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In this July 30, 2015 file photo, a sign supporting Medicare is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Nationwide Medicare Drug Funding Cuts Decided By Unelected Bureaucrats

The Medicare drug payment rule is significant in several ways, perhaps most important of which is that it is yet another Obama use of the “administrative state,” sometimes referred to as the fourth branch of government, to “make” laws. Once again, as with Obamacare, illegal immigration, and, most recently, gender ideology executive action – to name just a few – Obama and his deputies are attempting an end run around Congress, “making” laws for Americans.

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Zika Virus Expected to Spread at Texas-Mexico Border

Thirty-five cases of the Zika Virus have been reported in Texas but the virus is expected to spread in the Lone Star State during mosquito season. The threat is especially likely near the Texas-Mexico border and along the Gulf Coast.

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More Trouble for Theranos: Two Years of Blood-Test Results Voided

Another grim milestone for troubled tech startup Theranos, once seen as the Cinderella story of medical technology: the company has voided all of the blood tests performed with its signature Edison machines, sending “tens of thousands of corrected blood test reports to doctors and patients,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

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‘Smart’ Tampon Tells Women When to Replace

A new startup claims it can help women avoid embarrassing trips to the bathroom or having to change clothes by providing a “smart” tampon that can track women’s periods and alert them when the tampon must be replaced.

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Brazilian Researchers: Zika Has Mutated into Something More Dangerous

A new study has allowed scientists to watch the Zika virus destroy nascent brain cells in mice fetuses, proving definitively the link between the virus and birth defects in humans as well as cementing suspicions that the strain of Zika spreading in Latin America is a more dangerous mutation than those seen previously.

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Harvard Public Health Review: Postpone Rio Olympics Until Zika Is Under Control

Blasting the World Health Organization’s (WHO) silence on the Zika virus in Latin America as “deplorable, incompetent and dangerous,” professor Amir Attaran writes in the Harvard Public Health Review that there is no way to continue with the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on schedule without exposing millions to the threat of contracting Zika virus.