Voice of America – Obama Signs Bill to Fund Cancer Research, Drug Treatment
President Obama has signed a $6.3 billion bill to fund cancer research, drug addiction recovery and mental health services. The bill also authorized seven years of funding for brain research precision medicine and substance abuse treatment.

The Hill – White House report makes case against ObamaCare repeal
The White House’s top economists released a sweeping report Tuesday warning of “profound implications” for a majority of Americans if ObamaCare is repealed and replaced.

Atlantic – Why Are So Many Americans Dying Young?
For the first time since the 1990s, Americans are dying at a faster rate, and they’re dying younger. “Despair deaths”—alcoholism, drugs, and suicide—are a big part of the problem, but so is obesity, poverty, and social isolation, according to new studies.

Fox News – E-cigarette use falls among teens
E-cigarette use among teens dropped in 2016, reversing an upward trend that had prompted the U.S. Surgeon General to recommend increased regulation and taxation. Among high-school seniors, 12% this year said they had used e-cigarettes in the past month compared with 16% in 2015.

New York Times – Obama Administration Bars States From Withholding Federal Money From Planned Parenthood
Mindful of the clock ticking down to a Trump presidency, the Obama administration issued a final rule on Wednesday to bar states from withholding federal family-planning funds from Planned Parenthood affiliates and other health clinics that provide abortions. The measure takes effect two days before the Jan. 20 inauguration of Donald J. Trump.

BBC – Pokemon Go: Exercise impact ‘short-lived’
A new study suggests that the fitness boost from Pokemon Go was a short-lived phenomenon. Researchers found that keen players walked an average of an extra 955 steps a day in the first week of using the game, but by week six were taking no more steps than they had been before they downloaded the game. Despite the results of their study, researchers still see “huge potential” for augmented reality games to be beneficial to health.