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House Democrats ready to jam GOP on drug pricing vote – POLITICO

“I’m not very happy at all,” said Republican Rep. Buddy Carter.
— Read on www.politico.com/story/2019/05/16/house-drug-pricing-vote-1440843

India’s water crisis is already here. Climate change will compound it.

Droughts and floods have pushed the nation’s leaky, polluted, and half-done water systems to the brink, writes James Temple.

A dire situation: More than 600 million Indians face “acute water shortages.” 70% of the country’s water supply is contaminated, causing an estimated 200,000 deaths a year. Almost half of the population will have no access to drinking water by 2030.

The cause: India gets more water than it needs, but capturing and delivering it to the right places at the right times is a huge engineering challenge. Agriculture, which uses 80% of the water, is hugely inefficient. It’s a problem that will only worsen with climate change.

What’s needed: India will need to totally overhaul how it uses water, while tackling the overlapping developmental, environmental, and economic challenges. Read the full story here.

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Google backs a bid to use CRISPR to prevent heart disease

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Ever wonder why some fortunate people eat chips, don’t exercise, and still don’t get clogged arteries? It could be because they’ve got lucky genes.

Alphabet (Google’s parent company) is bankrolling a company that plans to use gene editing to spread fortunate DNA variations, potentially conferring lifelong protection against heart disease.

Big idea: Most gene-therapy companies have gone after rare diseases like hemophilia. But the startup, called Verve, is focusing on solving the most common cause of death.

Mutant clues: Some people have low levels of bad cholesterol, without even trying. There’s even a list of genetic mutations known to protect people from heart disease. Verve’s plan is to use CRISPR to install these types of beneficial mutations in other people.

Fix is in you: People to struggle to stick to diet and exercise regimes to reduce their risk of heart disease. Verve thinks that if they can install lucky genes in your body, you may not have to.  

Enhancement: Verve says it’s sticking to gene editing in adults. But let’s face it: it could be very tempting to introduce genetic enhancements like these into human embryos, too.

Summer Bummer: A Young Camper’s $142,938 Snakebite | Kaiser Health News

The snake struck a 9-year-old hiker at dusk on a nature trail. The outrageous bills struck her parents a few weeks later.
— Read on khn.org/news/april-medical-bill-of-month-143k-snakebite-antivenin/

Healthcare reform is the #1 issue for 2020 in the United States. Americans have the shortest lifespan of all developed nations and pay more than any other nation on the planet 🌎 for healthcare.