Shifting strategies for monkeypox vaccines in Charlotte and the state

Raynard Washington, the Mecklenburg County health director, takes umbrage when he hears people say the monkeypox vaccine clinic staged at the Charlotte Pride celebration last month fell short of expectations. In mid-August, Mecklenburg Public Health worked with the state Department of Health and Human Services to administer the Jynneos vaccine at the Pride events through a pilot program offered…

Judge Rules Against Federal Mandate for Coverage of HIV Prevention Medication

On September 7,  U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled in Braidwood Management v. Becerra against a provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires employers to provide insurance coverage for PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis), a medication that prevents the transmission of HIV. The judge ruled that the ACA mandate violates employers’ rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.…

COVID-19 boosters for omicron may be available in NC this week

The wait for a COVID-19 booster shot that covers the omicron variant may soon be over in North Carolina. Last Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved updated shots for recently the original and newly evolved variants of COVID-19. Nearly 500,000 doses will arrive in North Carolina over the next two weeks, according to the N.C.…

Fighting “Monkeypox”: Together is the Only Way

In a world of misinformation, the best place to start is with the facts. Here’s what we know: On June 23, 2022, North Carolina health officials confirmed the state’s first positive occurrence of the virus known widely as “monkeypox.” As of Thursday, August 18th at 8:49am, North Carolina has confirmed 198 positive test results. Like…

Addiction to Joy: Constant pleasure depresses us

The only part of our body that is sentient is our brain. Within the brain we can formulate all sorts of thought, perception, significance and reason. The rest of our body is comprised essentially of water-filled protein sacs that are interconnected with electricity. And although you (as in, the “you” that exists in your mind)…

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