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High-Profile COVID Reinfections; U.K.’s Monkeypox Surge; More Summer Flu?

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HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said he tested positive for COVID-19 and has mild symptoms; if you’re having déjà vu it’s because he tested positive about a month ago as well. (AP)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also tested positive again; Trudeau had announced a positive test in January. (CBC)

Health officials in the U.K. have detected an additional 104 monkeypox cases, bringing the country’s total to 470, the largest outbreak outside of Africa. (AP)

In the U.S., total monkeypox cases currently sit at 65, according to the CDC.

What clinicians need to know about monkeypox. (JAMA)

Researchers found that a rapid PCR test to measure SARS-CoV-2 T cells may be useful in assessing cellular immunity. (Nature Biotechnology)

As of Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. EDT, the unofficial U.S. COVID toll reached 85,627,369 cases and 1,010,592 deaths, increases of 141,435 and 310, respectively, since this time yesterday.

HHS issued guidance for clinicians and health plans on how to provide HIPAA-compliant, audio-only telehealth services, including guidance for when enforcement discretion expires at the end of the public health emergency.

Although U.S. regulators typically inspect baby formula factories once a year, they did not examine the three largest manufacturers during the first year of the pandemic, an AP analysis found.

Cigarette smokers who experienced brain injuries that helped them quit nicotine provide new information about the human brain circuits that lead to addiction, according to a study in Nature Medicine.

Some clinicians say it’s time to stop conflating race with biology. (Kaiser Health News)

The FDA cleared StrivePD for Parkinson’s disease patients; used in conjunction with the Apple Watch, the system can monitor tremors or other symptoms of the disease, Rune Labs announced.

And the agency approved vutrisiran (Amvuttra), an RNA interface therapy for treating adults with polyneuropathy associated with hereditary transthyretin-mediated amyloidosis, drugmaker Alnylam said.

As FDA deliberates, regulators in Canada approved AMX0035 for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), drugmaker Amylyx announced.

Green Pharmaceuticals issued a voluntary nationwide recall of SnoreStop Nasal Spray because of microbial contamination with Providencia rettgeri, the FDA announced.

Common viruses like the flu and respiratory syncytial virus are popping up more during summer months. Is COVID to blame? (Washington Post)

The CDC added three countries to its high risk category for COVID-19: Mexico, New Caledonia, and the United Arab Emirates.

A Rolling Stones concert in Amsterdam was cancelled after lead singer Mick Jagger tested positive for COVID-19. (CNN)

  • Amanda D’Ambrosio is a reporter on MedPage Today’s enterprise & investigative team. She covers obstetrics-gynecology and other clinical news, and writes features about the U.S. healthcare system. Follow

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