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On Cyclone-Shattered Island in Mozambique, Shock and Debris

May 2, 2019

(ABC News) – Cyclone Kenneth in northern Mozambique ripped the island of Ibo apart. Nearly a week after the storm roared in, Associated Press journalists found widespread devastation. The aerial approach to the island showed communities flattened. The overwhelming majority of homes had their roofs peeled away. Contaminated wells have made safe drinking water an immediate health concern. Mozambique’s government on Thursday night reported more than a dozen cases of cholera, a disease caused by contaminated food or water, elsewhere in Cabo Delgado province.

Scientology Cruise Ship Quarantined in St. Lucia Gets Measles Vaccine

May 2, 2019

(Reuters) – Health officials for the Caribbean island of St. Lucia furnished 100 free doses of measles vaccine to a Church of Scientology cruise ship placed under quarantine in port after the highly contagious disease was diagnosed on board, the island’s chief medical officer said on Thursday.

Breast Implants Tied to Rare Cancer to Remain on US Market

May 2, 2019

(Medical Xpress) – U.S. health authorities will allow a type of breast implant linked to a rare form of cancer to stay on the market, saying its risks do not warrant a national ban. But the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it is weighing bold warnings for the implants and requiring stricter reporting of problems by manufacturers. The announcement is the latest in the government’s decades-long effort to manage implant risks and complications that can include scarring, pain, swelling and rupture.

‘The World Has Never Seen Anything Like This’: WHO Chief on Battling Ebola in a War Zone

May 2, 2019

(Nature) – The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is distraught. The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to worsen, and his front-line responders are under attack. On 4 May, Ghebreyesus will attend the funeral of a 41-year old epidemiologist, Richard Mouzoko, who was shot dead in the city of Butembo on 19 April by men who reportedly shouted, “Ebola doesn’t exist!” Dozens of other Ebola responders have been assaulted in recent months in the northeastern DRC — a region that has been wracked by conflict for decades.

Fentanyl Executive John Kapoor’s Conviction Is Good News for Holding Corporations Accountable

May 2, 2019

(STAT News) – The feds brought down their fentanyl billionaire — make that former billionaire. John Kapoor, the founder, former chairman, and former chief executive of Insys Therapeutics, has been convicted of a racketeering conspiracy that involved bribing doctors and lying to insurance companies to boost sales of Subsys, Insys’ powerful opioid drug. Four other Insys executives were also convicted. The conviction is important because all too often when powerful executives orchestrate marketing maneuvers that put patients at risk, they go unpunished even as their companies pay fines or their lieutenants are prosecuted.

Alabama Lawmakers Move to Outlaw Abortion in Challenge to Roe v. Wade

May 2, 2019

(NPR) – In what would likely become the most restrictive abortion ban in the country, the Alabama House Tuesday passed a bill that would make it a crime for doctors to perform abortions at any stage of a pregnancy, unless a woman’s life is threatened. The legislation is part of a broader anti-abortion strategy to prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the right to abortion.