Women’s reliance on the black market for access to medication abortions means they may not follow best medical practice. When C., a 24-year-old teacher in Recife, bought misoprostol from a drug dealer last year, she searched Google to figure out how to take it. “Because it was illegal, there wasContinue Reading

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,Continue Reading

Federal health officials are poised to take the final steps on Saturday to clear the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccines for very young children —  the only age group in the United States that does not yet have a vaccine option available. If the two vaccines are cleared, as expected,Continue Reading

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified 21 monkeypox cases in 11 states, and the numbers are expected to rise, officials reported on Friday. Genetic analysis has revealed that while most of the cases appear to be closely related to the outbreak in Europe, two patients have versionsContinue Reading

For much of human history, people got their drugs from nature. Marijuana comes from the cannabis plant, cocaine from coca leaves, heroin from poppies and magic mushrooms really do come from mushrooms. Even legal drugs, like alcohol, tobacco and coffee, come from plants. Their highs were often discovered by chance,Continue Reading

How Matt Richtel spoke to adolescents and their parents for this series In mid-April, I was speaking to the mother of a suicidal teenager whose struggles I’ve been closely following. I asked how her daughter was doing. Not well, the mother said: “If we can’t find something drastic to helpContinue Reading

ELURU, India — When her baby started struggling to breathe, Stella Praveen had a terrible feeling that something was gravely wrong with her 14-month-old daughter, Ellen. She ran barefoot to a nearby clinic, but the doctors there said the child needed to see a specialist right away. Without an ambulance,Continue Reading

Federal regulators said they were suspending use of a monoclonal antibody drug known as sotrovimab to treat high-risk Covid-19 patients in the United States because it was unlikely to be effective against the Omicron subvariant known as BA.2. BA.2 is highly transmissible and is now dominant in the United States,Continue Reading

The American pharmaceutical company Ocugen said on Friday that the Food and Drug Administration had rejected its application seeking emergency authorization for an India-made Covid vaccine for those ages 2 to 18. The vaccine, made by the Indian pharmaceutical company Bharat Biotech, has not yet been tested in the UnitedContinue Reading

Back then, I reported from villages in Eswatini, then known as Swaziland, where I couldn’t find more than a handful of people my age — just children and elderly people. I wrote from Johannesburg about the day that Nelson Mandela broke a powerful taboo and told South Africans his sonContinue Reading