Urban Hospital Closing; Spotting Domestic Abuse; White Mulberry Questioned in Death

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St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, a 416-bed hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, will stop offering inpatient, surgical, and emergency room care in November. (Cleveland.com)

The end of the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight, according to the director general of the World Health Organization. (NBC News)

However, the head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control says the virus is still a threat on that continent because of low vaccination rates. (Reuters)

Anti-abortion groups are taking more calls from women who are looking for help with unplanned pregnancies. (NPR)

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation designed to provide faster coverage decisions by private Medicare plans. (Bloomberg Law)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a law that allows courts to order treatment for some homeless persons with mental health disorders. (ABC News)

A movement is underway to have doctors and healthcare providers take the lead in spotting domestic abuse and intervening before it gets worse. (Politico)

The West Virginia legislature has passed a strict abortion ban that makes abortions illegal in nearly all circumstances, except in medical emergencies that put the mother’s life at risk, or certain rape or incest cases. (New York Times)

Meanwhile, the first abortion ban passed by a state legislature after Roe v. Wade was overturned takes effect today in Indiana. (NPR)

And in Ohio, a judge temporarily blocked implementation of the state’s ban on abortion after 6 weeks of pregnancy. (The Hill)

Experts are questioning the role of white mulberry in the death of a congressman’s wife. (CBS News)

Moderna’s CEO says the company is open to supplying COVID vaccines to China. (Reuters)

Pfizer started its phase III study of its mRNA-based influenza vaccine of 25,000 U.S. adults.

The FDA and NIH have launched a public-private partnership with the aim of developing treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other rare neurodegenerative diseases.

Sanofi enlisted “Seinfeld” star Jason Alexander in a campaign to encourage flu vaccinations this fall. (Endpoints News).

The Service Employees International Union and nursing homes in Pennsylvania reached a deal to improve wages, benefits, and working conditions for workers who’ve been on strike since Labor Day weekend. (Pocono Record)

Ken Starr, the prosecutor who led the Whitewater investigation that led to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, died Tuesday due to complications from surgery. (Texas Tribune)

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