The New York Times – Senate rejects slimmed-down Obamacare repeal as McCain votes no

The Senate in the early hours of Friday morning rejected a new, scaled-down Republican plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, derailing the Republicans’ seven-year campaign to dismantle President Barack Obama’s signature health care law and dealing a huge political setback to President Trump.

STAT news – FDA announces plans to slash nicotine levels in cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration wants to take the nicotine out of cigarettes — or, at least, most of it. The agency announced Friday a goal of lowering nicotine in traditional cigarettes to a non-addictive level, and ensuring that alternative nicotine delivery systems — read: electronic cigarettes — are properly and sensibly regulated.

Reuters – Hepatitis drugs more affordable but disease still deadly: WHO

Prices of drugs to cure hepatitis C and to treat hepatitis B are dropping dramatically, offering affordability and hope to 325 million people living with the viral liver disease that can be fatal, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday.A generic antiviral drug for hepatitis C, which can be cured in three months, was placed this week on WHO’s list of pre-qualified medicines. That means it can be used safely by aid agencies and countries for bulk purchasing.

Kaiser Health News – Leap of faith: will health care ministries cover your costs?

Estacio dropped his plan this month and took a leap of faith. He joined Christian Healthcare Ministries (CHM), an alternative to health insurance that offers a religious approach to covering medical bills.

TIME – What it was like to be an abortion provider in the U.S. before Roe v. Wade

Dr. David Grimes performed his first abortion in 1972 as a medical student at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Five years before, North Carolina had joined Colorado and California in becoming the first states to legalize abortions in a few select scenarios: rape, incest, physical or mental defects in the child, and threats to the health or life of the mother.