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Emergency Shipment of Baby Formula Arrives From Europe

MONDAY, May 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A 35-ton shipment of hypoallergenic baby formula from Switzerland arrived in the United States on Sunday, the first delivery in what the Biden administration is calling "Operation Fly Formula" to deal with a nationwide shortage.

Comorbidities Explored in Palmoplantar Pustulosis

MONDAY, May 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with palmoplantar pustulosis (PPP) have an overlapping comorbidity profile with patients with psoriasis vulgaris, according to a study published online April 27 in JAMA Dermatology.

Harris, surgeon general warn of health care worker burnout

Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy are warning of burnout among the nation’s health care staff after more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their warning comes amid predictions of severe worker shortages in the years ahead. Harris and Murthy visited Children’s National Hospital in Washington on Monday. Murthy unveiled a new report sounding the alarm over a projected shortage of 3 million essential low-wage health workers in the next five years, and a shortage of nearly 140,000 doctors by 2033.

Former state AG sent to treatment after probation violation

A former Pennsylvania attorney general who served jail time for leaking grand jury material and lying about it has admitted she violated her probation when she was arrested for drunken driving. Kathleen Kane was sentenced Monday to two months to a year of jail on the probation violation. She was given credit for time served and was to be paroled to a residential alcohol treatment center. Kane was charged with drunken driving in March following a crash in Scranton. She had been on probation from a 2016 conviction for perjury and other counts. Kane was the first woman and first Democrat to be elected attorney general.

Kansas looking at $50M for businesses restricted over COVID

Kansas is moving to provide $50 million in relief to businesses forced by state or local officials to shut down or restrict their operations during the first weeks of the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican-controlled Legislature on Monday approved a bill setting up the new program and sent it to Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on lawmakers’ last scheduled day in session this year. The measure is aimed at small businesses and would allow them to receive up to $5,000 for 2020 and 2021 if state and local officials imposed COVID-19 restrictions. Many of the restrictions were lifted by the summer of 2020.

Pfizer says 3 COVID shots protect children under 5

Pfizer says three small doses of its COVID-19 vaccine protect kids under 5. The company released preliminary results on Monday and said it plans to give the data to U.S. regulators later this week. It's the latest step toward letting the littlest kids get the shots. The 18 million tots under 5 are the only group in the U.S. not yet eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. The Food and Drug Administration has begun evaluating data from rival Moderna. That company hopes to offer two kid-sized shots by summer. The FDA has set tentative dates next month for its scientific advisers to publicly debate data from Pfizer and Moderna.

If Roe falls, some fear repercussions for reproductive care

If the Supreme Court follows through on overturning Roe v. Wade, abortion will likely be banned or greatly restricted in about half of U.S. states. But experts and advocates fear repercussions could reach even further, affecting care for women who miscarry, couples seeking fertility treatments and access to some forms of contraception. Many supporters of abortion bans insist they are only interested in curtailing abortion, and legislation passed so far often has exceptions for other reproductive care. But rumblings in the GOP have doctors concerned, and laws banning abortion could also have unintended side effects.

Opponents of federal vaccine mandate seek rehearing

A federal appeals court is being asked to reconsider its decision allowing the Biden administration to require that federal employees get vaccinated against COVID-19. A panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month vacated a lower court ruling and ordered dismissal of a lawsuit against the federal employee vaccine mandate, which was ordered by President Joe Biden in September. However, that 2-1 ruling by the appellate panel doesn’t take effect until May 31. On Saturday, opponents of the mandate filed a petition asking that the April ruling be vacated and that the full 17-member court hear new arguments in the case.

Argentine president to pay fine for party during quarantine

Argentina’s president and first lady will pay a fine of about $24,000 for hosting a party in July 2020 that violated quarantine orders the head of state himself had signed. Those prohibited group gatherings as a way to stem the spread of COVID-19. The fine will be in the form of a donation to Argentina's public health network. It will close a criminal case that was launched last year after photos emerged of the first lady’s birthday celebrations at a time when Argentines were largely forbidden from leaving their homes.

UK's Boris Johnson awaits judgment of 'partygate' report

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been shadowed by career-threatening scandal for months — but so far has escaped unscathed. This week he faces one more threat to his political future: a comprehensive report into lockdown-breaching parties in government offices that is expected to be published within days. Senior civil servant Sue Gray is due to release her findings on “partygate,” the scandal over gatherings in Johnson’s 10 Downing St. residence and nearby buildings during the pandemic. A hint of what the report might contain came Monday when broadcaster ITV published four photographs showing Johnson raising a glass in front of a group of people amid wine bottles and snacks. Critics said the photos proved Johnson had lied and should resign.

NC Medicaid expansion gets serious attention from Senate GOP

North Carolina Senate Republicans are strongly considering legislation that would expand Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of additional low-income adults. The idea is contained in a summary of a wide-ranging health care access measure being discussed by state senators. The Associated Press obtained the summary. Such legislation would mark an extraordinary turnabout by Senate Republicans set against expansion for a decade. Senate leader Phil Berger said last year he was now open to expansion, which is a top priority for Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. House Speaker Tim Moore said last week he'd be surprised if expansion could be approved before the legislative session ends around July 1.

Court ruling extends uneven treatment for asylum-seekers

In one of the busiest corridors for illegal border crossings, Cubans, Colombians and Venezuelans are often released to pursue asylum in the United States. Meanwhile, Hondurans struggle to be allowed to pursue asylum after entering the country. The opposite fortunes illustrate the dual nature of border enforcement under pandemic-era limits on seeking asylum, known as Title 42 authority. President Joe Biden wanted to end them Monday, but a federal judge in Louisiana issued a nationwide injunction that keeps them intact. Some nationalities are heavily affected by Title 42, while others aren't.