The National Institutes of Health announced it will provide $600 million to fund further research in its ‘human genome project’ for the brain. Scientists will focus on exploring complex questions about the brain, including what all the cell types of the brain are, how they connect, and how the brain changes during diseases. (STAT News)

Congress health committee leaders agreed to renew the Food and Drug Administration user fee program for another five years. This followed efforts to renew it faltered over the summer. Renewal of the program will allow the FDA to maintain its drug approval process. (Axios)

Eleven people are dead in suspected and confirmed Ebola cases in Uganda. The Ugandan Health Ministry considers a “probable case” as any person who died from suspected ebola and had an epidemiological link to a confirmed case but was not tested and did not have lab confirmation. The ministry considers “confirmed cases” for those with positive lab results. (CNN)

More physicians are prescribing medication abortion pills via mail-order pharmacies, as the FDA has not yet made guidelines for retail pharmacies to dispense the pills. It’s been leading to further limitations on accessing the pill. (POLITICO)

Public health experts are concerned about the possibility of a ‘twindemic’ as the fall and winter returns, as COVID-19 and flu cases are expected to surge at the same time. Measures like mask-wearing and social distancing, which led to a drop in flu cases during peak pandemic, have largely been reduced. (NPR)