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As a result of the government shutdown, the FDA will start furloughing roughly 40% of its employees on Wednesday — salaries for the 10,000 remaining workers are funded by fees from medical device and pharmaceutical companies. (NPR)
Poor sterilization practices may have exposed more than 3,700 patients at a New Jersey surgery center to hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV. (ABC News)
The FDA has granted tentative approval to a number of weekly and monthly extended-release doses of buprenorphine (Brixadi) for treating opioid use disorder, drugmaker Braeburn announced.
While marijuana is available in more and more states for medical or recreational use, most researchers still can’t get access. (Politico)
A Queens podiatrist may have played a role in getting President Trump his medical exemption from the draft during the Vietnam War. (The New York Times)
Florida has its first confirmed case of acute flaccid myelitis in 2018. (Miami Herald)
The Trump administration approved work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries in Maine and Michigan. (The Hill)
To help thwart physician burnout, one institution has started asking patients to show appreciation and send thank-you notes when they’ve had positive experiences there. (Forbes)
NBC News gives an explainer on ‘climate grief,’ wherein grim predictions of the future lead to depression, plus 10 steps for dealing with the condition.
Animal- and insect-related injuries sent 6.5 million Americans to the emergency room over the course of 5 years. (Washington Post)
More than half of seniors suffer from medical illiteracy, suggesting that providers need to improve communication and simplify drug labeling. (New York Times)
Drones might get increased use delivering organs for transplantation, with one pilot study in the U.S. finding the method safe. (CNN)
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