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Hot New Immunotherapy Field Continues To Deliver Promising Results

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Scientists have genetically altered cells to attack more than one place on a cancer cell. “The idea that we could have one magic bullet is naïve,” says Dr. Crystal L. Mackall, the senior author of the study. In other public health news: the lucrative field of dermatology; using the bugs that are in our bodies; stillbirth; tobacco; weight loss and more.

Purity, Potency Of Illegal Drugs Have Reached New Levels, Worrying Health Officials

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The problem is that users aren’t expecting the higher strength drugs and are overdosing because of the increased potency of them. In other news on the crisis: addiction treatment, patients with chronic pain who desperately need opioids, an interview with the U.S. surgeon general, and opioid prescription practices.

Health Centers Desperate As Renewal Of Their Funding Languishes In Congress

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The funding for the centers, which are often located in under-served areas, is a noncontroversial aspect of the Affordable Care Act. But the deadline for renewing the money passed in September, leaving the facilities scrambling. In other news from Capitol Hill: CHIP funds, hospital cuts, orphan drugs, an alcohol tax, and a potential bipartisan fix for the health law.

Asia’s Bird Flu Putting Global Health Officials On High Alert

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The flu worries many scientists as they see it as the virus most likely to start a pandemic that kills millions, as the 1918 Spanish flu did. In other public health news: vaccines, blood pressure, cigarette ads, standing desks, napping on the job and more.

Puerto Rico’s Health System Still Reeling From Maria Two Months Later

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Half of Puerto Rico’s electric grid remains down, leaving many of the island’s 3.4 million residents exposed to the heat and unable to keep food or medicines cool without generators. Doctors are trying to make house calls, but there’s only so much they can do. And at the same time, the conditions have exacerbated many residents’ medical problems.

A Snapshot Of Those In The Trenches Of America’s Addiction Crisis

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The Associated Press puts human faces to the numbers behind the opioid epidemic. In other news, a look at how influence in Washington, D.C., has played a role in the crisis, Purdue wants to settle lawsuits with states, counterfeit pills are sending droves of people to the hospital, why medication-assisted treatment is hard for some to get, and more.

Putting A Dollar Value On An Epidemic: Opioid Crisis Has Cost Economy $95B In 2016 Alone

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The vast majority of the economic burden — $43.2 billion — came from losses in the workforce due to deaths from opioids, the analysis found. Meanwhile, another study found that about 10 percent of Americans have overcome a drug or alcohol problem in their lives, which might mean there’s good news for treating addiction.

Policy Perspectives: The Individual Mandate Fight Goes On – This Time, In A Tax Bill

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Opinion writers question the policy rationale, math and impact involved as Congress considers a GOP plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate as part of a Republican tax overhaul proposal. They also examine other health policy issues, including how rising health care costs cut into everyday American’s take-home pay and a program that involves unions and home health workers.