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New Survey Shows Some Progress Against Opioid Crisis

New Survey Shows Some Progress Against Opioid Crisis

By Carla K. Johnson | Sep 17
Figures from a U.S. government survey released Friday show some progress in the fight against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis with fewer people in 2017 using heroin for the first time compared to the previous year.

Fentanyl Test Strips Used to Fight Opioid Deaths

Fentanyl Test Strips Used to Fight Opioid Deaths

Sep 17
The newest tool in the fight against opioid overdoses is an inexpensive test strip that can detect the presence of a potentially deadly painkiller.

Few Safeguards For Foster Kids on Psych Drugs

Few Safeguards For Foster Kids on Psych Drugs

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Sep 17
Thousands of children in foster care may be getting powerful psychiatric drugs prescribed to them without basic safeguards, according to a federal watchdog's investigation.

To Avoid Overdoses, Some Test Their Heroin Before Taking It

To Avoid Overdoses, Some Test Their Heroin Before Taking It

By Mike Stobbe | Sep 17
The newest tool in the fight against opioid overdoses is an inexpensive test strip that can help heroin users detect a potentially deadly contaminant in their drugs.

Doctors Group Recommends Support for Transgender Children

Doctors Group Recommends Support for Transgender Children

By Carla K. Johnson | Sep 17
A doctors group took a stand in support of transgender children Monday, offering advice in what it called "a rapidly evolving" field.

The Apple Watch is Inching Toward Becoming a Medical Device

The Apple Watch is Inching Toward Becoming a Medical Device

By Michael Liedtke | Sep 14
Apple is trying to turn its smartwatch from a niche gadget into a lifeline to better health by slowly evolving it into a medical device.

Maryland Suit Seeks to Protect U.S. Health Law From 'Sabotage'

Maryland Suit Seeks to Protect U.S. Health Law From 'Sabotage'

Sep 14
Maryland's attorney general on Thursday filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's administration for recurring efforts he says are intended to dismantle the national health care law and chase people away from coverage.

In Trump's First Year, Uninsured Rate Unchanged

In Trump's First Year, Uninsured Rate Unchanged

Sep 13
Despite Republican resistance to the federal health law, the percentage of Americans without health insurance in 2017 remained the same as during the last year of the Obama administration.

Why Goosebumps are Good for Your Mental Wellbeing

Why Goosebumps are Good for Your Mental Wellbeing

Sep 13
Goosebumps are good for your mental wellbeing, experts have claimed. Researchers who studied 100 test subjects believe goosebumps experienced when watching live entertainment put us in a positive mindset -- boosting our mental health.

NYC to Add Nonbinary 'X' Designation to Birth Certificates

NYC to Add Nonbinary 'X' Designation to Birth Certificates

Sep 13
People born in New York City who don't identify as male or female will have the option of changing their birth certificates to "X'' under legislation passed Wednesday by the City Council.

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