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Monkeypox Emergency Declaration to End in January, Biden Admin Says

(CNN) -- The US Department of Health and Human Services said Friday that it does not plan to renew the public health emergency declaration for mpox."Over the next 60 days we will focus on supporting jurisdictions and the Department to ensure the expiration of the PHE will not hinder response efforts," the agency said in a statement. "The expiration of the PHE will signal we are leaving the emergency phase of the outbreak and are transitioning to the ongoing and urgent work of vaccinating those at-risk and providing treatments and other support to those affected so that we can continue the progress to a durable end of mpox transmission."To help fight potential discrimination and stigma associated with the virus' original name, monkeypox, the World Health Organization announced Monday that "mpox" is the preferred term for the virus and illness.
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Six Monkeypox Patients Have Died
(CNN) — Six people who tested positive for monkeypox -- two in New York City, two in Chicago, one in Nevada and one in Maryland — have died, local health departments have confirmed.The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said it was "deeply saddened by the two reported deaths, and our hearts go out to the individuals' loved ones and community.""Every effort will be made to prevent additional suffering from this virus through continued community engagement, information-sharing, and vaccination," the NYC DOH said.The two Chicagoans who died after testing positive for monkeypox had multiple other health conditions, including weakened immune systems, according to the Chicago Department of Health (CDPH)."Though the number of new MPV cases has declined substantially since summer, this is a stark reminder that MPV is dangerous and can cause serious illness, and in very rare cases, even death," said CDPH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady.Monkeypox was a contributing factor in the death of a Maryland resident, who was immunocompromised and experiencing a severe case, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) said."If you are eligible, such as being immunocompromised or at-risk, the best way to protect yourself against serious illness from MPX is by getting vaccinated," said MDH Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services Dr.
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Scientists Worry Another 'Monkey Virus' Might Affect Humans in Near Future
Toronto, Ontario (CTV Network) -- Researchers are calling for vigilance in a new study that outlines an obscure family of viruses that causes Ebola-like symptoms in certain monkeys, warning that one of these viruses could soon make the jump to humans.Simian hemorrhagic fever, an arterivirus that is already endemic in wild African primates and mostly impacts macaque monkeys, may have the potential to become the next monkeypox or even the next HIV in the future, researchers say.Although no human infections have ever been reported with these viruses, experts caution that we should be watching them now.“This animal virus has figured out how to gain access to human cells, multiply itself, and escape some of the important immune mechanisms we would expect to protect us from an animal virus. That’s pretty rare,” Sara Sawyer, professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology at University of Colorado Boulder, and senior author of the research, said in a press release.“We should be paying attention to it.”The study, published last week in the scientific journal Cell, examines how simian hemorrhagic fever (SHFV) uses a specific cell receptor to infect target cells — a receptor that exists in human cells as well.Arteriviruses have been studied in pigs and horses, but the versions that targets non-human primates are less understood.
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‘I regret transitioning to being a man and trans people should get more therapy’
supports HTML5 video‘Therapy should be involved at all stages of the transitioning process to help spot and explore red flags that may appear in someone’s transitional journey.‘More information should be given to individuals to make sure that their informed consent is truly informed.‘It has been a really difficult journey for me, and I have lost a lot of friends in the process who felt that I am in some way anti-trans.‘I saw a community full of so many people who had transitioned and it had finally made them happy; and with hindsight, I looked at them and thought that would be what made me happy too.‘I now know that I am not a trans man, but I didn’t have enough therapy to explore what was really going on with me and help me realise that I don’t have to fit into a box of one of society’s defined gender norms.’Sam is currently de-transitioning to being a woman, the gender she was assigned at birth.The debate about gender dysphoria has become polarised in recent years, with anti-trans movements arguing that young people like Sam are pushed into transitioning.No one disputes that ‘transition regret’ exists and that there are trans people who return to the sex they were assigned at birth.But there is also a lot of disinformation and misinformation spewed online about the phenomenon.Trans advocates have previously argued that stories like Sam’s tend to get more attention and as such, they push the false narrative that de-transitioning is much more common than it actually is.There is currently no up-to-date data about such cases but LGBTQ+ charities including Stonewall say they are rare.In fact, most people who transition do so without any regrets, statistics show.According to Stonewall, from 3,398 trans patients with
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