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The 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. custody Christmas Eve was not ill before he was sent to the migrant detention center, his father said. The day he died, he went to the hospital for a cough but was then released in the afternoon. (Miami Times)
An oncologist writes on how a patient’s opioid use disorder proved tougher to treat than her leukemia. (New England Journal of Medicine)
The FDA approved Vaxelis, a new pediatric vaccine that immunizes against tetanus, pertussis, diphtheria, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B, and invasive disease due to Haemophilus influenzae type b, manufacturer Sanofi announced.
The merger between China’s Venus Medtech and U.S.-based Keystone Heart is complete, bringing together makers of transcatheter heart valve products and an embolic protection device. (BioSpace)
A 12-step program … for tech addiction? (AP)
About 85% of Louisiana’s skilled nursing facilities are facing Medicare reimbursement penalties because of excessive patient readmissions, and the figure is similar in Mississippi and Arkansas. (NOLA.com)
To halt e-cigarette sales to teens, one Massachusetts town is banning them from convenience stores and restricting their sale to adult-only tobacco shops. (CNN)
“I’m on these payment arrangements that are killing us.” Even with insurance, families struggle with high deductibles. (NPR)
A Wichita man says he was about to take his wife to the doctor, after she’d had a miscarriage, when immigration officials swooped in and despite the medical emergency arrested him then and there for illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in 1998. (Kansas City Star)
A botched circumcision led to a toddler bleeding profusely and subsequently dying at an Italian refugee camp. (New York Post)
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