Health Highlights, Nov. 17, 2021

U.S. could soon approve COVID boosters for all adults. Sources say the move from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration could come as early as Thursday, making tens of millions more Americans eligible for the immune-strengthening doses.Read more

Demand for liver transplants is soaring. More older folks are winding up on transplant waiting lists than ever before, as obesity and alcoholism supersede hepatitis C as the main cause of liver failure in the United States. Read more

White House will spend billions to increase COVID vaccine production. The Biden administration will partner with industry to expand to ensure domestic vaccine supply and to help poor nations, sources say. Read more

Social media posts increasingly show cutting, other self-harm. More American teens are turning to Instagram to share graphic images of their own attempts to harm themselves, a new study reveals. Read more

HPV vaccine uptake rises in states that don’t require parental consent. Allowing teens to get the shots without parental involvement could be an important strategy for boosting vaccination rates, new study shows. Read more