Deadly Milkshakes; Masks Back at College Campus; Task Force Updates PrEP Guidance

Deadly Milkshakes; Masks Back at College Campus; Task Force Updates PrEP Guidance

— Health news and commentary from around the Web gathered by MedPage Today staff

by
Joyce Frieden, Washington Editor, MedPage Today

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Three people died after drinking milkshakes contaminated with listeria at a Frugal’s burger restaurant in Tacoma, Washington. (NBC News)

Of course first-year medical residents who started training before the COVID-19 pandemic had lower rates of PTSD symptoms compared with those who started their training during the first pandemic wave, right? Wrong. (JAMA Network Open)

An Atlanta-based college is reinstating a mask mandate due to rising COVID cases, as is Hollywood studio Lionsgate. (CBS News, The Hill)

How did things turn out when Europe spent 600 million Euros ($651 million) to recreate a human brain in a computer? Nature takes a look.

As eight Republican presidential candidates ready themselves for tonight’s debate, Planned Parenthood is unveiling a new ad campaign targeting the candidates’ views on abortion. (NPR)

Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine produced an immune response in small animals exposed to newer subvariants such as EG.5, or “Eris.” (Reuters)

Patients should have better access to testing for and treatment of Chagas disease, according to a group of doctors. (KFF Health News)

The FDA warned Amazon, Walmart, and others over the sale of unapproved drugs for molluscum contagiosum. (Regulatory Focus)

Ever hear of or use the phrase “vaginal atrophy“? It’s now seen as outdated and its use may result in underdiagnosis of other genitourinary issues, experts say. (New York Times)

Workers in construction and food preparation had the highest rates of deadly drug overdose during the pandemic, a CDC study found.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force updated its recommendation for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for those at high risk of contracting HIV to include newer antiretroviral drugs, including a long-acting option. (JAMA, PBS NewsHour)

Authorities are calling for investigations into fake drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in Phoenix that have been targeting Native Americans. (AP)

Although aspirin can reduce the risk of a second heart attack, less than half of adults eligible for the treatment take it, an international study found. (CNN)

Can you overdose on vitamin C? It’s rare, but taking too much can cause some problems. (USA Today)

Ben Young, MD, the first Native Hawaiian psychiatrist, discusses how he got young Hawaiians to become interested in a career in medicine. (STAT)

Two families sued the state of Florida, alleging that authorities there are kicking people off of Medicaid without proper notice. (The Hill)

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    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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