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— Patients who give birth this spring and in the years that follow will be able to opt into a new pilot program that will test their newborns for 13 rare genetic diseases. The pilot is similar to a new program launched by the state health department Oct. 1 that screens for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
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— The state health and education departments issued guidance on vaccines for students.
— Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams outlined recommendations for how the city can make the borough friendlier to senior citizens.
NEWBORN SCREENING — POLITICO’s Amanda Eisenberg: Eight New York hospitals are expected to sign onto a pilot program that will test newborns for 13 rare genetic diseases this spring, Montefiore Health System announced. About 150,000 babies born at hospitals in Long Island and Syracuse — among other health systems across the state — will be tested over a five-year period through a $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.
VACCINE UPDATE — POLITICO’s Nick Niedzwiadek: Students have a 14-day window to receive follow-up vaccine doses to stay in class, according to a guidance document put out by the state health and education departments late last week. State law allows children who have not received the full panel of vaccinations to attend school if their parents can show evidence they have received the first dose in each immunization series and are in the process of receiving the rest.
AGE FRIENDLY — Amanda reports: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams urged the city to implement various measures to improve the borough’s growing senior citizen population. The recommendations came from a report created in collaboration with The New York Academy of Medicine.
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NOW WE KNOW — Orthorexia nervosa is a disorder where people are obsessed with clean eating to the point that they imperil their mental and physical health, according to NPR.
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TODAY’S TIP — Get your flu shot!
THRIVENYC — The New York Post’s editorial board wrote a scathing piece about how ThriveNYC failed the city. “The life of the mentally ill on our streets is a vicious cycle of arrest, hospitalization/incarceration and then back on the streets. It is one of the great urban crises of our time, ripe for bold strokes and innovative ideas. McCray and Mayor Bill de Blasio have provided neither. They have wasted hundreds of millions on the mental health equivalent of a ‘Free Hugs’ T-shirt.”
JOIN THE CLUB — THE WELL, a private fitness and wellness club, just opened in New York City. Marie Claire has photos of the bougie space.
STEP UP — ABC 7 reports: “Dozens of people gathered in Chinatown Monday morning to remember the homeless victims beaten to death with a metal pipe over the weekend. And while the suspect, 24-year-old Randy Rodriguez-Santos, undergoes a mental evaluation, the city is pledging to step up its homeless outreach.”
MOVING FORWARD — POLITICO’s Dan Goldberg: Attorneys General for two dozen states and the District of Columbia on Friday asked a New York bankruptcy judge to allow litigation to continue against Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family even as the company they control moves through Chapter 11. Purdue, the maker of Oxycontin, is accused of fueling the opioid epidemic and has asked the bankruptcy court to halt more than 2,000 separate lawsuits while the bankruptcy trial proceeds.
… The attorneys general who oppose the settlement offer, in part because they do not feel it provides enough money, told the judge that their states will suffer irreparable harm if their enforcement powers are stayed. It’s not just about the money, they said. Allowing them to enforce their consumer protection powers will “allow the states to uncover the full extent of Purdue’s misconduct, bring Purdue to public justice, provide full equitable relief for the public’s benefit, and deter others from misconduct.”
… New York Attorney General Tish James in a statement said the Sacklers are trying to leverage Purdue’s bankruptcy to avoid individual accountability. “We will not stop fighting to ensure justice for victims, which is why we are filing today’s motions to ensure our lawsuits against both the family and the company continue to move forward,” she said.
VAPING PROBLEMS — The Wall Street Journal outlined how Juul and other THC vape makers are battling knockoff products.
— CNBC reports: “E-cigarette vapor causes lung cancer and potentially bladder cancer in mice, damaging their DNA and leading researchers at New York University to conclude that vaping is likely ‘very harmful’ to humans as well.”
— Vaping advocates are taking to the internet to describe e-cigarette flavor bans as government overreach, California Healthline reports.
— Teenagers are finally starting to listen to adults about the dangers of e-cigarettes as the number of vaping-related illnesses continue to rise, The Wall Street Journal reports.
SOME DO THE SAME AROUND THEIR IN-LAWS — Three scientists received the Nobel Prize in medicine for discovering how cells “sense and adapt to oxygen availability,” according to The Washington Post.
EVEN WORSE THAN YOU THINK — A Los Angeles Times review of questionnaires distributed to the city’s homeless found that more than three quarters of those living on the streets were affected by mental illness, substance abuse, poor health or a physical disability.
(VEGE)MITE BE A PROBLEM — Australia’s brutal flu season could be a harbinger of what’s to come in the U.S. this winter, according to The New York Times. Get your shots.
WALL STREET: YOU SHOULD SMILE MORE — Brokerage houses are feeling bullish about teeth alignment company SmileDirectClub even though the company’s shares have underperformed since its IPO last month, writes Akanksha Rana for Reuters.
DON’T DO THAT — The Sun Sentinel reports: “A woman accused of performing a butt enlargement procedure that nearly killed her patient faces felony charges, court documents show.”
BLOWN CALL — Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey sent a tweet signalling support for protesters in Hong Kong. The Rockets are one of the most popular teams in China — former center Yao Ming blew open the doors for the NBA in China — and now his job at risk, according to The Wall Street Journal.
HORRIFIC ABUSES — The Washington Post reports: “The women have found refuge from Chinese authorities across the border in Kazakhstan, their ancestral homeland. But they remain haunted by the stories of abuse they carry with them. Some said that they were forced to undergo abortions in China’s Muslim-majority province of Xinjiang, others that they had contraceptive devices implanted against their will while in detention. One reported being raped. Many said they were subjected to sexual humiliation, incidents that included being filmed in the shower and having their intimate parts rubbed with chile paste.”
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