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China’s Crematorium Activity Grows; Uganda Ebola Outbreak Ends; Sea Moss for Health?

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Satellite photos of China’s crematoriums show large crowds, suggesting the COVID outbreak there may be worse than the 40 deaths the government has reported since restrictions were lifted late last year. (Washington Post)

Countries should consider telling their airline passengers to wear masks during long-haul flights now that the XBB.1.5 Omicron subvariant of COVID is spreading, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. (Reuters)

Uganda declared the end of its Ebola outbreak less than 4 months since the outbreak started, the WHO announced.

Brazil’s former president Jair Bolsonaro has been discharged from a Florida hospital after receiving treatment for abdominal pain related to an old stab wound. (CNN)

First lady Jill Biden will undergo Mohs surgery after a small lesion was detected above her right eye during a routine skin cancer screening. (NPR)

Elsevier has developed a 3D female anatomy model that the company says is more complete than any other.

The nurses’ strike at two New York City hospitals is continuing into day 3. (ABC7)

The Pentagon dropped its vaccine mandate but is allowing commanders discretion in how they deploy unvaccinated troops. (Axios)

CMS announced that 16 million people have signed up for health coverage under Affordable Care Act marketplaces.

Which New York City subway stations have the worst air quality? Those close to tunnels that run under rivers, according to research from NYU Langone.

In his new book, Prince Harry discusses his experience with psychedelic therapy. (New York Times)

Some of the COVID tests being sent out by the federal government are in danger of expiring quickly — even with extensions. (NBC News)

The FDA warned two manufacturers of medical scopes for surgical procedures — Olympus and one of its subsidiaries — citing violations found during inspections of the companies’ facilities in Japan.

Humans aren’t the only ones suffering from COVID — lots of animal species are too. (National Geographic)

And now, in planet Earth health news, the ozone layer appears to be repairing itself. (CNN)

A child died every 4.4 seconds in 2021, according to a U.N. report, and that number could get worse. (NPR)

Are you a pregnant woman with an incredibly swollen nose? You’re not alone. (Insider)

Candida auris, a drug-resistant “super fungus,” has been discovered in Mississippi for the first time. (The Telegraph)

Is sea moss a miracle food? (New York Times)

The federal government shouldn’t have waited so long to improve the water infrastructure, according to the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. (NBC News)

It’s not just what you eat that matters if you want to lose weight — it’s also when you eat it. (Washington Post)

  • Joyce Frieden oversees MedPage Today‚Äôs Washington coverage, including stories about Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court, healthcare trade associations, and federal agencies. She has 35 years of experience covering health policy. Follow

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