Arabian Business – Kuwait has dropped a controversial counterterrorism law mandating DNA testing for all citizens, residents and visitors which had been passed following a 2015 suicide attack, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.
NPR – The Justice Department said Tuesday that it has indicted two Chinese nationals suspected of manufacturing and then distributing in the U.S. a synthetic opioid that officials say kills thousands of Americans every year.
Occupational Health and Safety – The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health announced that it is launching a Center for Occupational Robotics Research to assess potential benefits and risks of robot workers and develop guidance for safe interactions between humans and robots.
Kaiser Health News – Outrage over the high cost of cancer care has focused on skyrocketing drug prices, including the $475,000 price tag for the country’s first gene therapy, Novartis’ Kymriah, a leukemia treatment approved in August.
STAT – President Trump indicated on Monday the White House would formally declare a national emergency over the opioid crisis as soon as next week and signaled he may withdraw his nomination for drug czar.
Gizmodo – The FAA is warning that drones violating flight restrictions pose a safety risk to those personnel and hurt fire control efforts. The agency says it has learned of at least two incidents in which drone pilots flew over restricted fire zones.
NPR – Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., has withdrawn his name from consideration as America's drug czar. Marino is stepping back days after reports that legislation he sponsored hindered the Drug Enforcement Administration in its fight against the U.S. opioid crisis.
CBC – In regulations published Friday, the government proposed amendments to the DNA Identification Act that would permit the national police force to set up three new indices for missing persons, relatives of missing persons and human remains.
Reuters – BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics said the first patients have been enrolled in a late-stage trial of its treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at Massachusetts General Hospital and UC Irvine Medical Center in California.
Engadget – Surgeons are trained to accurately operate on you when you need it, but robotic assistants could help them get to hard-to-reach areas and boost their accuracy even more. Senhance was designed to accomplish both of those.