Florida Skipping Tots’ COVID Vax? Biden’s Order on LGBTQ Care; Stronger PFAS Warning

Florida Skipping Tots’ COVID Vax? Biden’s Order on LGBTQ Care; Stronger PFAS Warning

June 16, 2022 0 By Jennifer Walker

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Florida is the only state that hasn’t pre-ordered COVID-19 vaccine doses for children under age 5, despite authorization appearing imminent following an FDA advisory panel’s unanimous endorsement. (Politico)

Here’s what you need to know about the vaccines for these youngest kids. (Reuters)

Production at an Abbott baby formula factory is back on pause due to local flooding. (Wall Street Journal)

The World Health Organization is investigating the possibility that monkeypox might be sexually transmitted, based on reports of viral DNA detected in people’s semen. (Reuters)

As of Thursday at 8:00 a.m. EDT, the unofficial U.S. COVID toll reached 85,900,900 cases and 1,011,528 deaths, increases of 174,176 and 592, respectively, since this time yesterday.

President Biden signed an executive order that directs federal agencies to expand access to gender-affirming care and promote LGBTQ-inclusivity in schools. (NBC News)

Gender-affirming care can begin earlier, according to new guidelines from the World Professional Association for Transgender Health shared with the AP.

Meanwhile, a divided medical community confronts the rising demand for gender therapy in young people. (New York Times)

North Korea is reporting an unidentified “acute enteric epidemic” taking place in its western city of Haeju. (Reuters)

Rural hospitals meet private equity: a cautionary tale. (Kaiser Health News)

Even as Roe still remains the law of the land, Oklahoma and South Dakota have gotten rid of legal abortions, with other states poised to follow. (New York Times)

New Jersey is marketing its abortion protections to drain businesses and talent from conservative states. (NPR)

Investigational crenezumab did not slow cognitive decline in people predisposed to early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in the API ADAD Colombia trial, Genentech announced.

FDA’s Janet Woodcock, MD, acknowledged the agency’s “miscalculation” of OxyContin’s harm in approving the painkiller in 1995. (Bloomberg Law)

Hundreds of pediatricians submitted personal testimonies on gun violence to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and the American Academy of Pediatrics highlighted several of those accounts.

The Environmental Protection Agency issued fresh warnings on polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), saying these so-called forever chemicals — which are found in drinking water and common household items — may be more dangerous than previously believed. (Washington Post)

Virginia’s new state health commissioner, Colin Greene, MD, MPH, butts heads with colleagues who dare call racism a public health issue. (Washington Post)

Cancer trials bounced back following the pandemic’s initial disruptions, a study in Annals of Oncology says.

The effects of long COVID are already being seen in national labor statistics. (Bloomberg)

And is long COVID setting the scene for a “mass deterioration event?” (The Atlantic)

Research suggests how people harboring persistent coronavirus infections might give birth to new variants. (Nature)

Why New York City’s rat population is flourishing during the pandemic. (Pest Control Technology)

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