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The $1.3 billion budget bill recently passed in the House does not include provisions to stabilize the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to NPR. However, the bill does include funding for medical research, addiction, and mental health services. The HHS will also receive a $10 billion increase in funding, bringing its total to $78 billion, according to the article.
In addition to cervical cancer, a modified Pap test may able to detect ovarian and endometrial cancers, which are typically diagnosed late, the Los Angeles Times reported. A new study found that by analyzing cells from the test using a larger brush, researchers were able to detect 81% of endometrial cancers and 33% of ovarian cancers, many of which were diagnosed early, according to the article. These findings may reduce time to diagnosis and facilitate earlier treatment, according to the article.
In a recent poll 72% of Americans said that the pharmaceutical industry has too much influence over elected officials in Washington, DC, according to Kaiser Health News. Both Republicans and Democrats said that drug prices are too high and said the industry may have too much influence over legislators. The poll also revealed that Americans may be more in favor of a national health plan than ever before, according to the article.