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A CHIP fix for Christmas? Yes, Virginia it may be so. In the early morning hours today the House of Representatives released a resolution proposing a very short-term funding fix for the program. (STAT)
Responding to passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, 17 of the nation’s largest patient advocacy organizations endorsed a statement calling on Congress to act “swiftly” to develop short- and long-term plans to stabilize the health insurance market and lower patient costs. (American Lung Association and others)
Asthma inhalers containing corticosteroids and long-acting beta agonists no longer need to include a boxed warning about asthma-related death, the FDA said after reviewing results from several large trials.
The agency also approved pertuzumab (Perjeta) for use with trastuzumab (Herceptin) and chemotherapy as adjuvant therapy for high-risk HER2-positive breast cancer and converted the drug’s accelerated approval for neoadjuvant therapy to full approval, said manufacturer Genentech.
MIT Technology Review reports that a contraceptive gel for men is slated to begin clinical trials. (via STAT)
Mark Twain once wrote, “A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” Scientists working on new drugs hope to delay that time as long as possible. (BBC)
A salad a day might keep mental deterioration away, according to a new report. (The New York Times)
Can a phone call, video chat, or app increase access to abortion in rural areas? Yes, Elizabeth Ly — a public health student — writes on KevinMD.
President Trump claims to have killed Obamacare. Not so fast, Politico says.
Heading out for a run in the winter might burn more calories than warm-weather exercise. (STAT)
Mice regain hearing after researchers edited their genomic sequencing with CRISPR technology. (Science Daily)
Cigarette smoking among illicit drug users has been on the rise over the past 16 years. (Addiction)
New Year’s resolutions to lose weight will be easier for members of the U.S. Army if they live on one of the 10 bases included in the Army’s intensive health initiative. (The Washington Post)
The BBC reports on the U.K.’s seemingly lax maternity care with 276,000 mistakes, including 288 deaths over a period of two years.
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