US News – Obamacare sign-ups quicken, despite repeal threats
Enrollment in private health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act has been strong despite surging prices in some policies and Republicans’ intent to “repeal and replace” the law. More than 4 million people signed up for health insurance plans on Healthcare.gov through Dec. 10, new data shows.

Reuters – Women denied abortions face higher risk for mental health problems
Women who are denied abortions have a higher risk for mental health problems soon afterward compared to women who are allowed to go through with the process, a new study suggests.

New York Times – Don’t call it ‘smog’ in Beijing, call it a ‘meteorological disaster’
“Smog develops from natural causes such as weather conditions, and human causes such as pollution,” said Xu Xiangde in favor of smog being labeled a meteorological disaster — a controversial concept in China. China’s had about a million premature deaths a year from outdoor air pollution.

Los Angeles Times – Depression symptoms are common among active airline pilots, international survey reveals
As many as 13% of the nation’s commercial airline pilots may be suffering from depression, and roughly 4 in 100 report they’ve had suicidal thoughts in the last two weeks, new research says. Many are reluctant to seek treatment out of fear of job loss or suspension.

New York Times – Go to the Wrong Hospital and You’re 3 Times More Likely to Die
Hospital quality can be a matter of life or death. Patients at the worst American hospitals were three times more likely to die and 13 times more likely to have medical complications than if they visited one of the best hospitals.

USA Today – These are the healthiest and unhealthiest states in the country
Hawaii is the healthiest state in the country for the fifth consecutive year and Mississippi is the least, according to an annual state-by-state health ranking report.

CDC – Travel advisory for Zika in Texas
At least five mosquito-transmitted Zika cases reported there in the last few weeks.