News: Health

FDA authorizes first COVID booster for children ages 5 to 11
Rob Stein | May 17, 2022
First grader Rihanna Chihuaque, 7, receives a COVID-19 vaccine at Arturo Velasquez Institute in Chicago last November. Scott Olson | Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration Tuesday authorized the first COVID-19 vaccine booster for children ages 5 to 11. The authorization makes all children in that age group who ...
The federal government is offering another round of free COVID tests
Tamara Keith | May 16, 2022
The federal government is sending out a third round of free rapid antigen COVID-19 tests through the U.S. Postal Service. Justin Sullivan | Getty Images Updated May 16, 2022 at 10:14 PM ET Americans can once again order free COVID-19 tests from the federal government by visiting In this ...
A substance found in young spinal fluid helps old mice remember
Jon Hamilton | May 16, 2022
The memory of aging mice improved when they received a substance found in the spinal fluid of young animals. Robert F. Bukaty | AP A team at Stanford University has demonstrated a new approach to reversing memory loss — in mice. An infusion of spinal fluid from young mice reversed ...
A landmark study tracks the lasting effect of having an abortion — or being denied one
Megan Burbank, Emily Kwong | May 15, 2022
With Roe v. Wade primed to be overruled, people seeking abortions could soon face new barriers in many states. Researcher Diana Greene Foster documented what happens when someone is denied an abortion in The Turnaway Study. Malte Mueller | Getty Images Though it's impossible to know exactly what will happen ...
Abortion is also about racial justice, experts and advocates say
Sandhya Dirks | May 14, 2022
Abortion rights demonstrators chant during a protest outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Bloomberg | Bloomberg via Getty Images If you're going to talk about the intersection of abortion and race, it's probably a good thing to start with the 14th amendment, says Melissa Murray, a legal scholar and law ...
Dennis DeCarlo, 61: ‘No One Is Alone’ from ‘Into the Woods’
May 13, 2022
Via Robert Texel In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Two years later, nearly a million Americans have died from the disease. To put a face on this number and pay respect to the departed, NPR asked our audience to share songs that reminded them of ...
How medication abortion works and what the end of Roe v. Wade could mean for it
Laurel Wamsley | May 13, 2022
Containers of mifepristone and misoprostol — medications used to end a pregnancy — sit on a table inside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Fairview Heights, Ill. Jeff Roberson | AP Roe v. Wade could soon be overturned — meaning abortion is "certain or likely" to be banned in 26 ...
COVID took many in the prime of life, leaving families to pick up the pieces
Maria Godoy | May 13, 2022
Christina Summers, 37, holds three of her children, 8-year-old twins Elijah and Emmani, and her 6-year-old daughter, Madison. Summers' husband, James Summers, died last October from COVID. She is now raising their nine children on her own. Rosem Morton for NPR Around 3 a.m. on a Sunday morning last October, ...