This Year’s Weird Flu Season Just Got Even Weird

Photo: Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer (PA) Even as covid-19 continues to dominate the public health spotlightour old friend the flu is showing up with some new surprises. This year’s flu season is not following the usual bell curve pattern, as an NBC graphics illustrations, where cases peak around January and February and then fall toward … Read more

This Year’s Weird Flu Season Just Got Even Weird

Photo: Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer (PA) Even as covid-19 continues to dominate the public health spotlightour old friend the flu is showing up with some new surprises. This year’s flu season is not following the usual bell curve pattern, as an NBC graphics illustrations, where cases peak around January and February and then fall toward … Read more

Eli Lilly’s Tirzepatide Weight-Loss Drug Effective in New Trial

Photo: Darron Cummings (PA) Pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly last week disclosed the latest data from a phase III trial of its experimental type 2 diabetes and obesity drug, tirzepatide: People who took the drug lost up to 22% of their body weight and achieved far greater weight loss on average than the placebo group. The … Read more

Is Noom Good For Weight Loss, Lays Off Nutrition Coaches

Photo: MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP (Getty Images) This probably isn’t what they meant when they said “trim the fat.” Weight loss app Noom will be laying off 495 wellness coaches in total over the coming days, according to a report by Insider based on company documents. An unknown wellness coach, who was not a part of the … Read more

A ‘Perfect Storm’ Could Make Measles a Nightmare in 2022, WHO and UNICEF Warn

HAS child suffering from measles is treated at a hospital on May 4, 2019 in Manila, Philippines. Photo: Ezra Acayan (Getty Images) The ounce nearly vanquished disease measles is making a worrying comeback. This week, the World Health Organization and UNICEF reported that global cases of the viral illness have so far jumped almost 80% … Read more

We’ll Likely Deal With More Pandemics as Earth Heats Up

A civet cat in a cage.Photo: Sakchai Lalit (PA) As climate change permanently alters our environment, the world is increasingly opening up to new viruses—with potentially deadly consequences for us humans. HAS study published Thursday in Nature finds that as climate change is forcing animals to move habitats, they will increasingly come into contact with … Read more

PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ Might Be Hurting Our Livers, Study Finds

PFAS chemicals end up in our environment through the plastic products and other trash we throw out. Picture: Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/NurPhoto (Getty Images) New research finds evidence that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, can damage people’s lives over time. The study, a review of the evidence in both rodents and humans, might also … Read more

‘Long Haul’ Covid Patients See Some Relief in 4-Week Treatment Program

A protester holds up a placard demanding research into long covid during a demonstration in the UK this March.Photo: Martin Pope/SOPA Images/LightRocket (Getty Images) The results of a small study this week may offer some hope to people struggling with prolonged symptoms following a case of covid-19. The study found that long covid patients taking … Read more

Even a Little Exercise Appears to Prevent Depression in New Study

Photo: Ollie Millington (Getty Images) Research this month points to a mental health benefit from regularly exercising. The review found that people who reported being physically active were noticeably less likely to later be diagnosed with depression. This association was most apparent in people who appeared to meet the recommended amount of exercise a week, … Read more

CDC Warns Doctors to Look Out for Mystery Liver Illness in Children

Photo: Getty (Getty Images) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning doctors to keep an eye out for mysterious cases of hepatitis that are affecting young kids in the US and elsewhere. Two children in the US have become so sick that they’ve required a liver transplant. Officials in Europe and Israel have … Read more