• New York Nov 25, 2019

    Federal Opioid Addiction Treatment Dollars Off-Limits for Some Medical Marijuana States

    The U.S. government is barring federal dollars meant for opioid addiction treatment to be used on medical marijuana.

  • CARLA K. JOHNSON Nov 18, 2019

    Old Dogs, New Tricks: 10,000 Pets Needed for Canine Aging Study

    Can old dogs teach us new tricks? Scientists are looking for 10,000 pets for the largest-ever study of aging in canines. They hope to shed light on human longevity too. The project will collect a pile of pooch data: vet records, DNA samples, gut microbes and information on food and walks. Five hundred dogs will test a pill that could...

  • CARLA K. JOHNSON Nov 15, 2019

    Yelp for Help: Aging Dogs Needed for Study

    Researchers from Texas A&M and the University of Washington are planning to study a slowed aging process pill on dogs.

  • Germany Sep 28, 2019

    As US Urges Caution Amid Vaping Illness Deaths, UK Embraces E-Cigarettes

    While the U.S. scrambles to crack down on vaping, Britain has embraced electronic cigarettes as a powerful tool to help smokers kick the habit. The Royal College of Physicians explicitly tells doctors to promote e-cigarettes “as widely as possible” to people trying to quit. Public Health England’s advice is that vaping carries a small fraction of the risk of smoking....

  • injury Sep 13, 2019

    What We Know About the US Vaping Illness Outbreak

    U.S. health officials are investigating what might be causing hundreds of serious breathing illnesses in people who use e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. They have identified 380 confirmed and probable cases in 36 states and one territory, including six deaths.

  • Donald Trump Aug 6, 2019

    Experts: Mental Illness Not Main Driver of Mass Shootings

    President Donald Trump’s focus on “mentally ill monsters” oversimplifies the role of mental illness in public mass shootings and downplays the ease with which Americans can get firearms, experts said. “Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun,” Trump said Monday , addressing weekend shootings in Texas and Ohio that killed 31 people.

  • America May 15, 2019

    Fewer Babies as US Birth Rate Fails to Rebound With Economy

    America’s baby bust isn’t over. The nation’s birth rates last year reached record lows for women in their teens and 20s, a government report shows, leading to the fewest babies in 32 years. The provisional report, released Wednesday and based on more than 99% of U.S. birth records, found 3.788 million births last year. It was the fourth year the...

  • New Jersey Mar 26, 2019

    Marijuana ER Visits Climb in Denver Hospital Study

    Five years after Colorado first legalized marijuana, a new study shows pot’s bad effects are sending more people to the emergency room. Inhaled marijuana caused the most severe problems at one large Denver area hospital. Marijuana-infused foods and candies, called edibles, also led to trouble. Patients came to the ER with symptoms such as repeated vomiting, racing hearts and psychotic...

  • Europe Mar 8, 2019

    Monthly Shots Control HIV as Well as Pills in 2 Big Studies

    Monthly shots of HIV drugs worked as well as daily pills to control the virus that causes AIDS in two large international tests, researchers reported Thursday. If approved by regulators in the United States and Europe, the shots would be a new option for people with HIV and could help some stay on treatment. Instead of having to remember to...

  • Europe Mar 5, 2019

    1st Man Cured of HIV Has Words of Support for 2nd Cured Patient

    Timothy Brown, the Berlin man known to be the first person cured of HIV, has words of support and encouragement for a second patient that scientists say are free of the disease after a successful stem cell transplant.

  • Congress Jan 7, 2019

    Growing Opioid Crisis Adds to Puerto Rico's Problems

    Jose Carlos Laviena emptied his pockets, took off his shoes and waited to die. He had just injected himself with a new type of heroin that his dealer was promoting, but the high was so strong that Laviena thought he had overdosed. The 35-year-old was preparing his body for how he wanted to be found. “It’s truly something super strong,”...

  • San Diego Nov 16, 2018

    Meditation Helps Vets with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Study

    Meditation worked as well as traditional therapy for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in a small experiment sponsored by the Department of Defense.

  • Donald Trump Oct 22, 2018

    ‘Obamacare' Shapes Opioid Grant Spending: Analysis

    With Republicans and Democrats joining forces again in a bipartisan effort to target the U.S. opioid crisis, an Associated Press analysis of the first wave of emergency money from Congress finds that states are taking very different approaches to spending it. To a large extent, the differences depend on whether states participated in one of the most divisive issues in...

  • Oxford Sep 18, 2018

    Scared of Heights? Spiders? Virtual Reality Therapy Offers an Ever-More-Common Cure

    Virtual reality therapy is just now reaching the mainstream after 20 years of research. Equipment is lighter and more affordable, with tech advances spilling over from the gaming industry to help people fight disabling fears of flying, heights, spiders or dogs. And the surge in products is bringing VR to more therapists’ offices. Experts predict people with mild phobias will...

  • CARLA K. JOHNSON Sep 17, 2018

    2 Million US Middle, High School Students Are Vaping Marijuana, Survey Finds

    A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening concern about the new popularity of vaping among teens. E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, but results published Monday mean 2.1 million middle and high school students have used them to get high. The devices are generally considered a less dangerous alternative to regular cigarettes,...

  • Cancer May 11, 2018

    Cancer Docs Feel Unprepared, But Recommend Marijuana Anyway

    Nearly half of U.S. cancer doctors who responded to a survey say they’ve recently recommended medical marijuana to patients, although most say they don’t know enough about medicinal use. The results reflect how marijuana policy in some states has outpaced research, the study authors said. All 29 states with medical marijuana programs allow doctors to recommend it to cancer...

  • Harvard University Apr 3, 2018

    Midlife ‘Wealth Shock' May Lead to Death, Study Suggests

    A big financial loss may shorten your life, a new study suggests. Middle-aged Americans who experienced a sudden, large economic blow were more likely to die during the following years than those who didn’t. The heightened danger of death after a devastating loss, which researchers called a “wealth shock,” crossed socio-economic lines, affecting people no matter how much money they...

  • Donald Trump Nov 8, 2017

    Trump Opioid Panel Wants Drug Courts, Training for Doctors

    President Donald Trump’s commission on the opioid crisis called Wednesday for more drug courts, more training for doctors and penalties for insurers that dodge covering addiction treatment....
    The panel’s final report stopped short, however, of calling for new dollars to address the worst drug crisis in U.S. history. Instead, the commission asked Congress for “sufficient funds” and suggested giving the White...

  • Congress Jul 18, 2017

    Health Care Vote Delayed by Senator's Surgery

    Republican leaders are delaying the health care vote on Capitol Hill, as they wait for Sen. John McCain to recover from surgery to remove a blood clot above his eye.

  • Congress Jul 18, 2017

    The GOP Health Plan Hinges on the Young, But They're a Tough Sell: Analysis

    Julian Senn-Raemont isn’t convinced he needs to buy health insurance when he loses coverage under his dad’s plan in a couple of years — no matter what happens in the policy debate in Washington, or how cheap the plans are. The 24-year-old musician hasn’t known a world without a health care safety net. But he hates being forced by law...

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