N.Y.C. Doctor Charged; MyChart Privacy Settlement; 4,000 Steps a Day

— Health news and commentary from around the Web gathered by MedPage Today staff

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A gastroenterologist in Queens was charged with drugging, raping, and filming sexual assaults of patients and other women, prosecutors said. (CNN)

The Supreme Court reinstated the Biden administration's regulations on "ghost guns" -- self-made firearms assembled from kits without serial numbers and background checks on purchasers -- for now. (Politico)

A pilot project sent "heat alert" emails to inform doctors and nurses of dangerously hot weather so they could advise vulnerable patients. (NPR)

In Switzerland, a group of older women sued the government, saying the country's climate policies violated their health and human rights. (New York Times)

The U.K. will no longer routinely offer COVID booster vaccines this fall to healthy people under 65, following the recommendations of its Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

A consensus statement provided guidelines on assessing and treating acetaminophen poisoning. (JAMA Network Open)

About 15% of the $1 billion NIH budget to study long COVID went to clinical trials, an analysis showed. (STAT)

Wisconsin's Froedtert Health agreed to a $2 million settlement in a lawsuit filed by patients who alleged the healthcare system shared confidential MyChart-related communications with Facebook. (Becker's Health IT)

A bipartisan group of senators asked the IRS to investigate nonprofit hospitals' compliance with community benefit requirements. (STAT)

Independent testing lab Valisure said it entered a contract with the Department of Defense to assess the quality of generic drugs given to service members and veterans.

A rule proposed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission included abortion as a potential medical condition that may need workplace accommodations. (Politico)

Next spring, Los Angeles city voters will have a chance to cap hospital executives' pay at $450,000 a year. (KFF Health News)

Walking at least 4,000 steps a day reduces the risk of dying from any cause, a meta-analysis suggested. (European Journal of Preventive Cardiology)

About one in five journal articles that Chat GPT-4 cited when creating content for learning health systems were fake. (JAMA Network Open)

Ohio voters rejected a ballot measure that would have made protecting abortion rights more difficult. (AP)

In Idaho, several college professors are suing over a state law they say criminalizes discussing pro-abortion views in the classroom. (AP)

Federal officials may crack down on supervised injection sites in New York City. (New York Times)

The NIH paused its $150 million health communications research project. (KFF Health News)

Optum, part of UnitedHealth Group, launched a new nurse practitioner program with Capella University.

The FDA issued a final rule in its 2015 determination on partially hydrogenated oils, noting trans fat will not be completely removed because it occurs naturally in some foods.

And the agency approved the POLARx Cryoablation System for treating paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, Boston Scientific announced.

A case report described a 39-year-old woman with lead toxicity from Ayurvedic medicines. (Canadian Medical Association Journal)

With COVID cases rising, the New York Times published a refresher on how to navigate a local outbreak.

An estimated 569,000 deaths in 2019 were associated with antimicrobial resistance across the WHO Region of the Americas. (The Lancet Regional Health – Americas)

Male healthcare leaders at Covenant Health in Texas simulated breastfeeding every 3 hours for 20-minute stints for 4 days: "It was a huge eye-opener." (Fox News)

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