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‘Right-To-Try’ Advocates Help Pass Laws In 33 States As Movement Gains National Foothold

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Legislation to allow terminally ill patients access to experimental treatments not approved by the Food and Drug Administration also have momentum in the other 17 states. Today’s other public health stories report developments on a potential sepsis treatment, a devicemaker’s redesigned medical scope, a link between breast implants and a deadly cancer and the latest on the bird flu outbreak.

The Rules Have Changed: Exercise Is A Good Idea During Pregnancy

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Despite the traditional advice that rest is important, a group of researches offer guidelines for pregnant women about how best to gain benefits from exercising while they are expecting. In other news, a study finds that prenatal vitamins with DHA supplements don’t boost a baby’s brains and news on the marketing of vasectomies.

Lawyers For OxyContin Maker Ask Judge To Dismiss Suit Filed By City Over Opioid Epidemic

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Purdue Pharma argues that the lawsuit by Everett, Washington, has “multiple, independent legal failings.” In other stories on the nation’s drug crisis: the nominee for New Hampshire attorney general has defended a major opioid manufacturer; an Ohio toxicologist develops a test for carfentanil; kids call 911 when they wake up to find their overdosed parents; and the debate over needle exchanges goes on as hepatitis C spreads.

Hospital Bills Due To Gun Injuries Cost $6.6 Billion Over Last 8 Years

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And that tally does not include expensive emergency room treatment. Today’s stories cover other public health news related to cancer and breast implants, Lewy body dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, smoking, “synthetic biology,” teen marijuana use, heart disease and more.