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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

Coronavirus is back, but how worried should you be?

People at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Los Angeles on Aug. 5, 2022. (Xinhua via Getty Images) Dr. Bob Wachter was an expert who diligently practiced what he preached. For three years, the prominent University of California at San Francisco physician advocated masking and vaccination for those who, like him, wanted to avoid the coronavirus, … Read more

Should people with darker skin wear sunscreen? Breaking the myths.

Photo illustration: Victoria Ellis; photos: Getty Images Sunscreen seems to be a must-have skin protectant as extreme weather conditions heat up the globe with record temperatures. But according to a Consumer Reports survey, 61% of blacks and 23% of Latinos said they never wear sunscreen, believing that melanin provides natural protection. The American Academy of … Read more

How Extreme Heat Can Harm Your Long-Term Health

Illustration by Alex Cochran for Yahoo News; photos: Chuchart Duangdaw/Getty Images, Mirage/Getty Images, Miralex/Getty Images Heat can be deadly, killing more people each year than other weather hazards. But as warmer days become our new normal — or, as some climatologists put it, our “new abnormal” — the damaging effects of higher temperatures on our … Read more