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Canada is bracing for a controversial new law that will allow doctors to help people with mental illness end their life. (New York Times)
Apple can again sell its newer Apple Watch models thanks to a federal appeals court that temporarily blocked an import ban related to a pulse oximeter patent. (CNN)
Unlike many other places, San Diego is not reporting a wave of COVID-19 hospitalizations. (NBC San Diego)
Be aware that false positives can result from herpes simplex virus type 2 serological tests for genital herpes, the FDA said.
The agency is also requiring a labeling update for promethazine hydrochloride injections to include new safety information in an effort to reduce the risk of severe chemical irritation and tissue injury.
Meanwhile, the FDA issued new guidance so drug manufacturers know how to reformulate their products to avoid unacceptable levels of benzene, a known carcinogen.
Scientists are warning that chronic wasting disease, also known as “zombie deer disease,” could spread to humans. (Independent)
A federal judge temporarily blocked an Idaho state law that would have made it a felony to give gender-affirming care to minors. (The Hill)
In Wyoming, a judge ordered a woman to pay nearly $300,000 for setting fire to the state’s only full-service abortion clinic. (AP)
Last week’s strike by NHS junior doctors in the U.K. resulted in nearly 88,000 cancelled appointments, and another strike is slated soon after the new year. (BBC News)
An Italian man had a nerve transplant from his amputated leg with the goal of regaining use of his paralyzed hand. (Reuters)
The World Health Organization said it has had missions deliver supplies to Gaza hospitals, most recently on Tuesday.
Stigma against homosexuality could worsen Congo’s mpox outbreak. (AP)
NPR debunks myths about hospice care.
Current Social Security disability standards for children with sickle cell disease are described as “out of date” and “probably 15 to 20 years behind the medical standard.” (CBS News)
Severe maternal stress during pregnancy did not predict heart attacks and strokes when children reach middle-age. (JAMA Network Open)
The International Agency for Research on Cancer concludes, based on the available evidence, that alcohol reduction or cessation decreases the risk of oral cancer and esophageal cancer. (New England Journal of Medicine)
Federal investigators are on the case of a company that allegedly committed Medicare fraud related to charging for unwanted COVID-19 tests. (WBAL)