Health Headlines for January 10, 2023

NY sees a 30% spike in COVID deaths in December, most since early 2022.
NY POST

COVID deaths in New York state spiked 30% last month — to the highest tally since early 2022 — nearly three years after the virus first ravaged the state, a Post analysis shows.

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 7,000 nurses at two of NYC’s largest hospitals go on strike.
CBS News

Nurses at two of New York City’s largest hospitals walked off the job Monday in a dispute over pay and staffing levels after a weekend of negotiations failed to produce deals for new contracts, with talks falling apart overnight, CBS New York reported.

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FDA approves Alzheimer’s drug that appears to modestly slow disease.
NPR

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug that may help people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s maintain their mental abilities.

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Experts say Democrats and Republicans could work together on telehealth, mental health and physician payment issues in 2023.
Managed Health care executive

In late November, the U.S. Senate passed the Respect for Marriage Act to codify marriage equality.

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American Academy of Pediatrics guidance recommends medical treatments such as drugs and surgery for obese children.
AP NEWS

Children struggling with obesity should be evaluated and treated early and aggressively, including with medications for kids as young as 12 and surgery for those as young as 13, according to new guidelines released Monday.

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