narvikk/iStock (NEW YORK) — As health officials expected, the United States has now confirmed several cases of the omicron variant, which was first identified in Botswana and has since been detected in at least 35 counties. The World Health Organization declared omicron a variant of concern on Friday. Earlier this week, the agency said the […]

Courtesy Brittany Eppenauer (OAK GROVE, Mo.) — Megan Richards, a mom of six, had planned to provide breast milk for her youngest child, 5-month-old Myles, through his first birthday. Richards died last month due to complications from COVID-19, and now her family is trying to fulfill her wish by collecting donations of breast milk. “It […]

Tempura/iStock (OKEMOS, Mich.) — Michigan is in the midst of its fourth COVID-19 wave — and there is no end in sight, hospital officials said. Cases and hospitalizations are rivaling levels seen in earlier parts of the pandemic, when vaccines weren’t widely available. The surge also comes at a time when non-COVID-19-related patients are being […]

ELISA WELLS/PLAN C/AFP via Getty Images (NEW YORK) — As the U.S. Supreme Court continues to weigh whether to leave Texas’s unprecedented six-week abortion ban, SB8, in place, a new law that also restricts abortion access is going into effect in the state. Starting Thursday, people in Texas will have a narrower window in which […]

Darren Riley, 29, is the CEO and Co-founder of JustAir, which uses small sensors to map air quality on a neighborhood level. – JP Keenen/ABC News (NEW YORK) — This is the fourth and final episode of ABC News Digital’s four-part series “Green New Future,” which highlights innovators and environmental solutions. While climate change and […]

narvikk/iStock (NEW YORK) — Global health authorities said they’re monitoring a new COVID-19 variant first identified in southern Africa, with the World Health Organization saying Friday the new strain, called omicron, is a variant of concern. On Monday, the WHO said the overall global risk is assessed as “very high” due to the variant’s mutations […]

ronstik/iStock (WASHINGTON) — The Biden administration is preparing to implement new travel guidelines that would require proof of a negative COVID-19 test within one day of flying into the U.S., including for vaccinated people, a spokesperson from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed. The expected change comes as the country beefs up surveillance […]

(NEW YORK) — World AIDS Day, celebrated every Dec. 1, is a day to raise awareness of and mourn the more than 32 million people who’ve lost their lives to the virus. But HIV researchers also say it’s a day to celebrate hope: Since the discovery of the virus in 1983, significant scientific headway has […]

(NEW YORK) — Amid a renewed surge of coronavirus infections and hospitalizations across the country, and concerns surrounding the newly discovered omicron variant, health experts are again pleading with Americans to get vaccinated, and if fully vaccinated and eligible, to get a booster. “Do not wait. Go get your booster if it’s time for you […]

Moyo Studio/iStock (NEW YORK) — Period pain is a fact of life for many women, yet many don’t know that what they are experiencing might not be normal. “When it comes to period pain, a lot of people just don’t know what they don’t know,” Dr. Nita Landry, a Los Angeles-based OBGYN, said. “Which makes […]

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