Passage of Inflation Reduction Act gives Medicare historic new powers

A pharmacist collects medications for prescriptions at a pharmacy. Simon Dawson | Bloomberg | Getty Images Medicare is poised to renegotiate the prices of some of its most expensive drugs through a historic expansion of its power, which could reduce costs for many seniors as well as federal spending on its prescription drug plan. The … Read more

A Bioengineered Cornea Shows It Can Improve People’s Sight

After their transplants, the researchers followed the volunteers for two years. They concluded that the implants were safe to use and restored the thickness and curvature of the recipients’ natural corneas. Before the operation, 14 of the 20 participants were legally blind, and the others were visually impaired. Two years later, three of the participants … Read more

CDC eases Covid guidance as U.S. has more tools to fight the virus and keep people out of the hospital

A sign outside of a hospital advertises COVID-19 testing on November 19, 2021 in New York City. On Friday vaccine advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention voted unanimously in recommending a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccines for all adults in the United States six months after they finish their … Read more

Hundreds of monkeypox vaccines given at first community pop-up, more to come – KOMO News

Hundreds of monkeypox vaccines given at first community pop-up, more to come  KOMO News Monkeypox vaccine clinic held in Seattle | FOX 13 Seattle  FOX 13 Seattle First Monkeypox vaccine clinic in Seattle delivers over 500 doses  KING 5 Seattle-area health officials roll out scarce vaccines to slow monkeypox spread  The Seattle Times Hundreds line up for monkeypox vaccines … Read more

STD clinics struggle with surge in patients amid outbreak

Dr. Emily Drwiega from the University of Illinois Health and Maggie Butler, a registered nurse, prepare monkeypox vaccines at the Test Positive Aware Network nonprofit clinic in Chicago, Illinois, July 25, 2022. Eric Cox | Reuters Dr. Ward Carpenter, co-director of health services at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, said the monkeypox outbreak across the … Read more

Pfizer in Advanced Talks to Buy Global Blood Therapeutics for About $5 Billion

Pfizer Inc. PFE -1.18% is in advanced talks to buy Global Blood Therapeutics Inc., GBT 33.03% the maker of a recently approved drug for sickle-cell disease, for about $5 billion, in the latest move by the drug giant to bolster its portfolio and pipeline. Pfizer is aiming to seal a deal for GBT in the … Read more

New York polio case is ‘tip of iceberg,’ hundreds could be infected

Digitally generated image of 3D molecular model of polio virus Calysta Images | Tetra Images | Getty Images Hundreds could have polio after an adult in the New York City metro area caught the virus and suffered paralysis last month, the state’s top health official said this week. New York state Health Commissioner Mary Bassett … Read more

CDC estimates 1.7 million gay and bisexual men face highest risk from monkeypox

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 1.7 million men who have sex with men face the biggest threat from monkeypox right now. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told reporters on a call Thursday that gay and bisexual men who are HIV positive or who are taking medicines, called PREP, to reduce their chance … Read more

Wastewater samples outside New York City suggest community spread

Polio virus particle, computer illustration. Kateryna Kon | Science Photo Library | Getty Images Polio has been found in wastewater samples taken from two counties outside of New York City indicating the virus is spreading in the community, according to state health officials. Wastewater samples taken from two different locations in Orange County during June … Read more

California, New York, Illinois declare outbreak an emergency

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) talks with reporters after a meeting with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in the U.S. Capitol, on Friday, July 15, 2022. Tom Williams | CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency over the rapidly spreading monkeypox outbreak on Monday, the … Read more