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A Look At Social Media Finds Some Possible Benefits For Kids

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 2:13pm

Researchers analyzing data from a study looking at adolescent cognition found greater social media use was associated with increased physical activity and less family conflict.

Report For Defense Department Ranks Top Threats From 'Synthetic Biology'

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:05am

A committee of experts examined about a dozen different synthetic biology technologies that could be potentially misused. For each, they considered how likely it was to be usable as a weapon.

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Beyond Opioids: How A Family Came Together To Stay Together

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 5:09am

Infants do better with their parents, studies find, as long as parents have support to get and stay sober. This program starts during pregnancy, to rally and train a strong family support network.

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After An Overdose, Patients Aren't Getting Treatments That Could Prevent The Next One

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 7:11pm

An overdose is a wake-up call for many people with addiction. So why aren't patients being offered medications that could keep them from looking for the next dangerous hit of drugs?

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'Cutting Edge' Program For Children With Autism And ADHD Rests On Razor-Thin Evidence

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:11am

With 113 locations in the U.S., Brain Balance says its drug-free approach has helped tens of thousands of children. But experts say there's insufficient proof of its effectiveness.

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Results Of At-Home Genetic Tests For Health Can Be Hard To Interpret

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 4:58am

As home genetic testing continues to boom, more people are getting their DNA tested for health reasons. The tests may signal future disease, but there are many limitations that might falsely reassure.

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Credibility Concerns Lead NIH To End Study Of Alcohol's Health Effects

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 2:03pm

Scientists and National Institutes of Health officials met with alcohol company executives and appeared to solicit money from them in violation of government policy. The NIH canceled the study.

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Lawmakers In Illinois Embrace Medical Marijuana As An Opioid Alternative

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:58am

Seeking solutions for the opioid crisis, policymakers in Illinois and many other states are looking to expand access to marijuana for chronic pain sufferers.

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Medicare Takes Aim At Boomerang Hospitalizations Of Nursing Home Patients

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 5:00am

One in 5 Medicare patients who leaves the hospital for a nursing home ends up back in the hospital. The federal government will soon use bonuses and penalties to try to lower readmissions.

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Trump's Redirection Of Family Planning Funds Could Undercut STD Fight

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 12:59pm

Some public health officials fear Trump's move to change how the Title X family planning funding is handled may hurt the effort to cut the record number of sexually transmitted infections in the U.S.

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'Where The Need Is': Tackling Teen Pregnancy With A Midwife At School

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 4:43pm

With teen pregnancy rates in some communities stubbornly high, some schools are trying something different: hire a midwife.

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The Perils Of Pushing Kids Too Hard, And How Parents Can Learn To Back Off

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 5:00am

Part of a parent's job is to help kids do their best, but pushing too hard can backfire. Research shows kids in high-achieving communities are at higher risk of anxiety, depression and substance use.

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Trump Administration Won't Defend ACA

Sat, 06/09/2018 - 8:10am

The Justice Department has said the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, which requires Americans to have insurance, is unconstitutional.

What To Watch For As Trump Takes Aim At ACA Protections

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 4:01pm

The Trump administration has declined to defend key provisions of the Affordable Care Act in court, saying protections for people with pre-existing conditions should be declared unconstitutional.

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Trump Administration Move Imperils Pre-Existing Condition Protections

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 2:54pm

The Justice Department has announced it will not defend the Affordable Care Act in an ongoing lawsuit brought by 20 states that challenge the legality of core pillars of the law.

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CDC: U.S. Suicide Rates Have Climbed Dramatically

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 1:00pm

Guns are the most common method used for suicide, accounting for the deaths of almost half the people who kill themselves, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study finds.

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He Started Vaping As A Teen And Now Says Habit Is 'Impossible To Let Go'

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 10:30am

Public health officials worry vaping is an emerging disaster that could reverse years of decline in smoking by young people. What's the latest evidence that e-cigarettes are a gateway to tobacco?

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Doctors Scrutinize Overtreatment, As Cancer Death Rates Decline

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:50pm

Are some people getting too much treatment for their cancers? The answer, from the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago, is an emphatic yes.

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A 24/7 Emergency Room Charges An 'After-Hours' Fee. Who Should Pay?

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 5:00am

A severe allergic reaction sent a patient at night to an ER, which now wants to charge more than for a daytime visit. Billing specialists say the patient might have grounds for an appeal.

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From Chaos To Calm: A Life Changed By Ketamine

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 5:05am

The anesthetic ketamine first wowed the medical world with its ability to relieve severe depression in hours. Now it's showing promise for other psychiatric disorders, including bipolar and PTSD.

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