Medicine at Gunpoint; Biden’s Symptoms Grow; Any COVID ‘Virgins’ Left?July 25, 2022
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Some students in Mexico train for their medical degree at gunpoint. (Los Angeles Times)
Monkeypox has now been confirmed in two U.S. children. (Washington Post)
Is monkeypox set to join the likes of gonorrhea and herpes as the next sexually transmitted disease? (AP)
Individuals under age 50 may have to wait for a second COVID booster shot until updated Omicron-targeting vaccines arrive in the fall. (Washington Post)
Meanwhile, COVID vaccination rates in kids under 5 have already peaked, just a little more than a month after eligibility, according to survey data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
As of Monday at 8:00 a.m. EDT, the unofficial U.S. COVID-19 toll reached 90,410,845 cases and 1,026,591 deaths, increases of 868,474 and 2,792, respectively, since this time a week ago.
Monoclonal antibody cocktail tixagevimab-cilgavimab (Evusheld) remains underused for protecting immunocompromised patients from the coronavirus. (STAT)
The number of so-called COVID virgins — people in the U.S. who have yet to contract SARS-CoV-2 — is rapidly dwindling. (The Atlantic)
A rapidly spreading wildfire in California has burned up more than 14,000 acres outside Yosemite National Park, causing thousands to evacuate. (CNN)
Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) are looking to expand the Right to Try Act to include Schedule I drugs like psilocybin and 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine — otherwise known as magic mushrooms and ecstasy. (Endpoints News)
A French university looks back at its World War II medical crimes during the Nazi occupation. (New York Times)
Titanium dioxide is the Skittles ingredient at the center of a new lawsuit that says it’s a “known toxin.” But what is it? (NPR)
After the overturning of Roe v. Wade, medical care for pregnant women with cancer has become far more complicated in certain states. (New York Times)
And in light of the ruling, some people are seeking but are being turned away from permanent sterilization. (Kaiser Health News)
Women who attempted herbal abortion concoctions are now warning others against it. (NBC News)
Caitlin Bernard, MD, the Indiana ob/gyn who performed the abortion on the 10-year-old Ohio rape victim, speaks out, saying she doesn’t “believe in turning patients away.” (Washington Post)
With abortion essentially banned or soon to be in neighboring Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Iowa, clinics in Minnesota are bracing for an influx of patients. (AP)
In Kentucky, a judge extended a hold on the state’s new “trigger” law banning the procedure. (Reuters)