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Migrant border entries rise in April, boosted by Ukrainians

U.S. authorities stopped migrants more than 234,000 times in April, one of the highest marks in decades as the Biden administration prepares to lift pandemic-era restrictions on claiming asylum. The April total, disclosed in a court filing Monday, is 6% higher than March's. It would have been lower without more than 23,000 people, many of them Ukrainian refugees admitted on humanitarian parole, who went through a San Diego border crossing. The number of Ukrainians has dropped sharply since April 25, when the administration began directing those fleeing Russia’s invasion to U.S. airports from Europe, instead of through Mexico.

FDA Expands Baby Formula Market to Foreign Suppliers, Moves to Reopen Abbot Plant

MONDAY, May 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Dealing with a crippling shortage of infant formula that has many U.S. parents desperate, the Food and Drug Administration on Monday announced "increased flexibilities" in allowing foreign manufacturers to help boost American supply of the vital product.

US allows more baby formula imports to fight shortage

President Joe Biden's administration has announced new steps to ease the national shortage of baby formula, including allowing more imports from overseas. Officials also reached an agreement to restart a shuttered baby formula factory from Abbott, the largest in the U.S.. Neither step will have an immediate effect on tight supplies that have left many parents searching for formula online or in food banks.  After getting the FDA’s OK, Abbott said it will take eight to ten weeks before new products begin arriving in stores. The company didn’t set a timeline to restart manufacturing. 

Vaccine Effectiveness Modest for Children, Teens During Omicron

MONDAY, May 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- During omicron predominance, the estimated vaccine effectiveness (VE) of the BNT162b2 two-dose vaccination among children and adolescents was modest and decreased rapidly, according to a study published online May 13 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Prevalence of Multimorbidity Up in Rheumatoid Arthritis

MONDAY, May 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have an increased prevalence of multimorbidity, according to a study recently published in RMD Open.

Chicago curfew tightened after killing near 'Bean' sculpture

A clamp-down on Chicago teens’ access to a popular downtown park and a weekend curfew following the fatal shooting of a teenager has revived longstanding accusations that City Hall prioritizes the city’s sparkling lakefront and downtown over West and South side neighborhoods where hundreds have been killed or hurt by gun violence. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has tightened a citywide curfew for young people as part of an effort to combat violence and restricted access by unaccompanied minors to downtown Chicago’s Millennium Park. The changes followed the weekend shooting death of a 16-year-old boy. But activists and others worry that minority  teens will bear the brunt of the crackdown and exacerbate tensions between police and minority communities. 

Deficits in Geriatric Assessment Prevalent in Seniors With IBD

MONDAY, May 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Older patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have high prevalence of deficits in geriatric assessment, according to a study published in the May issue of Clinical Gastroenterology & Hepatology.

AUA: Pandemic Disruptions Impacted One in Four Prostate, Bladder Cancer Patients

MONDAY, May 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Approximately one-quarter of prostate cancer and bladder cancer patients requiring treatment or other ancillary care during the pandemic reported change, delay, or cancellation of care, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association, held from May 13 to 16 in New Orleans.

AUA: Kidney Transplants From COVID-19-Infected Donors Are Safe

MONDAY, May 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Transplantation of kidneys from COVID-19-positive donors is safe, with outcomes comparable to kidneys from noninfected donors, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association, held from May 13 to 16 in New Orleans.

Coronary Heart Disease Risk Higher With COPD

MONDAY, May 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are more likely to have coronary heart disease (CHD), but no specific phenotypes have a higher risk, according to a study published online April 27 in PLOS ONE.

Homelessness up in Bay Area, down slightly in San Francisco

Homelessness increased nearly 9% in the San Francisco Bay Area over the last three years, despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent to keep people off the streets during the coronavirus pandemic. Preliminary numbers released Monday show that more than 35,000 people were counted earlier this year living in shelters or outdoors in a federally required survey. San Francisco appeared to be the one bright spot, seeing homelessness decline slightly. Alameda County reported a 22% increase in this year’s point-in-time survey while neighboring Contra Costa County saw a 35% jump. Housing advocates said the increases would have been higher without strong government aid.

US deaths from COVID hit 1 million, less than 2 1/2 years in

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has hit 1 million, less than 2 1/2 years into the outbreak. That is a once-unimaginable figure that only hints at the multitudes of loved ones and friends staggered by grief and frustration. The figure is based on data kept by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of dead is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 336 days. It is roughly equal to the number of Americans who died in the Civil War and World War II combined. It’s as if Boston and Pittsburgh were wiped out. Some of those left behind say they cannot return to normal. They replay their loved ones’ voicemail messages. Or watch old videos to see them dance. When other people say they are done with the virus, they bristle with anger or ache in silence.

New Jersey casinos pass pre-pandemic revenue levels in April

New Jersey’s casinos, horse tracks that offer sports betting and the online partners of both types of gambling outlets won $422 million from gamblers in April, up 20% from a year earlier. And the casinos’ core business, revenue won from in-person gamblers, surpassed the level of April 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic hit, an encouraging metric for Atlantic City’s brick-and-mortar casino industry, whose revenue has been struggling to rebound from pre-pandemic levels. The numbers do not include money the tracks won on horse races. The nine casinos won $235 million from in-person gamblers in April, surpassing the $207 million they won April 2019.

Oregon sued over failure to provide public defenders

Criminal defendants in Oregon who have gone without public defenders for weeks have filed a lawsuit against the state claiming a violation of their constitutional rights. The complaint, which seeks a class-action status, was filed in Portland on Monday comes as state lawmakers and the Office of Public Defense Services struggle to address a huge shortage of public defenders. The system to provide attorneys for criminal defendants who can't afford them was underfunded and understaffed before COVID-19, but a significant slowdown in the courts during the pandemic pushed Oregon to a breaking point as a backlog of cases flooded courts.

Walz, top lawmakers, reach bipartisan deal to wrap session

Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders have announced a breakthrough deal on a broad framework for parceling out a massive budget surplus with just a week remaining in the session. The bipartisan deal would devote $4 billion to tax relief, and another $4 billion to spending on education, public safety and health care. It would also leave $4 billion in the bank to guard against downturns. The agreement also calls for $1.5 billion for a public works package known as a bonding bill. Walz told reporters there's a lot of hard work ahead, but the main parameters have been set.

Macron names Elisabeth Borne as France's new prime minister

Elisabeth Borne has been appointed France’s new prime minister. She's only the the second woman to hold the post in the country. The 61-year-old Borne succeeds Jean Castex who resigned as expected Monday after French President Emmanuel Macron’ was reelected last month. Macron and Borne are expected to appoint a new French government in the coming days. Borne served as labor minister in Macron’s previous government since 2020. Before that she was transport minister and minister of ecological transition. She is now also expected to take a senior role in Macron's efforts to fight climate change. Some left-wing politicians were upset with the choice of Borne, saying she reduced social payments to 1 million unemployed people.

Buttigieg sends $5B to cities for safety as road deaths soar

Upcoming data shows traffic deaths soaring in the U.S. The Biden administration is steering $5 billion in federal aid to cities and localities to address the growing crisis. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Monday announced the availability of money over five years under his department’s new Safe Streets & Roads for All program. The goal is to spur cities to adopt detailed plans to reduce traffic deaths by slowing down cars, carving out bike paths and wider sidewalks and nudging commuters to public transit. Fatalities among pedestrians and cyclists are rising faster than those within vehicles. Roadway safety advocacy group BikeWalkKC in Kansas City, Missouri, wants communities to foster walkable neighborhoods.

Yellen meets war refugees in Poland, pushes food crisis plan

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has met with Ukrainian refugees and urged the need to confront Russian brutality as she visited Poland ahead of a meeting of finance ministers for the Group of Seven leading economies. Yellen on Monday applauded Poland for helping refugees fleeing the fighting and working with neighboring countries to find ways to get Ukraine’s wheat and other critical food supplies to the world. She thanked them for responding to “rising food insecurity” exacerbated by the war. Yellen also met with the Polish prime minister, vowing to work together to press forward with a global minimum tax of 15% on multinational corporations.

Sexual Minority Status Linked to Lower Odds of Pap Screen

MONDAY, May 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Sexual minority (SM) status is associated with reduced odds of ever undergoing Papanicolaou (Pap) testing, according to a study published online May 16 in Cancer.

Hypertension, Arterial Stiffness Linked to Risk for Diabetes

MONDAY, May 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Hypertension and arterial stiffness (AS) are associated with the risk for diabetes, with the highest risk seen for those with both hypertension and AS, according to a study published online May 16 in Hypertension.

Hispanic Patients Wait Longer When Presenting to ED With Chest Pain

MONDAY, May 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanic patients presenting to the emergency department with chest pain wait longer to be treated, admitted, or discharged, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association Quality of Care and Outcomes Research 2022 Scientific Sessions, held from May 13 to 14 in Reston, Virginia.