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Tax Acts of 2017: Big Changes to Health Care and Education May Be Coming


by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

As you may be aware, the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are in conference over a major tax bill. Each chamber of Congress passed different versions of a 2017 tax reform bill. The next step is for representatives from each chamber to negotiate the differences and then to present a reconciled bill for final votes. The GOP has an ambitious timeline of completing reconciliation by the Christmas holiday meaning that the bills are being rushed and not receiving careful discussion and debate.…

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A Chinese province is collecting DNA and iris scans from all its residents Business Insider

Authorities in the Chinese province of Xinjiang have begun collecting DNA and biometrics from all its residents, Human Rights Watch reported Wednesday.

After mistakenly declaring newborn dead, New Delhi hospital loses license CNN

The Delhi government has canceled the license of a private hospital where a newborn baby was mistakenly declared dead.

Gene therapy makes a big advance treating hemophilia B blood disorder Washington Post

Konduros, 53, who runs a bakery and cafe in southeastern Ontario, is one of 10 men in an early-stage trial sponsored by Spark Therapeutics. (The disorder is much more common in men than women.) On Wednesday, researchers reported that a single intravenous infusion of Spark’s novel gene therapy enabled patients to safely produce sufficient clotting factor to prevent dangerous bleeding episodes.

Gut molecule that blocks ‘hunger hormone’ may spur new treatments for diabetes, anorexia Science

Scientists once had high hopes that inhibiting a hormone named ghrelin would be the key to preventing obesity. Ghrelin didn’t turn out to be a weight loss panacea. But now, the discovery of the first molecule naturally made by the body that blocks ghrelin’s effects may open up new avenues for treating other conditions, including diabetes and anorexia. The finding may also explain some of the benefits of bariatric surgery, which shrinks or reroutes the stomach to control weight.