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Long COVID cases have dropped — thanks to vaccines

A new study shows that COVID vaccines significantly reduce the risk of long COVID, while unvaccinated individuals face increased metabolic and gastrointestinal issues. Analyzing health records of veterans, researchers found a notable decrease in long COVID cases over different COVID variant eras. However, limitations include the study’s demographic focus and data period.

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Asthma incidence lower in children who received COVID vaccine

A newly published study in JAMA Network Open shows that increased COVID-19 vaccination in children correlates with a reduction in parent-reported asthma symptoms. Each 10 percentage point rise in vaccination coverage led to a 0.36 percentage point decrease in asthma symptoms. COVID-19 vaccines potentially offer additional protection against other coronaviruses.

Constitutional challenge to National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act rejected in Gardasil lawsuits

Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss examines a constitutional challenge to the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act amidst Gardasil lawsuits. The court ruled the Act constitutional, limiting plaintiffs’ claims against Merck to failure to warn doctors about certain side effects. This decision likely prompts plaintiffs’ appeal with slim chances of success.

Supreme Court overturns injunction against Murthy v Missouri

This article by Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss discusses the Supreme Court’s decision in Murthy v Missouri, where the Court overturned an injunction that prevented government influence over social media’s content moderation. The Court concluded that the plaintiffs lacked standing, failing to connect government actions to content removal. The case highlighted the complexities of attributing social media moderation to government interference.

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Braidwood v Becerra puts ACIP vaccine recommendations at risk

In “Braidwood v Becerra,” the Fifth Circuit Court ruled that members of the Task Force for Preventive Health Services are principal officers requiring presidential nomination and Senate confirmation. This decision threatens the Affordable Care Act’s preventive services provision and could undermine insurance coverage for crucial healthcare services, potentially endangering public health.

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Tetanus vaccine may reduce risk of Parkinson’s disease

A preliminary study suggests that the tetanus vaccine may reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease with a time-dependent effect. The study shows significant risk reduction up to 15 years post-vaccination. While the findings are intriguing, they require peer review before confirming any causal relationship between tetanus vaccination and Parkinson’s prevention.