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Friday, June 21, 2024 | Back issues
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Health

Preventive care mandates

NEW ORLEANS — The United States Preventive Services Task Force won and lost at the Fifth Circuit, which declared its “unreviewable power” to issue mandates about what preventive care insurers must cover constitutionally invalid. The appellate panel only bars the Department of Health and Human Services from enforcing the mandates “to the extent they came at the recommendation of the Task Force,” however, and not other mandates such as ones properly ratified and by Secretary Xavier Becerra.

Costly cattle shocks

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Supreme Court affirmed the $4.75 million jury verdict against a natural gas company, whose underground pipeline’s stray voltage distressed and harmed a dairy farm’s milk cows. The stray electrical current caused many cows to get sick, extending workers’ workdays and reducing milk production, and the farm had to euthanize an unusually high number of the herd as a consequence.

Toxic dust from the Great Salt Lake disproportionately affects Utahans of color, low-income residents

Drying lakes expose toxic dust, but conserving and even raising the lake's water level could lower health risks for all.

Diluted vaccine doses

MANHATTAN — A New York appeals court upheld the lower court’s dismissal of a health care worker’s claim for emotional distress, but not his retaliation claim based on allegations that he faced retaliation for expressing concern that Covid-19 vaccine doses were being overly diluted. The documentary evidence on the record does not warrant dismissal, and while isolated instances of overly diluting vials may not create a specific public health danger, but further fact-finding is needed to see if the misconduct was systemic.

Medical info sold to Facebook

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A federal court in North Carolina approved a settlement between a health care provider and its customers, who sued because the provider allegedly willfully shared their confidential health information with Facebook. The amount is not disclosed, but class counsel will receive $2.2 million from the settlement fund in attorney fees, plus $18,000 in expenses.

Genetic variant helps stave off early-onset Alzheimer’s, could hold key to developing drugs

Building on a 2019 discovery, researchers discovered 27 people from one Colombian extended family whose rare genetic variant seems to have helped them stave off the effects of Alzheimer's.

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