The first U.S. death due to monkeypox was confirmed in Los Angeles County. The county health department and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the deceased patient had a severely weakened immune system and had previously been hospitalized. (CNN)

A common virus associated with polio-like muscle weakness is spreading among kids, the CDC warned. The agency recently issued an alert about enterovirus D68, which usually leads to respiratory illness but can also cause acute flaccid myelitis. (NBC News)

Amid his “Cancer Moonshot” push, President Joe Biden is touting the drug-pricing provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act. The Congressional Budget Office projects the new law will prevent 13 out of an expected 1,300 drugs from coming to market over the next 30 years. (Roll Call)

Pennsylvania counties have received their first payments from a multistate settlement with companies that fueled the opioid epidemic. The Commonwealth will receive $1 billion over 18 years as part of a deal negotiated by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and other attorneys general with Cardinal, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Johnson & Johnson. (WSKG

Medical journals broadened an inquiry into potential heart research misconduct. The Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology and the Journal of Biological Chemistry are investigating five papers authored by Temple scientists over concerns of data manipulation. (Reuters)