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First Edition: July 6, 2022

Today’s early morning highlights from the most important information organizations.

Widely Used Hospital Gowns Show Signs Of Exposing Workers To Infection 

Disposable robes designed to deflect the splatter of bodily fluids, utilized in hundreds of U.S. hospitals, have underperformed in latest and ongoing laboratory checks and should fall wanting security requirements, leaving well being care staff with a higher danger of an infection than marketed. A peer-reviewed educational examine, printed to little discover amid the coronavirus pandemic, discovered that isolation robes generally worn in medical models or intensive care models ripped too simply and allowed about 4 to 14 occasions the anticipated quantity of liquid to seep via when sprayed or splashed. (Kelman, 7/6)

‘My Body, My Choice’: How Vaccine Foes Co-Opted The Abortion Rallying Cry

In the shadow of L.A.’s artwork deco City Hall, musicians jammed onstage, children bought their faces painted, and households picnicked on garden chairs. Amid the festivity, individuals waved flags, sported T-shirts, and bought buttons — all emblazoned with a well-known slogan: “My Body, My Choice.” This wasn’t an abortion rights rally. It wasn’t a protest towards the latest U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gutted Roe v. Wade. It was the “Defeat the Mandates Rally,” a jubilant gathering of anti-vaccine activists in April to protest the few remaining covid-19 pointers, comparable to masks mandates on mass transit and vaccination necessities for well being care staff. (Bluth, 7/6)

‘Free’ Screening? Know Your Rights To Get No-Cost Care 

An ounce of prevention … properly, you already know the remainder. In medication, prevention goals to identify issues earlier than they worsen, affecting each a affected person’s well being and funds. One of the extra well-liked components of the Affordable Care Act, which permits sufferers to get sure checks or therapies with out forking out money to cowl copayments or deductibles, relies on that concept. (Appleby, 7/6)

Florida 15-Week Abortion Ban Reinstated After Legal Appeal

Florida’s new 15-week abortion ban was blocked after which shortly reinstated Tuesday after an enchantment from the state legal professional common in a lawsuit difficult the restriction. Judge John C. Cooper issued the order briefly halting the regulation after reproductive well being suppliers argued that the state structure ensures the correct to the process. The state appealed his order, mechanically placing the regulation again into impact. (Izaguirre, 7/5)

Judge Won’t Block Law Banning Most Mississippi Abortions 

As attorneys argued about abortion legal guidelines throughout the South on Tuesday, a Mississippi decide rejected a request by the state’s solely abortion clinic to briefly block a regulation that will ban most abortions. Without different developments within the Mississippi lawsuit, the clinic will shut on the finish of enterprise Wednesday and the state regulation will take impact Thursday. (Pettus, Izaguirre and McGill, 7/5)

The Boston Globe:
McKee Signs Executive Order To Protect Patients Traveling To Rhode Island For Abortion Care

Governor Dan McKee Tuesday signed an govt order that protects entry to abortion care companies in Rhode Island. The order, which he foreshadowed signing final week, ensures that people who come to Rhode Island in search of reproductive well being care might be safeguarded from any potential authorized legal responsibility in different states. The order was modeled after the one Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, a pro-choice Republican, signed lately after the US Supreme Court ended constitutional protections for abortion. (Gagosz, 7/5)

Gov: Maine Won’t Help Prosecute Abortion Seekers, Providers 

Maine is not going to cooperate with different states’ investigations into individuals who search abortions or well being care suppliers that carry out them, the state’s governor stated Tuesday. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed an govt order that she stated will shield entry to abortion in her state. She stated she made the order as a response to the Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned Roe V. Wade. (7/5)

WA Sheriff Won’t Cooperate With Out-Of-State Abortion Probes 

The govt within the county surrounding Seattle stated Tuesday its sheriff’s workplace and different govt department departments is not going to cooperate with out-of-state prosecutions of abortion suppliers or sufferers. King County Executive Dow Constantine’s govt order signed Tuesday follows an identical one from Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, The Seattle Times reported. (7/5)

The 19th:
Out-Of-State Patients At Risk As Montana Enacts Abortion Restrictions

A Montana abortion supplier introduced final week that it wouldn’t present the most typical kind of abortion to individuals touring from out of state. As states surrounding Montana ban abortion, the transfer exposes a serious authorized concern that might result in clinics throughout the nation implementing comparable insurance policies. (Luthra, 7/5)

Harris Calls For Assault Weapons Ban After Highland Park Mass Shooting

Vice President Kamala Harris, in Chicago to talk to a lecturers’ conference, addressed the July 4 mass taking pictures in Highland Park, Ill., saying “We want to finish this horror. We have to cease this violence.” Seven individuals had been killed and dozens injured Monday when a shooter opened fireplace from a rooftop alongside a Fourth of July parade route within the suburban Chicago metropolis. (7/5)

The Hill:
July 4th Violence Leaves Democrats Frustrated Biden Not Doing More On Gun Control 

The lower than two weeks’ time between President Biden signing a bipartisan invoice aimed toward curbing gun violence and one other mass taking pictures happening, this time throughout a Fourth of July parade, has left some Democrats and allies annoyed the administration isn’t doing sufficient to assist stop the subsequent assault. From the White House, Biden is more and more restricted on what he’s capable of do on the matter. And what’s on the highest of his listing for Congress to behave on — a reinstatement of a 2004 ban on assault weapons, which are sometimes utilized in mass shootings — has no probability of advancing given the present make-up of the Senate. (Gangitano, 7/5)

The New York Times:
New Jersey Tightens Gun Laws After Latest Mass Shooting 

Newly signed laws will make it tougher to acquire a handgun license and purchase high-capacity rifles in New Jersey, the newest in a patchwork effort by states with strict gun legal guidelines to work round a sweeping Supreme Court ruling aimed toward dismantling them. The measures, permitted by Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday, sign a coming slog of piecemeal laws as states grapple with final month’s resolution, which overturned a New York state regulation that restricted how and the place residents might carry handguns. (Watkins, 7/5)

The Boston Globe:
‘We’re All On High Alert’: Supreme Court Decision Means Mass. Police Chiefs Have Less Of A Say In Who Shouldn’t Get A Gun

In the primary fallout from a Supreme Court ruling on gun permits, the highest regulation enforcement officers in Massachusetts are advising police chiefs to desert a plank of the state’s gun legal guidelines that enables them to disclaim or put limits on a license if an individual fails to quote a “good reason” for carrying a weapon. (Stout, 7/5)

Supreme Court Decision Prompts Maryland Governor To Lower Gun License Barriers 

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan introduced Tuesday he has directed the State Police to droop its “good and substantial reason” requirements for the issuance of licenses to put on and carry firearms. Hogan stated his resolution was the results of a Supreme Court resolution final month to strike down a century-old regulation in New York that gave the state broad authority to disclaim entry to permits permitting residents to hold a gun exterior the house. Hogan, a Republican, stated the New York regulation was “virtually indistinguishable” from Maryland regulation. (Hawkins, 7/5)

FDA Temporarily Suspends Order Banning Juul Cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration issued an administrative keep Tuesday on the order it issued final month for vaping firm Juul to tug its digital cigarettes from the market. The company stated on Twitter that the keep briefly suspends the advertising and marketing denial order whereas it conducts additional evaluation, however doesn’t rescind it. (7/6)

New Haven Man Is 1st In State Diagnosed With Monkeypox

A New Haven man has turn out to be the primary particular person in Connecticut identified with monkeypox since an outbreak of the illness was recognized within the United States this spring. The man, who’s in his 40s, has not been hospitalized, however has been isolating, the state Department of Public Health introduced Tuesday. His title has not been launched. (7/5)

Study On Monkeypox Outbreak Shows Differing Symptoms

A brand new examine printed in The Lancet Infectious Diseases discovered that the scientific profile in latest monkeypox instances is completely different than in previous occasions, with fatigue and fever much less widespread and genital pores and skin lesions extra doubtless. This is the primary examine to have a look at these variations amongst instances within the present outbreak, and factors to the essential function sexual transmission amongst largely males who’ve intercourse with males (MSM) has performed in spreading monkeypox in non-endemic international locations, lots of which had by no means seen a monkeypox case earlier than. (Soucheray, 7/5)

The Hill:
COVID-19 Was Third-Leading US Cause Of Death Between March 2020 And October 2021 

COVID-19 was the third-leading reason behind demise within the U.S. between March 2020 and October 2021, based on an evaluation of federal knowledge launched Tuesday. Researchers on the National Cancer Institute, a part of the National Institutes of Health, analyzed demise certificates knowledge and located that the coronavirus accounted for 350,000 deaths — 1 in each 8 — within the U.S. throughout that 20-month interval. (Weixel, 7/5)

The Hill:
New Omicron Subvariant BA.5 Now A Majority Of US COVID-19 Cases 

A brand new omicron subvariant generally known as BA.5 now includes a majority of U.S. COVID-19 instances, based on knowledge launched Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The knowledge is an indication of the rise of the extremely transmissible subvariant, which has prompted concern about a brand new improve in instances.  (Sullivan, 7/5)

The New York Times:
As BA.5 Becomes Dominant Among New U.S. Cases, Reduced State Reporting Is Blurring The Real-Time Look At The Virus.

At a look, the pandemic image within the United States could appear remarkably secure. The common variety of new confirmed coronavirus instances per day has hardly budged for weeks, hovering between 95,000 and 115,000 a day every day in June. A better look reveals that as public testing websites run by state and native governments have winnowed, extra states have additionally stopped giving day by day knowledge updates, making a foggier take a look at the state of virus throughout the nation. (Hassan and Cahalan, 7/6)

The Boston Globe:
Experts: Keep A Sharp Eye Out For COVID-19 Symptoms Now That Fourth Gatherings Have Passed

“After a holiday, we see increases in cases because people are more likely to gather in larger groups, spend more time indoors at larger gatherings. Those are conditions that increase the rates of SARS-CoV-2 transmission.” stated Dr. Sabrina Assoumou, an assistant professor of medication at Boston University School of Medicine and an attending doctor within the part of infectious illnesses at Boston Medical Center. (Finucane, 7/5)

Dallas Morning News:
UT Southwestern Researchers Design Rapid COVID Test That Identifies Variants

UT Southwestern researchers have created a fast COVID-19 take a look at that may determine completely different variants of the coronavirus in as little as 4 hours. The researchers hope docs can use their take a look at, known as CoVarScan, to tailor COVID-19 therapies to sufferers primarily based on which variant the sufferers have. CoVarScan is also used to trace which variants are cropping up in numerous communities, and even determine new ones. (Ramakrishnan, 7/5)

The Wall Street Journal:
The Health Risks Of Getting Covid-19 A Second (Or Third) Time 

Covid-19 reinfections can carry some new dangers of significant medical issues, hospitalization and demise, a brand new examine has discovered. Protection offered by vaccines and prior an infection has drastically improved Covid outcomes because the pandemic’s early days, and reinfections are usually much less extreme than preliminary ones. Yet every new an infection carries a danger of medical issues, together with hospitalization, demise and lengthy Covid, based on preliminary knowledge from a examine of sufferers within the Veterans Affairs well being system. (Reddy, 7/5)  

Covid-19 Reinfections May Increase The Likelihood Of New Health Problems 

Repeatedly catching Covid-19 seems to extend the possibilities that an individual will face new and typically lasting well being issues after their an infection, based on the primary examine on the well being dangers of reinfection. The examine, which relies on the well being data of greater than 5.6 million individuals handled within the VA Health System, discovered that, in contrast with these with only one Covid-19 an infection, these with two or extra documented infections had greater than twice the chance of dying and thrice the chance of being hospitalized inside six months of their final an infection. They additionally had larger dangers for lung and coronary heart issues, fatigue, digestive and kidney problems, diabetes and neurologic issues. (Goodman, 7/5)

Two Or 3 Vaccine Doses May Cut Risk Of Long COVID

An observational examine of Italian healthcare staff contaminated with SARS-CoV-2 who did not require hospitalization suggests a hyperlink between two or three doses of vaccine and a decrease prevalence of lengthy COVID. … The variety of vaccine doses was linked to decrease prevalence of lengthy COVID, at 41.8% of a reference group of unvaccinated individuals, 30.0% after one dose, 17.4% after two doses, and 16.0% after the third dose. Risk elements for lengthy COVID included older age, excessive physique mass index, allergy symptoms, and obstructive lung illness. (Van Beusekom, 7/5)

Long Covid Estimates Are Startlingly High. Here’s How To Understand Them

Think concerning the adults you already know: Does 1 out of each 5 have lengthy Covid, because the CDC estimates? Asking that query ought to under no circumstances diminish the struggling of people that thought they had been performed with their infections, solely to search out their return to well-being nonetheless past attain. But figuring out how many individuals live with that bitter legacy of Covid-19, and who amongst working-age adults can’t work or care for his or her households, is essential to their care and to the well being of our society. (Cooney, 7/6)

Los Angeles Times:
Vaccine Protects Against COVID Virus Family Members

A brand new kind of vaccine developed at Caltech goals to thrust back novel coronaviruses even earlier than well being officers are conscious that they exist. When examined in mice and monkeys, it educated the animals’ immune methods to acknowledge eight viruses directly — and induced immunity to viruses that they had by no means encountered. (Purtill and Healy, 7/5)

Germany’s CureVac Files Suit Against Vaccine Rival BioNTech 

German biotech firm CureVac stated Tuesday it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit towards rival BioNTech for work that it says contributed to the event of the BioNTech-Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. BioNTech stated its work is authentic and it might “vigorously” contest the declare. CureVac, which final 12 months reported disappointing outcomes from late-stage testing of its personal first-generation COVID-19 shot, earlier this 12 months began a scientific trial of a second-generation vaccine candidate developed with British pharmaceutical firm GSK. (7/5)

COVID Nursing Home Deaths Claim Is Campaign Trail Mainstay 

Doug Mastriano, Pennsylvania’s Republican nominee for governor, has made a marketing campaign staple out of the allegation that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s coverage of readmitting COVID-19 sufferers from hospitals to nursing properties brought about hundreds of deaths — a baseless declare for which no investigator or researcher has offered any proof. In truth, layers of inspections by researchers have pointed to thoroughly one thing completely different — nursing house staff ushering within the virus day by day — whereas investigators discovered directors flouting staffing necessities or infection-control procedures. (Levy, 7/5)

Modern Healthcare:
Price Transparency Rule Leads To Insurer Confusion

The regulation is imprecise and underwent modifications late within the course of, which makes it tough for insurers to know simply what it means to be in compliance, stated Dan Kuperstein, a senior vice chairman of compliance at consultancy Corporate Synergies and an legal professional who makes a speciality of worker advantages regulation. That’s much more true for smaller carriers, employers and third-party directors, he stated. (Tepper, 7/5)

Modern Healthcare:
To Report Or Not To Report? CMS COVID Quality Plan Prompts Questions

Even because the COVID-19 pandemic battered Sanford Health, the well being system rededicated itself to high quality efforts, racing to handle considerations and alter processes in actual time and to report affected person security knowledge. “We consider that high quality must be maintained, no matter situations and the state of affairs,” stated Dr. Jeremy Cauwels, the Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based well being system’s chief doctor. “It’s been a continuing space of focus.”At different well being methods, the pandemic derailed security and high quality packages as hospitals had been beset by useful resource and staffing shortages, waves of excessive acuity sufferers, and overtaxed intensive care models. (Devereaux, 7/5)

How A Shortage Of Plastic Is Impacting Health Care

“We’re definitely seeing some shortages on types of plastic components that go into medical devices, and that’s a big issue at the moment,” says Robert Handfield, a professor of provide chain administration on the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University. (Swetlitz, 7/5)

The New York Times:
Funeral Home Operator Pleads Guilty In ‘Illegal Body Part Scheme’ 

The operator of a Colorado funeral house who was accused of stealing physique components and promoting them to medical and scientific patrons, making lots of of hundreds of {dollars} in what the authorities known as an “illegal body part scheme,” pleaded responsible to mail fraud on Tuesday, the Justice Department stated. The girl, Megan Hess, 45, the principal determine within the scheme, was assisted by her mom, Shirley Koch, who’s in her late 60s, prosecutors stated. As a part of a plea settlement, eight different prison expenses towards Ms. Hess had been dropped. She might resist 20 years in jail. (Traub, 7/5)

After West Virginia Opioid Verdict, Another Case Postponed

A trial in a lawsuit accusing three main U.S. drug distributors of inflicting a well being disaster all through West Virginia was postponed Tuesday, a day after the businesses prevailed in one other case within the state. Attorneys who represented Cabell County and the town of Huntington on the shedding finish of a verdict introduced in federal court docket Monday had been granted a continuance of a trial a day later in Kanawha County Circuit Court. The trial includes greater than 100 different cities and counties statewide towards the identical defendants: AmerisourceBergen Drug Co., Cardinal Health Inc. and McKesson Corp. (Raby, 7/5)

Fox News:
NY Elementary School Student, Age 7, Saves Choking Classmate With Heimlich Manuever

A 7-year-old elementary faculty scholar is being hailed a hero after he saved his classmate’s life throughout lunch through the use of the Heimlich maneuver. David Diaz Jr., a second-grader from Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Binghamton, New York, stepped into motion when he observed his buddy had begun choking on pizza at college. He stated he realized the life-saving transfer from “The Good Doctor,” a TV medical drama he’d been watching together with his father, David Diaz Sr., over the last 12 months. (Moore, 7/6)

The Washington Post:
Acupuncture Could Reduce Tension Headaches By Half

People who’ve continual pressure complications would possibly be capable of cut back the frequency of these complications by as a lot as 50 % with acupuncture, based on analysis printed within the journal Neurology. Tension complications, that are the most typical kind, are typically described as feeling strain as when you had a good band round your head. They are thought-about continual in the event that they frequently happen a minimum of 15 days a month. (Searing, 7/5)

The Washington Post:
Demaryius Thomas Diagnosed With Stage 2 CTE In Posthumous Brain Study

Former NFL star Demaryius Thomas was identified with Stage 2 continual traumatic encephalopathy, his household stated in a press release Tuesday, after docs at Boston University’s CTE Center studied the previous extensive receiver’s mind. Thomas was discovered lifeless at 33 in December at his house in Roswell, Ga., and whereas the reason for demise has not been decided by the coroner’s workplace in Fulton County, Ga., his household has attributed his demise to seizures, which he suffered following a 2019 automobile crash. (Hill, 7/5)

Canada To Throw Out 13.6M Doses Of AstraZeneca Vaccine 

Canada goes to throw out about 13.6 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as a result of it couldn’t discover any takers for it both at house or overseas. Canada signed a contract with AstraZeneca in 2020 to get 20 million doses of its vaccine, and a couple of.3 million Canadians acquired a minimum of one dose of it, largely between March and June 2021. (7/6)

World’s Covid Vaccine, Drugs Equity Program Set To Wind Down This Fall 

The World Health Organization program for the fast-tracking and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics is prone to shut in its present kind within the fall, based on two people acquainted with the matter. The program, generally known as the ACT-Accelerator, is a collaboration among the many WHO, governments and international well being organizations that works to make sure equitable entry to Covid instruments. It confronted vital obstacles to get vaccines to low- and middle-income international locations, however it will definitely succeeded in transport over one billion pictures. (Banco and Furlong, 7/5)

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