Stephen Colbert’s Surgery; BA.2.86 Variant Triples; Ransomware Attack Hits Hospitals

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Derick Alison
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“The Late Show” is sidelined this week as host Stephen Colbert recovers from a burst appendix. (AP)

The BA.2.86 COVID variant tripled in new CDC estimates and now accounts for nearly one in 10 new cases in the U.S.

Here are five questions answered about the latest disease outbreak in China. (Politico)

Britain detected its first human case of flu similar to a pig virus. (Reuters)

The FDA rejected investigational reproxalap for dry eye disease, Aldeyra Therapeutics said.

A ransomware attack affected services at hospitals across the U.S. that are owned or partly owned by Tennessee-based Ardent Health Services. (CNN)

Many autoimmune disease patients struggle with diagnosis and costs. (KFF Health News)

Greater adherence to cancer prevention recommendations from the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research was associated with a lower risk of all cancers combined and some individual cancers. (BMC Medicine)

A groundbreaking smoking ban has been abandoned in New Zealand. (Washington Post)

Meanwhile, France plans to ban smoking on its beaches in an effort to thwart 75,000 tobacco-related deaths per year. (AP)

As bird flu spreads in Europe, France reported cases on a turkey farm. (Reuters)

New weight-loss drugs could help with menopausal weight gain. (New York Times)

Is tirzepatide (Mounjaro) more effective than semaglutide (Ozempic) when it comes to weight loss? (medRxiv)

Here is a tool to help determine ultra-processed food intake. (CNN)

Idaho asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow it to enforce a near-total abortion ban. (Reuters)

Is this new group progressive and anti-abortion? (KFF Health News)

Novartis recalled two lots of its cyclosporine (Sandimmune) oral solution due to crystal formation in some bottles.

After Egypt wiped out hepatitis C, it is trying to help the rest of Africa. (New York Times)

Here’s how the American Red Cross makes money from donated blood. (CNBC)

Looking for a physical therapist? Be prepared to wait. (KFF Health News)

Are edibles good for sleep? (Time)

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    Jennifer Henderson joined MedPage Today as an enterprise and investigative writer in Jan. 2021. She has covered the healthcare industry in NYC, life sciences and the business of law, among other areas.

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