Serious COVID cases rising among younger adults
After spending much of the past year tending to elderly patients, doctors are seeing a clear demographic shift: young and middle-aged adults make up a growing share of the patients in COVID-19 hospital wards. It’s both a sign of the country’s success in protecting the elderly through vaccination and... Read more
Fentanyl cited as overdose deaths surged during pandemic
Researchers gathered for a conference on addiction this week received a grim update on the growing spread of street drugs laced with deadly synthetic opioids including fentanyl. The trend contributed to a stark rise in overdoses that left more than 90,000 Americans dead during the 12-month period ending in September... Read more
Antibody drugs for COVID are cumbersome tool against surges
Monoclonal antibodies can hold the coronavirus in check by mimicking the body’s natural immune defenses. The drugs, produced by Regeneron and Eli Lilly, can keep people with mild to moderate COVID-19 out of the hospital and have emergency authorization for people over 65, as well as others with certain... Read more
Woman gets new windpipe in groundbreaking transplant
A medical team in New York City says it has performed the first complete surgical transplant of a windpipe. The trachea is basically a tube that transports air to and from the lungs, so you might think it would be easy to transplant. But not so. In fact, trachea transplants... Read more
Inside the CDC’s battle to contain the virus
It’s been a long year for basically everyone — and especially for Dr. Henry Walke. For months on end, Walke has been pulling 13-hour work days as the COVID-19 incident response manager at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a job he took on last July. He never expected the... Read more

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