Paxlovid and Long COVID; State Bans ‘Excited Delirium’ Dx; Gaza in Health Crisis

Derick Alison
Derick Alison
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Kaiser Permanente reached a tentative deal with the unions representing 75,000 healthcare workers who recently held a 3-day strike over wages and staffing levels. (AP)

Experts appear to agree that nirmatrelvir-ritonavir (Paxlovid) during the acute infection period may reduce long COVID risk, but it’s often not prescribed. (NBC News)

Many community health centers are still anxiously awaiting doses of the updated COVID shots, but despite the shortages, more than 7 million Americans have received the vaccine. (NBC News, Reuters)

Preclinical data suggest a novel conditioning agent could help preserve fertility in patients undergoing gene therapy for sickle cell disease and other genetic blood disorders, according to NIH researchers. (Nature Communications)

And speaking of the NIH, here’s a map from them you probably haven’t seen before — cellular maps of the human and non-human primate brains.

The FDA denied marketing approval to six Vuse Alto flavored e-cigarettes made by R.J. Reynolds, saying they don’t meet public health standards.

A 104-year-old woman died a little more than a week after skydiving from 13,500 feet — before Guinness World Records could determine whether she broke a record for being the world’s oldest skydiver. (NPR)

The 2022-2023 flu season was unusually high in severity for children and adolescents, according to the CDC.

California is now the first state to ban physicians and medical examiners from attributing deaths to “excited delirium.” (KFF Health News)

And the American College of Emergency Physicians has now officially backed away from the term, saying it should not be used by its members in civil or criminal cases. (AP)

Medicare Part B premiums will increase by 6% in 2024, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid announced. (The Hill)

Fourteen people in Utah became sickened with campylobacteriosis; 12 of them had recently consumed raw milk. (KSL.com)

Rudolph Isley, one of the Isley Brothers’ founding members, died at 84; no cause of death was reported. (USA Today)

The U.S. age-adjusted drug overdose death rate involving cocaine was 7.3 deaths per 100,000 in 2021, with deaths highest in the Northeast, the CDC reported.

The health system in the Gaza Strip is at a breaking point and desperately needs fuel and other supplies to avoid a humanitarian crisis, the World Health Organization said.

A phase III trial testing mirikizumab, an investigational interleukin-23p19 antagonist, in Crohn’s disease met its co-primary and all major secondary endpoints, Eli Lilly said.

Responding to the positive trial news of semaglutide (Ozempic) in kidney disease, dialysis firm DaVita suggested that the GLP-1 receptor agonist may only benefit some of these patients. (Reuters)

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