News: Health

Scientists debate how lethal COVID is. Some say it’s now less risky than flu
HEALTH
Rob Stein | September 16, 2022
A pharmacy in New York City offers vaccines for COVID-19 and flu. Some researchers argue that the two diseases may pose similar risks of dying for those infected. Ted Shaffrey | AP Has COVID-19 become no more dangerous than the flu for most people? That's a question that scientists are ...
Legal fights and loopholes could blunt Medicare’s new power to control drug prices
HEALTH
Leslie Walker, Dan Gorenstein | September 15, 2022
President Biden speaks during an event Tuesday celebrating the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act on the South Lawn of the White House. The new law gives Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices. Anna Moneymaker | Getty Images On Tuesday, the White House celebrated the passage of the the ...
High rents outpace federal disability payments, leaving many homeless
HEALTH
Fred Clasen-Kelly | September 15, 2022
Margaret Davis (left) and Delisa Williams (right) became acquainted when they moved into the Salvation Army Center of Hope shelter, just outside Charlotte, N.C. Both women receive federal benefits, but the monthly amounts aren't high enough for them to be able to rent an apartment. Logan Cyrus for KHN After ...
4 ways the world messed up its pandemic response — and 3 fixes to do better next time
HEALTH
Ari Daniel | September 14, 2022
Travel rules and regulations — and national lockdowns — have varied wildly, which gave SARS-CoV-2 lots of opportunities to spread. Above: A young traveler's temperature is checked at Taipei Songshan Airport in July 2020. Chiang Ying-ying | AP Updated September 15, 2022 at 10:28 AM ET A new report issued ...
How a Texas court decision threatens Affordable Care Act protections
HEALTH
Harris Meyer | September 14, 2022
Screening mammograms, like this one in Chicago in 2012, are among a number of preventive health services the Affordable Care Act has required health plans to cover at no charge to patients. But that could change, if the Sept. 7 ruling by a federal district judge in Texas is upheld ...
The top White House monkeypox doc takes stock of the outbreak — and what’s next
HEALTH
Pien Huang | September 12, 2022
Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, White House Monkeypox response deputy coordinator, speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, in Washington. Patrick Semansky | AP The U.S. monkeypox outbreak appears to be slowing. New infections are starting to decline in some large cities where the virus hit ...