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More Than 300 Workers Have Filed Complaints With New Conscience Division At HHS

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HHS officials said the new division was necessary so health workers do not have to violate their religious or moral beliefs to do their jobs. Violations can result in a service provider losing government funding. In other news from HHS: an official is put on leave while the agency investigates his social media posts; and a lesbian couple sues after being denied the chance to become foster parents.

Some Gun Control Measures ‘On The Table’ For Trump Following Florida Shooting

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President Donald Trump has directed the Justice Department to issue regulations banning so-called bump stocks, which convert semiautomatic guns into automatic weapons. But people familiar with the conversations say he is mulling going further — and perhaps putting himself at odds with the NRA. Meanwhile, students are still reeling from the psychological toll of the mass shooting.

House Ready To Hold First Hearings On Best Approach To Fight Opioid Crisis, Provide Adequate Funding

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Following criticism for not providing a comprehensive strategy, House Republicans are setting out to find a bipartisan solution. “It’s my top priority as chairman of the committee to get rid of this deadly epidemic,” said House Energy and Commerce committee chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.). “There’s going to be money—more money than has ever been spent.”

HHS Has Been Quietly Reversing Strides Made In Fostering, Protecting LGBT Heath Care

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The LGBT population can be vulnerable to discrimination in health care settings, but the Trump administration says the changes within HHS are part of an approach to include LGBT health as part of its broader strategy. Meanwhile, a top HHS communications official becomes the latest in the administration to move to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Is Alzheimer’s A Glitch Of Our Brain’s Ancient Immune System?

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Connecting Alzheimer’s and the immune system was a radical idea at first but these scientists pushed on. In other news, FDA has opened the doors to drugs that would treat people who have biomarkers of a disease but aren’t yet showing symptoms.

There’s Hope That Worst Of This Nasty Flu Season Might Actually Be Over

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While officials can’t say that the season has peaked yet, there is data showing that it has started to plateau. In related news: officials say three out of four children who died from the flu had not gotten a flu vaccine, and the company that makes FluMist wants the popular vaccine to make a comeback.

Politicians Talk Link Between Mental Health, Gun Violence. But What Are The Facts?

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The New York Times fact checks politicians’ rhetoric about mass shootings and mental health. And advocates are voicing frustrations over the misconception that the two are always connected. “The vast majority of gun violence is not attributable to mental illness,” said Dr. Louis Kraus, forensic psychiatry chief at Chicago’s Rush University Medical College.