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The Department of Justice has begun a criminal investigation of Abbott Laboratories, the company responsible for the nation’s continuing infant formula shortage. (Politico)

Biosecurity experts advising the NIH issued a draft report calling for greater government oversight of studies on dangerous pathogens. (Washington Post)

Spread of the Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 continues to grow and now accounts for 49% of U.S. COVID-19 cases, according to CDC’s latest estimates.

As of Monday at 8:00 a.m. ET, the unofficial COVID toll in the U.S. reached 102,006,329 cases and 1,104,118 deaths, increases of 761,943 cases and 7,614 deaths since this time a week ago.

A small increased risk of acute kidney injury among individuals given the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was detected by researchers in New Zealand, according to a preprint paper in The Lancet.

The Navajo Nation ended one of the longest-standing mask mandates in the U.S. (AP)

Why did NYU Langone Health abruptly withdraw from a study testing the bacillus Calmette-Guerin vaccine for adolescents in type 1 diabetes? (New York Times)

A U.S. judge gave preliminary approval to Juul Labs’ $255 million settlement to resolve claims the company deceptively marketed its e-cigarette products. (Reuters)

The New York Times caught up with the emergency department doctors who treated Buffalo Bills’ safety Damar Hamlin following his on-field cardiac arrest.

Plus Hamlin’s near-death experience highlights shortcomings in the the NFL’s mental health program for its players. (KHN)

The FDA eased outdated record-keeping requirements for radiation-emitting devices such as x-rays and other electronic devices.

And the FDA issued final guidance on compounding certain ibuprofen products to increase the supply of ibuprofen oral suspension products in response to “record high demand” due to surges in COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and influenza.

Though the “tripledemic” of COVID, RSV, and flu appears to now be fading. (Washington Post)

The Federal Trade Commission wants Martin Shkreli held in contempt for blocking its investigation into whether the “Pharma Bro” ignored a lifetime ban on working in the pharmaceutical industry with his new company Druglike Inc. (Reuters)

Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes is a flight risk, according to prosecutors who say she purchased a one-way ticket to Mexico that departed weeks after her fraud conviction last year. (AP)

Huu Can Tran, the 72-year-old man suspected of killing 10 people and injuring 10 others in Monterey Park, California on Saturday night, died from a self-inflected gunshot wound on Sunday. (The Hill)

Police say a 76-year-old woman is in custody after killing her terminally ill husband at a Daytona Beach, Florida hospital as part of a planned murder-suicide pact. (CNN)

A woman in Idaho shared her 19-day miscarriage on TikTok. (ABC News)

While most near-total abortion bans have exceptions, in practice few are granted. (New York Times)

More flexible prescribing of buprenorphine-based treatment for opioid use disorder during the pandemic did not lead to an increase in the share of overdose deaths involving buprenorphine. (JAMA Network Open)

  • 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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