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With 2019 approaching, how about skipping a New Year‘s resolution and opting for a short-term goal, say, a Monday resolution? (CNN)
Speaking of New Year’s, hangovers aren’t for kids, but maybe an effective treatment for them is. (Fox News)
An autopsy showed that Felipe Gomez Alonzo, the Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. custody at the border, tested positive for the flu. (The Independent)
Continued evolution/expansion of wearable health devices, Amazon’s venture into the insurance arena, and other predictions for health technology and business in 2019. (CNBC)
A new report indicated that 15 police officers who responded to the 9/11 terrorist attack died of cancer during 2018, part of a nationwide increase in job-related deaths for law enforcement. (CBS News)
After a 7-year-old boy in respiratory distress was admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit, his mother reportedly told medical personnel, “My son is the Lord God Jesus Christ. He will be fine.” (STAT News)
A new venture from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, topless dancers at a trade meeting, and controversy over the CRISPR gene-editing system headed FiercePharma‘s top biotech stories of 2018.
Also, as 2018 comes to a close, it was a banner year for proponents of medical and other forms of legalized marijuana use. (ABC News)
A former CEO of Insys Therapeutics will reportedly plead guilty to charges related to alleged insurance fraud stemming from illegal payments made to doctors for prescribing the company’s sublingual opioid product. (NBC News)
The ugly toll the opioid crisis has imposed on one of the nation’s most beautiful cities. (CNN)
Speaking of the crisis, mental-health clinics currently treating an estimated 9,000 patients with medication-assisted treatment across eight states are at risk of losing federal funding. (Washington Post)
FDA officials plan to meet with e-cigarette manufacturer executives to discuss under-age access to products. (Reuters)
The FDA and other government agencies are still in shutdown mode as the Senate adjourned until Monday — in all, roughly 420,000 federal workers are working without pay while 380,000 have been furloughed. (The Hill)
Flagstaff, Arizona police warned residents about the possibility of rabid foxes in the area, following several biting incidents. (Tech Times)
A koozie for ice cream, anti-chafe stockings, and certain personal hygiene products made BuzzFeed‘s list of problem-solving items that may improve the quality of life for some in 2019.
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