‘This Is Unbearable’; Culprit in Mystery Argentina Illness; Jane Fonda’s Cancer

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“This is unbearable.” Residents of Jackson, Mississippi describe what life’s been like without clean drinking water. (Washington Post)

Meanwhile, the city of Las Vegas, New Mexico has about 20 days left of clean drinking water after charred debris from record-breaking wildfires entered the water supply, creating a potentially carcinogenic disaster. (CNN)

For the first time, the Department of Veterans Affairs will provide abortions in cases of rape, incest, and medical emergencies, even in states that have banned the procedure. (Wall Street Journal)

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Amazon’s $3.9 billion deal to buy the primary health organization One Medical. (CBS News)

The cluster of pneumonia cases in Argentina turned out to be caused by Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease, according to the Pan American Health Organization.

Findings from a preprint have raised concerns about the effectiveness of the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine; two doses induced relatively low levels of neutralizing antibodies against the virus. (medRxiv, STAT)

Scientists looking to develop next-generation vaccines (think nasal or pan-coronavirus vaccines) are saying that Pfizer isn’t sharing the formula for its COVID-19 shot. (STAT)

Meanwhile, China has approved the world’s first inhaled COVID vaccine, developed by CanSino. (BBC News)

Abortion pill providers in the U.S. are experimenting with new ways to broaden access. (New York Times)

Catholic healthcare systems restrict a “broad swath” of reproductive healthcare, limiting who has access to contraception. (NPR)

Officials in Maryland issued a boil water advisory for West Baltimore after E. Coli was detected in drinking water. (Baltimore Sun)

Speaking of E. Coli, the Wendy’s sandwich-linked outbreak has now spread to six states, affecting New York and Kentucky as well.

The FDA approved durvalumab (Imfinzi) in combination with chemotherapy as the first immunotherapy-based treatment regimen for advanced biliary tract cancer.

And the agency expanded the indication for lumacaftor/ivacaftor (Orkambi) in cystic fibrosis to include certain pediatric patients age 1 year and older, Vertex Pharmaceuticals announced.

A patient describes what it was like to be born without her left temporal lobe, a region of the brain thought to be critical for language. (New York Times)

Now that the travel nursing boom appears over, some nurses may leave the profession entirely. (NBC News)

Meet the nurse administrator tasked with helping revamp the CDC. (Kaiser Health News)

The Humane Society of the United States said it has removed all of the nearly 4,000 beagles from a mass breeding facility which bred the dogs to be sold to labs for experimentation.

Bayer and Phillips Respironics have agreed to pay the government more than $60 million combined to resolve claims of kickbacks related to drugs and medical devices.

Jane Fonda announced that she has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. (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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