How bad can monkeypox get? COVID mutant can move quickly; Okla Abortion Ban Final

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How bad can a monkeypox outbreak get? “This is one that I think we can nip if not in bud then in bloom,” said William Schaffner, MD of Vanderbilt. (vox)

The most recent count of monkeypox is up to nine cases in seven states, confirmed by the CDC. (The hill)

CDC officials are also scrambling to raise awareness of monkeypox ahead of Pride Month, since many of the cases have been diagnosed in men who have sex with men. (STAT)

Some people exposed to the virus may soon be eligible for a vaccine. That being said, older people who have received smallpox vaccinations may have lasting immunity to monkeypox. (CNN/New York Times)

Abbott is currently developing a test for the virus after Roche announced earlier this week. (Reuters)

The FDA said it is working with Danone’s Nutricia business to release millions of bottles of specialized medical infant formula to the public over the next few months.

After condemning 235 Russian attacks on Ukraine’s health services, the World Health Organization rejected Russia’s counter-resolution on the health crisis after not mentioning its role in the war. (Reuters)

As of 8:00 a.m. EDT Friday, the unofficial US-COVID toll reached 83,858,261 infections and 1,005,108 deaths, up 161,062 and 550, respectively, from this time yesterday.

The dominant coronavirus mutant spreads faster than its Omicron predecessors and is adept at escaping immunity, experts said. (AP)

The true COVID surge in the US could be a lot bigger than it looks. (NPR)

The University of California, Los Angeles brought back its indoor mask mandate as of today as cases in the area are expected to nearly triple. (AP)

Shanghai takes small steps to ease COVID lockdowns (Reuters)

A Boston University School of Public Health professor went viral for wearing an N95 mask on a Zoom call alone in his office. (NPR)

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt officially signed legislation banning almost all post-fertilization abortions after protests were led by abortion rights advocates who slammed the bill days earlier. (New York Times/MedPage today)

About 400 Planned Parenthood employees from five states announced plans to unionize as abortion bans emerge across the country. (AP)

The husband of one of the teachers killed in the mass shooting at Uvalde Primary School died just two days later from broken heart syndrome, also known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. (NBC News)

Six Texas-based doctors were added to a False Claims Act complaint alleging the doctors caused claims wrongly billed to federal health programs for unnecessary laboratory work. (Ministry of Justice)

The FDA warned four companies illegally marketing CBD products for food-producing animals.

$74 million: This is the amount in excess healthcare costs the US spent in 2017 on antibiotics improperly prescribed to children who were not hospitalized. (JAMA network open)

Call center workers working on CMS contracts went on strike for two days over poor pay and health care. (governing board)

Peanut butter-filled foods like chocolates and sandwiches are also now being ripped off shelves after the Jif salmonella outbreak was recalled last week. (NPR)

Doctors at South Shore University Hospital in Long Island removed a 5-pound tumor the size of a basketball from a man’s liver. (CBS New York)

  • Kristen Monaco is a staff writer focused on endocrinology, psychiatry and nephrology news. She is based out of the New York office and has been with the company since 2015.

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