HEALTHCARE – Feds are scanning updated COVID footage for young children

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Today in the health field, omicron-specific bivalent COVID-19 boosters have been authorized for use in children younger than 5 years of age, expanding the fall-winter vaccine campaign.

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The US Food and Drug Administration authorizes the use of boosters for children up to 5 years of age

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Wednesday that it has expanded its emergency authorization for bivalent COVID-19 boosters to include children ages 5 to 11.

The Food and Drug Administration’s decision is granted Request our Modern For permission to administer the divalent booster to children up to 6 years of age and grants Pfizer order To give its own booster to children up to 5 years old.

  • Peter Marks, director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Evaluation of Biology and Research, said.
  • “Vaccination remains the most effective measure to prevent the severe consequences of COVID-19, including hospitalization and death,” Marks added.

Prior to this, Pfizer’s updated Omicron vaccine was the only bivalent vaccine allowed for use in children, younger than 12 years of age, while Moderna’s booster was only allowed for people 18 years of age or older.

This FDA decision is in line with what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in September, noting in documents that it was expecting a recommendation of boosters for young children in early to mid-October.

Following the FDA’s action, CDC Director Rochelle Walinsky approved the vaccines for young adults, paving the way for their distribution.

Read more here.

Abortion is a powerful motivator for Democrats

Good news for Democrats ahead of the midterm elections: Half of American voters said the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade made them more motivated to vote in this year’s election, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) poll.

About two-thirds of Democrats and half of independents cited the Supreme Court’s decision as a catalyst for the vote, as did a third of Republicans.

Democrats are betting that abortion will be enough incentive for them to maintain control of the House and Senate. Candidates focus a lot of their messaging on abortion rights, and they pour money into abortion-focused ads.

Basic stats: Three-quarters of respondents said they plan to vote for candidates wanting to protect access to abortion, compared to 17 percent who said they plan to vote for candidates who want to limit access to abortion.

In states that ban abortion, 74 percent of Democrats or Democratic-leaning voters are more eager to vote, compared to only 35 percent of Republicans or Republican-leaning voters.

but also: Voters said they wanted to hear the candidates talk about the economy.

  • It was the first issue for Republicans and Independents
  • Democratic voters were more divided. 28 percent said they wanted to hear about abortion and abortion rights, while 23 percent said they wanted to hear about candidates talking about the economy.

Read more here.


Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter Wednesday to Abbott Nutrition accusing the company of using “abusive legal tactics” to cover up health risks with its powdered infant formula — safety concerns it said the company was aware of. contracts.

In the letter, an early version of which was provided exclusively to The Hill, Warren alleged that the company used non-disclosure agreements with families affected by tainted infant formula.

“Using aggressive legal tactics and compromises that require families to ‘keep silent’ has undoubtedly played a role in reducing public knowledge of children’s health risks from Chronobacter and protecting your company from scrutiny even as consumer complaints and citations from federal regulators mount,” Warren wrote.

The senator said Abbott Nutrition has known about the presence of Chronobacter, a bacterium that can cause fatal infections in children, in its dried product since 2003.

In 2011, Abbott Nutrition went to great lengths to silence families after an outbreak led to several lawsuits against the company, it alleges in the letter.

Read more here.

The Rise of the Maternity Desert Across the United States: The Research

New research shows that the number of maternity care “deserts” across the United States is rising as expectant mothers struggle to get health care.

a Report Released Wednesday from the March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization that works to support maternal and child health, it states that as many as 6.9 million women nationwide have little or no access to maternal health care, affecting nearly 500,000 births in the country.

A growing issue:

  • The researchers found that 5 percent of counties switched to lower access than they did for the 2020 WHO report on the topic, while 3 percent of counties converted to a higher level of access.
  • The number of maternity care deserts has also increased by 2 percent since 2020, for a total of more than 1,100 counties. Nearly 16,000 more women are not receiving care compared to two years ago.

The report states that about 2.2 million women of childbearing age live in the maternity care desert, while 4.7 million live in counties with limited access.

The researchers also found that more than 60 percent of maternity care deserts are in rural counties, where only 7 percent of obstetric providers practice.

Read more here.

Bill defines gender affirmation care as child abuse

Michigan Republican lawmakers have introduced a bill that would amend the state’s penal code to classify gender-affirming health care for transgender youth as first-degree child abuse.

according to Submit the bill Tuesdaya person may be convicted of first-degree child abuse – punishable by life imprisonment – ​​if they “intentionally or intentionally” cause serious physical or mental harm to a child, including by helping the child obtain a “gender transition procedure” .

The bill was introduced by State Representatives Ryan Berman, Steve Kara, Luke Merman, Beau LaFave and Steve Marino, all of whom are Republicans.

The procedure identifies a “person” in this case as the child’s parent, guardian, or licensed medical professional.

LaFave said in a Wednesday phone call with The Hill that he believes providing sex-confirming medications, prescriptions and surgeries to young people who are legally unable to consent to sex is “rationally incoherent.”

  • “People are mistreating these kids,” he said. “The idea that we’re going to make changes that might change the lives of kids at 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 when it’s illegal for them to have sex is crazy. I mean, they’re not responsible enough to smoke a cigarette until they’re 21”
  • LaFave said he is optimistic that most Republicans in the state legislature will support the measure. He added that he believed most Michigan Democrats were in ideological agreement with him and the co-sponsors of the law, but that they would risk harming their political careers if they publicly supported the measure.

Republicans retain a narrow majority of three seats in the Michigan State Assembly.

Read more here.

what we read

  • ‘We’re in trouble’: Study raises concern about long-running coronavirus effects (Washington Post)
  • Routine deliveries turn into ’emergency’ money-making events in hospitals that work with private equity-backed staffing firms (luck)
  • How Democratic Men Focus on Abortion Access in the Campaign Path (Nineteenth news)

country by state

  • More polio detected in New York City wastewater, data shows (News letters)
  • With overdoses on the rise, Rhode Island adopts a bold addiction strategy (New York times)
  • ‘Separate and unequal’: Critics say Newsom’s expensive Medicare reforms leave most patients behind (Kaiser Health News)

That’s it for today, thanks for reading. Check out The Hill’s health care page For the latest news and coverage. see you tomorrow.

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