Why it matters that weight loss drugs are one of Oprah Winfrey’s new favorite things

What’s happening Oprah Winfrey hosted a new TV special earlier this month in which she shared her personal experiences with new weight loss drugs and discussed how the revolutionary new medications have changed the lives of people struggling with obesity. Over the course of her career, Winfrey’s honesty about her own challenges with weight made … Read more

Has Obamacare been a success?

What’s happening President Biden has always considered the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the major health care overhaul commonly known as Obamacare, to be a “big f***ing deal.” Over the weekend, he marked the 14th anniversary of the bill’s signing, not with a celebration but with a warning that it could be at risk if Donald … Read more

Kate Cox is leaving Texas to get an abortion. New data shows she’s part of post-Roe travel uptick.

On Monday, Kate Cox, a pregnant Texas woman locked in a legal battle over her state’s abortion ban, will leave the state to receive potentially lifesaving abortion treatment. New data shows Cox, who is 21 weeks pregnant and whose fetus was recently diagnosed with a genetic disorder, is part of what pro-abortion-rights advocates are calling … Read more

CDC addresses new COVID wave

The coronavirus wants you to remember that it hasn’t gone away — and right now, the virus is ensuring Americans don’t relegate it entirely to the past. Recent weeks have shown the signs of a slow-building COVID-19 mini-wave driven by new Omicron subvariants. Many public health agencies no longer report daily (or even weekly) coronavirus … Read more

COVID politics return to national stage

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at the Monument Leaders Rally hosted by the South Dakota Republican Party on Sept. 8 in Rapid City, S.D. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) The recent spike in coronavirus cases has revived some of the ferocious debates that animated national — and local — politics throughout the first two-and-a-half … Read more

Price negotiations begin for heart disease, diabetes drugs and others. Here’s how it will work.

Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: Win McNamee/Getty Images, Getty Images The Biden administration announced last week the first 10 prescription medications for which it will negotiate prices under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), including some of the most commonly prescribed drugs for heart disease and diabetes. The IRA, which Biden signed in August 2022, granted … Read more

COVID-19 back at the White House

When the White House announced on Monday evening that first lady Jill Biden had tested positive for COVID-19, it was a reminder that, as much as Americans want to put the pandemic completely behind them, the coronavirus continues to circulate — and is doing so more aggressively now than it has in months, with new … Read more

How do they work in state abortion bans?

A doctor uses a handheld Doppler probe on a pregnant woman to measure the heartbeat of the fetus in December 2021 in Jackson, Miss. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP) This week Time published a story about a 13-year-old girl in Mississippi who, thanks to the state’s new abortion ban, was forced to give birth shortly before entering … Read more

What is happiness, and how can you be more happy? Experts from the happiest countries share their tips

Photo illustration: Quinn Lemmers/Yahoo News; photos: Getty Images What does it take to be considered the world’s happiest country? For the sixth year in a row, Finland has earned that accolade, winning the top spot yet again in the annual World Happiness Report, which makes this determination by measuring things like healthy life expectancy, GDP … Read more