Diet Tied to Mortality; FDA’s Financial Ties; New Long COVID Trials to Start

— Health news and commentary gathered by MedPage Today staff


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A 30-year study found ultra-processed foods were linked with a 4% increase in all-cause mortality, with ready-to-eat meat, poultry, and seafood-based products, sugary drinks, dairy desserts, and breakfast foods as the biggest contributors. (BMJ)

Reimbursement hasn’t kept up with inflation or hospital costs for patient care, escalating economic pressures on hospitals, an American Hospital Association report detailed.

The city of Long Beach, California declared a public health emergency following a local, deadly outbreak of tuberculosis. (NBC News)

A BMJ investigation raised red flags about financial conflicts of interest between FDA chiefs and the drug and medical device companies.

Pfizer agreed to settle over 10,000 Zantac lawsuits after it was pulled from the market in 2020 for cancer concerns. (Reuters)

The FDA advised healthcare providers and facilities to transition away from using Getinge’s heart devices.

Kenya’s public hospital doctors union reached an agreement with the government ending a near 2-month strike. (ABC News)

An estimated 127 chemicals in vapes may be acutely toxic when heated and inhaled. (Scientific Reports)

Customers of the online therapy platform BetterHelp will receive notices soon about refunds stemming from a 2023 privacy settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.

The number of U.S. children who lost a parent to a drug overdose from 2011 to 2021 totaled 321,566. (JAMA Psychiatry)

Houston Methodist hospital patients now get a BioButton attached to their chests so nurses can monitor vitals virtually. (Fortune)

Milton Diamond, a sexologist who advocated for intersex babies, died at the age of 90. (New York Times)

A rapid approach to starting people with opioid use disorder on extended-release injectable naltrexone was superior to the standard method of starting within 10-15 days. (JAMA Network Open)

Equinox’s $40,000 per year longevity program claimed it will help you live longer. (New York Times)

A large percentage of cow milk was found to have genetic traces of H5N1, but that doesn’t mean it’s causing disease in the cow. (STAT)

The NIH plans to launch clinical trials to find long COVID treatments for sleep disturbances, exercise intolerance, and post-exertional malaise.

HHS proposed a new model to boost kidney transplant access, CMS said.

Some women on GLP-1 receptor agonists are becoming pregnant after struggling with infertility. (CNN)

A new Florida law will put outdoor workers’ health at risk, saying cities can’t require employers to provide heat or shade breaks. (USA Today)

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