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Pelosi vs Trump on ACA; Life Expectancy Rises; Legal Definition of Death Questioned

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President Biden’s re-election campaign enlisted Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to warn about threats to the Affordable Care Act from former President Donald Trump. (Reuters)

While still lower than prepandemic numbers, U.S. life expectancy rose to age 77.5 in 2022, an increase of more than 1 year over 2021’s estimates, the CDC said.

Provisional CDC estimates also showed the suicide rate reached a record high since 1941 and was an age-adjusted 1% higher in 2022 than 2021.

A World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson warned that disease may kill more people than bombs if the health system in the Gaza Strip is not repaired. (Reuters)

Pope Francis cancelled his trip to the United Nations COP28 climate summit in Dubai due to influenza and lung inflammation, the Vatican said. (New York Times)

Ahead of the COP28 meeting, the WHO emphasized the importance of broadening the focus to human health in global climate change discussions.

A two-decade study found no evidence that using cannabis reduces long-term heroin use. (American Journal of Psychiatry, The Guardian)

The American Medical Association issued new guidance about AI development, deployment, and use, including physician liability when using AI-enabled technologies.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) accused U.S. Anesthesia Partners of unfair business practices and requested information about the anesthesiology firm’s prices, executive salaries, payouts to investors, and acquisition of competitors. (Washington Post)

The Guardian offered a close look at ongoing questions over the legal definition of death in the U.S. and how they affect organ transplantation.

A British inquiry found serious failings at hospitals where a worker committed sexual violations against the corpses of at least 101 women and girls. (BBC)

Traffic-related air pollution raised blood pressure, a small crossover trial showed. (Annals of Internal Medicine)

A U.S. appeals court vacated a lower court’s approval of a massive class action against DuPont, 3M, and other manufacturers of forever chemicals. (Reuters)

Maternal SARS-CoV-2 infection substantially increased the probability of preterm birth, but the effect disappeared by 2022. (PNAS)

A nonprofit group aims to win FDA approval to use estrogen as a gender-affirming treatment. (STAT)

A longer reproductive period was tied to a decreased risk of low hand grip strength in postmenopausal women, a cross-sectional study in Korea showed. (Menopause)

Kwik Trip recalled some of its fresh-cut fruit cups and trays because they contained cantaloupe from TruFresh that could potentially be contaminated with Salmonella.

The advocacy group 1DaySooner called for more “human challenge” trials to encourage vaccine discovery. (Nature)

Walking more briskly may lower type 2 diabetes risk, a meta-analysis suggested. (British Journal of Sports Medicine)

The death of a young mother unraveled a fentanyl network that extended from Washington, D.C., to California to Mexico. (NBC News)

Puerto Rico’s health system is crumbling. (Washington Post)

  • Judy George covers neurology and neuroscience news for MedPage Today, writing about brain aging, Alzheimer’s, dementia, MS, rare diseases, epilepsy, autism, headache, stroke, Parkinson’s, ALS, concussion, CTE, sleep, pain, and more. Follow

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