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Another worry for health workers fighting Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: the disputed presidential election and the risk it brings for more violence in the outbreak areas. (Reuters)

Edwards Lifesciences said it paid Boston Scientific $180 million to settle all of their patent disputes over transcatheter aortic valve technology and other cardiac devices, leaving both firms’ products on the market (Reuters)

Georgia Tech researchers say they’ve adapted their dissolvable microneedle technology, first developed to deliver vaccines, into a long-acting contraceptive patch. Thus far it’s only been tested in rats, however. (NBC News)

The government shutdown is preventing providers from prescribing buprenorphine, a medication used to control opioid addiction. (New York Daily News)

You must read this: a stunning graphic novella that explains everything you need to know about medical education’s most fundamental problem. (The Guardian)

Vitamin D supplements may not benefit people over 70 years of age when it comes to limiting the risk of falls and enhancing bone strength. (Medical Xpress)

Rosalind Kaplan, MD, shares her four New Year’s resolutions (no, going to the gym more often isn’t one of them). (Kevin MD)

It has been long thought that cardiac arrests were most common early Monday mornings, but new research points to more cardiac arrests happening in the evening. (Fox 8)

California’s flu death toll rises to 52 after a 4-year-old child died. (Los Angeles Times)

The state of Georgia wants to expand opportunities for medical trainees, but it’s still behind regional and national averages for residents. (AP)

Medical marijuana will likely be available this week in Ohio. (

Children rejoice: Chocolate found more effective than cough syrup for managing cough symptoms. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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