Kidnapping for Abortion; Death by Nitrogen Gas; Gender-Affirming Care Reaches SCOTUS

Derick Alison
Derick Alison
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Idaho prosecutors have charged a woman and her son with kidnapping after they allegedly took the son’s teenage girlfriend out of state for an abortion. (AP)

Meanwhile, the Indiana Supreme Court reprimanded the state’s attorney general, Todd Rokita, over statements made about Caitlin Bernard, MD, the Indiana physician who performed an abortion on a 10-year-old rape victim. (Reuters)

About one in seven Americans say they’ve experienced long COVID. (PLOS One)

The “unwinding” of Medicaid has created chaos for states as patients struggle to navigate the changing landscape of coverage in the aftermath of the COVID pandemic. (KFF Health News)

Taking a poke at European countries’ insect infestations, Russian President Vladimir Putin responded to the latest round of economic sanctions against his country by saying “less junk” (from Europe) means “less of a chance of bedbugs coming here.” (Politico)

Alabama’s Supreme Court will allow an execution by nitrogen gas to proceed; it would represent the first U.S. execution by this method. (Reuters)

A federal appeals court rejected the Environmental Protection Agency’s ban on chlorpyrifos, an insecticide linked to brain damage in kids, though left the door open for a ban in the future. (The Hill)

Meanwhile, the FDA has proposed a ban on brominated vegetable oil, a common additive in fruity sports drinks and sodas, after studies showed the substance might be hazardous to humans.

And the agency said that healthcare providers should make sure they administer the correct dose of the Moderna COVID vaccine to pediatric patients ages 6 months through 11 years (0.25 mL), as the single-dose vial of the vaccine contains “notably” more than that amount.

Plaintiffs including Tennessee teenagers and doctors have asked the Supreme Court to overturn a federal court ruling upholding a ban on gender-affirming care for minors in Tennessee and Kentucky. (Washington Post)

A California jury ruled that a clothing manufacturer should pay more than $1 million to four American Airlines flight attendants who said that chemicals in their uniforms caused a variety of health problems. (AP via ABC News)

Health officials in Long Beach, California reported a second case of locally acquired dengue in the state.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of Best Buy’s Insignia brand of electric pressure cookers because of a potential burn hazard.

Canadian family doctors voted overwhelmingly against adding a third year to residency training, although the College of Family Physicians of Canada are not obligated to honor the nonbinding vote. (CBC)

The CDC detailed widening racial and income disparities in childhood vaccination coverage. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)

A bipartisan group of Senators introduced a bill that would permanently extend the COVID-era authorization to prescribe the opioid-addiction drug buprenorphine by telemedicine. (STAT)

Credit scores are rising in America now that medical debt cannot be considered in scoring. (KFF Health News)

Volunteer medical students in Chicago try to fill a rapidly expanding gap in healthcare for the city’s migrant population. (AP)

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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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