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FDA official overseeing food policy and response resigns in wake of baby formula shortage

Frank Yiannas resigned weeks after an expert panel issued a scathing report about the FDA's foods program.
Frank Yiannas, the Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response at the Food and Drug Administration in in Scarborough, Maine on Aug. 26, 2019.
Frank Yiannas, the Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response at the Food and Drug Administration in in Scarborough, Maine on Aug. 26, 2019.

Abortion pill manufacturer sues over West Virginia ban

Drugmaker GenBioPro's suit argues that the state's restrictions on abortion are unconstitutional. Another suit, in North Carolina, makes a similar argument.
Abortion Pill 

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 17:  The abortion drug Mifepristone, also known as RU486, is pictured in an abortion clinic February 17, 2006 in Auckland, New Zealand. The drug, which has been available in New Zealand for four years and is used in many countries around the world, is expected to be available to Australian women within a year after parliament yesterday approved a bill which transfers regulatory control of the drug to the Therapeutic Goods Administration, a government body of scientists and doctors that regulates all other drugs in Australia. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Abortion Pill 

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 17:  The abortion drug Mifepristone, also known as RU486, is pictured in an abortion clinic February 17, 2006 in Auckland, New Zealand. The drug, which has been available in New Zealand for four years and is used in many countries around the world, is expected to be available to Australian women within a year after parliament yesterday approved a bill which transfers regulatory control of the drug to the Therapeutic Goods Administration, a government body of scientists and doctors that regulates all other drugs in Australia. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Updated Covid boosters cut the infection risk from XBB.1.5 subvariant by nearly half, CDC finds

The report provides the first data on how the updated shots fare against the predominant strain in the U.S.
A health worker administers a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot in Jackson, Miss., on Feb. 8, 2022.
A health worker administers a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot in Jackson, Miss., on Feb. 8, 2022.

Could getting Covid raise cholesterol?

Two recent studies show a link between Covid and higher cholesterol levels in the following year.
Blood draw equipment for cholesterol testing
Blood draw equipment for cholesterol testing

FDA proposes limits on lead in baby food

The FDA estimates the limits could cut lead exposure from processed baby foods by up to 27% among children under 2.
Baby food for sale inside Walmart.
Baby food for sale inside Walmart.

Sewage from planes is a key Covid tracking tool, reports say, as CDC talks to airlines about wastewater testing

Analyzing airplane sewage could help scientists track new Covid variants entering the U.S., or identify novel pathogens.
Zach Wu, a wastewater control inspector examines sewage samples that are sent to labs to analyze for any detection of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Oakland, Calif. on July 14, 2020.
Zach Wu, a wastewater control inspector examines sewage samples that are sent to labs to analyze for any detection of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Oakland, Calif. on July 14, 2020.
3d ago

Amazon launches a subscription prescription drug service

The company said $5 a month could cover a list of medications like the antibiotic amoxicillin and the anti-inflammatory drug naproxen.
Amazon Prime members can now receive all of their eligible generic medications for just $5 a month and have them delivered free to their door.
Amazon Prime members can now receive all of their eligible generic medications for just $5 a month and have them delivered free to their door.

These dermatologists say they don't get gel manicures as research hints UV nail dryers may damage DNA

A recent study found that radiation from UV nail dryers can damage DNA and cause mutations in human cells — which in turn is linked to a risk of cancer.
Woman's hand in a lamp for manicure. Dries nails after polishing.
Woman's hand in a lamp for manicure. Dries nails after polishing.

Skipping exercise in favor of sitting can worsen brain function, study finds

Even small changes in how much physical activity a person gets each day can affect cognitive abilities.
Woman sitting on chair with hands behind head and taking break during work from home
Woman sitting on chair with hands behind head and taking break during work from home

FDA proposes making the Covid vaccine a yearly shot, similar to the flu vaccine

The agency's proposal would allow most people to get the latest booster shot, regardless of whether they had received the primary series of the vaccine.
Medical professional prepares Covid-19 booster shot
Medical professional prepares Covid-19 booster shot
4d ago

Damar Hamlin back with his Buffalo Bills teammates

It's been nearly three weeks since Hamlin went into cardiac arrest and collapsed in Cincinnati.
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 25: Damar Hamlin #3 of the Buffalo Bills looks on prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 25, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 25: Damar Hamlin #3 of the Buffalo Bills looks on prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 25, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida.