Associated Press – FDA advisory panel rejects benefit claim for heated tobacco device
Government advisers dealt a blow Thursday to Philip Morris International’s hopes to sell its heat-not-burn device in the United States as a less-harmful alternative to cigarettes.

HealthDay – More bad news on flu: it’s tied to higher heart attack risk
A bad case of the flu can trigger a short-lived, but substantial, spike in some people’s heart attack risk, new research suggests.

STAT – Everyone seems to want lower drug prices. 5 reasons why that hasn’t happened
Of all his campaign promises, President Trump’s vow to bring down drug prices was perhaps the most popular. An assortment of interest groups spoke out loudly and passionately on the need for action, from hospitals to doctors to insurers to generic drug makers to patients themselves.

Reuters – Medicaid work rules face tough legal challenges, experts say
A lawsuit challenging the U.S. federal government’s approval of work requirements for Medicaid recipients in Kentucky could rein in the power of the Trump administration to reshape the health insurance program for the poor, legal experts said.

Kaiser Health News – In battleground races, healthcare lags as hot-button issue, poll finds
As the midterm elections approach, health care ranks as the top issue, mentioned more frequently among voters nationwide than among those living in areas with competitive races, a new poll finds.