Charlie Gard, the British infant who suffered from mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome and captured the attention of the world, including the Pope, has died. (Dan Bilefsky, The New York Times)
Most Americans want Congress to move on from the debate over the Affordable Care Act, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll. But how would it be fixed, if that were next? (The New York Times)
Sperm counts are plummeting in the West, reports Rob Stein. (NPR)
Next up for psychotherapy: Virtual reality? (Cade Metz, The New York Times)
An “almost a perfect storm kind of organism” forced a hospital to do something no hospital ever wants to do: Shutter its ICU. Helen Branswell has the story. (STAT)
Med school without lectures: It’s catching on. (Lenny Bernstein, Washington Post)
Is President Trump threatening to take away subsidies for Congressional health care plans? (Lev Facher, STAT)
New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci didn’t invent the word “paranoiac,” Heather Murphy explains. In fact, when a famous neurologist used the word to describe a certain despot of the last century, he ended up dead shortly thereafter. (The New York Times)
Jen Gunter, MD, is giving Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop a pelvic exam. (Katherine Rosman, The New York Times)
“A midwife is changing how women give birth in Mexico, one baby at a time.” (Carolina Menchu, STAT)
“I saved an old man’s life,” writes Jeremy Topin, MD. “He didn’t want it.” (Washington Post)
“Despite the increasingly legal use of cannabis in many states, cops still don’t have the equivalent of a reliable alcohol breathalyzer or blood test — a chemically based way of estimating what the drug is doing in the brain.” (Rae Ellen Bichell NPR)
Dry eye is often seen as a “nuisance disease,” but “deserves serious professional — and personal — attention,” Rachel Bishop, MD, tells Jane Brody of The New York Times.
“Doctors often don’t tell you about drug side effects, and that’s a problem,” writes Janice Neumann. (Washington Post)
“Are Surgical Residents Prepared for Fellowship Training in Gender-Confirming Surgery?” asks a letter in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. (sub req’d)
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