By Fatima Mirza
- This Wednesday, the National Institutes of Health announced three new grants totaling more than $25 million over four years that will help research groups to focus on genomic variants relevant to human disease. The awards will support work that focuses on translational implementation into clinical practice and comprehensive understanding of illness.
- A reported $75,000 campaign by Generation Opportunity, an anti-Obamacare group, has been launched to convince young adults to remain uninsured once the health care law is implemented. The White House said that 2.7 million healthy 18 to 25 year olds will need to enroll in exchanges to remain solvent.
- A report released by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the lead agency fighting hunger in conflict-ridden Syria, says that the organization has reached less than half of the millions it planned to feed. Among factors limiting its response include bureaucratic impediments and blocked transit routes.
- A recent study published in the Journal of Law and Medicine highlights unilateral medical decision-making in Australia and New Zealand. The report analyzes legislation that enables physicians to withdraw or withhold treatment that is futile without patient consent.
- The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has, for the first time ever, released a strong statement about the risks of environmental toxins to pregnant women and fetuses. The group urges individual doctors to advocate for policy changes that could protect women and babies from exposure.