• NIH sunsets COVID treatment guidance

    Four years after COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, the National Institutes of Health is sunsetting its COVID-19 treatment guidelines, NPR reported March 19. 
  • Researchers issue call to action on drug-resistant fungi

    A team of researchers at Cleveland-based Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is urging the medical community to prioritize enhanced awareness and education on drug-resistant fungi as the number of global fungal infections grows. 
  • CDC issues health alert on measles outbreak

    The CDC has issued a health alert as the U.S. faces a growing tally of measles cases this year, urging clinicians to ensure children are up to date on their measles-mumps-rubella vaccinations. 
  • US bans asbestos

    The Environmental Protection Agency banned ongoing uses of asbestos, a carcinogen that is linked to more than 40,000 annual deaths, the White House said March 18. 
  • CDC responds to maternal death rate study, refutes claims

    CDC experts are defending how the agency calculates maternal deaths after researchers from several universities have said the CDC's method inflates numbers, according to Politico's reporting.
  • Flawed data inflated US maternal mortality rates, new study says

    New research calls into question the severity of the nation's maternal mortality crisis, finding that flawed data has inflated death rates over the past two decades. 
  • Why advocates are bringing a little-known psychedelic to the limelight

    Support is growing for a little-known psychedelic drug called ibogaine that could help people overcome addiction, but concerns over its impact on the heart remain, The Washington Post reported March 14.
  • Child mortality reaches record low: UN group

    A higher percentage of children worldwide are living beyond their fifth birthdays as childhood mortality rates hit a record low in 2022, according to a joint report published by the United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation.
  • FDA seeks $7.2B for 2025 budget: 3 healthcare notes

     The FDA has requested $7.2 billion from the president's proposed budget for next year — funding the agency says will bolster the nation's supply chain, support infrastructure upgrades and expand the public health workforce. 
  • New Mexico reports 1st bubonic plague death in 4 years

    Officials with the New Mexico Department of Health confirmed that a man has died following hospitalization with the bubonic plague.
  • More parents are delaying pediatric vaccines, pediatricians say

    Pediatricians in California are noticing a concerning trend of more vaccine-hesitant parents delaying their child's routine immunizations, The Los Angeles Times reported March 11. 
  • Public health researcher Dr. Howard Hiatt dies at 98

    The physician and academic who reshaped public health research toward accountability, Howard Hiatt, MD, died March 9 at 98 years old, The New York Times reported. 
  • 18 states where virus levels are high as flu holds steady

    Key metrics for COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus continue to fall, though flu activity is still elevated, CDC data for the week ending March 2 shows. 
  • US measles cases tick up: 4 updates

    Measles activity continues to rise in the U.S., with Illinois becoming the latest state to confirm infections this year, CDC data shows.
  • ED visits related to melatonin surge among kids: CDC

    Emergency department visits among young children related to unsupervised melatonin ingestion rose more than 400% from 2009 to 2020, according to a new CDC report. 
  • Concerns grow over bird flu's human risks

    Avian flu's spread among mammals is elevating concerns about the risk the disease may pose to humans.
  • Common acne products contain carcinogen, lab alerts FDA

    An independent testing laboratory has filed a petition with the FDA after finding common acne products contain elevated levels of benzene, a carcinogen that's previously been detected in other consumer products such as sunscreens and dry shampoos, according to a March 6 Bloomberg report. 
  • Man who got 200+ COVID shots had no side effects: Study

    A 62-year-old man who, for private reasons, elected to hypervaccinate, rolling up his sleeves for 217 COVID-19 shots, did not experience any adverse reactions, nor did it boost his immune system more than normal doses of the shot, according to research published March 4 in The Lancet. 
  • CDC says new COVID-19 shot slated for fall: 5 updates

    Another updated version of the COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be available this fall, around the same time flu shots are rolled out, CDC Director Mandy Cohen, MD, told Bloomberg in an interview March 4. 
  • 16 states reporting measles cases

    Measles activity is ticking up in the U.S., with nearly one-third of states reporting new cases in 2024, CDC data shows.

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