‘Good’ Cholesterol and Dementia Risk; Water Allergy; Firearms Deaths Surge in Kids

Derick Alison
Derick Alison
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Both high and low levels of HDL cholesterol in midlife were linked with an increased risk of dementia. (Neurology)

Zimbabwe is imposing restrictions on gatherings following 100 suspected cholera deaths and more than 5,000 possible cases since last month. (AP)

England is considering raising the smoking age each year until cigarettes are simply banned entirely. (Washington Post)

The FDA published draft guidance to help sponsors develop treatments for cocaine and meth addictions.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a watchdog group, said it’s suing EpicGenetics for false and misleading claims about its diagnostic test for fibromyalgia.

Kaiser Permanente and union negotiators for striking healthcare workers suspended contract talks without a settlement Wednesday. (Reuters)

Three Supreme Court cases this term that could impact healthcare in America. (Politico)

Syphilis cases are on the rise in the U.S., and STD clinics warn they are having trouble stocking the preferred antibiotic treatment. (CNN)

Meanwhile, providers in New York City are struggling to deal with the rising incidence of tuberculosis (TB). (Politico)

GSK stalled the development of a promising TB vaccine to pursue more profitable ventures, according to a ProPublica investigation.

An aerosols expert knew the initial theory of how COVID was being transmitted was flawed, now she has a MacArthur “genius grant.” (NPR)

Moderna said its COVID/influenza combination vaccine was safe and generated a strong immune response in a phase I/II trial; the company is now planning a phase III study.

A woman from Fresno, California is allergic to water. (People)

A Florida nurse swapped out pain medications meant for surgery patients with saline, according to federal prosecutors. (Miami Herald)

Nearly half of the members on the advisory committee that shapes U.S. dietary guidelines have conflicts of interest, according to a report from U.S. Right to Know.

Cases of sepsis — three of which ended in patients’ deaths — have been traced to a Fresenius Kabi platelet collection set manufacturing plant. (Emerging Infectious Disease)

Exposure to discrimination could increase a person’s obesity risk. (Nature Mental Health)

Michigan health system McLaren Health Care said it was hit with a ransomware attack. (CBS Detroit)

Firearm-related injuries and deaths are rising sharply among U.S. kids. (New York Times)

Seattle will pay $2 million to the family of a man who died of a heart attack after medics’ response was delayed because his address was incorrectly on a 911 blacklist. (NBC News)

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    Mike Bassett is a staff writer focusing on oncology and hematology. He is based in Massachusetts.

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