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These states have been hit the hardest by America's opioid epidemic
While there's early evidence that the explosive rate of opioid deaths has started to slow, opioids killed more than 49,000 people in the United States in 2017, according to preliminary data. A new study reveals which part of the country has been affected the most by the ongoing epidemic.


POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 4:30 PM
Trump administration inches closer to defunding Planned Parenthood
The US Department of Health and Human Services issued its draft final rule to revise the Title X family planning program Friday, jeopardizing a decades-old program that serves millions of low-income people, critics say.


POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2019 12:13 PM
FDA official says ongoing blood pressure drug investigation will probably uncover more tainted pills
There's no end in sight for one of the largest prescription drug recalls in recent memory. The US Food and Drug Administration is continuing an investigation and recall of a class of drugs used by millions that began last summer, yet there's still "more to find," an agency director says.


POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 9:04 PM
FDA proposes new sunscreen regulations
The US Food and Drug Administration is proposing new regulations on over-the-counter sunscreens in an effort to keep up with the latest scientific and safety information.


POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 3:54 AM
$375,000 price leads disabled mom to ration meds
Bhanu Patel couldn't believe the news. The medication that allows her to move shot up to $375,000. Fearful of becoming a financial burden to her family, she's begun rationing the medication she currently has -- taking two pills a day, instead of four. "The words that I can use is I can't believe this is happening," she said.


POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 2:28 PM
Poison control calls for kratom increased from one a month to two a day, study says
The number of phone calls to US poison control centers about kratom exposures increased from 13 in 2011 to 682 in 2017, often for serious unanticipated effects of the supplement, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Clinical Toxicology.


POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 9:09 AM
FDA chief: Federal government might step in if states don't change lax vaccine laws
The head of the US Food and Drug Administration says that if states don't require more schoolchildren to get vaccinated, the federal government might have to step in.


POSTED FEBRUARY 20, 2019 11:23 AM
Heart attacks are on the rise among young women, study shows
The risk of having a heart attack appears to be rising among young women, according to a new study, and researchers are trying to figure out why.


POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2019 7:00 PM
New recommendations say not all women need genetic testing for cancer. Critics say it could cost lives
Primary care providers should screen women for personal, family and/or ethnic history of breast, ovarian, tubal or peritoneal cancer to decide who should undergo genetic counseling for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended Tuesday. The mutations increase a woman's cancer risk.


POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2019 5:11 PM
'Alarming' number of people received restricted fentanyl, study says
An "alarming" number of US patients received a highly potent form of opioid that is 100 times more powerful than morphine and that they never should have been prescribed, according to a new study.


POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2019 5:21 PM

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