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Senator May Need Amputation; 1 in 5 Still Have Long COVID; Bye Bye, Juul?

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North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer (R) revealed he may need fingers on his right hand amputated after suffering an injury while doing yard work. (The Hill)

Of the more than 40% of adults in the U.S. who reported having COVID-19 in the past, nearly one in five (19%) still have symptoms of long COVID, according to the CDC’s most recent Household Pulse Survey.

HHS released new public service announcements encouraging COVID-19 vaccinations for children under 5. (CNN)

Meanwhile, Florida-based Publix confirmed it will not offer the Moderna and Pfizer shots to children younger than 5 (Fox Business)

As of Thursday at 8:00 a.m. EDT, the unofficial U.S. COVID toll reached 86,644,087 infections and 1,013,806 deaths, increases of 217,481 and 987, respectively, since yesterday morning.

Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 may escape antibody responses in people who have been fully vaccinated and boosted and previously infected with COVID-19. (New England Journal of Medicine)

The FDA is preparing to order Juul Labs to take its e-cigarettes off the market, with a decision possibly announced as early as this week. (Wall Street Journal)

The agency also has been notified of one more infant death potentially related to Abbott Laboratories baby formula. (Reuters)

U.K. health authorities are urgently investigating a rare polio virus outbreak in sewage samples in London. (CNBC)

Pediatric medical care in Boston is consolidating as Boston Children’s Hospital expands and Tufts Medical Center shrinks. (WBUR)

The CDC is collaborating with the Florida Department of Health to investigate an outbreak of meningococcal disease among gay and bisexual men; 24 cases and 6 deaths have been reported.

HHS is authorizing commercial laboratories to conduct monkeypox tests to expand testing as the monkeypox outbreak continues to grow.

Women are less likely than men to be credited with authorship on a paper or receive credit on a patent. (Nature)

Nearly a century later, family remembers the tragic consequences of an illegal abortion. (NPR)

The Swiss pharmaceutical company Galderma said data from its phase III OLYMPIA 2 trial showed nemolizumab was effective and safe in patients with the skin disease prurigo nodularis.

Daily Harvest, a company that offers home deliveries of frozen vegan food, asked the FDA to help investigate customer complaints of stomach, liver, and gall bladder issues after they ate the company’s French leek and lentil crumble. (Washington Post)

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