COVID Vax a Must at the Border; WHO to Rename Monkeypox; Abortions Rose in 2020

COVID Vax a Must at the Border; WHO to Rename Monkeypox; Abortions Rose in 2020

June 15, 2022 0 By Jennifer Walker

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Truckers trying to cross the U.S./Canada border — in either direction — will still need to be vaccinated against COVID-19, even as Canada is dropping some of its other COVID-related mandates. (Global News)

In standard-risk COVID-19 patients, nirmatrelvir/ritonavir (Paxlovid) failed to show a significant reduction in hospitalizations or death, with 5 events in the treatment arm and 10 in the placebo arm, Pfizer announced. Results were similar in a vaccinated subgroup.

Worldwide, air pollution shortens life expectancy by more than 2 years, according to a new report from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. (CNBC)

How big a deal is monkeypox really? The World Health Organization (WHO) is convening next week to consider the question. (Politico)

On a related note, the WHO is planning to rename monkeypox in order to avoid any racism and stigma that could arise from its current name. (Axios)

Vaccinating everyone against monkeypox is likely unrealistic. (The Atlantic)

The FDA is planning to study how patients consider the risks and benefits of breast implants.

Ekso Bionics said it received FDA clearance to market its EksoNR robotic exoskeleton to patients with multiple sclerosis; previously it was cleared for use in patients recovering from strokes or spinal cord injuries.

As of Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. EDT, the unofficial U.S. COVID toll reached 85,726,724 cases and 1,010,936 deaths, increases of 99,355 and 344, respectively, since this time yesterday.

Cancer vaccines are coming along well, researchers say. (Washington Post)

A South Florida synagogue has sued over the state’s 15-week abortion ban, asserting that it is a violation of congregants’ religious freedom. (Miami Herald)

After decades of declines, abortions rose in 2020, with roughy one in five pregnancies ending in termination, according to a new report. (AP)

The ability for minors to seek a “judicial bypass” to get an abortion without their parents’ consent may go away if Roe v. Wade is overturned. (NPR)

Many scientific papers are retracted too late to curb their online spread, researchers found. (PNAS)

Former NIH director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, discusses his temporary role as the White House’s science adviser. (STAT)

Baby Boomers are more likely to have multiple health problems compared with recent predecessors. (Study Finds)

Girls in Sierra Leone are starting to resist traditional genital cutting procedures. (New York Times)

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