February 21, 2024

This RSV Shot Keeps Babies Out of the Hospital. But Parents Can’t Find It.

(Wall Street Journal) – Across the U.S., parents are spending weeks and even months searching—at times without success—for Beyfortus, a new monoclonal antibody that promises to reduce drastically infants’ chances of serious illness from RSV.  A bumpy rollout of the … Read More

February 21, 2024

Zimbabwe Starts an Emergency Polio Vaccination Drive After Detecting Cases Caused by a Rare Mutation

(Associated Press) – Zimbabwe began an emergency campaign to inoculate more than 4 million children against polio on Tuesday after health authorities detected three cases caused by the rare mutation of the weakened virus used in oral vaccines, including a … Read More

February 16, 2024

More Young People Are on Multiple Psychiatric Drugs, Study Finds

(New York Times) – Growing numbers of children and adolescents are being prescribed multiple psychiatric drugs to take simultaneously, according to a new study in the state of Maryland. The phenomenon is increasing despite warnings that psychotropic drug combinations in … Read More

February 14, 2024

More Patients Rely on Early Prenatal Testing as States Toughen Abortion Laws

(PBS) – Since Roe v. Wade was overturned, many health care providers say an increasing number of patients are deciding the fate of their pregnancies on whatever information they can gather before state abortion bans kick in. But early ultrasounds … Read More

February 14, 2024

US Judge Blocks Ohio Law Restricting Children’s Use of Social Media

(Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday prevented Ohio from implementing a new law that requires social media companies, including Meta Platform’s Instagram and ByteDance’s TikTok, to obtain parental consent before allowing children under 16 to use their platforms. Chief … Read More

February 12, 2024

Why Is There an ADHD Medication Shortage in 2024? What’s Making Generics of Vyvanse, Adderall and More So Scarce

(CBS News) – Supply from drugmakers for the stimulant medications most commonly prescribed for ADHD are still falling short of demand, the Food and Drug Administration says, and many Americans who rely on these treatments are wondering why the nationwide … Read More

February 8, 2024

States Crack Down on Social Media for Teens: ‘There Are No Guardrails’

(Wall Street Journal) – It’s not just Congress. States are taking on social media’s grip on teenagers, too. Officials in New York are pushing to restrict the algorithms that power a platform’s feed, making it the latest state to attempt … Read More

February 8, 2024

Why a Cheap, Effective Treatment for Diarrhea Is Underused

(Nature) – Every year, half a million children under five die of diarrhoea globally — but doctors and pharmacists often don’t prescribe a cheap lifesaving treatment for the condition. A large Indian study suggests that this happens because prescribers don’t … Read More

February 5, 2024

A New Edition of Bioethics Is Now Available

Bioethics (vol. 38, no. 2, 2024) is available online by subscription only. Articles include: “Anti-Natalism is incompatible with Theory X” by Fumitake Yoshizawa “How Moral Bioenhancement Affects Perceived Praiseworthiness” by Simon Lucas, Thomas Douglas and Nadira S. Faber “Therapeutic Misunderstandings … Read More

February 2, 2024

A New Edition of The New England Journal of Medicine Is Now Available

The New England Journal of Medicine (vol. 390, no. 1, 2024) is available online by subscription only. Articles include: “Recognizing Historical Injustices in Medicine and the Journal: Indigenous Americans — The Journal’s Historical ‘Indian Problem’” by D.S. Jones, M. Abdalla … Read More

February 1, 2024

My Daughter Died Mysteriously and Suddenly. It’s Hard to Watch Scientists Search for an Answer.

(Slate) – After I had had several therapy sessions and practiced a lot of self-care, the guilt, panic attacks, and intrusive images around Alice’s death lessened. It’s been over a decade since that terrible day. But healing isn’t linear. On … Read More