Nurses, Med Student Slashed; Deadly Tick Disease Outbreak; COVID Vax After Infection

Derick Alison
Derick Alison
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Two nurses and one medical student at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center were slashed by a visitor who pulled out a weapon during an altercation on Friday. (CBS New York)

The number of possible lead-tainted cinnamon applesauce cases may be closer to 118 — roughly double what the FDA reported last week — a Washington Post investigation found.

COVID hospitalizations rose in recent weeks and are highest among seniors, middle-aged adults, and children under 4. (ABC News)

The CDC issued a Health Advisory Network alert about an outbreak of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, an often deadly disease transmitted by ticks, to people who recently traveled to Tecate, Mexico.

The Texas Supreme Court blocked a lower court’s decision to allow a pregnant woman whose fetus has a fatal genetic condition access to an emergency abortion. (CNN)

A second pregnant woman in Kentucky, sued the state over its abortion bans. (Axios)

Cigna ditched plans to acquire Humana after the two insurers failed to agree on a price, according to sources familiar with the dealings. (Reuters)

The World Health Organization (WHO) adopted a resolution calling for “immediate, sustained, and unimpeded” access to humanitarian relief and medical personnel in the Gaza Strip.

A California biotech CEO pleaded guilty to charges he defrauded investors by claiming to have developed a blood-based COVID-19 test, according to the Department of Justice.

Nurse practitioner and Virginia Democrat, Susanna Gibson, whose hopes for a state legislative seat were dashed after her sex life was exposed online, is fighting back. (Politico)

The FDA approved two landmark gene therapies for sickle cell disease, but the costly treatments will be out of reach to the majority of patients with the disease. (New York Times)

T cell effector functions were enhanced after people previously infected with SARS-CoV-2 were vaccinated. (Science Immunology)

Why aren’t more older adults getting the RSV vaccine? (New York Times)

Legendary producer Norman Lear, who died last week, courted controversy in 1972 with the airing of a two-part episode of “Maude” that centered around a decision to get an abortion. (New York Times)

For some, college football’s Heisman Trophy is a symbol of loss: four winners have been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy. (Washington Post)

Women in Africa now have an option for reducing their risk of HIV infection discreetly: a vaginal ring. (NPR)

Tennis star Chris Evert announced a recurrence of her ovarian cancer; she was first diagnosed 2 years ago. (NBC News)

Zambia reported its first major anthrax outbreak since 2011, according to the WHO.

During an ultrasound class, a medical student spotted a concerning sign that led to a cancer diagnosis. (ABC7)

The FDA expanded the use of isavuconazonium sulfate (Cresemba) to include children with invasive aspergillosis and invasive mucormycosis, Astellas Pharma said.

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    Shannon Firth has been reporting on health policy as MedPage Today’s Washington correspondent since 2014. She is also a member of the site’s Enterprise & Investigative Reporting team. Follow

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