Morning Break: The DNA Talk; Ebola Containment Teetering; Va. Medicaid Expansion?

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Are you ready to talk with your patients about their DNA? (Kaiser Health News)

It's 2018 but we are still reading about the "The first woman to..." -- in this case, lead a major medical society.

The FDA announced a Class I recall for Abbott's HeartMate 3 Left Ventricular Assist System; a malfunction "may cause the outflow graft to twist and close up."

In other FDA news, the agency said it had warned more kratom marketers against making claims about its effectiveness for opioid withdrawal, and outlined a set of initiatives to ensure sunscreens are genuinely effective.

Survey sponsored by the Federal Reserve, conducted late last year, found that 40% of adults can't afford a $400 emergency expense. (CNBC)

Are border checks effective at reining in the Ebola virus? Probably not, experts say. (Wired)

Hopes of containing Africa's new Ebola outbreak took a hit when three infected patients bolted from quarantine in Mbandaka, population 1.2 million. (Daily Star)

And India's Nipah virus outbreak may have spread beyond the state of Kerala. (Reuters)

Facebook's addiction support groups are fertile ground for marketers. (The Verge)

The Trump administration's plan to lower prescription drug prices won't help cancer patients, according to these two doctors. (STAT News)

Republican lawmakers in Virginia released a budget that includes Medicaid expansion -- long a controversial issue in the state legislature. (Associated Press via The Washington Post)

A Detroit businessman who sold diseased body parts to medical educators has been sentenced to 9 years in prison. (Reuters)

Among the items in MedPage Today's weekly Investigative Roundup: rehab centers treating patients as serfs, and the outing of a University of Southern California gynecologist who allegedly abused patients for decades.

Prostate cancer death rates had been falling -- but no more. (The Washington Post)

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