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Trump Signs Law To Aid WWII Vets Exposed To Mustard Gas

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The legislation was advanced through Congress by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to reconsider denied disability benefits for those who claimed the testing caused health problems.

Guns Account For Higher Suicides Rates In Rural Areas Over Urban Ones, Study Finds

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Suicides-by-firearm are 66 percent higher in thinly populated counties than in urban counties. There is little regional disparity in non-firearm suicide rates. In related news, experts target teens in suicide prevention efforts while the California prison system reports an increase in suicide attempts among women inmates.

Post-Surgical Patients Are Rarely The Ones Who Start Long-Term Opioid Use

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Its more common for those who receive their first prescription for back pain or “other ill-defined conditions” to go on to use painkillers for six months or more, according to new research. In other news related to the national epidemic, the Cherokee Nation asks a judge to allow its lawsuit against opioid distributors and retailers to be heard in the tribe’s own court. And KHN reports that the public health crisis is taking a toll on the nation’s foster care system.

Kansas’ Osawatomie State Hospital Passes Inspection

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The psychiatric hospital lost its certification in 2015, which resulted in a loss of about $1 million a month in federal funding for the state, but it now appears to be back on track. Meanwhile, in Oregon, Willamette Valley Behavioral Health plans to sue the state over the rejection of its plan to build a 100-bed psychiatric hospital. In addition, the cause of the illness at New Hampshire’s Exeter Hospital is still unclear and two Florida cancer centers face fraud allegations.