Health news tally: polio case found in suburban New York, first in decades; Thailand confirms first monkeypox infection and more

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Louisiana judge blocks ‘trigger’ abortion bans

Louisiana abortion clinics can stay in business after a judge on Thursday barred the state from enforcing abortion bans under laws designed to take effect after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled nullified the constitutional right to procedure throughout the country. Judge Donald Johnson in Baton Rouge has issued a preliminary injunction barring the state from enforcing so-called “trigger” laws designed to ban abortions if the Supreme Court ever overturns the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, as it did. did in June.

Medical device maker Hanger to be taken private in $1.25 billion deal

Medical device maker Hanger Inc said on Thursday it had agreed to be taken private by healthcare investment firm Patient Square Capital in a deal worth around $1.25 billion, sending its shares soaring more than 20%. Under the terms of the agreement, which was unanimously approved by Hanger’s board of directors, shareholders of the prosthetic care provider will receive $18.75 per share in cash, representing a premium of 27% relative to the stock’s closing price on Thursday.

The oral vaccine is promising; hypertension increases risk of COVID hospitalization

Here is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that deserves further study to corroborate the findings and that has not yet been certified by peer review. An experimental pill vaccine shows promise

Cape Town hospital uses a robot at the forefront of surgery in Africa

A surgical team led by Dr Tim Forgan uses the da Vinci Xi robot to help remove a cancerous rectal tumor from a patient at Tygerberg State Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. The robot, equipped with four “arms” and controlled in real time by Forgan via an immersive 3D consul, is the most advanced surgical robot in Africa. It is one of only two such robots in use on the continent, both found in South African public hospitals in Cape Town.

Amazon strikes $3.5 billion deal for One Medical in long march to US healthcare

Amazon.com Inc agreed Thursday to buy primary care provider One Medical for $3.49 billion, expanding the e-commerce giant’s virtual healthcare and adding physical medical practices for the first time. The all-cash deal would combine two relatively small players as Amazon continues a years-long march into U.S. healthcare, seeking to expand at a faster pace.

Worried about Supreme Court, US House votes to protect birth control

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to protect access to contraception, responding to fears it could be threatened by a conservative Supreme Court that overturned the ruling that guaranteed a national right to abortion. The bill passed the Democratic-controlled House by a vote of 228 to 195, with all 220 Democrats and eight of 211 Republicans in the chamber backing it. He faces uncertain odds in the equally divided Senate.

Explanation-Smoke from raging forest fires can harm health

Wildfires are increasing in frequency and intensity in many countries, spreading smoke that contains harmful gases, chemicals and particles and poses serious health risks. More toxic than air pollution, wildfire smoke can linger in the air for weeks and travel hundreds of miles. Wildfires “burn not only plant material and trees, but also cities, completely destroying vehicles and buildings and their contents,” said Kent Pinkerton, director of the Center for Health and the Environment at the University of California to Davis.

A case of poliomyelitis discovered in the suburbs of New York, the first in decades

A case of polio has been identified outside of New York City and confirmed by federal health officials, the New York State Department of Health announced Thursday in what would be the first known case of the disease. for at least 30 years. Testing suggested the highly contagious Rockland County virus case may have originated outside the United States, the department said in a statement.

Thailand confirms first monkeypox infection

Thailand’s Ministry of Health on Thursday confirmed the country’s first monkeypox infection in a 27-year-old Nigerian national on the southern island of Phuket. The man, who had a travel history from Nigeria, said he had been ill for about a week, according to senior health official Opas Karnkawinpong.

Germany must prioritize first doses of monkeypox vaccine, experts say

Germany’s vaccine advisory board has said it urgently recommends that the country use all the monkeypox vaccine it has to deliver the first doses, and that second shots only be offered once enough doses are available. “To mitigate the current wave of infection, slow the spread of monkeypox and eventually end the epidemic, high vaccination coverage of indication groups is needed,” the committee, known as STIKO, said in a statement.

(With agency contributions.)

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