Pandemic-era asylum limits in hands of federal judge | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KEVIN McGILL – Associated Press LAFAYETTE, Louisiana (AP) — An attorney arguing for 24 states urged a federal judge Friday to block Biden administration plans to lift pandemic-related restrictions on migrants requesting asylum, saying the decision was made without sufficient consideration on the effects the move could have on public health and law enforcement. … Read more

Is Paxlovid, the Covid Pill, Reaching Those Who Most Need It?

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. As the nation largely abandons mask mandates, physical distancing, and other covid-19 prevention strategies, elected officials and health departments alike are now championing antiviral pills. But the federal government isn’t saying how many people have received these potentially lifesaving drugs or … Read more

Arguments set on whether pandemic asylum restriction can end | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KEVIN McGILL – Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge hears arguments Friday on whether the Biden administration can lift pandemic-related restrictions on immigrants requesting asylum later this month. Migrants have been expelled more than 1.8 million times since March 2020 under federal Title 42 authority, which has denied migrants a chance … Read more

Likely Senate contest in Kentucky pits ideological opposites | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By BRUCE SCHREINER and PIPER HUDSPETH BLACKBURN – Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — US Sen. Rand Paul rarely targets his likely Democratic challenger by name, but the Republican’s campaign attacks in Kentucky are unmistakably aimed at Charles Booker’s agenda—in what’s shaping up as a populist-themed battle featuring starkly different ideas to win the people … Read more

Kentucky attorney general files for 2023 governor’s race | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By BRUCE SCHREINER – Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron filed paperwork Wednesday to enter the state’s 2023 governor’s race, hoping to ride his resistance to Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s coronavirus restrictions into the governor’s office. Cameron, seen as a rising GOP star, made history in 2019 as the … Read more

Medical Education Programs Tell How Climate Change Affects Health

Madhu Manivannan, a third-year student at Emory School of Medicine, is on the vanguard of a new approach to clinical education. Manivannan, co-president of Emory Medical Students for Climate Action, was in the first class of Emory’s medical students to experience the birth of a refined curriculum ― lobbied for and partially created by students … Read more

Tesla covers travel costs for healthcare including, reportedly, abortions

Signage outside the new Tesla South Austin showroom within the Yard development in Austin, Texas, US, on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. Mark Felix | Bloomberg | Getty Images Tesla will cover travel and lodging costs for employees to receive health-care services not offered in the states they reside. The policy, which Tesla said has been … Read more

Philippine election narrows to Marcos Jr., rights defender | Health, Medicine and Fitness

PA MANILA, Philippines (AP) — More than three decades after a largely peaceful “People Power” revolt overthrew Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, his son and namesake is the top choice in most voter-preference surveys. Some of the major issues in Monday’s vote: A triumph by Ferdinand Marcos Jr. would be a stunning reversal of the 1986 … Read more

Less immigrant labor in US contributing to price hikes | Health, Medicine & Fitness

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI – Associated Press Just 10 miles from the Rio Grande, Mike Helle’s farm is so short of immigrant workers that he’s replaced 450 acres of labor-intensive leafy greens with crops that can be harvested by machinery. In Houston, Al Flores increased the price of his BBQ restaurant’s brisket plate because the cost … Read more

Medicare Pays Women in Ophthalmology Half What it Pays Men

Medicare pays female ophthalmologists only half of what it pays men, according to data analysts. The disparity in median annual reimbursement doesn’t appear to be changing, even as more women enter the profession, said Omar Halawa, a medical student at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, who helped crunch Medicare’s publicly available numbers. About $80,000 … Read more