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

Here’s what you need to know

Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, is rare in the U.S., but cases are on the rise in Florida. (frank600/Getty Images) Leprosy may sound like an affliction from a bygone era, but the disease — which historically also carries a strong social stigma — may be more present in the U.S. than you might expect, … Read more

Does anyone care about COVID vaccine cards anymore?

Illustration by Victoria Ellis for Yahoo News; photo: Getty Images Coronavirus cases are ticking back up in the U.S., but experts say it’s unlikely we’ll return to the era when COVID vaccine cards functioned like IDs to enter restaurants, see a show or board an international flight. So can we finally clean out our wallets … Read more

Could psychedelics usher in a mental health revolution?

“The 360” shows you diverse perspectives on the day’s top stories and debates. Illustration by Alex Cochran for Yahoo News; photos: Oscar Wong/Getty Images, OsakaWayne Studios/Getty Images, Bloomberg Creative via Getty Images, Yagi Studio/Getty Images, and Javier Zayas Photography/Getty Images What’s happening Psychedelic drugs have been shown to have remarkable benefits for people who are … Read more