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Surgeons at Johns Hopkins successfully performed the first full penis and scrotum transplant (but not testicles) on a military veteran whose genitals were blown off while serving in Afghanistan. Return of “near-normal urinary and sexual functions” are expected. (TIME)
Ronny Jackson’s VA nomination in trouble? The Senate apparently is postponing a hearing following bipartisan concerns over White House physician’s qualifications and supervision of his staff. (Washington Post)
Australian researchers find a new DNA structure, the i-motif, “a four-stranded ‘knot'” seen directly inside living cells. (Garvan Institute of Medical Research via ScienceDaily)
Former President George H.W. Bush, 93, was hospitalized with sepsis shortly after wife Barbara’s funeral last weekend, but is said to be recovering. (Bloomberg)
Bacterial contamination of endoscopes remains a widespread problem, recent study finds. (Kaiser Health News)
States criminalizing more infectious diseases; a needle left in a baby’s heart in Florida; and Patrick Kennedy, the “one-man nexus of government, private-sector and patient-advocacy work,” in MedPage Today‘s weekly investigative roundup.
Pfizer’s FDA fail: agency refuses to approve the company’s biosimilar of Roche’s trastuzumab (Herceptin), requesting additional technical information. (Reuters)
Cannabidiol may not trigger euphoria, but that doesn’t mean it’s not psychoactive, as researchers find anxiolytic effects. (NPR)
Can dementia symptoms be tempered by a diet high in berries, leafy green vegetables, sweet potatoes, and avoidance of processed and fatty foods? (BBC)
Researchers at Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology say eating more fish can prevent Parkinson’s disease.
Bad news for today’s youth as too much time spent indoors lies behind the anticipated doubling of eyeglass sales between 2012 and 2026. (Bloomberg)
Parental concern over explosion of plastic surgery apps targeted at children. (CNN)
Another animal study links artificial sweeteners to diabetes and obesity. (Newsweek)
In defense of GMOs: “In the decades since the