European formula not yet on store shelves despite temporary Health Canada allowance

Measures to keep Canada’s stretched baby formula supplies from spiralling into a widespread shortage like that seen inthe United States are unlikely to offer immediate relief, and even then may be short-lived, experts... Read more »

U.K. to offer smallpox vaccine shots to health workers as monkeypox spreads in Europe

A smattering of monkeypox cases in Britain has prompted authorities to offer a smallpox vaccine to some health-care workers and others who may have been exposed, as a handful of other cases... Read more »

Monkeypox cases under investigation in Canada as outbreak spreads in Europe, U.S.

Health officials in Quebec are investigating more than a dozen cases of suspected monkeypox in Canada, after U.S. and European health officials confirmed rising cases of the rare infectious disease — suggesting... Read more »

More Americans could be asked to mask up again amid renewed COVID challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic could get worse in the U.S. in the weeks ahead, officials said Wednesday, and more people could be advised to again wear masks indoors. Increasing numbers of COVID-19 infections... Read more »

Monkeypox outbreak spreads in Europe as U.K., Portugal confirm cases

Portuguese authorities said on Wednesday they had identified five cases of rare monkeypox infection and Spain’s health services are testing eight potential cases after Britain put Europe on alert for the virus.... Read more »

Should you wear a mask? Advice for navigating a mask-optional Canada

With masks now optional in most public spaces and Quebec recently joining the rest of Canada in relaxing its rules, the mental gymnastics required to figure out whether or not masking is necessary... Read more »

U.S. FDA clears Pfizer’s COVID booster shot for young children

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of a booster shot of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, the regulator said on Tuesday. The authorization makes everyone... Read more »

U.S. to allow more imports of baby formula, reopen key plant to ease shortages

Under fire from parents and politicians, U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration announced steps Monday to ease a nationwide shortage of baby formula, including reopening the largest domestic manufacturing plant and increasing imports... Read more »

U.S. baby formula maker to restart production at key plant, 1st step toward easing shortages

Baby formula maker Abbott said Monday it has reached an agreement with U.S. health regulators to restart production at its largest domestic factory, though it will be well over a month before... Read more »

Why COVID is a key suspect in severe hepatitis cases in kids worldwide

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly health and medical science newsletter. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Unexplained severe acute hepatitis cases among children continue... Read more »