Jonel Aleccia, 13News Now

Jonel Aleccia

13News Now

Portland, OR, United States

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Past articles by JoNel:

FDA releases proposal on what products can be called "milk"

The FDA rules released Wednesday also call for voluntary extra nutrition labels that note when the drinks have lower levels of nutrients than dairy milk. → Read More

Under new rule, US schools must limit sugar in cafeteria lunches

The first limits on added sugars would take effect in the 2025-2026 school year, targeting high-sugar foods such as sweetened cereals, yogurts and flavored milk. → Read More

FDA declines to regulate CBD; calls on Congress for fix

The move comes after repeated calls from lawmakers, advocates and consumer groups for CBD to be allowed in foods and supplements. → Read More

FDA food safety official resigns, cites infant formula shortage last year

The official specifically referenced the baby formula shortage that struck the U.S. last year as an example of what happens when the FDA can't function effectively. → Read More

New pill treats diabetic cats without daily insulin shots

It’s the first drug of its type approved for animals; similar drugs have been approved for people for about a decade. → Read More

Pediatricians recommend weight-loss drugs and surgery for children with obesity

New guidance recommends doctors offer obesity drugs to kids as young as 12, and referrals for weight-loss surgery to kids as young as 13. → Read More

New guidance: Use drugs, surgery early for obesity in kids

The longstanding practice of “watchful waiting," or delaying treatment to see whether children outgrow or overcome obesity on their own only worsens the problem. → Read More

Health officials revise BMI tool to track severe obesity in kids

U.S. health officials have revised a tool to track the rising cases of severe obesity among children who were previously off the charts. Updated growth → Read More

Childhood BMI chart revised to track severe child obesity

The old scale, which went up to 37, has been in use for more than two decades, even as the rate of childhood obesity in the U.S. has nearly quadrupled. → Read More

Patient, Beware: Some States Still Pushing Ineffective Covid Antibody Treatments

The top 12 states using antibody therapies produced by Regeneron and Lilly — which research shows don’t work against the omicron variant — include several Southern states with some of the nation’s … → Read More

Success of Covid Antiviral Pills Hinges on Access to Speedy and Accurate Tests

The promising antiviral drugs to treat covid can halt hospitalizations and deaths, but only if they’re given to patients within three to five days of their first symptoms, a narrow window many peop… → Read More

Nursing Home Residents Overlooked in Scramble for Covid Antibody Treatments

A federal allocation plan meant to ensure equitable distribution of powerful monoclonal antibody treatments for high-risk patients fails to prioritize nursing home residents, a population that rema… → Read More

Organ Centers to Transplant Patients: Get a Covid Shot or Move Down on Waitlist

At issue is whether transplant patients who refuse the shots are not only putting themselves at greater risk for serious illness and death from covid-19, but also squandering scarce organs that cou… → Read More

A daily pill to treat COVID-19 could be just months away, scientists say

At least three promising antivirals for COVID-19 are in clinical trials. Antivirals already treat other infections, including hepatitis C and HIV. → Read More

A Daily Pill to Treat Covid Could Be Just Months Away, Scientists Say

At least three promising antiviral treatments for covid-19 are being tested in clinical trials, with results expected as soon as late fall or winter. → Read More

A Daily Pill to Treat Covid Could Be Just Months Away, Scientists Say

At least three promising antiviral treatments for covid-19 are being tested in clinical trials, with results expected as soon as late fall or winter. → Read More

Congress Cites KHN Investigation in Probe of National Academies

The House oversight committee is requesting conflict-of-interest disclosure forms from a National Academies committee studying organ transplants. KHN previously reported on apparent conflicts among… → Read More

‘My Time to Live’: Through Novel Program, Kidney Patients Get Palliative Care, Dialysis ’Til the End

Seattle’s Northwest Kidney Centers, which pioneered kidney failure treatment 50 years ago, now pairs dying patients with hospice services, without forcing them to forgo the comfort dialysis can pro… → Read More

Hot Spots Where Covid Vaccination Lags Push Experimental Antibody Treatment

Governors in Southern states, amid a surge of delta-variant infections, are rushing to provide an experimental antibody cocktail therapy, even as they oppose measures like mask mandates and vaccine… → Read More

‘Tainted’ Blood: Covid Skeptics Request Blood Transfusions From Unvaccinated Donors

In another twist on covid vaccine hesitancy, blood centers say they are starting to hear from transfusion patients demanding blood from unvaccinated donors. Experts say the option is neither practi… → Read More