On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reissued the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for Eli Lilly’s bamlanivimab-etesevimab (administered together) and Regeneron’s REGEN-COV (casirivimab and imdevimab) monoclonal antibody treatments, which states these treatments are not authorized for use in any U.S. state, territory, or jurisdiction at this time. FDAContinue Reading

While there is blowback towards LA Times writer Michael Hiltzik, the paper has not removed the story, but rather, change the title to soften the hatred and bigotry. UPDATED TO INCLUDE NEWS TALK CLIP Originally titled: “Why Shouldn’t We Danceon-the Graves of anti-vaxxers,” the column was re-titled to “Column: MockingContinue Reading

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took two actions this week to expand the use of the antiviral drug Veklury (remdesivir) to certain non-hospitalized adults and pediatric patients for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 disease. This provides another treatment option to reduce the risk of hospitalization in high-risk patients. Previously,Continue Reading

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) officers and agriculture specialists are often the nation’s last line of defense against illicit drugs and prohibited plants, pests and animal products. In Fiscal Year 2021 alone, CBP issued 73,917 emergency action notifications for restricted and prohibited plant and animal products entering the UnitedContinue Reading

With about 200,000 migrant farmworkers in Florida, UF/IFAS Extension and the UF College of Medicine will screen as many as possible for various health conditions and give them nutrition information to help improve access to much-needed health care. First stop, Wimauma. Then, they hope, the rest of Florida.  As partContinue Reading

Even though clinical trials haven’t shown it works against COVID-19, doctors continue to prescribe ivermectin – and a new study suggests health insurers are heavily subsidizing the cost of those prescriptions. The study’s authors call for insurers to align their coverage of the drug with the level of medical evidence surroundingContinue Reading

A new CDC study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases (CID) shows that flu vaccination protected children against serious flu illness even when they were infected with a flu virus that was antigenically different from the vaccine virus. This reinforces the benefit of flu vaccination, even when circulating flu viruses have drifted and are differentContinue Reading

Galen College of Nursing and HCA Florida Healthcare, both part of HCA Healthcare, continued their mission to expand access to quality nursing education with today’s announcement of new campuses in Sarasota and Gainesville. With existing Florida campus locations in Tampa Bay and Miami, Galen, one of the largest educators ofContinue Reading

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Minneapolis – Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) report a trend that could have deadly effects and lead to another outbreak of disease in the form of bushmeat smuggled into the country. Since late December, CBP Agriculture Specialists at MSP have observedContinue Reading

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Democratic Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is running against Ron DeSantis and reached out to supporters to fight against the “immoral” and “illegal” HR 5, anti-abortion bill which is in the Florida Senate. “When Roe v. Wade was decided almost 50 years ago, women in this country were guaranteed the right toContinue Reading

During an interview with Fox News anchor Bret Baier, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), appeared unable to say just how many of the over 836,000 Americans whose deaths have been attributed to the coronavirus pandemic might have died “with COVID” rather thanContinue Reading

On Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced securing 15,000 doses of Regeneron have been secured for the people of Florida and will be immediately utilized to support new monoclonal antibody sites. Earlier this week, Governor DeSantis highlighted the importance of these lifesaving therapeutics and called on the Biden Administration toContinue Reading

Women vaccinated against COVID-19 transfer SARS-CoV-2 antibodies to their breastfed infants, potentially giving their babies passive immunity against the coronavirus, according to University of Massachusetts Amherst research. The study, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, measured the immune response to the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine in both breast milk and theContinue Reading

Mayo Clinic fired 700 employees Tuesday who didn’t comply with the mandate policy to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by Monday, CBS Minnesota reports. This unemployed staff made up about 1% of Mayo’s 73,000 workforce. Mayo officials stated they are “sad” to lose valuable employees as they claim their priority isContinue Reading

Yuzhou, which has a population of 1.1 million, officially shutdown overnight, stalling transportation systems except for all but essential food stores. Xi’an, where 13 million have been confined to their homes since December 23, continued to be closed down ahead of the Lunar New Year and the Winter Olympics inContinue Reading