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Ob/Gyn Convicted on Sex Counts; Cancer-Sniffing Ants; House GOP Mulls Medicare Cuts

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Former Columbia University ob/gyn Robert Hadden, MD, was found guilty on four counts of federal sex-trafficking charges and potentially faces decades in prison. (AP)

From a larger human survival perspective, the Doomsday Clock is now at 90 seconds to midnight — the closest it has ever been to the doomsday hour. (Washington Post)

In other grim news, research suggests mass shootings can be contagious. (NPR)

Nurses who went on strike earlier this month at two New York City hospitals have ratified new contracts with wage hikes and the promise of better staffing levels. (AP via ABC News)

Nearly 7 million people could lose their Medicaid coverage when “continuous enrollment” in the program ends on March 31. (NPR)

The World Health Organization (WHO) is decrying the abduction of one of its employees, Mahamadou Diawara, who was taken from his car on Monday in Mali.

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) said in a statement that it “acknowledges and apologizes for the participation of some ASHG founders, past presidents, and other leaders in promoting eugenic ideals” and issued a report documenting some of its past failures, promising to do better.

Will the WHO end its COVID public health emergency? Not yet it seems, as global COVID-19 deaths are on the uptick. (STAT)

CDC launched the COVID-19 Testing Locator to help people find free COVID-19 PCR and rapid-antigen point-of-care tests.

Not a charm in this case: Monaco’s Prince Albert has tested positive for COVID for a third time. (People)

Ants’ olfactory abilities are so refined that they can detect cancer in mice with some training, according to a new paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

The drug was meant to cure leukemia in children but was killing them instead; what doctors found next became the start of a global scandal. (STAT)

The FDA said no to two menthol e-cigarettes currently marketed by R.J. Reynolds Vapor — Vuse Vibe Tank Menthol 3.0% and the Vuse Ciro Cartridge Menthol 1.5%.

South Dakota will prosecute pharmacies that dispense medication abortion pills, even as the FDA has loosened restrictions on their availability, Governor Kristi Noem (R) said. (AP)

The FDA’s top vaccine official in 2021 was concerned that the review of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for full approval was proceeding too quickly, emails showed. (Endpoints News)

Roughly 8% of U.S. adults report using sleep medication, with higher rates among women and older adults, a CDC survey study found.

A ransomware group known as BlackCat has attacked two different healthcare vendors in a matter of days. (Becker’s Health IT Review)

House Republicans are considering proposals to cut Social Security and Medicare. (Washington Post)

Meanwhile, progressive groups are hoping for more regulation of Medicare Advantage plans. (Bloomberg Law)

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