News: Health

In Kabul, a new ritual: Hungry women wait for bread outside bakeries
Diaa Hadid, Fazelminallah Qazizai | July 17, 2022
Women in burkas sit outside a bakery in Kabul. Impoverished women from hilltop slums around Kabul have been flocking to bakeries in the city, silently waiting to see if someone will purchase bread for them. Diaa Hadid/NPR In the late afternoons in Kabul, a familiar ritual takes place as Afghans ...
Global vaccination coverage continued to plunge in 2021, according to a new report
Tekella Foster | July 15, 2022
Last year, 25 million children missed out on one or more "lifesaving vaccines" according to a new report from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO). "This is 2 million more than those who missed out in 2020 and 6 million more than in 2019, ...
The new 988 mental health hotline is live. Here’s what to know
Rhitu Chatterjee | July 15, 2022
Starting July 16, people in mental health crisis will have a new three-digit number, 988, through which to reach trained counselors. Jenny Kane | AP Updated July 16, 2022 at 12:02 AM ET People experiencing a mental health crisis have a new way to reach out for help in the ...
The omicron subvariant dominating U.S. COVID-19 cases is more vaccine-resistant
Ayana Archie | July 15, 2022
A syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic at the Keystone First Wellness Center in Chester, Pa., Dec. 15, 2021. Matt Rourke | AP The BA.5 omicron subvariant, which is now the most prevalent coronavirus strain in the United States, is four times more resistant ...
These Brazilian besties are inventing an mRNA vaccine as a gift to the world
Nurith Aizenman | July 13, 2022
Patricia Neves (left) and Ana Paula Ano Bom take a break at the institute in Rio de Janeiro where they work. The two scientists say they've been inseparable since they met in college. Now their friendship has made it possible to launch a remarkable partnership to make mRNA vaccines accessible ...
Pharmacies may violate civil rights if they refuse meds linked to abortion, feds warn
Carrie Feibel | July 13, 2022
Mifepristone (Mifeprex) and Misoprostol, the two drugs used in a medication abortion, can also be prescribed for other medical uses. However some pharmacists have refused to fill prescriptions for them. ROBYN BECK | AFP via Getty Images Federal health officials reminded U.S. pharmacies on Wednesday that they must comply with ...
The visa hurdle: Why conference applicants from the global south can’t always clear it
Ari Daniel | July 13, 2022
Kareem Samsudeen Adebola of Nigeria (left) and Tanaka Chirombo of Malawi devote their careers to help those with HIV/AIDS. Both wanted to attend the upcoming International AIDS Conference in Montreal. But first they needed a Canadian visa. Their initial applications were denied — part of a pattern of visa obstacles ...
In Michigan, the future of abortion rights could soon be up to voters
Kate Wells | July 13, 2022
Supporters of a ballot measure to legalize abortion in Michigan gathered on Monday, after submitting hundreds of thousands of signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Joey Cappelletti | AP As states grapple with the future of abortion, Michigan could become one of the first in the nation to let ...
Secret schools enable Afghanistan’s teen girls to skirt Taliban’s education ban
Diaa Hadid, Fazelminallah Qazizai | July 12, 2022
A teenage girl wearing a face mask, head scarf and long black robe listens to a math teacher at a tutoring center in Kabul. The center was established by a women's rights activist to circumvent a Taliban ban on girls attending secondary school. The activist said she has informal permission ...
Biden administration: Doctors must offer abortion if mom’s life is at risk
The Associated Press | July 12, 2022
Abortion-rights demonstrators shout slogans after tying green flags to the fence in front of the White House during a protest to pressure the Biden administration to act and protect abortion rights on Saturday. Jose Luis Magana | AP WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Monday told hospitals that they "must" ...