Texas Sues Pfizer Over Vax Claims; Dr. Rand Paul to the Rescue; Kid Pneumonia Cases

Derick Alison
Derick Alison
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has sued Pfizer over the drugmaker’s efficacy claims for its COVID vaccine. (Reuters)

Sen. Rand Paul, MD (R-Ky.), rushed to the aid of Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and performed the Heimlich maneuver after she choked on food at a Senate luncheon. (The Hill)

Traumatic memories appear to have their own neural pathways, which may explain why they are so vivid and intrusive. (Nature)

Firearm suicides in the U.S. reached an “unprecedented high” in 2022, a CDC report found. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)

Big Pharma gets bigger, as AbbVie acquires ImmunoGen for an estimated $10 billion. (AP)

The surprising environmental cost of lifesaving medical and health products. (STAT)

Speaking of environmental costs, Bitcoin mines take a big gulp of the nation’s water supply. (The Verge)

Climate change is increasing the spread of malaria and threatening progress against the mosquito-borne disease, according to a World Health Organization report. (Reuters)

An analysis of corporate financial records showed that Novo Nordisk paid doctors — primarily obesity specialists — $25.8 million over 10 years to promote the company’s diabetes and weight-loss drug semaglutide (Ozempic, Wegovy). (Reuters)

The FDA issued a safety notice, warning consumers and healthcare providers and facilities of a potential risk of failure for plastic syringes made in China.

Connecticut doctors say the shortage of nirsevimab (Beyfortus) to prevent respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has forced them to ration the doses they have. (CT Mirror)

Meanwhile, Massachusetts becomes the second state to report a recent rise in pneumonia cases in kids, following similar reports in Ohio. (New York Post, Fox News)

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed an ambitious plan to replace all lead water pipes in the U.S. within 10 years.

Using forensic genetic genealogy, Nevada officials identified a woman whose body was found buried under a pile of rocks 26 years ago. (CNN)

The CDC is now warning people not to eat any cut cantaloupe from an unknown source; a Salmonella outbreak linked to the fruit has made 117 people sick and led to 61 hospitalizations and two deaths.

As North Carolina becomes the 40th state to opt in for Medicaid expansion, an estimated 300,000 adults in the state will be enrolled immediately and another 300,000 are expected to qualify. (AP)

A potential merger of health insurance giants Cigna and Humana could trigger antitrust challenges related to the companies’ pharmacy benefit management businesses. (Axios)

Bedtime for a child with a rare form of pediatric epilepsy starts “a 12-hour journey charged with uncertainty and worry” for his parents. (HuffPost)

The safety and well-being of millennial and Gen Z women has declined as compared with their mothers and grandmothers. (ABC News)

Music City has become a boom town for health technology startups. (CNBC)

Going overboard with holiday “spirit” can take a toll on gut health. (Fox News)

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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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