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Judge refuses to block health care vaccination rule

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Judge refuses to block health care vaccination rule

| 11/23/2021

Judge refuses to block health care vaccination rule

U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers issued an 11-page order Saturday denying a motion by Attorney General Ashley Moody for a preliminary injunction or temporary restraining order against the federal rule. Moody’s office filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the rule and sought an injunction or temporary restraining order before the vaccination requirement takes effect Dec. 6. Rodgers, however, wrote that Florida had not shown “irreparable harm” to justify an injunction or temporary restraining order. In part, the state contended that rule would affect state-run facilities, such as veterans’ nursing homes, and exacerbate health-care staffing shortages. [Source: News Service of Florida]

National analysis finds Florida has wide health care gaps along racial, ethnic lines

In its report Achieving Racial and Ethnic Equity in U.S. Health Care: A Scorecard of State Performance, released Thursday, the Commonwealth Fund looked at 24 indicators of health care in all fifty states, broken down by racial and ethnic categories. The results: White Americans outperform Black, Latinx and Native Americans in nearly all states. David Bradley, chief scientist on the report, said policymakers should focus on one metric in particular: mortality amenable to health care. [Source: WMFE]

Only a third of Florida’s seniors have gotten their booster shots as the holidays approach

While the COVID transmission rate in Florida is the lowest it has been since June, the stakes are high heading into the holidays: People over 65 make up 75% of the COVID deaths in Florida. “If you are 65 or older and you are not boosted, you are putting your life at unnecessary risk,” said Howard Forman, a professor who directs the Health Care Management program in the Yale School of Public Health and tracks COVID’s global spread. [Source: South Florida SunSentinel]

Cancer specialists in Florida see dramatic results with new clinical trial

Dr. Sajeve Thomas, an oncologist and hematologist at the Orlando Health Cancer Institute, has been working on a treatment that is shrinking tumors, using cells from the patient’s body. “It looks to me to be a miracle if you didn’t know any better,” Thomas said. Toni English had already been fighting a rare form of cancer for three years before she found that miracle treatment. [Source: WKMG]

University of Florida takes over Scripps Research's Jupiter campus

The "integration" was made official in news release issued by both Gainesville-based University of Florida and California-based Scripps Research. In their joint announcement, they promised new faculty would be recruited over the next five years who will "complement the existing pool of scientists" already on campus. Under the terms of the deal, the nonprofit Scripps Research Institute will transfer all assets connected to the campus, as well an adjacent 70-acre undeveloped tract in Palm Beach Gardens, to UF.  [Source: Scripps Research]


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