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Watch live: U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy speaks on the debt

(The stream is slated to start at 5:30 p.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a video above at that time.) House Speaker Kevin McCarthy will deliver an address Monday on the debt ceiling. His speech comes a day before President Joe Biden is scheduled to give the annual State of […]

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Hispanic dialysis patients face 40% higher risk of staph

Hispanic dialysis patients face a 40% higher risk of developing a staph bloodstream infection compared with whites, underscoring economic and racial disparities in the U.S. health-care system, according to new data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adults on dialysis for kidney failure were 100 times more likely to contract staph […]

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U.S. plans to stop buying Covid shots for the public this fall.

A pharmacist delivers a COVID-19 booster dose at a Chicago CVS store in October. Antonio Perez | Tribune News Service | Getty Images The U.S. will stop buying Covid shots at reduced price for the entire country and shift vaccine distribution to the private market as soon as early fall, shifting the cost to U.S. […]

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The Covid pandemic drives Pfizer’s 2022 revenue to a record $100

Empty vials of Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) children’s vaccines are pictured at Skippack Pharmacy in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, U.S., May 19, 2022.  Hannah Beier | Reuters The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic propelled pharmaceutical company Pfizer’s earnings to a record $100 billion last year, almost $57 billion of which was driven by its vaccine and antiviral pill Paxlovid, […]

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Biden administration plans to end Covid public health emergency

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) before receiving a second COVID-19 booster vaccination in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building’s South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 30, 2022. Kevin Lamarque | Reuters The Biden administration plans to end the Covid public health emergency this spring, which […]

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WHO says Covid remains a global emergency but pandemic could near

Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends an ACANU briefing on global health issues, including COVID-19 pandemic and war in Ukraine in Geneva, Switzerland, December 14, 2022.  Denis Balibouse | Reuters The World Health Organization on Monday said Covid-19 remains an global health emergency as the world enters the fourth […]

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The FDA’s power to approve drugs faces sweeping challenge in

Mifepristone (Mifeprex) and Misoprostol, the two drugs used in a medication abortion, are seen at the Women’s Reproductive Clinic, which provides legal medication abortion services, in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, on June 17, 2022. Robyn Beck | AFP | Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration is squaring off with anti-abortion physicians in an unprecedented […]

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Amazon adds generic prescription perk for Prime members

The Amazon Pharmacy home screen on a laptop computer arranged in the Brooklyn Borough of New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Gabby Jones | Bloomberg | Getty Images Amazon on Tuesday announced a new prescription perk for U.S. Prime members, hoping to boost subscriptions and attract users to its pharmacy service. The add-on, […]

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FDA says Covid vaccines will probably get an annual update but

Justin Sullivan | Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration has laid out a road map for what Covid-19 vaccination may look like moving forward. In a briefing document published Monday, the FDA said the vaccines will probably need an annual update as the virus continues to evolve. The agency would select the Covid strain […]

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The benefits and risks of personal medical monitoring on the

A blood glucose control system with the help of a smartphone and a meter that is fixed to the skin. Ute Grabowsky | Photothek | Getty Images The internet of things to remote monitor and manage common health issues has been growing steadily, led by diabetes patients. About one out of every 10 Americans, or […]