Drug overdose deaths among seniors have more than tripled in 2 decades

Deaths from drug and alcohol use are rising among America’s seniors. Drug overdose deaths more than tripled among people age 65 and older during the past two decades while deaths from alcohol abuse increased more than 18% from 2019 to 2020, according to data published Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics. More than … Read more

China touts vaccination progress as it looks for a path to reopening

BEIJING — Mainland China announced significant progress Tuesday in getting Covid-19 booster shots for people “over age 80.” As of Monday, 65.8% of that age category had received booster shots, an official told reporters. That’s up from 40% as of Nov. 11, according to prior disclosures. China also announced a new push to get its … Read more

China’s Covid infections drop for the first time in more than a week

Covid control workers disinfect an area in Beijing on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, where a day earlier locals had gathered to protest stringent Covid measures. Kevin Frayer | Getty Images News | Getty Images BEIJING — Mainland China reported the first decline in daily Covid infections in more than a week on Monday. The country … Read more

Flu hospitalizations increase nearly 30% as U.S. enters holiday season

Susana Sanchez, a Nurse Practitioner, administers a flu vaccination to Loisy Barrera at a CVS pharmacy and MinuteClinic in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle | Getty Images Flu hospitalizations have increased nearly 30% in a week as the spread of respiratory illnesses remains high across most of the U.S. More than 11,200 people were hospitalized with … Read more

China might not make major changes to its Covid policy any time soon

A couple pass necessities over a Covid lockdown barrier in Guangzhou city on Nov. 17, 2022. Future Publishing | Future Publishing | Getty Images BEIJING — China won’t likely make major changes to its Covid policy in the near future despite this weekend’s protests, analysts said. One of the reasons for public unrest was the … Read more

The U.S. is ‘certainly’ still in a Covid-19 pandemic, Dr. Fauci says

Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House chief medical advisor, speaks during a briefing on COVID-19 at the White House on November 22, 2022 in Washington, DC. Win Mcnamee | Getty Images The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said the U.S. is “certainly” still in the middle of a Covid-19 pandemic and he is … Read more

Omicron BQ variants dominant, XBB circulating at low level

A person receives a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 22, 2021. Andrew Kelly | Reuters The omicron BQ coronavirus subvariants have risen to dominance in the U.S. as people gather and travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, putting people with compromised immune … Read more

Omicron boosters aren’t very effective against mild illness

A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic in the Peabody Institute Library in Peabody, Massachusetts, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. Vanessa Leroy | Bloomberg | Getty Images The new omicron Covid boosters probably aren’t very effective at preventing Covid infections and mild illness, but they will … Read more

Mainland China’s total daily Covid cases soar above Shanghai lockdown highs

Only a few vehicles, including one with two health workers, drive through Beijing’s central business district on Nov. 23, 2022, as the area has announced tighter Covid controls. Kevin Frayer | Getty Images News | Getty Images BEIJING — Mainland China reported more than 31,000 Covid infections for Wednesday, including cases without symptoms. That surpassed … Read more

Despite chaos, UK stockpickers are rubbing their hands: Here’s what they’re buying

The U.K. has been beset by political and economic instability in recent months, but as the investment environment undergoes a fundamental transition, investors see opportunity. The makeup of the U.K.’s FTSE 100 differs considerably from many major developed markets, in that it is heavily-weighted toward consumer staples, financials and materials, but contains very little by … Read more