Home Remedy for COVID; ‘Salty’ Seizure Scare; Vax Exemptions Hit Record High

Derick Alison
Derick Alison
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Old-fashioned salt-water gargling and nasal rinsing can reduce the risk of hospitalization for COVID, a small study suggested, but it should not replace vaccines and medications. (Washington Post)

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak returned to the U.S. after being released from a Mexico City hospital where he received treatment for a “minor but real stroke.” (CBS News)

A jury found a 31-year-old man guilty of capital murder for the deaths of a nurse and a social worker during a shooting incident at a Dallas hospital. (Dallas Morning News)

More research shows teenagers need more sleep: So why is it so hard to start school classes later in the day? (NPR)

In an effort to reduce the number of fatal police shootings involving mentally ill people, Philadelphia will try sending social workers along with police officers who respond to such calls. (NPR)

In a letter to healthcare providers, the FDA announced a labeling update for certain types of surgical mesh used in breast surgery, stating that the agency has not determined the safety and effectiveness of the products.

The FDA also cleared the first at-home antigen test for COVID-19.

The CDC announced a Salmonella outbreak, mostly in young children, related to several types of recalled pet food.

Cancer specialist Monica Bertagnolli, MD, finished her first day as director of the National Institutes of Health, only the second woman to hold the position.

CAR T cells for cancer therapy can reactivate latent herpesvirus, potentially complicating treatment with the cellular therapy. (Nature)

Meanwhile, a majority of people with advanced breast cancer stop working against their will, according to new research presented at the Advanced Breast Cancer 7th International Consensus Conference.

“I didn’t know it was all about salt”: actress Brooke Shields shares details of her recent seizure scare. (People)

Elon Musk’s quest to send humans to Mars has come at a price of hundreds of work-related injuries at the rocket company. (Reuters)

Did you hear the one about the woman who went to a hospital to have colon surgery and woke up to a hysterectomy — after doctors found a tumor “cemented to her uterus.” (People)

A lack of social connection was linked with increased mortality risk in a U.K. Biobank analysis. (BMC Medicine)

Exemptions for required vaccines in kindergartners reached a record high in the 2022-2023 school year, new CDC data show. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)

And only 17% of healthcare workers at acute care hospitals were up-to-date with their COVID booster for the 2022-2023 respiratory season. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)

A full 70% of U.S. counties don’t have sufficient resources to support new mothers’ mental health, according to a report from the Policy Center for Maternal Mental Health.

In Gaza, pediatric cancer patients are being evacuated to receive treatment in Egypt and Jordan, the WHO said.

The Department of Veterans Affairs launched a new pilot program for graduate medical education to expand healthcare access in rural, tribal, and underserved areas.

The American Academy of Dermatology has updated guidelines for managing atopic dermatitis with systemic therapy, including new evidence-based recommendations for several drugs.

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    Charles Bankhead is senior editor for oncology and also covers urology, dermatology, and ophthalmology. He joined MedPage Today in 2007. Follow

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