FDA Leaders’ Vaccination Warning; Michael Bolton’s Brain Tumor; JN.1 Now Dominant

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FDA leaders said the nation may be at a “dangerous tipping point” due to declines in vaccination and warned of thousands of excess deaths this season from vaccine-preventable illness. (JAMA)

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) issued an executive order banning gender transition surgeries in children. (WLWT5)

The American College of Physicians expressed concern that certain telehealth services allow patients to essentially order prescription drug directly from drugmakers.

The Supreme Court will allow Idaho’s strict abortion ban to remain in place even in hospital emergencies while a legal battle in lower courts continues. (AP)

Singer Michael Bolton is recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor. (CNN)

U.S. cities implementing taxes on sugary drinks achieved their intended effect, with a 33% reduction in purchases, according to a study in JAMA Health Forum.

The University of Maryland School of Medicine is conducting a flu challenge study to understand how the virus is transmitted. (CBS News)

JN.1 is now the most widely circulating COVID variant, accounting for about 62% of all cases, according to the CDC.

Public health experts fear a “tripledemic” of flu, COVID, and RSV may be imminent. (The Hill)

In addition to lead, the FDA has also identified high levels of chromium, a known carcinogen, in recalled apple cinnamon puree pouches.

The CDC linked a Salmonella outbreak to potential contamination of charcuterie meat packages distributed at Sam’s Club.

The agency also announced an increase in nirsevimab (Beyfortus) supplies, advising clinicians to recommend immunization with the monoclonal antibody to all infants younger than 8 months of age and those up to 19 months if considered high risk.

The Pentagon failed to disclose until Friday that its top leader, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, had been hospitalized since January 1 after being admitted for an initial medical procedure late last year. (AP, The Guardian)

Following a cluster of measles cases in Philadelphia, officials have announced additional locations where unvaccinated residents may have been exposed. (6ABC)

India is implementing new pharmaceutical manufacturing standards following a string of recent overseas deaths. (Reuters)

Wellness company Homedics has recalled nearly 90,000 of their massage guns due to a potential risk for fire and burns, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

A hospital fire in Germany killed five late last week; the cause was unclear. (AP)

Bias in healthcare may be behind misdiagnoses of latent autoimmune diabetes of adults, which can lead to mismanagement of the disease. (NBC News, KFF Health News)

Bayer said that two phase III trials testing investigational elinzanetant for moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms met their primary endpoints.

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