Health news roundup: For many weary Chinese, fear of lockdown trumps fear of COVID; FDA Receives Cancer Reports Linked to Breast Implants and More

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For many weary Chinese, fear of lockdown trumps fear of COVID

When the number of COVID-19 cases began to rise in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen last week, Robin Chen got into his car and fled to nearby Huizhou. It wasn’t because he feared the virus – many of his friends overseas had caught it and picked it up – but he didn’t want to lose his freedom again as speculation swirled that Shenzhen was heading for its second lockdown in six months.

New York to step up polio vaccinations after virus found in sewage

New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared a disaster emergency on Friday in a bid to expedite efforts to vaccinate residents against polio after the virus was detected in sewage samples collected from four counties. Hochul’s executive order follows the discovery of the virus last month in samples from Nassau County on Long Island, bordering New York’s borough of Queens. Earlier this year, the virus was found in samples from Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties, all north of the city.

Lawmakers call for US probe into airlines’ handling of COVID funds

Leaders of two congressional committees want a federal probe into whether airlines have used government pandemic money to fund pilot buyouts and early retirements that may have fueled current pilot shortages, a report says. letter published on Friday. Congress approved $54 billion in three rounds covering much of U.S. airline payroll costs for 18 months that ended in September 2021. Airlines accepting government aid that funded payroll costs were barred from furlough or dismissal of workers and faced limits on executive compensation and bans on share buybacks and dividends.

FDA receives cancer reports linked to breast implants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received several reports of certain types of cancers in the scar tissue that forms around breast implants, the agency said in a safety notice Thursday. As of September 1, 2022, the FDA has received 10 reports of squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer, and 12 reports of various breast implant-related lymphomas.

US begins enrolling in trial testing Siga’s monkeypox antiviral

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced Friday that it has begun enrolling patients with monkeypox in a late-stage study testing Siga Technologies Inc’s antiviral pill Tpoxx against the disease. Both oral and intravenous formulations of Tpoxx are approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of smallpox, but do not yet have clearance to treat monkeypox.

Long link between COVID and suicide: Scientists warn of hidden crisis

Scott Taylor could never quit COVID-19. The 56-year-old, who caught the disease in the spring of 2020, had still not recovered about 18 months later when he took his own life at his home near Dallas, having lost his health, memory and ‘silver.

Kim Jong Un suggests North Korea could start COVID vaccinations

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has suggested the isolated country could begin vaccinations against COVID-19 in November, state media reported on Friday. In a speech to North Korea’s National Assembly on Thursday, Kim cited warnings from the World Health Organization that winter could see a resurgence in coronavirus infections.

US orders 100 million COVID tests, White House says more needed

The United States will increase its stockpile of COVID-19 home tests, ordering more than 100 million tests from domestic manufacturers, the White House announced Thursday, but warned it was a short-term fix. term. President Joe Biden’s administration has repeatedly and unsuccessfully asked Congress for more money for the pandemic. He said last week he would seek $22.4 billion in emergency funding for COVID-19 relief before a possible spike in cases in the fall.

Shanghai, China’s financial hub, to expand free COVID testing services

China’s Shanghai financial center will extend regular free COVID-19 testing services until Oct. 31 to further consolidate the results of its epidemic prevention efforts, the city government said Friday. Citizens are required to take at least one PCR test every week until the end of October, the city government said on its Wechat account.

South Carolina Senate decides to further restrict access to abortions

The South Carolina Senate on Thursday approved a bill strengthening the abortion ban that is being blocked by the state’s highest court, after two days of fierce debate between anti-abortion Republicans and lawmakers more moderates from both parties. The bill approved by the Senate would reduce the exceptions for rape and incest to the first trimester of pregnancy, not 20 weeks as required by current law. Like the current ban, the bill would also allow abortions if the fetus is diagnosed as fatal, but it would require diagnoses from two doctors, not just one, as the stalled law requires.

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