declared malaria-free. That's one of the encouraging takeaways from the new annual report on malaria issued on Monday by the World Health Organization. But the sobering news is that despite progress in some countries, this debilitating and lethal disease took a greater toll ...
Inside the growing alliance between anti-vaccine activists and pro-Trump Republicans
Geoff Brumfiel | December 6, 2021
In October, Eric Trump, son of the former president, spoke to a conference filled with anti-vaccine activists.Screenshot by NPR | Bitchute In October, a conference filled with anti-vaccine activists in Nashville, Tenn., received a high-profile political guest: former President Donald Trump's son Eric Trump. While portions of the younger Trump's ...
Pro-Trump counties now have far higher COVID death rates. Misinformation is to blame
Daniel Wood, Geoff Brumfiel | December 5, 2021
People protest a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for municipal workers on Oct. 28 in New York City. Polling, vaccination and mortality data all suggest that Republicans lag far behind in vaccination and are suffering the worst consequences as a result.David Dee Delgado | Getty Images Updated December 5, 2021 at 10:27 ...
With omicron looming over the holidays, here’s how to stay safe
Maria Godoy | December 4, 2021
Katherine Streeter for NPR Here we go again. Just when you thought it was safe to go back to almost normal times, a new, highly mutated variant of the coronavirus has reared its ugly head in the U.S. Scientists say it's still too soon to know whether the omicron variant ...
When Making Music Breaks Your Body
Grayson Haver Currin | December 4, 2021
Meric Long of the Bay Area band The Dodos found his voice in a distinctive guitar style. While writing the new album Grizzly Peak, he watched that ability begin to slip away.Shane Tolentino for NPR Meric Long had been playing guitar for three years when he realized the instrument could ...