Health

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Sean Slovenski, who leads Walmart’s health-care ambitions, is leaving the company, people familiar with the matter said, as the retail behemoth navigates the operational complexity of the coronavirus pandemic.

Africa

Health workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo are facing a renewed Ebola outbreak inside a coronavirus pandemic, spotlighting a lethal trade-off for poorer nations.

Pro Bankruptcy Bankruptcy

Prospect Medical, a hospital manager backed by private-equity firm Leonard Green, is trying to block Prime Healthcare’s $350 million purchase of a bankrupt Los Angeles-area hospital.

Life & Style

Quarantining elderly residents alone in long-term care facilities to protect them from Covid-19 makes them stressed and lonely, with potential negative effects on cognition, memory and immunity.

Pro PE Legal Regulatory

Liquidators of bankrupt private-equity firm Abraaj Group are suing to claw back money from a health-care fund backed by investors including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Business

Walgreens Boots Alliance, hit by slowing profits from prescription drugs, will attach doctors’ offices to hundreds of drugstores as the pharmacy chain seeks to remodel itself as a health-care provider.

Health

Several large health-care organizations are partnering on an advertising campaign to encourage people to return to their medical providers as the pandemic continues, a sign of how difficult it has been to allay fears of catching the coronavirus during visits to a doctor or pharmacy.

Stocks

The S&P 500’s health-care sector finished June as the second-worst performer of the index’s 11 groups, a shift from earlier this year when the stocks offered shelter during market turbulence.

U.S.

Several months into the coronavirus pandemic, hospital physicians are split on whether long-established treatment protocols for patients in respiratory distress are helping or harming patients with Covid-19.

U.S.

The Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that could have closed two of the state’s three abortion clinics, ruling in a 5-4 vote that it was virtually identical to a Texas measure that the court had invalidated four years ago.

Artificial Intelligence

GNS Healthcare has launched an artificial intelligence platform that acts as a virtual patient, allowing drugmakers and academic centers to experiment with drugs in the virtual world before treating patients in clinical trials.

World

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads from the hardest hit areas of Europe and the U.S. to the developing world, the age profile of its victims has changed: more middle-aged people are dying in poorer countries.

U.S.

After the Food and Drug Administration opened the door for authorized companies and labs to do virus testing, dozens of options are emerging. We are updating this guide regularly with what we learn about the state of testing and treatment across the U.S.