Prison for Fauci Threatener; Dangers of Loneliness; Miscarriage From Bad Spinach?August 5, 2022
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A federal judge sentenced a West Virginia man to more than 3 years in prison for sending threatening emails to NIAID director Anthony Fauci, MD. (New York Times)
Louisiana abortion-rights activists filed an appeal with the Supreme Court in an attempt to block the state’s new ban. (The Washington Post)
Loneliness and social isolation can be detrimental to the heart, the American Heart Association warned in a new scientific statement. (Journal of the American Heart Association)
After a recent polio case was confirmed in New York state, wastewater samples picked up polio in another county, which state officials say “further indicates potential community spread.” (NBC New York)
Most monkeypox outbreaks in Africa aren’t concentrated among men who have sex with men, the World Health Organization said. (Reuters)
As of Friday at 8:00 a.m. EDT, the unofficial U.S. COVID-19 toll reached 91,961,519 cases and 1,032,820 deaths, increases of 166,632 and 723, respectively, since this time yesterday.
After suffering supply chain issues, Novo Nordisk said it expects to have it’s popular obesity drug semaglutide (Wegovy) back on the shelves by the end of 2022. (Endpoints News)
South Africa announced its first known death related to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. (Bloomberg)
The FDA turned down pimavanserin (Nuplazid) for an additional indication for the treatment of hallucinations and delusions associated with Alzheimer’s disease psychosis, Acadia Pharmaceuticals said.
Her daughter’s diagnosis spurred this woman to leave the Navy, finish college, and become a neuroscientist. (STAT)
Within an hour of death, new technology was able to restore blood circulation and some cellular function in organs and tissues of a deceased pig. (Nature)
A Philadelphia woman claimed in a lawsuit that she miscarried her baby after eating Fresh Express baby spinach contaminated with listeria. (NBC News)
After Florida’s new state attorney said he wouldn’t prosecute anyone under the state’s new anti-abortion law, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) suspended him. (Politico)
Four people were rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after being struck by lightning outside the White House. (ABC News)
Tennessee filed a lawsuit against Walgreens alleging that the pharmacy, which dispensed over a billion pills between 2006 and 2020, unlawfully sold and distributed opioids. (The Tennessean)
Amgen is slated to shell out $3.7 billion to buy out ChemoCentryx Inc., also acquiring the rights to its recently FDA approved drug, avacopan (Tavneos) for severe active ANCA-associated vasculitis.
Two online health companies — MedArrive and Brave Health — are joining forces to bolster access to behavioral telehealth care to Medicaid patients. (Fierce Healthcare)