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What We’re Reading: Over a Billion People Worldwide Classified as Obese; Tetanus Shot Shortages; Financial Regulator Steps in to Tackle Medical Debt


WHO warns of global obesity epidemic challenges; doctors advised to conserve a certain type of tetanus shot; a new set of rules will bar medical debt from consumer credit reports

Over a Billion People Worldwide Classified as Obese, WHO Study Reveals

A study by the WHO revealed that more than a billion people worldwide are now classified as obese, according to Reuters. The findings are based off data from more than 220 million people in more than 190 countries. As obesity rates plateau in many wealthier countries, they are rapidly rising in some countries that may also face what is known as the “double burden” of obesity and malnutrition.

CDC Warns of Tetanus Shot Shortages Amid Supply Challenges

The CDC has issued a warning about shortages of tetanus shots, according to The Hill. Two tetanus and diphtheria (Td) vaccine products have been available in the United States under manufacturers Sanofi and MassBiologics. According to the CDC, MassBiologics, the sole Td vaccine manufacturer in the country, has discontinued production of its shot. Because of this, the CDC has advised doctors switch to giving patients the broader Tdap vaccine instead whenever possible.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Tackles Medical Debt Crisis

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is stepping in to help alleviate the burden of medical debt that has impacted millions of individuals, according to Kaiser Health News. The agency is taking a big leap in its most ambitious move to date, developing rules to bar medical debt from consumer credit reports. This policy could make it easier for people with medical debt to rent a home, buy a car, or even get a job. These rules are expected to be revealed later this year.

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