A New Vaccine Strategy for Children: Just One Dose, for Now

Even as parents in the United States wrestle with difficult questions over vaccinating their children against the coronavirus, families in other countries have been offered a novel option: giving children just one dose of the vaccine. Officials in Hong Kong as well as in Britain, Norway and other countries have recommended a single dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children […]

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Tallying the Cost of Growing Older

Say you’re a 65-year-old looking ahead, wondering about your health and your finances, pondering what life might be like in 20 years. You might get lucky, like Susan Green, a retired social worker. At 82, she enjoys hiking, golfing and cross-country skiing (although she has given up downhill) with her husband in Ketcham, Idaho. The only assistance they need: a […]

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Federal Panel Recommends Booster Shots, Opening New Campaign Against the Virus

An influential scientific panel on Thursday opened a new front in the campaign against the coronavirus, recommending booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine for a wide range of Americans, including tens of millions of older people. But the experts declined to endorse additional doses for health care workers, teachers and others who might have higher exposure on the job. […]

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A ‘Race-Free’ Approach to Diagnosing Kidney Disease

A scientific task force on Thursday called for jettisoning a common measure of kidney function that adjusts results by race, providing different assessments for Black patients than for others. The adjustment may make Black patients seem less ill than they really are, according to many experts. Instead, doctors should rely on a race-neutral method for diagnosing and managing kidney disease, […]

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Study of Booster Shot Benefits Fans Debate Over Extra Doses

Wading into an acrimonious debate over booster doses, researchers in Israel reported on Wednesday that a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine can prevent both infections and severe illness in adults older than 60 for at least 12 days. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is the latest salvo in the conflict over whether booster […]

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The Pandemic Has Set Back the Fight Against H.I.V., TB and Malaria

The Covid-19 pandemic has severely set back the fight against other global scourges like H.I.V., tuberculosis and malaria, according to a sobering new report released on Tuesday. Before the pandemic, the world had been making strides against these illnesses. Overall, deaths from those diseases have dropped by about half since 2004. “The advent of a fourth pandemic, in Covid, puts […]

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House Committees Demand F.D.A. Records on Alzheimer’s Drug Approval

Two powerful congressional committees investigating the controversial federal approval of Biogen’s Alzheimer’s drug, Aduhelm, demanded extensive information and documents from the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, making it clear that the committees’ leaders are troubled by unusual actions the agency took in the course of evaluating and approving the drug. “We are concerned by apparent anomalies in F.D.A.’s processes […]

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