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Patient-surgeon gender concordance may not make a difference in death rates after U.S. surgeries, according to a study in The BMJ.
Health officials in China are trying to increase the number of fever clinics to combat the continued surge in pediatric respiratory illness. (Reuters)
Sexual transmission of Clade I mpox has been confirmed in the Congo for the first time, the World Health Organization said; the more virulent strain has been associated with a case fatality rate of 4.6% in the Central African nation. (AP, Forbes)
Former president Donald Trump said he’s “seriously looking” at alternates to the Affordable Care Act. (Axios)
Meanwhile, lead exposure in low levels may lead to liver injury, new research suggests. (STAT)
The Salmonella outbreak linked to recalled cantaloupe has now racked up 99 cases, 45 hospitalizations, and two deaths across 32 states, according to the CDC.
More than half of the hospitalized COVID patients in Wuhan, China still had lingering symptoms 3 years after their infection. (The Lancet)
Vaccination before a first COVID infection was strongly linked to a reduced risk of developing long COVID. (The BMJ)
Legal abortion rates in the U.S. declined from 2012 to 2021 overall, but increased slightly from 2020 to 2021, data in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) showed.
Overdose deaths among pregnant and postpartum women ages 35 to 44 years more than tripled in recent years. (JAMA Psychiatry)
One male sex partner may be behind five cases of ocular syphilis in Michigan, and the unidentified strain may increase the risk of syphilis effects. (MMWR)
U.S. troops are still being trained on rocket launchers with a known risk for brain injury. (New York Times)
A second phase III trial confirmed the benefit of dupilumab (Dupixent) in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Sanofi and Regeneron announced.
Researchers may have identified the tiny pathogen behind a mysterious dog respiratory illness. (NBC News)
A kitten with a rare strain of rabies kicked off a massive effort to vaccinate raccoons in the Omaha, Nebraska area. (Washington Post)
Air pollution from coal-fired plants is more deadly than previously believed. (CNN)
Michigan nurses want staffing ratio laws to ease a care crisis, but hospitals and health systems say they can’t find the staff. (Michigan Radio/NPR)
Around 85 million children worldwide are under-immunized because of pandemic-era disruptions to national childhood vaccine programs. (New York Times)
Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) can survive a chlorine-based disinfectant used in some clinical settings. (Microbiology)
Democratic and Republican lawmakers are no longer promising that Americans can keep their doctor, as patients can increasingly expect to see physician assistants and nurses at care visits. (Politico)