Health

Related to factors impacting health and healthcare (pandemics, healthcare regulation, new drugs)

 
CDC data reveals that US gonorrhea & syphilis cases in 2020 surpassed 2019 levels
On April 12th, the CDC released the 2020 Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Surveillance Report. As per CDC data, the reported rates of STDs in the US increased in 2020 compared to 2019. The reported number of STD cases decreased in early 2020 before resurging by the end of the year. Factors contributing to the initial decline included the "diversion of public health staff from STD work to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic."
 
Divers rescued after drifting in the sea off Malaysia
Alexia Alexandra Molina, 18 of France, and Adrian Peter Chesters, 46, of Britain were rescued by fishermen in Indonesian waters. Molina, Chesters, and Chesters' son Nathen Renze Chesters were diving with their Norwegian instructor Kristine Grodem off Malaysia.
 
Title 42 to be lifted by end of May
On Friday, the Biden administration announced it would be terminating the Title 42 public health policy. Title 42 was used by both the Trump and Biden administrations to quickly expel migrants at the southern border since the start of the pandemic.
 
Biden admin launches COVID.gov for all COVID-related information
On March 30th, the Biden administration launched COVID.gov - a new "one-stop shop website" with the latest COVID-19 information, including details regarding vaccines, treatments, etc. According to the White House, the website will "help all people in the United States gain even better access to lifesaving tools... as well as get the latest updates on COVID-19 in their area."
 
FDA OKs 2nd Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 booster dose for 50+ and immunocompromised demographics
On March 29th, the FDA announced that individuals over 50 can now receive a second booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, should they choose to do so. Certain immunocompromised individuals can also now receive a second booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine (for 12 years and older) or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (for individuals 18 years and older).
 
White House deputy press secretary tests positive for Covid-19
White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who had accompanied President Joe Biden to Europe, has tested positive for Covid-19. Karine Jean-Pierre stated, "I last saw the President during a socially distanced meeting yesterday, and the President is not considered a close contact as defined by CDC guidance."
 
ALS patient regains ability to communicate with new brain implant tech
According to a study published in Nature Communications, a patient with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, has regained his ability to communicate. The study, published on Tuesday by a team of European researchers, claims that the fully paralyzed patient had been re-gifted the ability to communicate via new brain implant technology.
 
Pfizer, BioNTech seek FDA Emergency Use Authorization for second booster shot
Pfizer and BioNTech have applied to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Emergency Use Authorization of an additional booster dose designed to be administered to adults 65 years and older. Israel authorized a fourth vaccine shot for older people and medical workers in January.
 
China reports over 5000 Covid cases in 24 hours
On Tuesday, Mainland China reported over 5,100 new Covid 19 cases, their highest number since the 2020 outbreak in Wuhan. Meanwhile, Hong Kong reported 27,700 new cases and 289 deaths.
 
Scott Hall “Razor Ramon”, wrestling champion, passes away
Wrestler Scott Hall, 63, passed away on Monday after being taken off life support. Known to wrestling fans as Razor Ramon, Hall was on life support following complications stemming from hip surgery.