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Separating Kids From Their Parents Can Lead To Long-Term Health Problems

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 5:50pm

Though the federal government is changing its policy of separating immigrant children and parents, some children who were detained may suffer ongoing health consequences from the trauma.

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Atul Gawande Named CEO Of Health Venture By Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway And JPMorgan

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 1:02pm

A surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Gawande is probably best known for his work writing about how to improve quality and lower costs in health care.

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A Pediatrician Reports Back From A Visit To A Children's Shelter Near The Border

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:55pm

Doctors worry that the trauma children experience when they were separated from their parents at the U.S. border could have lasting health effects.

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A New Wave Of Meth Overloads Communities Struggling With Opioids

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 5:00am

Meth has made a resurgence, and in some communities already stressed by opioid addiction it's doubling the burden on first responders, the criminal justice system and schools.

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Civil War Battlefield 'Limb Pit' Reveals Work Of Combat Surgeons

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:01am

Scientists have been analyzing bones first uncovered by a utility crew digging at the Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia. The remains provide insights into surgery during the Civil War.

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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.

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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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Stay-At-Home Dads Still Struggle With Diapers, Drool, Stigma And Isolation

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 5:37pm

It's hard to find other stay-at-home dads to hang out with, and working men worry you'll hit on their stay-at-home wives. Meanwhile, bosses still expect new fathers to work full-time. What's changed?

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At My Darkest Moment, I Reached Out For Help And Chose To Live

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 8:02am

With suicide in the news, a writer finds the courage to share the story of her own worst night — and what got her through.

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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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Does Vitamin D Really Protect Against Colorectal Cancer?

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 1:31pm

The jury's been out on whether low blood levels of vitamin D increase the risk of colorectal cancer. Researchers say a new review involving more than 12,000 people strongly suggests the answer is yes.

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U.S. Suicide Rates Are Rising Faster Among Women Than Men

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:01am

You can help prevent suicide, researchers say, by knowing the signs and reaching out. More boys and men in the U.S. take their own lives than women and girls, but that difference has narrowed.

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Errors Trigger Retraction Of Study On Mediterranean Diet's Heart Benefits

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 5:03pm

An anesthesiologist who taught himself statistics identified flaws in an influential study that claimed to prove the Mediterranean diet has cardiovascular benefits. The 2013 paper is being retracted.

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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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1 In 3 Adults In The U.S. Takes Medications Linked To Depression

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 6:00pm

Depression is a possible side effect of 200 medications. Now, a new study finds people who take these drugs are, in fact, more likely to be depressed. The more drugs you take, the higher the risk.

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