NBC News Global gag rule will cause more abortions, not fewer, groups say
The sweeping new anti-abortion policy signed by President Donald Trump Monday may have the opposite effect to what’s intended, leading to many more abortions, deaths in childbirth, and lost progress in the fight against HIV, aid groups say. The rule bans federal funding to any foreign organization that performs abortions or, in many cases that even mentions them as an option to women. Under former president George W. Bush, the rule applied to family planning groups. But Trump’s executive order expands it to all U.S. federal foreign health aid.

The New York Times — W.H.O. warns of worrisome bird flu in China
After a spate of deaths from bird flu among patients in China, the World Health Organization has warned all countries to watch for outbreaks in poultry flocks and to promptly report any human cases. Several strains of avian flu are spreading in Europe and Asia this winter, but the most worrisome at present is an H7N9 strain that has circulated in China every winter since 2013. China has reported over 225 human cases since September, an unusually high number.

The Washington Post  The Dutch are opposing Trump by offering to fund abortions abroad
President Trump’s decision to reinstate a policy blocking federal money for nongovernmental organizations that perform abortion-related services was harshly criticized by opponents this week. One European ally of the U.S., the Netherlands, has decided to openly oppose the president’s decision in the latest sign of a growing transatlantic rift. According to the Dutch development ministry, as many as 20 other nations have indicated that they might support the country’s effort to fund programs with about $600 million in total over the next two to three weeks. This would fill the predicted financial gap caused by Trump’s policy change over the next four years.

Science Daily  Anxiety impairing quality of life for postmenopausal women, new study shows
Multiple studies confirm that increased anxiety occurring during the menopause transition adversely affects a woman’s quality of life. The multicenter, cross-sectional study of 3,503 postmenopausal Latin American women specifically showed that the prevalence of severe physical symptoms in postmenopausal women with anxiety was five times higher than that observed among those without anxiety.

CNN — ‘Automated dermatologist’ detects skin cancer with expert accuracy
A team of Stanford researchers trained a computer to identify images of skin cancer moles and lesions as accurately as a dermatologist, according to a new paper published in the journal Nature. In the future, this new research suggests, a simple cell phone app may help patients diagnose a skin cancer — the most common of all cancers in the United States — for themselves. Melanomas represent fewer than 5 percent of all skin malignancies diagnosed in the US, yet they account for nearly three-quarters of all deaths related to this form of cancer. If detected early, the five-year survival rate for melanoma is 99 percent.