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Largest COVID Vax Safety Study; Kratom Deaths Rising; Gov. Threatens Hospital Chain

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An analysis based on 99 million people globally who received COVID-19 vaccines confirmed previously established safety signals for myocarditis, pericarditis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, and cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, and identified other areas that may need further research. (Vaccine)

Zimbabwe started an emergency campaign to inoculate over 4 million children against polio after detecting three cases caused by a rare mutation of the weakened virus used in oral vaccines. (AP)

The United Nations World Food Program is pausing deliveries to northern Gaza because it can’t ensure its staff will be safe. One in six children in northern Gaza are malnourished. (The Hill)

A Washington Post review of state and federal records reported that medical examiners and coroners increasingly blamed deaths on kratom between 2020 and 2022.

More than half of the world’s countries face a high or very high risk of a measles outbreak this year, the World Health Organization warned. (Reuters)

Meanwhile, an outbreak in Florida is the latest in a string of nearly a dozen U.S. states with measles flare-ups. (USA Today)

About 80% of voters said it’s very important for the 2024 presidential candidates to talk about healthcare affordability and inflation, according to a new KFF health tracking poll.

Ancient DNA revealed cases of Down syndrome and Edwards syndrome among historic and prehistoric individuals. (Nature Communications)

Sleep signatures were altered after effective deep brain stimulation for depression. (Translational Psychiatry)

Here’s what implanted brain-computer interfaces have taught us about the brain. (Nature)

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and two other Republican lawmakers who had their pay docked in 2021 for refusing to comply with a mask mandate. (USA Today)

Eviction filings were associated with substantial excess mortality among renters during the first 20 months of the COVID pandemic. (JAMA)

A substantial proportion of grad students and postdoc trainees at three health-focused Harvard schools experienced food insecurity during the academic year. (JAMA Network Open)

Medical interns and residents went on strike in South Korea to protest government plans to add more doctors to the workforce. (BBC)

Fentanyl use spread deeper into Mexico, a country that so far has avoided an epidemic of fentanyl overdoses. (Reuters)

Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey (D) demanded financial information from Steward Health Care by close of business Friday, saying if the company cannot maintain staffing and supply levels necessary for patient safety, the state would take action. (Boston Herald)

Analyses of up to 245,000 genomes in the NIH All of Us program found more than 275 million new genetic markers and uncovered inequities in genetics research. (Nature)

One-fourth of menthol cigarette smokers quit within 2 years of a menthol ban, a meta-analysis found. (Nicotine & Tobacco Research)

Nordic Naturals recalled one lot of its Baby’s Vitamin D3 liquid supplement due to a manufacturing error that led to a super-potent dose of the vitamin.

Prevention and treatment must work together to address the nation’s obesity problem, CDC experts said. (Health Affairs)

Police in Fairfax County, Virginia were looking for a hospital patient whom they say stole an ambulance while wearing a medical gown. (AP)

CNN profiled oncologist Catherine Wu, MD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, who received the Sjöberg Prize for her “decisive contributions” to cancer research.

  • Judy George covers neurology and neuroscience news for MedPage Today, writing about brain aging, Alzheimer’s, dementia, MS, rare diseases, epilepsy, autism, headache, stroke, Parkinson’s, ALS, concussion, CTE, sleep, pain, and more. Follow

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