News: Health

Coronavirus FAQ: I took a trip and caught COVID. What should I do? When can I go home?
Marc Silver | July 8, 2022
Malaka Gharib/NPR We regularly answer frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future post, email us at with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions." See an archive of our FAQs here. I flew away on ...
Hiring slipped only slightly in June, with no sign of a looming recession
Scott Horsley | July 8, 2022
Fewer jobs were added in June, but the labor market is still tight. A man walks past a "now hiring" sign posted outside of a restaurant in Arlington, Va., last month. Olivier Douliery | AFP via Getty Images Updated July 8, 2022 at 9:38 AM ET Hiring slowed only slightly ...
Afghanistan’s depleted dining rugs are a reminder of hunger and loss
Zuhal Ahad, Ruchi Kumar | July 8, 2022
The dastarkhaans (dining rugs) of Afghan families are often "bare and empty," says Zahra Fayezi, whose mat (right) is prepared for a guest. Center: Roqia Ibrahimi says a full mat for meals is "a matter of happiness and pride" but "rare" in current times when more people are going hungry. ...
Emergency contraception: How it works, how effective it is and how to get it
Maria Godoy, Carmel Wroth | July 8, 2022
Plan B is one brand of the emergency contraceptive levonorgestrel, which works by delaying ovulation. It is sold over the counter at pharmacies, but is often kept in locked boxes or is only accessible by asking a pharmacist. Justin Sullivan | Getty Images With abortion getting banned or heavily restricted ...
A 70-year-old man in Gaza needed open heart surgery. It was a race against time
Daniel Estrin, Anas Baba | July 7, 2022
Yousef Al-Kurd, 70, a resident of Gaza with heart disease, waits to be seen by Dr. Saher Abu Ghali at Shifa Hospital. Al-Kurd is one of many Gazans who struggle to get permission to leave Gaza for medical treatment. Fatima Shbair | for NPR GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — What ...
A nasty disease is even nastier for patients with HIV. Now there’s encouraging news
Max Barnhart | July 7, 2022
Dozens of Leishmania parasites (purple) surround 3 white blood cells (orange) in this image magnified 1,000 times. BSIP/UIG | Universal Images Group via Getty Nobody wants to get bitten by a sandfly and catch a terrible disease with a daunting name – visceral leishmaniasis. It can cause fever, weight loss, ...
Montana clinics preemptively restrict out-of-state patients’ access to abortion pills
Katheryn Houghton, Arielle Zionts | July 7, 2022
A Planned Parenthood of Montana clinic in Helena is among those that recently changed its policies to restrict its distribution of abortion pills only to patients from states without abortion bans in effect. Matt Volz | Kaiser Health News The four states bordering Montana have "trigger laws" in effect or ...
In a turbulent economy, here’s how to weather the inflation storm
Dustin Jones | July 6, 2022
The Federal Reserve is raising interest rates to combat inflation. It's having a trickle-down effect, resulting in higher mortgage rates, an increase in credit card interest and more. There are steps you can take to improve your financial situation as prices continue to climb. Mark Lennihan | AP Groceries, gasoline, ...
The fight to fund abortions in post-Roe America
Greg Rosalsky | July 5, 2022
Abortion rights activists protest in Washington, DC, on June 26, 2022, two days after the US Supreme Court scrapped half-century constitutional protections for the procedure. Samuel Corum | AFP via Getty Images In recent weeks, supporters of abortion rights have been reeling from the Supreme Court's decision to revoke constitutional ...
How companies offering to cover travel for out-of-state abortions might work
Scott Neuman | July 5, 2022
A medical assistant checks a patient's pregnancy test at the Women's Reproductive Clinic, which provides legal medication abortion services, in Santa Teresa, N.M., in a photo taken last month. Robyn Beck | AFP via Getty Images On the heels of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, several ...