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Will the new Congress take the “right” approach to dealing with high-priced prescription drugs or the “wrong” approach? (STAT)
A Syracuse, New York, man alleged that police forced him to have a sigmoidoscopy to search for hidden drugs, and the hospital subsequently billed him $4,600 for the procedure, which found no drugs. (New York Daily News)
With the holidays fast approaching, a relevant question for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: You know you should give up smoking, but what about alcohol? (CNN)
Sound familiar? A high risk of suicide and contributing factors include heavy student debt, long hours, paperwork demands, and the burden of communicating bad news — for veterinarians. (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association)
FDA issued its first meta-guidance — a document on how to create a guidance document. This one pertains to use of “patient experience data” in FDA submissions.
Also from the FDA, a warning about safety risks associated with teething necklaces and bracelets used to relieve infant teething pain and to provide sensory stimulation for special-needs patients.
Even more from the FDA: Approval of calaspargase pegol-mknl (Asparlas) as a component of combination chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
But wait, that’s not all! The FDA is exploring “pathways” to legalize interstate sales of cannabidiol oil and related compounds in foods and drinks, following enactment of legislation removing the blanket ban on all cannabis products. (CNBC)
An untied shoelace, a fall, a broken arm, and a trip to the emergency room turned into a series of fortunate events for a 5-year-old Kentucky boy. (Fox News)
Regulatory authorities in India ordered Johnson & Johnson to halt production of baby powder made from raw materials at two Indian plants, pending an investigation of possible asbestos contamination. (Reuters)
Check out your state’s rankings for national health status, from a new survey. (CNN)
While other news outlets focus on the top health-related stories of 2018, BuzzFeed goes for shock value.
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