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The latest developments around the fields of

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

Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act (S 1276, 115th Congress)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief – Requires the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services to reassess the appropriate drug schedule of cannabidiol and reduces barriers for cannabidiol medical research.

Guidelines for Chronic Use of Opioid Analgesics (Model Policy)

  • Other
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief – Revises the Federation of State Medical Boards’s Model Policy for the prescription of opioid pain relievers, in accordance with recent scientific evidence and expert opinion, to guide medical professionals in the effective and responsible prescription of opioid analgesics.

Jessie's Law (S 581, 115th Congress)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief – Requires the creation of best practices for including information regarding a patient’s opioid use disorder history in certain medical records.

Vaccine Safety Study Act (HR 3615, 115th Congress)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Neuroscience

Directs the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct or support a comprehensive study comparing total health outcomes, including risk of autism, in vaccinated populations in the United States with such outcomes in unvaccinated populations in the United States.

Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Act of 2017 (HR 1121, 115th Congress)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief – In the event the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed: prohibits the application of health insurance exclusions based on pre-existing conditions, guarantees availability of health insurance for every employer and individual applying for coverage, and prohibits health insurance discrimination based on health status and health status-related factors, including genetic information.

Pups for Patriots Act of 2017 (HR 3335, 115th Congress)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Neuroscience

Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to enter into contracts with qualified nonprofit organizations to provide service dogs to eligible veterans with a mental health mobility disorder related to post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury.

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