Fauci’s Retirement; Battle Over Monkeypox Messaging; Masks and Microbe

Fauci’s Retirement; Battle Over Monkeypox Messaging; Masks and Microbe

July 19, 2022 0 By Jennifer Walker

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America’s most famous scientist, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, MD, told Politico he was planning to retire by the end of President Biden’s term in January 2025.

The Mississippi abortion clinic at the center of the Supreme Court case that overturned Roe v. Wade has been sold and does not plan to reopen, even if allowed to do so. (AP)

After the highly publicized case of a 10-year-old rape victim from Ohio who traveled to Indiana for an abortion, doctors detail the toll of childbirth on young bodies. (New York Times)

With monkeypox cases surging, New York City health officials are wrestling over whether to encourage gay men to limit their sexual partners, or whether the move would backfire and lead to stigmatization. (New York Times)

As of Monday, confirmed U.S. monkeypox/orthopoxvirus cases total 1,972, according to CDC’s tracker, with more than one-fourth in New York state alone.

Beyond New York, sexual health clinics on the frontline of the monkeypox response are financially stretched and ill-prepared to tackle the first major global health test since the pandemic. (Reuters)

Speaking of which … the Department of Health and Human Services has renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Though as cases rise of the most transmissible variant yet, BA.5, most people hear muted warnings rather than cause for alarm. (New York Times)

Nasal vaccines against COVID-19 promise to blunt human-to-human transmission, but will they ever arrive? (NBC News)

Immunocompromised individuals may want to avoid repeated use of masks due to the potential risk of microbial infections, according to a new study in Scientific Reports.

Through pandemic-related litigation led by conservative legal blocs, public health powers have taken a serious hit at the local, state, and federal level. (NPR)

And as the pandemic raged, healthcare’s top executives raked in high earnings. (STAT)

All aboard! The CDC has ended its COVID program for cruise ships, saying the vessels can now “manage their own COVID-19 mitigation.” (USA Today)

Brain-computer interface startup Synchron has implanted its first device in a U.S. patient. The procedure is aimed at helping amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients text by thinking. (Bloomberg)

FDA cleared Renuvion, a helium plasma and radiofrequency technology, for treating “sagging” neck skin, Apyx Medical announced.

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    Jennifer Henderson joined MedPage Today as an enterprise and investigative writer in Jan. 2021. She has covered the healthcare industry in NYC, life sciences and the business of law, among other areas.