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Federal drug payments to hospitals are about to get slashed. Photo: Daniel Acker / Bloomberg via Getty

A federal judge has dismissed an injunction requested by the hospital industry to block a policy that would slash $1.6 billion in drug payments through the federal 340B drug program next year.

Why it matters: The cuts will go through starting Jan. 1, although hospitals have vowed to continue pursuing litigation since the judge "did not rule on the merits of the claim."

Go deeper: Behind the 340B drug program cuts.

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COVID-19 drives smell loss awareness, research

A health worker carries out an olfactory test outside Buenos Aires. Photo: Alejandro Pagni/AFP via Getty Images

The pandemic has thrust a relatively unknown ailment, anosmia — or smell loss — into the international spotlight.

Why it matters: Researchers hope smell testing becomes as standard as the annual flu shot, helping to detect early signs of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
2 hours ago - Health

Why we need to know COVID's origins

The WHO's headquarters in Geneva. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

Geopolitical tensions are foiling efforts to get to the bottom of how COVID-19 originated.

Why it matters: Insights into how COVID-19 began can help us prevent future pandemics — especially if it involved any kind of leak or accident at a virology lab.

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