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Today’s Top News
The Omicron-tailored COVID-19 boosters made by Moderna Inc. and the Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE partnership provide modest short-term protection against mild infections, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, though experts are still questioning if the shots better protect patients from hospitalizations and severe illness compared with earlier versions of the vaccines. (Bloomberg) Meanwhile, the Biden administration is ramping up a campaign to increase vaccination rates of updated boosters ahead of a potential winter surge, including increasing funding and publicity efforts. (The Wall Street Journal)
The Food and Drug Administration approved uniQure’s hemophilia B treatment Hemgenix. CSL Ltd., which licensed and will market the drug, set the price at $3.5 million, making it the United States’ most expensive drug on a single-use basis. (BioPharma Dive)
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said that enrollment in insurance plans offered through Affordable Care Act marketplaces is on pace for a record high. Between Nov. 1 and Nov. 19, nearly 3.4 million people signed up for individual coverage plans, a 17% year-over-year increase, HHS data showed. (Axios)
A coalition of patient and consumer advocacy groups are asking the Federal Trade Commission to look into group purchasing organizations for “exacerbating” health care supply chain shortages. (Fierce Healthcare)
In his final briefing as President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested Tuesday that immunity from vaccination and prior infection could provide enough protection to Americans to result in a less deadly wave of COVID-19 this winter, despite a growing array of new variants.
Owners of social media platforms should consider their personal responsibility regarding health disinformation, and the public should choose reputable sources to trust, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha said on Tuesday.
Only a sliver of the funding given to state, local, and tribal governments through the American Rescue Plan Act has been steered to mental health nationwide, but mental health advocates and clinicians hope the money it provides will help address gaps in care for children.
Chinese cities imposed more curbs on Wednesday to rein in rising coronavirus cases, adding to investor worries about the economy as fresh unrest at the world’s largest iPhone plant highlighted the social and industrial toll of China’s strict COVID-19 measures.
No one thinks this year will be anything like the last two dark pandemic winters, at least when it comes to COVID-19. But the country is now dealing with a different kind of threat — an unpredictable confluence of old and new respiratory pathogens.
The World Health Organization is planning to rename monkeypox, designating it as “MPOX” in an effort to destigmatize the virus that gained a foothold in the U.S. earlier this year, three people with knowledge of the matter told POLITICO.
A Cook County jury ruled in favor of Sterigenics, concluding that the Oak Brook-based medical-sterilization company should not take any responsibility for cancer in a woman who lived near the company’s plant in suburban Willowbrook.
For decades, health care providers have diagnosed kidney disease with blood tests that use an equation for estimating glomerular filtration rate, or eGFR — a number that acts a proxy for how much blood the kidneys clean every minute. Until recently, the eGFR equation has included a coefficient for race to “correct” for different levels of creatinine (a waste product released from muscles) in African Americans.
Abortion opponents and their allies in elected office are seizing on an unusual strategy after suffering a wave of election defeats — using environmental laws to try to block the distribution of abortion pills.
Public health authorities are confronting a rise in sexually transmitted infections in a world where condom use has steadily declined — and, with it, one of the most effective ways of curbing the spread of disease.
The U.S. has two separate health care systems: one for people who aren’t incarcerated, and one for people behind bars. Since 2006, physician and researcher Emily Wang has been working to integrate the two.
Theranos Inc. founder Elizabeth Holmes will wake up at 6 am, will have her choice of three subdued colors of clothing, and will be well above the average age of her fellow inmates if she ends up serving her 11 1/4-year prison sentence at a minimum-security women’s facility outside Houston as recommended by her judge.
Dr. Daniel Edney, the state health officer, spoke to state senators at a hearing Monday about the financial pressure on Mississippi hospitals. Edney said 54% of the state’s rural hospitals — 38 — could close.
The president and CEO of a major Ohio health system was pushed into an early retirement and is now threatening legal action after board members learned he had authorized nearly $2 million in bonus compensation without their approval.
Eliminating racial bias in pulse oximetry has been top of mind lately for many devicemakers and healthcare providers, as well as the FDA, which convened an advisory committee meeting earlier this month to discuss the issue and brainstorm solutions.
According to a Monday filing (PDF) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the device maker kicked off its restructuring efforts on Nov. 15, with an eye toward canceling out the “increasing cost and inflationary pressures in the healthcare industry.”
Yale and Harvard Law Schools recently announced they would no longer participate in U.S. News & World Report’s flawed ranking system, followed closely by additional schools. The nation’s medical schools need to follow their lead.
In this cross-sectional study, low-value PSA tests for prostate cancer screening remained prevalent among Medicare Advantage plan enrollees and were associated with unnecessary expenditures due to avoidable care cascades.