Where Abortion Is Now Illegal; Next Fight, Mifepristone; Long COVID-Sniffing Dogs?


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Abortion is now illegal or severely restricted in 11 states following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. (NPR)

In states allowing exceptions for rape or incest, women may not be able to find a provider willing or able to perform the procedure. (Politico)

The White House is now gearing up for legal battles as states consider barring access to medication abortion, with Attorney General Merrick Garland saying that “states may not ban mifepristone based on disagreement with the FDA’s expert judgment about its safety and efficacy.” (Reuters)

And would restrictions discourage or block research of mifepristone for other conditions or diseases? (NBC News)

Police are looking into whether a fire at a Christian pregnancy center in Colorado involved arson. (AP)

HIPAA will not protect patients if prosecutors seek out reproductive medical records. (STAT)

On the monkeypox front, the World Health Organization declared that the global disease outbreak does not rise to the level of a “public emergency health of international concern,” instead calling it an “evolving health threat.” (Washington Post)

Pfizer/BioNTech announced that their Omicron-targeting monovalent COVID-19 booster yielded superior immune responses versus BA.1 than its bivalent candidate; both neutralized BA.4 and BA.5 as well, “though to a lesser extent.”

As of Monday at 8:00 am EDT, the unofficial US COVID toll reached 86,953,419 infections and 1,014,872 deaths, increases of 178,213 and 599, respectively, since this time on Friday.

Some research suggests that seniors may be more likely to acquire longer COVID than younger adults, so why is it so often overlooked in this population? (Washington Post

Some good news: scientists say mitochondria may be key to developing long COVID treatments. (The Guardian)

Also, specially trained “detection dogs” are able to identify patients suffering from long COVID. (Newsweek)

Gov. Chris Sununu (RN.H.) vetoed a bill that would have allowed pharmacies to dispense ivermectin by standing order. (CBS Boston

The FDA expanded the approval of CAR T-cell therapy lisocabtagene maraleucel (Breyanzi), which now includes second-line therapy of large B-cell lymphoma, Bristol Myers Squibb announced.

Congress approved $5 billion for global food aid in a funding package for Ukraine, but more than a month later the Biden administration and USAID have yet to deliver the funds (Politico)

Scientists have discovered the largest single-cell bacteria to date, Thiomargarita magnifica, in the mangroves of Guadeloupe. (Nature)

Daily Harvest has recalled a French lentil and leek crumble meal that has sickened nearly 500 people. (CBS News)

  • 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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