‘Living in Hell’; Uncombable Hair Syndrome; DOJ Probes Alzheimer’s Biotech

‘Living in Hell’; Uncombable Hair Syndrome; DOJ Probes Alzheimer’s Biotech

July 29, 2022 0 By Jennifer Walker

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“Living in hell.” A Houston man describes his experience with monkeypox. (Houston Chronicle)

Family and friends of nursing-home residents are increasingly the targets of debt lawsuits. (NPR)

The Biden administration and FDA are holding off on offering second COVID booster shots for people under 50 until the fall, when reformulated vaccine should be available. (New York Times)

Meanwhile, HHS announced the purchase of 66 million doses of Moderna’s variant-specific COVID vaccine for possible use in the fall and winter.

A 17-month-old British toddler has become one of only 100 people worldwide with uncombable hair syndrome. (Newsweek)

The triple-digit heat wave enveloping much of the Pacific Northwest is being investigated as the cause of four deaths in Oregon. (AP News)

The CDC has issued updated information on monkeypox testing and treatment.

Pfizer reported record earnings, fueled by sales of its COVID vaccine and its antiviral therapy nirmatrelvir/ritonavir (Paxlovid). (AP)

As of Friday at 8:00 a.m. EDT, the unofficial U.S. COVID-19 toll reached 91,129,369 cases and 1,029,270 deaths, increases of 151,852 and 451, respectively, since this time yesterday.

The investigation into the Indiana ob/gyn who performed an abortion for a 10-year-old Ohio girl who became pregnant after a rape determined that at least a half dozen complaints against the doctor came from people who had never interacted or communicated with the ob/gyn. (CNN)

Get a COVID test when you already know you’re infected? Some doctors think it’s a good idea. (Time)

A spray-on plastic coating may help thwart the spread of COVID and other infectious diseases from surfaces, as the pathogens become increasingly stubborn to standard disinfectants such as Lysol. (Newsweek)

The House of Representatives approved a bill that would subsidize domestic production of semiconductor chips, which has implications for thousands of products ranging from automobiles to household electronics and gadgets to high-tech medical devices. (CBS News)

The FBI has begun settlement talks with gymnasts who were abused by former sports physician Larry Nassar, as Justice Department representatives explain to senators why they won’t prosecute two former FBI agents who botched an investigation into the abuse. (NPR)

San Francisco officials have declared a state of emergency over a rapidly expanding monkeypox outbreak in the city. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The Justice Department has begun a criminal investigation to determine whether biotech company Cassava Sciences manipulated research data for its investigational Alzheimer’s drug. (Reuters)

Despite the growing monkeypox outbreak, a “shocking” lack of demand for testing is undermining efforts to keep the disease in check. (CNN)

A new study has cast doubt on prevailing theories about how lactose-intolerant humans developed tolerance to milk. (Nature)

Artificial intelligence company DeepMind has unraveled the structure of almost every protein known to science and plans to release the information for public use. (The Verge)

While most consumers are going cheaper and buying less during the unprecedented inflation surge, many smokers and drinkers are living larger than ever. (Reuters)

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    Charles Bankhead is senior editor for oncology and also covers urology, dermatology, and ophthalmology. He joined MedPage Today in 2007. Follow