Polio May Have Been Spreading in New York Since April

Polio may have been circulating widely for a year, and was present in New York’s wastewater as early as April, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A wastewater sample collected in April in Orange County, NY, tested positive for the virus, pushing back the earliest known detection in … Read more

FDA Clears Path for Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

The Food and Drug Administration moved today to make hearing aids available over the counter and without a prescription to adults, a long-sought wish of consumers frustrated by expensive exams and devices. As soon as mid-October, people with mild to moderate hearing loss should be able to buy hearing aids online and in retail stores, … Read more

Polio Has Been Detected in New York City Wastewater, Officials Say

Polio outbreaks incited regular panics decades ago, until a vaccine was developed and the disease was largely eradicated. Then on Friday, New York City health authorities announced that they had found the virus in waste water samples, suggesting polio was probably circulating in the city again. Parents of young children found themselves wondering — perhaps … Read more

What the New CDC Guidelines Mean for You

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed many of its Covid-19 guidelines this week, shifting sharply away from several of the precautions, including quarantines and social distancing, that have long defined the pandemic. The move was prompted by the fact that many Americans now have some immunity to the coronavirus — through a combination … Read more

Sharing Monkeypox Sores on Social Media

When Matt Ford, 30, an actor in Los Angeles, tested positive for monkeypox in June, he posted videos on Twitter and TikTok to show what it was like. Wearing a gray T-shirt and staring directly into the camera, he offered viewers close-ups of the “gross spots” all over his body, including his face, arms, belly. … Read more