BN.1 Variant Rising; CA Sees First RSV Child Death; Sperm Counts Down Worldwide – Medpage Today

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by Amanda D'Ambrosio, Enterprise & Investigative Writer, MedPage Today
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The CDC is tracking the rise of the Omicron subvariant BN.1, which was linked to an estimated 4.3% of cases nationwide last week.
Amid an outbreak of respiratory illnesses in the state, California announced the first death from flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) this season in a child under 5 years old. (Los Angeles Times)
In response to the surge of pediatric hospitalizations from RSV and other respiratory diseases, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) issued an executive order that will allow hospitals to staff more pediatric beds by accessing a pool of volunteer nurses and doctors. (KOIN)
The RSV hospitalization rate for seniors is 10 times higher than usual at this point in the season. (CNN)
Poison control reports of accidental ingestion of cough medicine among children under 5 have increased in the last decade, according to new research by the FDA published in Pediatrics.
The White House is seeking nearly $10 billion in COVID-19 funding for more COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. (Washington Post)
Eli Lilly will pull millions of dollars in ad spending on Twitter, following an incident last week in which a fake Lilly account that had been verified tweeted that the company was making insulin free. Novo Nordisk and GSK have also paused some Twitter ad spending. (Endpoints News)
The emergence of weight-loss startups has provided another avenue for patients to access GLP-1 agonists like semaglutide (Wegovy). But some patients say the care they’ve received falls short. (Kaiser Health News)
Uma Valeti, cardiologist and CEO of Upside Foods, has found a way to “grow” meat in a lab by culturing animal cells, announcing that his company may get the greenlight from the FDA to sell lab-grown meat “in the very near future.” (NPR)
President Biden said Monday that he does not expect to have enough votes in Congress to pass legislation that would codify Roe v. Wade. (NBC News)
A 20% reduction in Planned Parenthood clinics was associated with a nearly 4% increase in severe maternal morbidity, including blood transfusion, eclampsia, and unplanned hysterectomy, according to a research letter in JAMA Pediatrics.
Nearly 50,000 graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and other academic workers at several University of California campuses went on strike yesterday to demand higher wages. (STAT)
This week, the Cleveland Clinic will start billing patients for some MyChart messages. (FOX 8 News)
Sperm counts are decreasing at an accelerated pace worldwide, according to a new meta-analysis in Human Reproduction Update.
Russian software that was disguised as American infiltrated several apps, including within the CDC. (Reuters)
The FDA approved a supplemental new drug application from nonprofit Medicines360 to extend the duration of the use of Liletta, a hormonal intrauterine device, to prevent pregnancy for up to 8 years, the organization announced.
Grammy award-winning singer Roberta Flack has ALS, which has made it impossible for her to sing. (AP)
Amanda D'Ambrosio is a reporter on MedPage Today’s enterprise & investigative team. She covers obstetrics-gynecology and other clinical news, and writes features about the U.S. healthcare system. Follow
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