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Democrats will control the House of Representatives in January after many Democratic candidates pledged to protect patients with preexisting conditions and lower prescription drug prices. (STAT) And three states voted to expand Medicaid. (The New York Times) Check back with MedPage Today for more coverage of the election results and their effect on healthcare.
Speaking of low prices, the OECD has written a prescription for halting antibiotic resistance and it would cost just $2 per person per year.
For people who don’t mind sharing their medical information with the government, the FDA has launched the MyStudies app, “to foster collection of real world evidence via patients’ mobile devices.”
In other FDA news, the agency approved a drug for beef cattle to reduce their ammonia emissions, which can negatively affect human health as well as the environment.
Some 5,000 people have holed up in a Central African Republic hospital, seeking shelter from armed attacks that have broken out in the city of Batangafo. (Reuters)
Chickenpox is sweeping a private elementary school in Asheville, North Carolina. (NBC News)
A CDC official expressed frustration over the agency’s failure to figure out what’s causing cases of acute flaccid myelitis to spread across the country. (STAT)
Foamix Pharmaceuticals said its topical minocycline foam was effective against papulopustular rosacea in two phase III trials, with 52% of patients achieving “treatment success” versus 43% of the placebo groups.
Want to make a picky eater less picky? Take the pressure off them. (The Washington Post)
Suicides among Japanese children are the highest they’ve been in 30 years; experts say stigma about mental health problems remains an issue. (The New York Times)
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