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Morning Break: More Early Abortion Bills; Record Gun Deaths; FDA Approvals

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The Ohio legislature passed two abortion bills — one outlawing abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, and the other banning the dilation and evacuation abortion procedure; the measures now head to Gov. John Kasich (R), but it is unclear whether he will approve them. (

President Trump characterized a Texas judge’s ruling late Friday against the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate as “a great ruling for our country.” (Reuters) Check out MedPage Today for full coverage of the ruling and its potential impact.

The New York Times performs a fact check on the Trump administration’s claims about “inflated” prescription drug prices.

More marijuana products in California are passing strict safety tests — with the failure rate down to 14% in November from 20% in the summer, the AP reports.

The nearly 40,000 people in the U.S. dying by guns marked “the highest number of gun deaths” in nearly 40 years, according to new research. (CNN)

A look at the many reasons why boys may not be accessing mental health care services. (NBC News)

Women should be screened for depression both during and after pregnancy, the American Academy of Pediatrics urges in a policy statement. (Pediatrics)

BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics got the OK to begin a phase II trial of its autologous stem cell therapy for progressive multiple sclerosis. (Reuters)

Is Amazon still considering getting into the consumer health diagnostics business? (CNBC)

One expert has some questions about teledocs and telemedicine. (KevinMD)

On Friday the FDA expanded the approval of romiplostim (Nplate) to include pediatric patients with immune thrombocytopenia and approved another trastuzumab (Herceptin) biosimilar, Herzuma.

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