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House backs measure barring mandatory vaccines for foster children | The Texas Tribune
The Texas House has backed a bill that prohibits mandatory vaccines for foster children, with some Republicans saying the vaccines are unnecessary and do not qualify as emergency care.
U.S. hepatitis C cases soar on spike in heroin use | The New York Times
New cases of hepatitis C were up almost 300% between 2010 and 2015, driven by a rise in the use of injection drugs, including heroin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Only 21% of Americans surveyed in a Quinnipiac University poll approve of the American Health Care Act, and 56% said they disapprove of the legislation. Two thirds said they disapprove of how President Donald Trump has handled healthcare.
VA digitizing old paper records to speed veteran disability claims | Health Data Management
In a drive to cut down on processing times for disability claims, the Department of Veterans Affairs is digitizing millions of paper records, an effort that will save the VA $150 million over 10 years.
Edico Genome raised $22 million to help with adoption of its Dragen genomic data analysis platform. The series B funding round was led by Dell Technologies Capital.
Using heart rate data from the Apple Watch, start-up Cardiogram's algorithms can detect atrial fibrillation with 97% accuracy, suggesting that consumer health trackers may soon be able to be used as screening devices.
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Your sense of smell is more powerful than you think | The Washington Post
Humans have a better sense of smell than many claim, with the same number of neurons in the scent areas of the brain as mice, capybaras, and star-nosed moles.
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