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The latest developments around the fields of

  • Energy
  • Genetics/Genomics
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  • Neuroscience
  • Robotics/AI

District Court for the Northern District of California rules on claims that supplements affect protein metabolism in the brain (Racies v. Quincy Bioscience, LLC)

  • Government
  • Judicial
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief – Determines that plaintiffs cannot sue under California law merely for lack of substantiation, nor would they have standing to seek injunctive relief in similar cases, but they may sue for defendant’s misrepresentations of “body chemistry”.

Updated last December 22, 2016
for the 05/19/2015 decision.

SSA Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (Final Rule)

  • Government
  • Agency
  • Neuroscience

Implements provisions of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 that require Federal agencies to provide relevant records to the Department of Justice for inclusion in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). 

Updated last May 31, 2017
for the 12/19/2016 Final Rule.

21st Century Cures Act (Public Law 114-255)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Executive
  • Statute
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief – A lengthy and multifaceted bill; its numerous components are ultimately intended to improve public health.

Updated last December 15, 2016
for Public Law 114-255.

Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Mental Disorders (Final Rule)

  • Government
  • Agency
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief – Updates the criteria used by the Social Security Administration to evaluate claims of mental disorders in application for supplemental security income.

Updated last December 1, 2016
for the 09/26/2016 final rule.

Youth Sports Concussion Act (HR 4460/S 2508, 114th Congress)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief – Aims to reduce sports-related concussions by making it unlawful to state deceptive claims regarding safety benefits of equipment used for athletic sporting activities. 

Updated last December 1, 2016
for the 2/4/16 version of H.R.4460 & S. 2508.

American Health Care Reform Act of 2015 (HR 2653, 114th Congress)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief – Repeals the Affordable Care Act; promotes patient-centered healthcare; creates a safe harbor for defendants in medical malpractice; establishes a medical breakthrough fund for scientific research; and restricts funds for embryo-destructive stem cell research, human cloning, and abortion.

Updated last November 21, 2016
for the 06/04/2015 version of H.R. 2653.

No Hero Left Untreated Act (HR 5600, 114th Congress)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief – Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to provide access to magnetic EEG/EKG-guided resonance therapy technology to veterans.

Updated last November 8, 2016
for the 06/28/2016 version of H.R. 5600.

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