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Morning Break: Kavanaugh Surprise; Generic Price-Fixing; Shyness and ‘Hangxiety’


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Brett Kavanaugh misjudged? In his first known vote on the Supreme Court, he joined with the court’s four Democratic appointees and Chief Justice John Roberts to let stand a lower-court decision barring Kansas and Louisiana from blocking Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood. (Reuters)

More than a dozen generic drug manufacturers, including leaders Mylan and Teva, are accused of price-fixing and illegal market allocation on some 300 drugs in most major classes. (Washington Post)

Also in Washington, a watchdog group discovered the Trump administration had removed an 18-page training guide to help Latino communities enroll for health coverage, one month before open enrollment ends for the year. (Washington Post)

Meanwhile, more than 190,000 comments were submitted by medical associations and healthcare providers in opposition of the Department of Homeland Security’s “public charge” proposal, according to the Dallas Morning News.

In what appears to be a coincidence, an Olympus subsidiary pleaded guilty to criminal charges stemming from its failure to file reports on infections related to its duodenoscopes, just as the FDA released a new report indicating that contamination of these devices remains a stubbornly unsolved problem for all manufacturers. (Reuters, FDA)

Thousands of mental health professionals began a 5-day strike in California, due to a “critical staff shortage” that leaves many patients without care. (The Mercury News)

Exercise wins. That’s the takeaway message of a new study that showed lifelong exercisers can have the heart, lung, and muscle fitness of healthy people nearly 30 years younger. (NPR)

An Associated Press report finds Slovak hospitals are detaining and abusing many new mothers of Roma ethnicity.

The CDC now counts 158 confirmed cases of acute flaccid myelitis this year.

Twenty-year-old guidelines recommending genetic testing for breast cancer may miss as many patients with hereditary cancers as they find. (CNN)

A new community-based program that connects patients and pathologists will bring all hands on deck to help patients understand their cancer diagnosis, writes Matthew Katz, MD, at Kevin MD.

Shy people were particularly susceptible to feeling anxious after drinking alcohol, dubbed “hanxiety.” (Newsweek)

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