Genetics

US tells 23andMe to halt sales of genetic test

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is ordering genetic test maker 23andMe to halt sales of its personalized DNA test kits, saying the company has failed to show that the technology is backed by science.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Flu levels starting to fall, CDC says

(HealthDay)—The flu seems to be easing its grip on the United States, federal health officials reported Friday.

Oncology & Cancer

Panel: Boys should get HPV vaccine given to girls

(AP) -- A vaccine against cervical cancer hasn't been all that popular for girls. It may be even a harder sell for boys now that it's been recommended for them too.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Pfizer says third shot of vaccine boosts COVID protection

New data show that protection from both doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine decreases slightly over time, but that a third dose significantly boosts levels of antibodies against several variants of the virus, including the ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

New CDC guidelines set off rush to reimpose mask mandates

New guidance from the federal government set off a cascade of mask rules across the nation Wednesday as cities, states, schools and businesses raced to restore mandates and others pushed back against the guidelines at a time ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

As variant rises, vaccine plan targets 'movable middle'

Thrown off-stride to reach its COVID-19 vaccination goal, the Biden administration is sending A-list officials across the country, devising ads for niche markets and enlisting community organizers to persuade unvaccinated ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

COVID testing's value shrinks as vaccines beat back virus

Federal health officials' new, more relaxed recommendations on masks have all but eclipsed another major change in guidance from the government: Fully vaccinated Americans can largely skip getting tested for the coronavirus.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

What do the new CDC mask guidelines mean?

If you're fully vaccinated, federal health officials now say that you can take your mask off in most places—even indoors.

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