cat on a chair

Desperate pet owners turn to illegal drug markets to cure a rare cat virus 

Health & Medicine

If a cat contracts feline infectious peritonitis, a chronic wasting disease, it is almost always fatal. A pharmaceutical company, however, developed a recipe for a cure. Global drug manufacturers are now marketing off-label versions of the medication — and cat owners say it works. 

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With Christmas in the balance, nations eye UK omicron surge

Security forces stand guard inside an airport terminal in Rabat, Morocco

Discussion: The omicron variant and holiday travel

Merck corporate headquarters in Kenilworth, New Jersey.

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A nurse prepares a syringe for a patient infected with the coronavirus in the intensive care unit at the Syrian American Medical Society Hospital

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COVID downward spiral in Latin America disrupts life-saving services


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Will Ghebreyesus’ pandemic report card earn him a second WHO term?


Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, has been a mainstay face of the COVID-19 pandemic response over the past year.

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The quest for a universal coronavirus vaccine


A growing number of researchers are working to develop a variant-proof vaccine that would provide lasting immunity against different strains of the coronavirus, as well as other types of coronaviruses.