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“God, No, Not Another Case.” COVID-Related Stillbirths Didn’t Have to Happen.

August 5, 2022

(ProPublica) – Heerema-McKenney was in her office when the phone rang. As she listened, she knew that what Odronic was describing was what she and her colleagues had observed repeatedly over the past several months: a patient positive for the coronavirus, a placenta destroyed by COVID-19, a baby stillborn. Their next discovery was equally stunning. None of the stillbirths they studied involved a pregnant person who had been fully vaccinated. The doctors checked with colleagues across the country and around the world. The fatal pattern held. (Read More)

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Nursing Home Chain’s Tangled Corporate Structure and Bankruptcy Threats Stymied Litigation

August 5, 2022

(STAT News) – Romero’s family is one of many who faced similar hardball tactics, plaintiffs’ lawyers said. In the six-year run-up to the bankruptcy filing of six Consulate affiliates, at least 137 plaintiffs across a half-dozen states had sued the affiliates on allegations ranging from negligence and wrongful death to Medicare fraud, according to an online search of legal databases; many cases were settled and the outcome of others was unclear. A STAT investigation found that in many of these cases, lawyers for Consulate affiliates leveraged the threat of bankruptcy in seeking to lower settlements, and that the companies’ actions fit a larger pattern. (Read More)

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UK Court Bars Parents from Moving Comatose Boy to Hospice

August 5, 2022

(Associated Press) – A British judge on Friday rejected a request from the parents of a comatose boy to allow them to move their son to a hospice when hospital doctors withdraw his life-support treatment. The parents quickly asked the Court of Appeal in London for permission to appeal the ruling, prolonging the legal battle over the care of Archie Battersbee. The 12-year-old has been in a coma since early April and doctors believe he is brain dead. (Read More)

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Polio Virus Found in More NY Wastewater After Recent Case

August 4, 2022

(Associated Press) – The polio virus was detected in more wastewater samples north of New York City, this time in a county adjacent to where an unvaccinated adult recently contracted the life-threatening disease. The polio virus was identified in wastewater collected from June and July in two locations in Orange County, indicating the virus could be circulating in the community. Orange County health officials said Thursday there were no confirmed cases in their suburban and rural county. (Read More)

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US Declares Public Health Emergency Over Monkeypox Outbreak

August 4, 2022

(Associated Press) – The federal government declared a public health emergency Thursday to bolster the response to the monkeypoxoutbreak that has infected more than 6,600 Americans. The announcement will free up money and other resources to fight the virus, which may cause fever, body aches, chills, fatigue and pimple-like bumps on many parts of the body. (Read More)

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Eli Lilly’s Covid-19 Antibody Treatment to Be Sold Commercially

August 4, 2022

(Wall Street Journal) – Eli Lilly & Co. said it plans to begin commercial sales of its Covid-19 monoclonal antibody treatment to states, hospitals and other healthcare providers this month, as the federal government’s supply of the drug is nearly depleted. The move marks a shift away from the way Lilly’s drug and most other Covid-19 treatments and vaccines have been distributed in the U.S. It will likely be the first test of whether the vaccines and treatments would remain accessible if shifted to a commercial market.  (Read More)

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Alternate Monkeypox Treatment Caught in Regulatory Delays

August 4, 2022

(Axios) – Fears about shortages of monkeypox vaccine are focusing attention on the more than 1 million doses of a smallpox treatment in the Strategic National Stockpile that experts say could be an effective backup but that’s hard to access. Why it matters: TPOXX (Tecovirimat) is FDA-approved to treat smallpox and was tested on animals with monkeypox, which is a related virus. But because it’s unlicensed and classed as an investigational new drug, providers responding to the outbreak have to make requests to the Centers for Disease Control when they use it, leading to paperwork burdens and delays. (Read More)

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Decriminalization of Marijuana Opens Doors for Some Scientists

August 3, 2022

(Nature) – Here’s an odd job in science: on a regular basis, Natasha Mason, a psychopharmacology postdoctoral researcher at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, offers cannabis to her study participants. They get the drug for free — but there’s a catch. They have to puff their vapourizers while lying in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. In most of the world, marijuana remains illegal for both recreational and medical purposes, but in this laboratory, which also studies the acute impacts of psychedelic mushrooms and LSD, cannabis is a basic material for science. (Read More)

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Heart Disease After COVID: What the Data Say

August 3, 2022

(Nature) – With millions or perhaps even billions of people having been infected with SARS-CoV-2, clinicians are wondering whether the pandemic will be followed by a cardiovascular aftershock. Meanwhile, researchers are trying to understand who is most at risk of these heart-related problems, how long the risk persists and what causes these symptoms. It’s a gaping hole in an important area of public health, says Katz. “We don’t understand if this changes the lifelong trajectory for risk of a heart attack or stroke or other cardiac events — we just don’t know that.” Here, Nature looks at the questions that scientists are asking and the answers they’ve uncovered so far. (Read More)

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Hybrid Brains: The Ethics of Transplanting Human Neurons Into Animals

August 3, 2022

(Nature) – De Paola’s system is a specialized type of neural chimaera — an area of research that has expanded immensely in the past five years, sparking a debate about the ethics of blending human and animal brain tissue. Proponents say that such systems are necessary to manipulate live human neurons and are already yielding important insights into health and disease. For example, using neural chimaeras, scientists have found differences in how neurons develop and behave in Down’s syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease. (Read More)

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The Trust-Builder: A Cancer Center Director’s Try-It-All Strategy for Breaking the Barriers Between Research and Black Patients

August 3, 2022

(STAT News) – High tech, he said, is the wave of advancements in cancer that have revolutionized care. High touch are the personal interactions, often face-to-face, that he’s using to overhaul the way his academic medical institution interacts with marginalized communities. That includes meeting local and state representatives, greeting patients in the community when they go to his hospital for care, taking part in community events, and more. That contact, he hopes, will build trust, reduce health inequities, and increase diversity in clinical trials — a key part to both advancing science and ensuring the most state-of-the-art medicine is accessible to all patients. (Read More)

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Red Cross Beginning to Screen Blood Donors for Monkeypox

August 3, 2022

(STAT News) – As monkeypox continues its relentless spread around the globe, organizations in the U.S. are taking steps to safeguard the nation’s blood supply. In addition to the temperature checks that are part of standard health screens for prospective donors, the American Red Cross is adding arm examinations to check for the distinctive lesions that are a hallmark of the disease. And beginning in October, the Red Cross will require individuals who have been diagnosed with monkeypox or exposed to someone with a monkeypox infection to wait at least 21 days before giving blood. (Read More)

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Kids Are Back in Classrooms and Laptops Are Still Spying on Them

August 3, 2022

(Wired) – Student-monitoring software has come under renewed scrutiny over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. When students in the US were forced to continue their schooling virtually, many brought home school-issued devices. Baked into these machines was software that can allow teachers to view and control students’ screens, use AI to scan text from student emails and cloud-based documents, and, in severe cases, send alerts of potential violent threats or mental health harms to educators and local law enforcement after school hours. Now that the majority of American students are finally going back to school in-person, the surveillance software that proliferated during the pandemic will stay on their school-issued devices, where it will continue to watch them. (Read More)

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Number of Patients Traveling for Abortion Overwhelmingly Increased Post-Roe

August 3, 2022

(Axios) – In the month after Roe v. Wade was overturned, the country’s largest abortion hotline reported a 5,100% increase in plane or bus trips and a more than 1,400% rise in hotel room bookings from patients traveling out-of-state for care, according to the National Abortion Federation. (Read More)

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Pig Organs Partially Revived in Dead Animals–Researchers Are Stunned

August 3, 2022

(Nature) – Researchers have restored circulation and cellular activity in the vital organs of pigs, such as the heart and brain, one hour after the animals died. The research challenges the idea that cardiac death — which occurs when blood circulation and oxygenation stops — is irreversible, and raises ethical questions about the definition of death. The work follows 2019 experiments by the same scientists in which they revived the disembodied brains of pigs four hours after the animals died, calling into question the idea that brain death is final. (Read More)

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European Court Refuses to Hear UK Boy’s Life-Support Case

August 3, 2022

(Associated Press) – The European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday refused a request from the family of a comatose British boy to intervene and prevent his life-support treatment from being ended. Archie Battersbee, 12, was found unconscious at home with a ligature over his head on April 7. His parents believe he may have been taking part in an online challenge that went wrong. Doctors believe Archie is brain-stem dead and say continued life-support treatment is not in his best interests. (Read More)

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For Many Indian Women, Lack of Toilet Access Poses Health Risks

August 2, 2022

(Undark) – Several women told Undark that they routinely hold their urine and avoid drinking liquids in an effort to reduce trips to the facilities. These behaviors lead to stomach aches and constipation, but the women said they don’t have better options. Their neighborhood was unplanned — starting as a collection of tin plank homes, which were later replaced with concrete structures — so the houses are not connected to septic tanks. There are no private toilets, and the owners cannot afford to regularly use the fee-based facilities in other parts of the city.  (Read More)

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Clinical Trial Registry Errors Undermine Transparency

August 2, 2022

(The Scientist) – Confusion about terminology on the world’s largest clinical trials registry may be delaying the release of drug trial results and undermining rules designed to promote transparency, an investigation by The Scientist has found. (Read More)

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Polio Found in New York Wastewater as State Assesses Virus’ Spread

August 2, 2022

(Medscape) – The polio virus was present in wastewater in a New York City suburb a month before health officials there announced a confirmed case of the disease last month, state health officials said on Monday, urging residents to be sure they have been vaccinated.The discovery of the disease from wastewater samples collected in June means the virus was present in the community before the Rockland County adult’s diagnosis was made public July 21. (Read More)

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Monkeypox Fatalities Reported as Cases Escalate

August 2, 2022

(Medscape) – Four fatalities from the escalating global monkeypox outbreak have been confirmed since last week: two in Spain, one in India, and one in Brazil, according to public health authorities in those countries. Should US clinicians start worrying? Not yet, according to public health experts. (Read More)

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