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Weighing less than 9.5 ounces at birth, a baby boy went home last week from a Japanese hospital. It’s the smallest birth weight on record for a surviving infant. (Reuters)
A revealing look at the mental health of contract workers who moderate Facebook content. (Verge)
The Gaza Strip is suffering under an opioid crisis, thanks to cheap tramadol pills imported a decade ago. (Associated Press)
Meanwhile, the FDA is looking at whether opioids are really effective for chronic pain — a project already under fire from critics who say the necessary evidence is already in. (The Washington Post)
More tragicomedy on vaccines: Texas lawmaker who sits on the state’s House Public Health Committee says we don’t need to worry about measles because of “antibiotics and that kind of stuff.” (Texas Observer)
The New Yorker looks at the health crisis in U.S. jails.
Colorado has received approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to pay for drugs for Medicaid patients based on their outcomes and value. (Modern Healthcare)
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) is introducing a “Medicare for All” bill that’s seen as the “most ambitious yet,” with a quick transition to a completely public health plan. (Vox)
Cannabidiol is being marketed for treating everything from eczema to multiple sclerosis, but nobody really knows what it does. (The New York Times)
Here is an unusual source of radioactive contamination: the remains of a cancer patient who underwent radiation and was then cremated. (CNN)
A trial that begins next week will address the issue of whether glyphosate (Roundup) weedkiller causes cancer. (Associated Press via NBC News)
And speaking of cancer, if getting it isn’t bad enough, the endless bills can be maddening to contend with. (NPR)
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