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To Improve Treatments, Researchers Want To Hunt For Clues In Medical Records

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The vast amount of data held in electronic medical records and insurance bills contains bits that could be useful in refining the use of approved for drugs. But how to find it?

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A Surge In Meth Use In Colorado Complicates Opioid Recovery

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 8:25am

Last year, 280 Coloradans who died of a drug overdose had methamphetamine in the mix. That's up sharply from 2016 and more than five times the number in 2012.

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Watchful Eyes: At Peer-Run Injection Sites, Drug Users Help Each Other Stay Safe

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 5:07pm

In Vancouver, drug users run their own safe injection sites. Public health officials are taking note of how they operate — peers helping each other stay alive in a judgment-free zone.

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Researchers Study Thousands Of Ticks Collected By The People They Bit

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 3:40pm

Researchers invited the public to help them study the geographic spread of ticks that carry pathogens that can sicken humans. People were eager to oblige by sending in the pesky bugs that bit them.

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Report: 1.6 Billion Opioid Doses Poured Into Missouri Over 6 Years

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 11:39am

A Senate investigation into prescription opioids in Missouri finds that pharmaceutical wholesalers had different standards for reporting suspicious orders to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Cities Planning Supervised Drug Injection Sites Fear Justice Department Reaction

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 5:21am

More than a dozen cities from San Francisco to New York are trying to open safe injection sites for heroin users. But worries about a crackdown from the Justice Department have local leaders on edge.

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Experimental Drugs Boost Elderly Immune Systems, Raising Hopes For Anti-Aging Effects

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 2:35pm

Two drugs appear to support immune function of elderly people and may be important for future research into anti-aging treatments.

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A Simple Emergency Room Intervention Can Help Cut Suicide Risk

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 12:50pm

ER workers helped patients who arrived after a suicide attempt develop a tailored "safety plan" that included coping strategies of what to do and whom to call if the urge arose again.

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If You Spray Your Clothes With Permethrin, Be Careful Around The Cat

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 11:37am

Cat lovers were very concerned about our story on permethrin. How risky is the pesticide for Kitty? By minimizing their pet's exposure, cat owners can use the chemical safely, veterinarians say.

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Has Genetic Privacy Been Strained By Trump's Recent ACA Moves?

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 8:02am

As the Trump administration decides not to defend the Affordable Care Act's legal protections for people with pre-existing conditions, questions arise about health insurance and genetic information.

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Democrats Say Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Is A Threat To The ACA

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 5:00am

Senate Democrats see defense of the Affordable Care Act's popular provisions as a rally issue that could keep their caucus unified when Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation battle heats up.

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If High Court Reverses Roe v. Wade, 22 States Likely To Ban Abortion

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 1:21pm

As with current abortion policies, a reversal of the landmark court decision would mean a woman's access to the procedure would continue to be determined by where she lives.

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Behind Bars, Mentally Ill Inmates Are Often Punished For Their Symptoms

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 1:21pm

While visiting jails and prisons across the country, author Alisa Roth witnessed mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement, wearing restrictive jumpsuits and receiving very limited therapy.

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Q&A: Wider Knowledge About Cancer Prevention Would Reduce U.S. Deaths

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 12:19pm

Cancer death rates remain high for some groups of people, including African-Americans, despite general gains made in recent decades. The American Cancer Society has ideas about reducing the gaps.

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Medical Clinics That Treat Refugees Help Determine The Case For Asylum

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 5:02am

It often falls to health care providers to discern whether the asylum-seekers who say they've been tortured or persecuted in their homeland bear physical and psychological evidence of that harm.

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Scientists Find New Tricks For Old Drugs

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 4:23pm

Researchers are looking to redeploy drugs used for years to treat cholesterol and high blood pressure as remedies for influenza and Ebola.

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How Highly Focused Sound Waves Steadied A Farmer's Trembling Hand

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 5:06am

Tree farmer Alan Dambach's tremor got so bad he couldn't read his own signature. Then he tried a new procedure that uses sound waves to destroy specific brain cells.

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To Repel Ticks, Try Spraying Your Clothes With A Pesticide That Mimics Mums

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 5:06am

Just in time for summer hikes and outdoor play, a study finds that the ticks that often convey Lyme disease become unable to bite, and soon die, after exposure to clothing treated with permethrin.

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Patients With Chronic Pain Feel Caught In An Opioid Prescribing Debate

Sun, 07/08/2018 - 6:10pm

States are passing laws that limit a doctor's ability to prescribe opioids. Doctors and patients alike are wrestling with what that means in cases of chronic pain

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Autistic New Yorkers Share Their Stim-Toy Stories With 'Aftereffect'

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 7:30am

Autistic adults talked about their soothing stim toys with WNYC Studios, creator of the Aftereffect podcast. It examines the life of Arnaldo Rios Soto, an autistic man involved in a police shooting.

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