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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) pushed to make permanent the state’s bans on school mask mandates and vaccine requirements for local governments and businesses. (Tallahassee Democrat)
In Nevada, the Elko County Board of Health is considering a moratorium on COVID-19 and flu vaccines. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Moderna said its respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine was 83.7% effective at preventing lower respiratory tract disease, defined as two or more symptoms, in a phase III trial of older adults.
While Janssen said it would discontinue a phase III trial of its HIV vaccine after it was found ineffective.
A record number of Americans postponed getting medical treatment in 2022 due to prohibitive costs, with the percentage climbing 12 points to 38%, a new Gallup poll reported.
Days after sweeping abortion protections were signed into state law, a reported firebombing at an Illinois Planned Parenthood caused extensive damage. (New York Times)
Reversing mifepristone’s (Mifeprex) approval would harm public interest, the FDA said in court documents that asked a judge to reject a request by abortion opponents to withdraw federal approval of the drug, which is used for medication abortions. (Reuters)
Rough Sleepers — a new book from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder — chronicles Jim O’Connell, MD, a Harvard-trained physician who has dedicated his career to treating homeless patients. (New York Times)
Some hospitals are scaling back or halting maternity services, a move administrators say is driven by low Medicaid reimbursement rates. (Axios)
Early morning blood draws are still common among hospitalized patients, despite the harmful effects associated with disrupted sleep. (JAMA)
A former Cleveland Clinic physician was indicted on sex charges accusing him of groping patients during exams. (Fox 8 Cleveland)
Breast cancer recovery options may be limited by a health insurance coding change. (CBS News)
Harvard Medical School said it will no longer submit data to U.S. News & World Report to support its “best medical schools” survey and rankings.
Reducing the frequency of large meals may prevent weight gain more effectively than time-restricted eating. (Journal of the American Heart Association)
As online prescriptions for controlled substances come under scrutiny, some telehealth patients scramble to transfer prescriptions to in-person providers. (STAT)
China recorded its first population decline in decades. (NPR)
Frequent visits to green space were tied to less frequent use of psychotropic, antihypertensive, and asthma medication in urban environments. (Occupational and Environmental Medicine)
Locally caught freshwater fish in the U.S. may be a significant source of exposure to the “forever chemical” perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and other perfluorinated compounds. (Environmental Research)
Noted stroke expert Ralph Sacco, MD, MS, the first neurologist to serve as president of the American Heart Association, died at age 65 of a brain tumor. (American Heart Association News)