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A Glimpse Into the Human Toll of Opioid Addiction

Melissa, Katrina, Cory, Trish, and Matt attend a screening at Georgetown during Opioid Awareness Week 2016. (Courtesy of the FBI)
Melissa, Katrina, Cory, Trish, and Matt attend a screening at Georgetown during Opioid Awareness Week 2016. (Courtesy of the FBI)

Nobody sets out thinking they’re going to be a needle user. Maybe you’re in pain or had a bad day and a friend hands you...

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    Talc and Ovarian Cancer Case: Juries Disagree

    Two lawsuits ended in jury verdicts worth $127 million. Two others were tossed out by a judge who said there wasn’t reliable evidence that the... Read more

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    Lyme Disease: A Hard Road to Diagnosis and Recovery

    When it comes to diseases spread by insects, all the headlines these days focus on the mosquito borne Zika virus. But for decades, Americans have... Read more

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    MDs Strengthen Advice Against Codeine for Kids’ Coughs, Pain

    The American Academy of Pediatrics has strengthened its warnings about prescribing codeine for children because of reports of deaths and risks for dangerous side effects,... Read more

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    Water Contamination Meeting in Newburgh Erupts as Residents Want Their Say

    NEWBURGH—Federal, state, and local officials spoke for more than an hour in Newburgh on Sept. 19 before Newburgh residents demanded a promised Q&A session get... Read more

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    Don’t Bank on Wearables to Keep Weight Off

    Wearable devices that monitor physical activity are not reliable tools for weight loss, say researchers. As a matter of fact, they may even have the... Read more

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    Can Therapy Before Age 3 Wipe Out a Peanut Allergy?

    Preschool children with a peanut allergy were able to start eating peanuts after taking part in oral immunotherapy, a new study shows. The findings confirm... Read more

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    Rheumatoid Arthritis Triggered by Hormone Imbalance in Women

    Rheumatoid arthritis is triggered by estrogen and progesterone hormone imbalance in women. In the study published in Nature Review, the researchers point out that sexual dimorphism has... Read more

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    The Rise and Fallout of Prescribing Painkillers: How Americans Bought Into the ‘Epidemic of Pain’

    For more than a decade, members of a little-known group called the Pain Care Forum have blanketed Washington with messages touting prescription painkillers’ vital role... Read more

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    Sugar Industry Scandal: Paid Harvard Scientists to Shift Blame to Fat

    A sugar industry scandal is rocking the research world, serving as a strong reminder that public policy should take industry-sponsored studies with a grain of... Read more

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    Brain Cancer Now Leading Childhood Cancer Killer

    NEW YORK—Brain cancer is now the deadliest childhood cancer in the U.S., now ahead of leukemia, a result of improved leukemia treatment and a frustrating... Read more

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    45 Potentially Hazardous Chemicals Common in Household Dust: Study

    Researchers at George Washington University compiled data from household dust samples collected throughout the United States and found 45 potentially toxic chemicals used in many... Read more

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    Living Parents Can Leave Older Adults Feeling Blue

    People who have reached age 65 and still have living parents are more likely to suffer depressive symptoms than their peers whose parents have died,... Read more

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    Swapping Just One Sugary Drink for Water Has Huge Health Benefits, Says Study

    Many factors contribute to obesity and chronic disease, but a significant body of evidence points to our love of sugar as the cause for our declining... Read more

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    Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids Sold as Counterfeits in Deadly New Trend

    In March and April, 56 people in the Sacramento area were hospitalized after taking Norco brand hydrocodone pills. Fifteen died. But, as we discovered, these... Read more

  • A heroin user prepares to inject himself in New London, Conn., on March 23, 2016. (John Moore/Getty Images)

    Drugs Fatalities Overtake Car Fatalities for the First Time in UK

    Seven years ago, fatalities from opiates overtook fatalities due to road accidents in the United States. Sadly, the same phenomenon is now playing out in... Read more

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    Women Experience More Chronic Pain Than Men, Now We Know Why

    It’s long been a household debate: Who really is the stronger sex, men or women? It’s no secret that physically, men often outperform women. But... Read more

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