Holmes gets 11 years; Kaiser Permanente avoids nurses’ strike; Al Roker’s blood clot

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Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after defrauding investors with false claims about the blood tests her company conducts. (AP)

Kaiser Permanente dodged what might be the largest private-sector nurse strike in US history by providing an interim agreement with a pay rise of 22.5% and more staff. (Fierce healthcare)

Anti-abortion groups sued HHS and the FDA to reverse FDA approval of the abortion pill mifepristone. (Politically)

Concerned that the current crop of COVID vaccines will not prevent infection, some scientists are calling for a new vaccine strategy. (New York Times)

Meanwhile, Operation Warp Speed, former President Trump’s program to rapidly develop next-generation US vaccines, has encountered some major obstacles. (New York Times)

As of 8:00 a.m. ET Monday, the unofficial COVID toll in the US reached 98,309,031 and 1,077,031, an increase of 311,593 cases and 2,546 deaths since this time a week ago.

This year’s dominant influenza strain, H3N2, has been linked to more severe influenza in children and the elderly. (CNBC)

People with disabilities are raising concerns that changes made to Twitter under Elon Musk are making the platform less secure and more difficult to use. (Washington Post)

Syphilis rates are skyrocketing in South Dakota’s Native American communities. Here’s why. (vox)

Georgia appears to be on track to implement Medicaid labor requirements following the re-election of Republican Gov. Brian Kemp (R). (Kaiser Health News)

Also, state officials there have asked the Georgia Supreme Court to stay a judge’s decision to overturn the state’s 6-week abortion ban. (AP)

The American Academy of Pediatrics has published recommendations for inpatient and outpatient care during a surge in patient numbers.

Just 6 days after an emergency appendectomy, NFL defenseman Minkah Fitzpatrick was cleared (and played) by the Pittsburgh Steelers for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. (TribLive)

Alabama last week failed to complete an execution for the third time since 2018 because of problems with intravenous lines. (AP)

Here’s the “most common, debilitating hand condition” you probably never knew existed. (Washington Post)

Al Roker, host of the “Today” show, was hospitalized after a blood clot in his leg that later sent clots to his lungs. (AP)

A medical mystery: why did this teenager sleep for 20 hours? (Washington Post)

Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Roker’s blood clots in his leg were sending clots to his heart.

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    Shannon Firth has been MedPage Today’s Washington correspondent on health policy since 2014. She is also a member of the site’s Enterprise & Investigative Reporting team. consequences

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