Health Highlights: Aug. 24, 2022​

Rollout of new Omicron-targeted COVID boosters could begin after Labor Day. Federal officials hope the shots will shield against an expected winter surge. Read more

As pandemic eases, it’s boom times for cosmetic surgeons. Nearly 30% of practices that specialize in cosmetic plastic surgery have seen demand for their services double since the start of the pandemic, according to data from a group representing the industry. Read more

Pfizer says COVID shots are 73% protective in kids under 5. The specially formulated doses were approved for distribution in June, although the American Academy of Pediatrics says uptake has been low. Read more

Certain painkillers raise odds for heart failure in people with diabetes. Risks appear to rise with ibuprofen or some other types of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), a new Danish study indicates. Read more

America’s love affair with sleeping pills appears to be waning. A growing awareness of dangers linked to the drugs may have driven a 31% decline in use between 2013 and 2018, researchers said. Read more

Poor sleep can make people more selfish. A series of studies showed that exhaustion appeared to impair brain centers linked to empathy and understanding the needs of others. Read more