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California wildfires are producing air quality levels so bad that children, pregnant people, and the elderly are at risk. In Santa Barbara the air quality is so dangerous that it is considered unfit for anyone to breathe. (Slate)
The Trump administration’s expected Thursday repeal of “net neutrality” may diminish telemedicine access and harm small practices. (Helio)
Walgreens has a new deal with New York-Presbyterian Health System to provide non-emergency telemedicine services at its Duane Reade drug stores. (MedCityNews)
Aetna/CVS merger will produce “Walmart for healthcare,” says MD blogger. Increased use of pharmacists and nurses, blogger says, will lead to “separate but unequal healthcare.” (The Healthcare Blog)
Abundance of caution: although the FDA doesn’t know of any drug products that contain gluten, it issued a guidance anyway on drug labeling for gluten.
Pennsylvania’s legislature sends a restrictive abortion bill to the governor, who is expected to veto it. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Parents can provide cell phone pictures that allow a dermatologist to accurately diagnose a child’s skin condition, according to a small study. (MD Magazine)
From a simple color photo of the retina, you can tell a person’s age, gender, smoking history, glucose level, and blood pressure. So says the author of new research in Ophthalmology. (LiveScience)
Antibodies and sexual orientation? Study found women who had homosexual sons with older male siblings had the highest levels of antibodies against NLGN4Y. (TechTimes)
The other side of the opioid debate: what to do about pain. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Like a plot from The Sopranos? A former New Jersey Governor, who now heads the University Hospital board, recommended the Newark hospital hire a friend for a “no-show or low-show job.” (New Jersey.com)
What we (and comic artist Dan Piraro) suspect surgeons are really thinking.
From Retraction Watch — How to design a good experiment.
And EHR as seen through the world of science fiction. (Kevin MD)
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