Tuesday, November 15, 2022 | California Healthline

A somber milestone for the RSV/flu season: California health officials on Monday reported the first death of a child under the age of 5 infected with the flu and RSV. It was unclear which infection was responsible for the death of the child. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle and The Sacramento Bee. Keep scrolling to learn more about RSV.

BN.1 variant takes off in California: Infectious disease experts predict high immunity for the variant, and it’s already spreading to the western US region, including California, where it accounted for 6.2% of new cases last week — well above the national average. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Check out the summary of California Healthline’s coverage below. For today’s national health news, check out KHN’s morning meeting.

NBC News: Moderna Says New Booster Generates Antibodies Against Omicron Subvariant BQ1.1

In people who received the updated booster, neutralizing antibodies to BA.4 and BA.5 were about five times higher in those with a previous Covid infection and six times higher in those with no documented infection, the company said. (Lovelace Jr., 11/14)

San Francisco Chronicle: Biden advertises vaccines with “once a year” promise

President Biden reiterated Monday’s pledge that most Americans only need to get an annual booster shot against COVID-19, despite widespread skepticism from infectious disease experts who believe the vaccine’s waning effectiveness will require more than one dose every 12 months . (Vaziri, Buchmann and Kawahara, 11/14)

ABC News: Biden administration to renew fight for more COVID funding with $10 billion request

After several failed attempts this past winter and spring to raise more money to fight the pandemic, the White House plans to ask for $10 billion during the lame duck session of Congress before newly elected lawmakers begin in January, confirmed sources familiar with the discussions told ABC News. (Haslett, 11/15)

CNN: Covid-19 boosters could keep thousands of children out of hospitals, but uptake remains low

Higher Covid-19 vaccination rates among US children could prevent thousands of pediatric hospitalizations and millions of missed school days, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the Commonwealth Fund and the Yale School of Public Health. (McPhillips, 11/15)

CIDRAP: Study: Rapid at-home COVID-19 tests not very sensitive to Omicron

Dutch researchers show that the sensitivities of three commonly used rapid antigen tests were very low in asymptomatic people in the Omicron period and suggest repeating the test after a negative test. … Participants with negative tests also completed a questionnaire that showed 54.8% tested again in the 10 days after a negative test, with 24.6% testing positive. (11/14)

CIDRAP: Study: Few veterans used COVID-19 antiviral antibodies and antibodies

The frequency of use of these therapies was not well characterized, so the study authors used the Veterans Affairs Health Care System (VA) to investigate if and when the therapies were used in COVID-19 positive patients 18 years and older in VA -hospitals between January 1 and February 8, 2022. Among the 111,717 VA participants enrolled in the study, only 4,233 (3.8%) received pharmacotherapy within the VA or through VA Community Care. ( Sucheray, 14.11.)

Oaklandside: Monkeypox vaccinations in Oakland lag behind for black and gay Latinx men

In June, Jamal Lance noticed a rare rash around his groin. He ignored it until days later when it spread to various other parts of his body. “My doctor said it was monkeypox. I had no idea,” said the 29-year-old, who lives in downtown Oakland. He had only heard about the viral infection months before, but when he noticed the rash he said, “It was too late and I caught it.” (Ayitey, 11/14)

Axios: Biden: Democrats will not have enough votes to codify Roe V. Wade

President Biden said Monday he does not expect Congressional Democrats to have enough votes to pass legislation codifying Roe v. to say goodbye to Wade. If Republicans get a narrow majority in the House of Representatives, Biden’s commitment to an abortion-rights bill as the first post-midterm bill sent to Congress will go nowhere. (Gonzalez, 11/14)

Reuters: Illumina cuts 5% of its workforce

San Diego-based Illumina Inc. said Monday it was shedding 5% of its global workforce to rebalance its operating expenses as stubborn inflation and a strong dollar weigh on the gene-sequencing equipment maker’s business. (11/14)

Statistic: After developing RNA-targeted drugs, Ionis jumps into gene editing

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, the California company that took RNA-targeting drugs from an unproven idea to blockbuster drugs, is now expanding into a new class of therapeutics that treat disease by editing DNA. (Wösen, 14.11.)

Stats: Google’s new pilot is testing the power of healthcare search tools

Mile Bluff Medical Center is a far cry from Silicon Valley. The 40-bed hospital is in a central Wisconsin town of 4,400 where nurses are just as likely to encounter a moose as they are to encounter a machine learning engineer. That is, until now. (Ross, 14.11.)

The Washington Post: A fake tweet caused Eli Lilly to panic and may have cost Twitter millions

The nine-word tweet was sent Thursday afternoon from an account using the name and logo of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co. and immediately garnered a huge response: “We’re pleased to announce that insulin is now available.” is free.” … Inside the real Eli Lilly, the fake sparked a panic, according to two people familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. (Harwell, 11/14)

The Washington Post: Drought conditions in California are forcing residents to rely on bottled water

Wells in California are drying up at record speed. Amid a hotter, drier climate and the third straight year of severe drought, the state has already recorded a record 1,351 dry wells this year — almost 40 percent up from the previous year and the most since the state created its voluntary reporting system in 2014 Much of this outage slices through the center of the state, in the parched lowlands of the San Joaquin Valley, where residents compete with deep agricultural wells for rapidly dwindling groundwater supplies. (Partlow, 11/14)

The Bakersfield Californian: California: Low screening numbers for lung cancer, high numbers for no treatment

California saw mixed results, which ranked it the worst state in the country for lung cancer treatment, according to a report by the American Lung Association released Tuesday. (Donegan, 11/14)

Berkeleyside: A Year After Life-Changing Award, Berkeley Inventor For The Blind writes a paper

If there’s one big change in Joshua A. Miele’s life since September 2021, it’s that pretty much everyone he wants to talk to wants to talk to him. “In the past, they might have said, ‘Who are you and why should I care?’ or ‘You’re working on accessibility, that’s nice,'” he said. “But to say I’m a 2021 MacArthur grantee calling completely changes people’s reactions to you.” The Berkeley native, who has lived in Berkeley for over three decades, spoke to Berkeleyside about how his life is changing in the changed over the past year since receiving a prestigious grant from the MacArthur Foundation. (Wall, 11/13)

The Washington Post: Jay Leno was hospitalized after suffering gasoline burns from a garage fire

Comedian Jay Leno suffered burns to his face and hands Sunday after a gasoline fire in his garage, according to the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles, where he is being treated. (Rao, 14.11.)