Day: October 8, 2020

By iwano@_84

Supreme Court refuses to restore abortion pill restrictions, for now

Two of the court’s most conservative justices, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, dissented, saying the Court should have stayed the lower court ruling and reinstated the restriction on abortion pills.

“Changes in the severity of the problems caused by the COVID–19 pandemic…does not justify the Court’s refusal to rule,” they wrote.

How we got here: At issue is a challenge by medical and advocacy organizations to the FDA rules that require a patient to obtain abortion medication in-person from a provider, though the pill itself — prescribed only for abortions early in pregnancy — can be taken at home. The groups, pointing out that FDA allows higher-risk drugs to be provided through telemedicine, argue the policy is medically unnecessary and puts both patients and providers at risk during the pandemic.

In July, a federal judge in Maryland agreed with the groups and blocked the in-person requirement for the duration of

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By iwano@_84

Senior Official Explains VP’s Health After Mysterious Case At Debate

A flurry of speculation has surrounded the health of Vice President Mike Pence after he appeared to have pink eye at Wednesday’s debate with Sen. Kamala Harris. A senior Trump administration official told Politico that Pence likely suffered from a broken blood vessel, rather than a pink eye infection. 

Pence’s eye problem, as well as a fly that settled on his head, drew attention on social media.

Dr. Daniel Volland, an optometrist based in Seattle, also diagnosed Pence with a broken blood vessel.

“Eye doctor, here! Temporal Subconjunctival Hemorrhage OS is my diagnosis; it’s a broken blood vessel, not infectious,” Volland tweeted. 

Although some debate viewers thought Pence’s eye could be a symptom of COVID-19, the vice president tested negative for the virus prior to the event. Pink eye is a rare symptom of a COVID-19 infection.

“The number of COVID-19 patients that have been reported to have eye symptoms

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Dead cat in Opelika tests positive for coronavirus

Two state agencies are currently investigating whether a cat in Opelika died of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

The Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries stated in an announcement that the Thompson Bishop Sparks State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Auburn detected an initial positive test on the cat. The results were confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories this week.

However, veterinary pathologists found significant lesions in the cat’s nervous system which usually indicate bacterial infections, suggesting that the virus was not the primary cause of death. An investigation is continuing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that, in nearly all animal deaths associated with the virus, animals had multiple infections or underlying health issues at the same time. Thus far, less than 10 animal deaths in the U.S. are thought to have been associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dentist’s COVID-19 Coverage Suit Sent Back to State Court

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Law360 (October 8, 2020, 6:44 PM EDT) —
A Texas federal judge remanded a dentist’s COVID-19 coverage suit against Allstate Insurance Co. back to state court, ruling that the insurer failed to show that a claims adjuster was wrongly joined, defeating the suit’s diversity of jurisdiction required in federal court.

U.S. District Judge Richard B. Farrer said Wednesday that Orsatti DDS PC, a dental office of Bexar County, Texas, sufficiently showed that it properly included an insurance claims adjuster in the suit, which lacks

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Arlington Sees Spike In Single-Day Numbers Of Coronavirus Cases

ARLINGTON, VA — Virginia Department of Health reported 49 new cases Thursday of COVID-19, the illness associated with the new coronavirus, in the Arlington Health District. That’s the highest number of new cases confirmed in a single day in Arlington since 50 were reported on May 29.

Ryan Hudson, acting public information officer for Arlington’s Public Health Division, said in an email that the higher number was due to VDH clearing a backlog cases.

In addition, VDH noted on its website that 689 cases from across Virginia should have been reported on Wednesday, due to a surveillance system reporting issue.

“Cases are not reported on the day the patient became ill, but on the day they have been classified as meeting the case definition for COVID-19,” the website said.

The total number of confirmed cases in Arlington stands at 4,132.

Virginia health officials also reported no new deaths due to

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For Kids Who Hit Puberty Early, Risk of Self-Harm Rises | Health News

By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter


THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Kids who reach puberty earlier than other kids are at an increased risk of harming themselves as teens, British researchers report.

“Our study is the first to investigate the relationship between the timing of puberty and self-harm using an objective measure of pubertal timing in boys,” said lead author Elystan Roberts, a researcher at the University of Bristol.

He said it’s important to find out why self-harm is on the rise among young people so that help can be provided to those who may be most at risk.

“We still don’t know a lot about the psychological effects of early puberty in boys because male pubertal timing is so hard to measure, so our results will be important for helping to reduce self-harm risk in boys as well as girls,” Roberts said in a university news release.

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Overnight Health Care: Regeneron asks for emergency authorization of coronavirus treatment Trump received | McConnell says he hasn’t visited White House in two months due to coronavirus

Welcome to Thursday’s Overnight Health Care.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Overnight Health Care: Regeneron asks for emergency authorization of coronavirus treatment Trump received | McConnell says he hasn't visited White House in two months due to coronavirus | Employer-sponsored health insurance premiums rise 4 percent

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Overnight Health Care: Regeneron asks for emergency authorization of coronavirus treatment Trump received | McConnell says he hasn’t visited White House in two months due to coronavirus | Employer-sponsored health insurance premiums rise 4 percent

Regeneron filed for emergency authorization of its antibody COVID-19 treatment drug, just hours after President Trump claimed it basically cured him. Mitch McConnell hasn’t been to the White House in months, and a new analysis shows Americans’ job-based health care is continually getting more expensive.

We’ll start with Regeneron:

Regeneron asks for emergency authorization of coronavirus treatment Trump received

Biotech company Regeneron late Wednesday applied for emergency authorization for an experimental antibody treatment praised by President Trump.

“Subsequent to our discussions with regulatory authorities, we have submitted a request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for our

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This Is How Much Toothpaste You Really Need

Updated 5 minutes ago. Posted 5 minutes ago

Why did I not know this earlier?!

Dr. Gao Jye Teh is a Malaysian-based dentist who — like a lot of people — decided to download TikTok during the COVID-19 lockdown earlier this year. “I found myself retaining information I learned from watching TikToks easily because it was often conveyed in short, digestible, and entertaining ways. It got me thinking, ‘What if I could spread dental awareness in this memorable way, too?’ So, I gave it a shot,” Dr. Gao told BuzzFeed.

And, he has been very successful at doing just that! In his latest TikTok — which went viral with over six million views — Dr. Gao demonstrated what the proper amount of toothpaste looks like:

So, how much do you actually need? People over three years of age only need the amount of a SINGLE PEA!


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FDA Commissioner Shares Requirements for COVID-19 Vaccine Approval

Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

  • FDA experts evaluate three main areas for all vaccines, including for COVID-19: safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality.

  • Before a COVID-19 vaccine is approved, the FDA will review safety and effectiveness data from at least one well-designed and -performed clinical trial that shows data that are “clear and compelling.”

  • The FDA is looking for a COVID-19 vaccine that has a minimum of 50% efficacy but is hoping for higher.

  • The FDA is requiring a “very robust” program to continue to look at safety data after a COVID-19 vaccine is approved, as well as an “aggressive” postmarketing assessment program.

This transcript has been edited for clarity.

John Whyte, MD, MPH: You’re watching Coronavirus in Context. I’m Dr John Whyte, chief medical officer at WebMD. Today I am joined by Dr Stephen Hahn. He’s the commissioner of the US Food

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400-pound bear found sick in Colorado restaurant’s dumpster has to be ‘humanely euthanized’

A 400-pound bear had to be euthanized after it was found in a Colorado restaurant’s dumpster earlier this week.

On Wednesday, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Southeast Region tweeted about the incident that happened in Woodland Park, Colorado.

According to the agency, the bear was able to get into the restaurant’s trash because the dumpster wasn’t locked.


Bill Vogrin, a CPW public information officer, told Fox News that the bear — which was estimated to be between 18 and 19 years old — was first found in the dumpster around midnight, but wildlife officers hoped the bear would find its way out overnight.

However, when an officer returned to the dumpster in the morning, the bear was still inside and was struggling to get out.

After wildlife officers tranquilized it and tipped the dumpster over, they saw the

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