Ice Cream Recall; Tanzania’s Mystery Illness; Methotrexate on Shaky Ground?

Ice Cream Recall; Tanzania’s Mystery Illness; Methotrexate on Shaky Ground?

July 14, 2022 0 By Jennifer Walker

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Multiple cities are having trouble meeting the demand for the monkeypox vaccine. (USA Today)

Florida-based Big Olaf brand ice cream is being recalled due to potential Listeria contamination, the FDA announced.

Tanzania is investigating a mystery illness that has killed three people who tested negative for Ebola, Marburg, and COVID-19.

Aiming to protect reproductive healthcare, HHS wrote a letter reminding pharmacies that they cannot discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability in their programs and activities.

Ransomware attacks on healthcare organizations are increasingly frequent and sophisticated. (The Guardian)

As of Thursday at 8:00 a.m. EDT, the unofficial U.S. COVID toll reached 89,006,317 infections and 1,023,329 deaths, increases of 218,760 and 1,020, respectively, since this time on Wednesday.

Omicron BA.5: the “worst” variant yet? (CNN)

Shanghai, China, may be headed for another COVID-19 lockdown. (Wall Street Journal)

New Zealand turns to handing free masks and rapid COVID tests to ease the pressure of sick people going to hospitals. (Reuters)

Starting in 2014, firearm-related homicides increased disproportionately in some Midwest and South-Central states. (New England Journal of Medicine)

North Dakota’s last abortion clinic is planning to move to Minnesota. (New Yorker)

Some physicians are having to introduce a new step in life-and-death situations involving abortions: running things by their lawyers first. (NBC News)

Meanwhile, in New Mexico, one clinic is swamped with the increased demand for legal later-term abortions from out-of-state women. (NPR)

Will some people lose access to methotrexate because of its potential use as an abortifacient? (Pharmacy Times)

An investigation puts Venezuela’s vaccination rates among the world’s worst. (AP)

Since the pandemic, U.S. methadone-involved overdose deaths have stayed stable, whereas other overdose deaths are trending upward. (JAMA Psychiatry)

The federal government has filed a civil complaint against Fresenius Vascular Care for fraud linked to unnecessary procedures for dialysis patients in the New York metropolitan area, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

In more healthcare fraud news, the DOJ announced that an operator of medical billing companies was convicted of fraud and aggravated identity theft over a $600 million scheme.

After a neck adjustment at the chiropractor, a young woman suffered cardiac arrest and a stroke, and is left paralyzed. (People)

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    Nicole Lou is a reporter for MedPage Today, where she covers cardiology news and other developments in medicine. Follow