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Oz Race Up in the Air; Nestle Flies in Formula; Judge Strikes Down 1931 Abortion Law

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Pennsylvania Senate candidate Mehmet Oz, MD, is locked in a tight Republican primary race with Dave McCormick, triggering an automatic recount. (NBC News)

Use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 antiviral Paxlovid has jumped 315% over the past 4 weeks, HHS reported. (Reuters)

The Biden administration will extend the COVID-19 public health emergency beyond mid-July. (Bloomberg)

The Colorado Supreme Court rebuffed an attempt by St. Anthony North Hospital to raise a patient’s spinal surgery copay from the $1,337 pre-surgery estimate to $229,112; the jury set her final bill at $767. (Colorado Politics)

Nestle is flying baby formula from the Netherlands and Switzerland to the U.S. to help assuage the baby formula shortage, USA Today reports. Meanwhile, the AP explains what happened at the Michigan formula manufacturing plant at the center of the shortage.

As of Wednesday at 8 a.m. EDT, the unofficial U.S. COVID toll reached 1,001,481 deaths, an increase of 264 versus this time yesterday, with new cases averaging over 96,000 per day.

Are symptoms of long COVID being ignored in seniors? (Kaiser Health News)

Without vaccination, antibodies from Omicron infection showed limited neutralization against other variants of concern, researchers reported in Nature.

The Senate released its version of the user fee reauthorization bill, which contains several differences from the House version, including no mention of accelerated approvals or clinical trial diversity. (Endpoints News)

Speaking of trial diversity, a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine says there isn’t enough of it. (STAT)

Researchers are targeting a gene connected with kidney disease in Black Americans, but doing so brings with it some difficult questions. (New York Times)

Anna Louie Sussman takes a look at Abortion Without Borders, a Polish abortion rights organization. (The New Yorker)

The Federal Trade Commission has hit R360, a Florida company, and its owner with a $3.8 million civil penalty for deceiving addiction-treatment patients about the evaluation and selection criteria for the centers in its treatment network.

The recent mysterious hepatitis cases in children deserves parental vigilance, says former Baltimore health commissioner Leana Wen, MD. (Washington Post)

Increases in sexually transmitted infections is partly due to lawmakers reallocating funding to other problems they thought were more urgent, experts say. (New York Times)

Is it time to be concerned over the spate of monkeypox cases in the U.K.? (STAT)

Eliminating air pollution from fossil fuels would save about 50,000 lives annually in the U.S., researchers found. (NPR)

A Michigan judge has granted a preliminary injunction against a 1931 state law barring abortion except to save the life of the mother. (Detroit Free Press)

And in Tennessee, a judge has invalidated a state law requiring businesses to post a sign with government-specified wording if they let transgender people use their restrooms. (Tennessee Lookout)

  • Joyce Frieden oversees MedPage Today’s 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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