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Patient In UK Has Monkeypox, Likely Caught In Nigeria

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Also in the U.K., reports say food poverty jumped up 57% over three months, and people seeking support from food banks are asking for food that doesn’t need cooking to avoid soaring energy bills. Meanwhile in South Africa, the covid positivity rate is nearly at record levels again.

Gender-Affirming Meds For Youngsters Now Illegal In Alabama

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Alabama is the first state to ban gender-affirming medication for young trans people, with a new law targeting those seeking care who are under 19. Meanwhile, in Missouri and Maine, high lead levels in school water supplies is causing concern, in some cases causing closure of schools.

NIH Efficiency Board Hasn’t Met In 7 Years For Unknown Reasons

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A surprising report in Stat says some members of the oversight board, designed to improve efficiency at the National Institutes of Health, aren’t even sure if the board still exists. Other health industry news includes health care hiring rising in April, a federal investigation of Cerebral, and more.

‘Pediatric Pandemic’ Of Suicidal Teens Overnighting In ERs

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The New York Times says a surge in mental health problems in young people during the pandemic is resulting in regular boarding in emergency departments, partly due to declines in residential facilities for younger patients. Other mental health stories include a San Francisco program to link patients to services.

CDC Probe Of Children’s Hepatitis Outbreak Looks At Common Virus

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Investigators say they have not yet determined if a type of adenovirus — a common virus that causes intestinal symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea — is causing the outbreak but it has been linked to about half the hepatitis cases among children. They are also looking at the possibility of a covid infection, but they ruled out any link to the covid vaccines because many of the children had not been vaccinated. In other news, the infant formula shortage is worsening.

White House Sounds Alarm Over Looming Winter Covid Surge

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Due to new omicron subvariants, the Biden administration estimates that the U.S. could see 100 million covid infections this coming fall and winter. Officials say that additional funds are urgently needed to combat the wave.

Wisconsin Anti-Abortion Group Hit In Arson Attack

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News outlets report a fire early Sunday at the office of Family Action is being investigated by local police as arson. Meanwhile the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has predicted Wisconsin’s abortion ban law wouldn’t stay in place long if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Inner Workings Of Supreme Court Under Microscope With Leak

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NPR’s court reporter says that the “leading theory” is that a conservative clerk leaked the Supreme court draft opinion last week, while Republicans want the Justice Department to launch another investigation. And the daughter of Norma McCorvey, the famous “Jane Roe” plaintiff, reacts to the looming reversal of abortion law.

Protesters, Public Opinion Polls Voice Opposition For Overturning Roe

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In continued reaction to the Supreme Court’s leaked decision: Abortion-rights supporters have continued to protest, including outside justices’ homes. And a wave of donations flow to reproductive rights groups, while surveys show more Americans support federal abortion rights. Also, demand for abortion medication is on the rise.

Senate To Vote On Abortion Bill As Democrats Warn GOP Will Push National Ban

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Senate Democrats are targeting Wednesday to hold what is expected to be a symbolic vote on a doomed bill to codify abortion rights in the U.S. Lawmakers took to the Sunday morning shows to voice their support or opposition for an expected Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

First Edition: May 9, 2022

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Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations.