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Missing Doc’s Abandoned Car Found; Weak Legs and Heart Failure; HIV on the Decline

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Police have discovered the abandoned car of John Forsyth, MD, a Missouri family medicine physician who was reported missing after failing to show up to work earlier this week. (Newsweek)

The FDA approved intravenous sulbactam-durlobactam (Xacduro) for adults with hospital-acquired or ventilator-associated pneumonia caused by certain isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii-calcoaceticus complex, including serious carbapenem-resistant cases.

And the agency approved a new subcutaneous buprenorphine extended-release injection (Brixadi) for weekly and monthly use in people with opioid use disorder.

Baby formula makers are facing a Federal Trade Commission investigation over possible collusion. (Wall Street Journal)

Heard about the “menopause-friendly” workplace? It’s starting to catch on in the U.K. (New York Times)

Evidence is insufficient to determine the benefits and harms of having primary care clinicians screen for oral health problems — including cavities — in children ages 5 and up, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen (R) signed a bill banning abortions in the state after 12 weeks’ gestation as well as a bill prohibiting transgender surgery for anyone under 19. (AP)

Strong legs may be an asset in warding off heart failure for patients recovering from a heart attack, a study found. (Study Finds)

Researchers warn that a multi-day power blackout in Phoenix during a heat wave would send half the city’s population to the emergency department with heat stroke or other heat-related illnesses. (New York Times)

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy was an early investor in a company owned by “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli. (Politico)

The Minnesota legislature has dropped legislation that would have required committees to set minimum nurse staffing levels for hospital inpatient units, after pressure from the Mayo Clinic and other health systems in the state. (Fierce Healthcare)

A trip to the U.S. for his daughter’s wedding turned into a hospital visit and a $42,000 medical bill for an American expatriate living in Switzerland. (KFF Health News via NPR)

The incidence of HIV in the U.S. is on the decline, largely due to a drop in cases among young gay and bisexual men, the CDC said.

An outbreak of Salmonella — possibly from eating Papa Murphy’s raw cookie dough — has sickened 18 people in six states, the CDC said.

The Biden administration is proposing to increase transparency when it comes to Medicaid prescription drug prices.

Researchers are following up on families in Colombia with Huntington’s disease — 40 years after they were first identified. (New York Times)

The federal Bureau of Prisons’ response to COVID was fraught with problems, an investigation found. (STAT)

A lab that will handle dangerous animal pathogens is opening up in Kansas farm country, but some scientists and farm groups aren’t so sure that’s a good idea. (Science)

  • Joyce Frieden oversees MedPage Today’s Washington coverage, including stories about Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court, healthcare trade associations, and federal agencies. She has 35 years of experience covering health policy. Follow

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