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Senate OKs Bill to Overhaul Infant Formula Rules

Senate OKs Bill to Overhaul Infant Formula RulesFRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A bill that would allow families in a U.S. government assistance program to buy whatever brand of baby formula they can find is on the way to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.The bill, which is meant to help families in the WIC program obtain baby formula in the midst of a nationwide shortage, was passed by the Senate on Thursday and by the House on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.Families in WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) receive vouchers that they redeem for specific foods, but the vouchers are typically limited to one brand of infant formula. The bill will allow them to buy any brand of formula that is available."Now, millions of parents will have an easier time finding the...

C-Section Antibiotics Show No Link to Asthma in Childhood

20 May 2022
C-Section Antibiotics Show No Link to Asthma in ChildhoodFRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Giving antibiotics to a woman just before a cesarean delivery does not increase her baby's risk of asthma or eczema, a new British study says.C-section is common, but can put new mothers at increased of infection, so they're given preventative antibiotics."Maternal infections, such as wound infection, can be a risk in the period immediately after birth. Preventative antibiotics are of most benefit to the mother if given before the cesarean section is carried out," said lead author Dana Sumilo, a senior research fellow from the University of Warwick. "There is no known harm from these antibiotics to the babies born by cesarean birth, and our findings also suggest no effect on the risk of health conditions, such as asthma and eczema in early...

CDC Advisers Recommend Pfizer Booster Shot for Kids Ages...

19 May 2022
CDC Advisers Recommend Pfizer Booster Shot for Kids Ages 5 to 11THURSDAY, May 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A panel of science advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevent recommended on Thursday that a single booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can be given to 5- to 11-year-olds. The move is expected be confirmed by a sign-off from CDC director Dr. Rochelle Wallensky, and follows on authorization from U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday.The third shot can be given at least five months after healthy kids complete the two-dose vaccine series, the CDC advisers said. Approval of the booster shots in this age group dovetails with a rise in infections in many areas of the country, and the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices believes kids will gain an added layer of protection against SARS-CoV-2.According to...

Closed Baby Formula Plant May Reopen by Next Week

19 May 2022
Closed Baby Formula Plant May Reopen by Next WeekTHURSDAY, May 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A baby formula plant closed in February at the heart of the current U.S. shortage of the product could reopen as soon as next week, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf told House lawmakers on Thursday.The Abbott Nutrition's Michigan formula plant is the largest in the nation, and it was closed due to contamination issues.Earlier this week, the FDA announced a preliminary deal with Abbott to restart production if safety upgrades and certifications are met. However, even after production resumes, it could take about two months before new formula from the plant starts appearing on store shelves, Abbott has said."We had to wrestle this to ground with Abbott," Califf told members of the House Appropriations...

Biden Invokes Defense Act to Boost Supply of Infant Formula

19 May 2022
Biden Invokes Defense Act to Boost Supply of Infant FormulaTHURSDAY, May 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Faced with mounting pressure to help desperate parents, President Joe Biden on Wednesday invoked the power of the wartime Defense Production Act to get more of the precious product into American homes. Under the new powers, the federal government can use commercial aircraft or air cargo planes owned by the Defense Department to transport infant formula from countries abroad and fly it into the United States, getting it more rapidly onto store shelves. The move comes two days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it was also expediting the approvals process, so that foreign suppliers of baby formula could quickly get their products into the United States. "I know parents all across the country are worried about finding...

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