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Dr. Oz’s Dog Experiments; Challenge to COVID Vax Mandate Denied; Evusheld vs BA.4.6

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Pennsylvania Republican Senate nominee Mehmet Oz, MD, oversaw scientific experiments that led to the death of more than 300 dogs during his time at Columbia University, and an internal university investigation concluded that some of the research violated the Animal Welfare Act. (Jezebel)

The CDC will no longer maintain a list of COVID-19 travel advisories to foreign countries, stating that few are testing and reporting new infections. (New York Times)

Will there be a winter COVID-19 surge? Here’s what scientists say. (Nature)

The Supreme Court turned away a legal challenge to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare providers working in facilities that receive federal funds. (Reuters)

And the High Court rejected Biogen’s request to reinstate the patent on dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera), refusing to overturn a lower court’s decision that paved the way for a generic version of the multiple sclerosis drug. (Reuters)

Planned Parenthood will open its first mobile clinic in southern Illinois, taking abortion services closer to patients who live in surrounding states that have banned the procedure. (NPR)

While the Biden administration permitted the use of Medicaid funds to help patients cross the border for abortion services, no state has taken up the offer. (Politico)

Abortion remains legal in Puerto Rico, but there are new legal attempts to limit the procedure. (NPR)

Herschel Walker, the Republican Senate nominee in Georgia, wants to ban abortion. But a report in the Daily Beast found that he paid for a former girlfriend to have one.

Will we ever eradicate malaria? (New York Times)

In an effort to expand access, HHS has authorized pharmacists to administer monkeypox vaccines. (Becker’s Hospital Reviews)

The Biden administration announced more than $300 million in new mental health funding, partly from the anti-gun violence bill passed this summer. (ABC News)

Monica Bertagnolli, MD, started her job as the 16th director of the National Cancer Institute on Tuesday, the NIH announced. (Read MedPage Today‘s 2018 profile of Bertagnolli here.)

Is routine use of anesthesia care needed for cataract surgery? (JAMA Internal Medicine)

The FDA warned that tixagevimab-cilgavimab (Evusheld), a monoclonal antibody cocktail used to prevent COVID-19 in immunocompromised and at-risk people, is not effective against Omicron subvariant BA.4.6. (Endpoints News)

And the agency approved an intravenous push form of the HIV maintenance therapy ibalizumab (Trogarzo), which will shorten the infusion time from 15 minutes to 30 seconds, Theratechnologies announced.

Former Beatle Ringo Starr canceled several concerts on his tour after testing positive for COVID-19. (AP)

  • Amanda D’Ambrosio is a reporter on MedPage Today‚Äôs enterprise & investigative team. She covers obstetrics-gynecology and other clinical news, and writes features about the U.S. healthcare system. Follow

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