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An NBC News report reveals that the world of medicine — an industry that has so far been left largely untouched by high-profile sexual harassment and abuse claims — is about to face its own #MeToo moment.

Why it matters: As other industries have been coming to terms with pervasive cultures of sexual misconduct, women in medicine — "a field that already has an inherent power structure" — are "hopeful" they'll get their moment soon.

Medicine is a "traditionally male field," although more women are moving up the ranks. But men of higher rank still "feel free to mistreat nurses" and other women working below them," Teresa Goodell, a trauma clinical nurse, told NBC News.

“I think that things can get pretty bad pretty quickly in medicine in a way that might not happen in other workplace environments as readily, because of seclusion and access to on-call rooms and the strong hierarchies and power differentials that are at play."
— University of Michigan professor Dr. Reshma Jagsi

But, but, but: A senior OBGYN in Seattle said that harassment also comes from patients: "It's definitely one of the reasons I went into OBGYN...I got tired of fighting male patients to be viewed as legitimate as a provider."

Go deeper: What to know about the men facing misconduct allegations.

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Why it matters: The existing PET brain scan test costs some people about $5,000 and often isn't covered by insurance, AP reports.

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Wisconsin, Arizona certify Biden's victories

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Arizona and Wisconsin officials confirmed the presidential election results in their states, formalizing President-elect Joe Biden's victories in the key battlegrounds.

Why it matters: The moves deal yet another blow to President Trump's efforts to block or delay certification in key swing states that he lost.