New COVID vaccines have been approved to guard against coronavirus variants that are currently circulating. Like the annual flu shots, COVID-19 vaccines have been getting a yearly update each fall — and we’re due for a new batch. So who should get one this time around? What shots are approved
Researchers see promise in semaglutide drugs, which may tap into the brain’s reward circuits A class of powerful drugs can dramatically change people’s body weight. But one of the drugs’ most alluring jobs may happen in a spot that’s harder to see: the brain. Some people taking drugs such as
Public health measures were ramped up during the pandemic, but a new study in health care workers suggests one disease-spreading habit may have been overlooked Face mask — check. Goggles — check. Gloves — check. Protective measures like these were all too familiar to health care workers caring for patients
Hormone mimics offer advantages even beyond those of the potent weight-loss shots on the market now Two new drugs for treating obesity are on course to become available in the next few years — and they offer advantages beyond those of the highly effective blockbuster drugs already on the market.
Here’s why older adults naturally lose muscle mass over time and how regular physical activity and resistance training can help Almost everyone shrinks with old age. Many older adults have more difficulty gaining muscle than they did in their childhood and teenage years. And when it comes to maintaining that
A Western lifestyle seems to diminish the diversity of gut microbes The human gut is teeming with trillions of microbes, but most studies of this vast community have focused on people living in urban regions. Now, a team of researchers has sequenced gut microbiomes from Hadza people — members of
A new pill could be the first to help the more than 14 million people in the U.S. who struggle to control their marijuana use For people who find themselves unable to control their cannabis consumption, treatment options are limited. The Food and Drug Administration has not approved any medications
The book explores the tumultuous history of a blood-clotting invention The average human body holds about 5 liters of blood. Lose a liter, and you may go into shock. Lose two more, and you’ll probably die. For doctors treating traumatic injuries, keeping a patient’s blood in their body is “one