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FDA Warns About Dangers Of Kratom Herbal Supplement

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 3:23pm

The Food and Drug Administration says there's not enough proof that the herbal supplement kratom works for opioid withdrawal and other conditions. It also says kratom can cause health problems.

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With Stricter Guidelines, Do You Have High Blood Pressure Now?

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:56pm

Updated blood pressure guidelines move the goal post for millions of people at risk for heart attacks and strokes. The change is likely to lead to more people taking medicines for hypertension.

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Several States Roll Back 'Retroactive Medicaid,' A Buffer For The Poor

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 11:20am

Retroactive payments offer protection for poor people who can be enrolled in Medicaid after becoming seriously ill. That process takes time, and the look-back provision helps guarantee coverage.

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AARP Foundation Sues Nursing Home To Stop Illegal Evictions

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 6:20pm

Gloria and Bill Single lived together in a nursing home until she was evicted without warning. Complaints about illegal evictions from nursing homes are up 73 percent in California since 2011.

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Slow And Upbeat EPA Response To Hurricane Harvey Pollution Angers Residents

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 3:34pm

Hurricane Harvey caused industrial facilities to release an extra 5.98 million pounds of air pollution. Some people who live and work near the plants are frustrated with the federal response.

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Trump Picks Alex Azar To Lead Health And Human Services

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 11:23am

If the former drug company executive is confirmed by the Senate, he would replace Dr. Tom Price, who resigned in September after a scandal involving government travel on private aircraft.

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Is There A Way To Keep Using Opioid Painkillers And Reduce Risk?

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 4:48am

As a result of the opioid epidemic, doctors are being urged to turn to other medications to treat chronic pain. That can be a challenge for people who have used opioid painkillers for years.

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Is There A Way To Keep Using Opioid Painkillers And Reduce Risk?

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 4:48am

As a result of the opioid epidemic, doctors are being urged to turn to other medications to treat chronic pain. But that can be a challenge for people who have used opioid painkillers for years.

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Brain Scientists Look Beyond Opioids To Conquer Pain

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 4:47am

The search is on for opioid alternatives that can block pain without causing addiction. One promising candidate: snail venom.

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Scientists Start To Tease Out The Subtler Ways Racism Hurts Health

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 8:07am

The biological effects of lifelong exposure to racism or other sorts of discrimination can be complicated, scientists say, but likely tap into the same mechanisms as other types of chronic stress.

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Medicaid Expansion Takes A Bite Out Of Medical Debt

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 2:17pm

Medical debt is down across the country. In states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the reduction is sharper.

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In The Age Of Legalization, Talking To Kids About Marijuana Gets Tougher

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 5:01am

Now that recreational marijuana use in California and other states is legal for adults and marketers are ramping up ads, youth drug educators fear that kids may think it's safe for them to light up.

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Algae Toxins In Drinking Water Sickened People In 2 Outbreaks

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 4:16pm

In Ohio, more than 100 people got sick in 2013 and 2014 when municipal drinking water was contaminated with toxins from algae blooms in Lake Erie. The CDC says these are the first known instances.

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Algae Toxins In Drinking Water Sickened People In 2 Outbreaks

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 4:16pm

In Ohio, more than 100 people got sick in 2013 and 2014 when municipal drinking water was contaminated with toxins from algae blooms in Lake Erie. The CDC says these are the first known instances.

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CBO: Repealing Health Coverage Mandate Would Save $338 Billion

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 5:52pm

Republicans have been toying with repealing the Affordable Care Act insurance mandate in their tax bill. The Congressional Budget Office says that would save money but make coverage much more costly.

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After Maine Voters Approve Medicaid Expansion, Governor Raises Objections

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 5:12pm

Republican Gov. Paul LePage vetoed Medicaid expansion several times before, so advocates took the measure to the ballot box. Now the governor is placing financial conditions on moving ahead.

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EPA Approval Of Bacteria To Fight Mosquitoes Caps Long Quest

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 2:30pm

Scientists have long sought a way to fight mosquito-borne viruses without pesticides. For researchers like Scott O'Neill, the Wolbachia bacteria offered that chance. But they had to prove it.

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Genetically Altered Skin Saves A Boy Dying Of A Rare Disease

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 1:28pm

An inherited disease called epidermolysis bullosa destroyed the 7-year-old's skin. Scientists grew new skin in the lab without the genetic flaw, and replaced 80 percent of his skin. He is thriving.

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You Can Get Your DNA Tested At An NFL Game. Should You?

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 5:00am

Companies distributing genetic tests at pro sports events say they can help people make the most of exercise and nutrition. But regulators say some are medical tests that could land people in trouble.

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Texas Shooter's History Raises Questions About Mental Health And Mass Murder

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 6:17pm

President Trump says the Texas shooting shows that mental health is a "problem of the highest order." This comes amid a debate about mental illness, guns, and his own record on mental health programs.

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