F.D.A. Clears Path for Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

The agency issued a final rule that took years to complete and opens the door to cheaper, more accessible devices without a prescription or medical exam.

#ears-and-hearing, #food-and-drug-administration, #medical-devices, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #tests-and-examinations, #your-feed-healthcare

The Forgotten Virus: Zika Families and Researchers Struggle for Support

Some babies born with devastating birth defects from the mosquito-borne illness are 7 now, but Covid turned the world’s attention away.

#babies-and-infants, #birth-defects, #brain, #brazil, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #medicine-and-health, #microcephaly, #mosquitoes, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #recife-brazil, #research, #viruses, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science, #zika-virus

Allergan Reaches Tentative $2.37 Billion Deal to Settle Opioid Suits

If finalized, the agreement, along with a companion deal reached by Teva earlier this week, would send as much as $6.6 billion to communities harmed by the opioid epidemic.

#allergan-inc, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #liability-for-products, #opioids-and-opiates, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #teva-pharmaceutical-industries-ltd, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

England Overhauls Medical Care for Transgender Youth

The National Health Service is closing England’s sole youth gender clinic, which had been criticized for long wait times and inadequate services.

#gender, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #your-feed-healthcare, #youth

In Rural America, Covid Hits Black and Hispanic People Hardest

At the peak of the Omicron wave, Covid killed Black Americans in rural areas at a rate roughly 34 percent higher than it did white people.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #deaths-fatalities, #race-and-ethnicity, #rural-areas, #vaccination-and-immunization, #whites, #your-feed-healthcare

Few Parents Intend to Have Very Young Children Vaccinated Against Covid

In a new survey, 43 percent of parents of children ages 6 months through 4 years said they would refuse the shots for their kids. An additional 27 percent were uncertain.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #kaiser-family-foundation, #parenting, #polls-and-public-opinion, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Soaring Overdose Rates in the Pandemic Reflected Widening Racial Disparities

A new federal report found that fatal overdoses jumped 44 percent among Black people, twice the increase among white people, from 2019 to the end of 2020.

#alaska-natives, #black-people, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #native-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #whites, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

After New Abortion Laws, Some Patients Have Trouble Obtaining Miscarriage Treatment

Surgical procedures and medication for miscarriages are identical to those for abortion, and some patients report delayed or denied miscarriage care because doctors and pharmacists fear running afoul of abortion bans.

#abortion, #abortion-drugs, #gynecology-and-gynecologists, #hospitals, #law-and-legislation, #miscarriages, #missouri, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #states-us, #stillbirth, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #wisconsin, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Drug-Resistant Infections in Hospitals Soared During the Pandemic, C.D.C. Says

A new report says the havoc wrought by the coronavirus reversed gains made by health care facilities to combat deadly pathogens.

#antibiotics, #candida-auris-fungus, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-resistance-microbial, #hospitals, #infections, #medicine-and-health, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-healthcare

Drug Distributors Cleared of Blame for Opioids Crisis in W. Va. County

Often described as ground zero for the epidemic, the communities of Cabell County and Huntington, W. Va., had opted out of a settlement and lost their case at trial.

#amerisourcebergen-corp, #cabell-county-w-va, #cardinal-health-inc, #decisions-and-verdicts, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #huntington-w-va, #mckesson-corporation, #opioids-and-opiates, #pain-relieving-drugs, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #west-virginia, #your-feed-healthcare

Updated Covid Shots Are Coming. Will They Be Too Late?

The government has greenlit new vaccines to defend against the latest Omicron variants. But the shots won’t arrive until the fall, and cases are rising now.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

When Abortion Pills Were Banned in Brazil, Women Turned to Drug Traffickers

With Roe v. Wade overturned, states banning abortion are looking to prevent the distribution of abortion medication. Brazil shows the possible consequences.

#abortion, #abortion-drugs, #brazil, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #telemedicine, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-healthcare

Abortion Pills Take the Spotlight as States Impose Abortion Bans

Demand for medication abortion is surging, setting the stage for new legal battles.

#abortion, #abortion-drugs, #becerra-xavier, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #garland-merrick-b, #states-us, #telemedicine, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

F.D.A. Set to Propose Lower Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes

The move would be an effort to further wean Americans from addictive tobacco products and reduce smoking-related illnesses.

#addiction-psychology, #altria-group-inc, #cancer, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #deaths-fatalities, #e-cigarettes, #food-and-drug-administration, #lung-cancer, #medicine-and-health, #menthol, #nicotine, #smoking-and-tobacco, #your-feed-healthcare

Covid Cases Surge, but Deaths Stay Near Lows

Most Americans now carry some immune protection, experts said, whether from vaccines, infection or both.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

Abortions Increase in the U.S., Reversing a 30-Year Decline, Report Finds

A new survey of the nation’s abortion providers found increases in every region of the country from 2017 to 2020.

#abortion, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #guttmacher-institute, #states-us, #united-states, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Growing Numbers of Girls Resist Genital Cutting in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is one of a few countries in sub-Saharan Africa that have not banned cutting. Now, young women are defying mothers and grandmothers by refusing to undergo the procedure.

#female-genital-mutilation, #sierra-leone, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights, #your-feed-healthcare

Report Reveals Sharp Rise in Transgender Young People in the U.S.

New estimates based on C.D.C. health surveys point to a stark generational shift in the growth of the transgender population of the United States.

#gender, #research, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states, #your-feed-healthcare, #youth

The New Abortion Bans: Almost No Exceptions for Rape, Incest or Health

Most of the state abortion prohibitions that would go into effect if Roe v. Wade is overturned do not contain carve-outs that were once widely supported by abortion opponents.

#abortion, #incest, #law-and-legislation, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #sex-crimes, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Outcry Over High School Clinic Exposes Deep Divisions on Mental Health

American teenagers are reporting severe levels of anxiety and depression. But when Connecticut moved to expand mental health services in schools, it ran into fierce opposition in one town.

#anxiety-and-stress, #connecticut, #depression-mental, #education-k-12, #killingly-conn, #mental-health-and-disorders, #school-boards, #state-legislatures, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #your-feed-healthcare

Seeking Pills, Young People Head to Social Media, With Deadly Results

The soaring drug fatalities in the U.S. are being fueled partly by fentanyl-tainted pills bought by teenagers and young adults on Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok and other social media apps.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #fentanyl, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #opioids-and-opiates, #snap-inc, #social-media, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Over 75 Percent of Long Covid Patients Were Not Hospitalized for Initial Illness, Study Finds

Researchers analyzed the largest database of private insurance claims in the United States in the first four months after a diagnostic code for long Covid was created.

#chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #fair-health-inc, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #long-covid, #research, #united-states, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

F.D.A. and Abbott Reach Agreement on Baby Formula to Try to Ease Shortage

The company said if the agency approved reopening the plant, production could resume and store shelves would be restocked within several weeks.

#abbott-laboratories, #children-and-childhood, #food-and-drug-administration, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #infant-formulas, #international-trade-and-world-market, #parenting, #recalls-and-bans-of-products, #shortages, #supply-chain, #your-feed-healthcare

Abortion Pills Will Be the Next Battleground in a Post-Roe America

Medication abortion allows patients to terminate early pregnancies at home. Some states are moving to limit it, while others are working to expand access.

#abortion, #abortion-drugs, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #states-us, #telemedicine, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-healthcare

F.D.A. Moves to Ban Sales of Menthol Cigarettes

Public health experts say the proposal could save hundreds of thousands of lives, especially among Black smokers — 85 percent of whom use menthol products.

#black-people, #canada, #food-and-drug-administration, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #medicine-and-health, #menthol, #recalls-and-bans-of-products, #sharpton-al, #smoking-and-tobacco, #united-states, #your-feed-healthcare

Do Vaccines Protect Against Long Covid?

Maybe, according to a growing number of studies, but there’s not yet a definitive answer.

#chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #long-covid, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Mask Ruling Underscores Deep Split in Attitudes

Many readers of The Times said a judge’s decision to strike down the mask mandate on public transportation was “political” and “outrageous.” Others called it a relief.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #masks, #new-york-times, #polls-and-public-opinion, #transportation, #your-feed-healthcare

Study Raises Questions About Popular Genetic Test for ‘Abnormal’ Embryos

The test leads people undergoing in vitro fertilization to discard thousands of embryos each year. The new research found implanting some “abnormal” embryos resulted in healthy live births.

#center-for-human-reproduction, #chromosomes, #embryos-human, #genetics-and-heredity, #gleicher-norbert, #in-vitro-fertilization, #infertility, #research, #your-feed-healthcare

A New Covid Breath Test Holds Promise, but Wide Use May Still Be Far Off

The F.D.A. authorized a breath-based test made by a small Texas company, which said it hoped that mobile sites could use the device.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #inspectir, #tests-medical, #your-feed-healthcare

Inside a Campaign to Get Medicare Coverage for a New Alzheimer’s Drug

The Alzheimer’s Association has pushed relentlessly to get broad access to Aduhelm, despite safety risks and uncertain evidence that it helps patients.

#aduhelm-drug, #alzheimers-assn, #alzheimers-disease, #antibodies, #biogen-inc, #centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicare, #united-states, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Many Teens Report Emotional and Physical Abuse by Parents During Lockdown

New data on teen mental health during the pandemic suggests that for many, home life was full of stressors like job loss, hunger and even violence.

#anxiety-and-stress, #boston-medical-center, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #depression-mental, #domestic-violence, #mental-health-and-disorders, #quarantines, #research, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #united-states, #your-feed-healthcare, #youth

 New ALS Treatment, AMX0035, Lacks Evidence of Benefit, FDA Panel Finds

With a 6-4 vote, the group of independent advisers to the agency narrowly concluded that results from another clinical trial are needed to assess whether the therapy, called AMX0035, can help patients.

#amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis, #clinical-trials, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #placebos, #research, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Cancer Patients Are at High Risk of Depression and Suicide, Studies Find

Two new studies of millions of people around the world suggest that doctors should be thinking more about cancer patients’ mental health, experts said.

#cancer, #chemotherapy, #depression-mental, #mental-health-and-disorders, #research, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Sinovac Booster Gives Elderly Stronger Protection Against Omicron, Study Finds

Given the surge of Omicron cases in Asia, the new research lends urgency to vaccination campaigns in China and Hong Kong.

#biontech-se, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #hong-kong, #pfizer-inc, #research, #sinovac-biotech-ltd, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

Pfizer Recalls Some Blood Pressure Drugs, Citing Cancer Risk

The move follows recalls of other medications found to have higher levels of potential carcinogens.

#accuretic, #benzene, #cancer, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #metformin, #n-nitrosodimethylamine, #ndma, #nitrosamine, #pfizer-inc, #ranitidine, #recalls-and-bans-of-products, #valisure, #valsartan, #your-feed-healthcare

How Long Should It Take to Grieve? Psychiatry Has Come Up With an Answer.

The latest edition of the DSM-5, sometimes known as “psychiatry’s bible,” includes a controversial new diagnosis: prolonged grief disorder.

#american-psychiatric-assn, #depression-mental, #grief-emotion, #mental-health-and-disorders, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #united-states, #your-feed-healthcare

Meet the Underdog of Senior Care

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, funded by Medicare and Medicaid, has quietly succeeded in enabling some older Americans to age in place.

#archcare, #elder-care, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #jersey-city-nj, #medicaid, #medicare, #nursing-homes, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

The Synthetic Nicotine Loophole Fueling a Return to Teenage Vaping

Sales are rising of flavored e-cigarettes using synthetic nicotine that evades regulatory oversight, a gap that lawmakers are now trying to close.

#addiction-psychology, #e-cigarettes, #food-and-drug-administration, #juul-labs-inc, #nicotine, #puff-bar-disposable, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #smoking-and-tobacco, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

Covid May Cause Changes in the Brain, New Study Finds

Brain scans before and after infection showed more loss of gray matter and tissue damage, mostly in areas related to smell, in people who had Covid than in those who did not.

#brain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gwenaelle-douaud, #memory, #nature-journal, #research, #smell-olfaction, #tissue-human, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Sacklers and Purdue Reach Settlement as Opioids Crisis Continues

The agreement brought holdout states on board, and would settle thousands of lawsuits over the company’s and family’s roles in the opioid epidemic. The Sacklers agreed to pay an extra billion dollars.

#bankruptcies, #compensation-for-damages-law, #office-of-the-united-states-trustee, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #your-feed-healthcare

For Older Americans, Some Positive Health News

Three recent developments — incremental and undramatic but encouraging — are likely to improve the lives and health of seniors.

#california, #coronavirus-reopenings, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #medicaid, #medicare, #nursing-homes, #social-security-us, #social-security-administration, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Pfizer Shot Is Far Less Effective in 5- to 11-Year-Olds Than in Older Kids, New Data Show

While protection against hospitalization is still strong, the vaccine offered almost no protection against infection, even just a month after full vaccination.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

A Medical Mystery Posed by Blurred Lanes

As I was driving during a cross-country road trip, my vision became wobbly. An extensive search for a specialist followed.

#amblyopia-lazy-eye, #eyeglasses, #eyes-and-eyesight, #strabismus, #your-feed-healthcare

F.D.A. Grants the First Condom Approval for Anal Sex

Though public health experts have long advised the use of condoms for anal sex to protect against H.I.V. and other infections, regulators did not have enough data to allow marketing for that use.

#advertising-and-marketing, #condoms, #emory-university, #food-and-drug-administration, #global-protection-corp, #labeling-and-labels-product, #sex, #sexually-transmitted-diseases, #united-states, #your-feed-healthcare

Got a Covid Booster? You Probably Won’t Need Another for a Long Time

A flurry of new studies suggest that several parts of the immune system can mount a sustained, potent response to any coronavirus variant.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #immune-system, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

The C.D.C. Isn’t Publishing Large Portions of the Covid Data It Collects

The agency has withheld critical data on boosters, hospitalizations and, until recently, wastewater analyses.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #medicine-and-health, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Doctors Are More Likely to Describe Black Patients as Uncooperative, Studies Find

Patients with diabetes are also more likely to be described as “noncompliant,” according to large studies of medical records.

#black-people, #diabetes, #discrimination, #doctors, #electronic-health-records, #hospitals, #race-and-ethnicity, #research, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Senate Confirms Califf as F.D.A. Chief in Tight Vote

The narrow 50-46 decision underscored the divisions on both sides of the aisle over agency policies on opioids and abortion medications and his ties to the drug industry.

#abortion, #aduhelm-drug, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #califf-robert-m, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #e-cigarettes, #food-and-drug-administration, #opioids-and-opiates, #republican-party, #senate, #senate-committee-on-health-education-labor-and-pensions, #susan-b-anthony-list, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

Bob Saget’s Autopsy Report Describes Severe Skull Fractures

Such an extensive head injury would likely have left the actor confused, if not unconscious, experts said.

#autopsies, #brain, #falls, #head-body-part, #saget-bob, #skull-body-part, #tests-medical, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

FDA Panel Rejects Lilly’s Cancer Drug Tested Only in China

The panel debated whether overseas trials could be applied to a more diverse U.S. population. The decision may affect other Chinese drug trials, and spotlights the high cost of immunotherapy.

#clinical-trials, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #eli-lilly-and-company, #food-and-drug-administration, #immunotherapy, #lung-cancer, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #pazdur-richard-1952, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #your-feed-healthcare