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U.S. FDA advisers recommend inclusion of Omicron component for COVID boosters
US & Canada · Washington

U.S. FDA advisers recommend inclusion of Omicron component for COVID boosters

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The Food and Drug Administration’s vaccines advisors on Tuesday voted in favor of updating the Covid-19 booster shots for the fall. The advisers took a narrow vote on whether to update the boosters after a wide-ranging, day-long discussion that included debates over whether the updated vaccines should specifically target the original Omicron variant.See the Story
Clinics scramble to divert patients as states ban abortion
US & Canada · Washington

Clinics scramble to divert patients as states ban abortion

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They call her, desperate, scared and often broke. Some are rape and domestic violence victims. Others are new mothers, still breastfeeding infants. Another pregnancy so soon, they say, is something they just can’t handle. “Heart wrenching,” said Angela Huntington, an abortion navigator for Planned Parenthood in Missouri, who is helping callers reschedule canceled abortion appointments — sometimes hundreds of miles away from their homes — after the fall of Roe v. Wade.See the Story
A viral reprise: When COVID-19 strikes again and again

A viral reprise: When COVID-19 strikes again and again

80% Center coverage: 10 sources
Experts say repeat infections are getting more likely as the pandemic drags on. There's no comprehensive data on people getting COVID-19 more than twice. New York reports around 277,000 reinfections out of 5.8 million total infections. Scientists don't know exactly why some people get reinfected and others don't.See the Story

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School shootings at highest number in 20 years: research

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Ninety-three school shootings that caused injuries or deaths took place during the 2020-21 school year, the highest figure recorded in 20 years, according to new research. See the Story

US to send hundreds of thousands of monkeypox vaccine doses to states

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The U.S. government is sending hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses to states. The United States has 306 cases of monkeypox. Those at highest risk have been men who have sex with men. The goal of the initial phase of the strategy is to slow the spread of the disease.See the Story
Abortion · Alabama

Alabama Cites Roe Decision in Call to Ban Transgender Health Care

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In May, a federal judge blocked part of Alabama's Senate Bill 184, which makes it a felony for someone to engage in or cause certain types of medical care for transgender youths. The law, which was put in place in April, allows for criminal prosecution against doctors, parents, guardians, and anyone else who provides care to a minor.See the Story

E.U. proposes ban on flavored heated tobacco products as sales rise

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Heated tobacco is an alternative to smoking which uses real tobacco. That is different from e-cigarettes which contain no tobacco and use liquids. The proposed ban would be in force if EU governments and EU lawmakers do not oppose it. Philip Morris International has the biggest share of the heated tobacco market.See the Story
Asia · South Korea

South Korea approves first home-made Covid-19 vaccine

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South Korea approved its first domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine for general public use. The SKYCovione vaccine was authorised for a two-dose regimen on people aged 18 or older. The vaccine was jointly developed by the University of Washington's Institute for Protein Design.See the Story

COVID Cases Spike in Americas, South America Worst Hit: PAHO

COVID-19 cases in the Americas rose about 14% last week from the previous one. South America was the worst affected, with an increased COVID death rate up 32.8%. The largest rise in infections were reported in Bolivia followed by Peru. North America saw an increase of 7.7% compared to the previous week.See the Story

Americans Look North and South for Abortion Access in Post

Some Americans without access to safe local abortions are looking to the country's northern and southern neighbors for access to reproductive care. The flow of U.S. abortion patients to Mexico, where just under half the population supports abortion, is "just beginning," says Luisa Garcia, director of Profem. Barriers include obtaining a passport and money for accommodation and the procedure itself, which can vary in cost from about $160-$250 in Mexico.See the Story

Switch to Prasugrel Safe After PCI in East Asian ACS Patients

Korean acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients who were started and remained on prasugrel after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) did not have rates of major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events (MACCE) any different than those started on another P2Y12 inhibitor. The major cause of switches to pr asugrel from other antiplatelet therapies, like clopidogrel, was the necessity for a more potentAntiplatelet agent.See the Story

Lawmakers Argue for Changes in Prior Authorization Processes

Reports from a federal watchdog agency find patterns of denials of prior authorization requests of covered services by insurer-run Medicare Advantage plans. Medscape Medical NewsSee the Story

Post-Transplant KC Risk in Children Points to Need for Education

The increased incidence of keratinocyte carcinomas in pediatric transplant recipients is "really high, so we definitely know there's risk there," according to one of the study investigators.See the Story

Diabetes Devices May Give Kids Contact Dermatitis

Insulin pumps and glucose devices improve the lives of children with diabetes, but they may also contain allergens that cause contact dermatitis, according to researchers in Denmark.See the Story

Roe Cited for Gender-Affirming Surgery Bans

Alabama cited the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade when urging a federal court to cease the state's ban of gender-affirming surgery for transgender children. Pediatric hospitals provided the same health outcomes for about 40% higher cost. Cosmeceuticals, products that are claimed to have therapeutic effects that last beyond the period during which the product is applied, have increased in popularity.See the Story

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