Who’s at Risk From Brutal Heat; ‘Viagra’ Honey Recall; Why We Need Boosters (Again)

Who’s at Risk From Brutal Heat; ‘Viagra’ Honey Recall; Why We Need Boosters (Again)

July 20, 2022 0 By Jennifer Walker

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More than 100 million people in the U.S. face excessive warning or heat advisories as the country’s heat wave continues. (CNN)

Heat waves may pose special risk to people with chronic diseases and those with dementia. (STAT, WAVY)

And even young, healthy adults are vulnerable to high heat and humidity. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Bracing for heat waves, cities like New York and Boston are opening cooling centers this week. (New York Times)

In the wake of criticism about infant formula and electronic cigarettes, FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, MD, ordered an external review of the agency’s offices on food safety and tobacco regulation.

Can monkeypox still be contained? (STAT)

Attorneys for the Indianapolis ob/gyn who helped a 10-year-old Ohio rape victim obtain an abortion filed a notice of tort claim against Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita (R) for “false and misleading statements” about the physician. (Washington Post)

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chair of House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot, will miss Thursday’s hearing because he tested positive for COVID. (The Hill)

The WHO network of influenza surveillance systems may have shown early signs of the pandemic months ahead of the first reported COVID-19 peaks. (PLOS Medicine)

As of Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. EDT, the unofficial U.S. COVID-19 toll reached 89,836,091 cases and 1,024,900 deaths, increases of 293,720 and 1,101, respectively, since this time Monday.

Cardiovascular disease increased early after COVID-19 infection, mainly from pulmonary embolism, atrial arrhythmias, and venous thromboses; diabetes incidence remained elevated for at least 3 months. (PLOS Medicine)

Why is Omicron highly transmissible? (PNAS)

Unvaccinated police officers, firefighters, and other first responders were more likely to develop COVID-19 and less likely to believe in vaccine effectiveness and safety than those who received COVID shots. (JAMA Network Open)

FDA announced voluntary recalls of MKS Enterprise’s Dose Vital honey and Shopaax.com’s Kingdom Honey Royal Honey VIP, which contained undeclared tadalafil and sildenafil, the active ingredients in Cialis and Viagra.

The NeuroStar transcranial magnetic stimulation system earned a new indication and now is cleared for anxious depression, Neuronetics announced.

An estimated 1 million Americans have left the labor force because of long COVID complications. (Fortune)

The agency updated its list of device shortages during the COVID-19 public health emergency, adding automated external defibrillators and chest drains/suction canisters and auto-transfusion systems.

Health officials in Roanoke, Virginia are recommending staff at a local restaurant get vaccinated against hepatitis A following another outbreak in the city. (WDBJ)

Experts explain why we need to get COVID boosters again and again. (TIME)

A new mathematical framework describes how life depends on temperature. (PNAS)

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