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With Millions Of Baby Boomers Expected To Get Alzheimer’s, Experts Puzzle Over Best Ways To Avoid Bleak Future

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Stat News talked to eight experts about which interventions would be most helpful for the brain-wasting disease that has no cure. While, the U.S. has tripled spending on the disease since 2015, there’s been little effort to manage spending or research priorities. Other public health news looks at the call for flu shots, banished unvaccinated students, autism, concussions, safe playgrounds, seniors’ falls, baby food, “brain tingles,” and arthritis, as well.

How A Small-City West Virginia Lawyer Became One Of The Attorneys Leading National Opioids Lawsuit

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Lawyer Paul Farrell Jr. helped mastermind the use of the “public nuisance” code that lies at the heart of the consolidated cases against the drug companies and distributors. “They broke it. So they need to fix it,” Farrell said. “I want them to stop killing people. I want mothers to stop giving birth to babies addicted to opium. … I want to stop going to funerals.” Meanwhile a new poll finds that nearly half of Americans have someone in their family affected by substance abuse.

Startling Rise Of Suicides In Black Teens Since 1991 Sparks Concerns About Access To Care, Failing Outreach Efforts

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In 1991, 5.9% of black teenagers reported attempting suicide, but in 2017, more than 10% of of black teenagers said they had. “It’s well documented that black youth access mental health treatment less,” said Michael Lindsey, author of the study. In other public health news: delivery company driving deaths, heart health, artificial intelligence, anxiety over flying, diabetes risk tests, and more.

‘We Are Hunted’: At LGBTQ Forum Protesters Demand Dem Candidates Address Violence Against Black Transgender Women

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The 2020 Democratic candidates appeared at an LGBTQ forum on Thursday and pledged to fight for non-discrimination protections in federal law, ban harmful practices such as conversion therapy and lift restrictions on gay men donating blood. Protesters took the spotlight for some of the night, compelling the candidates to acknowledge the danger facing black transgender women.

Ohio Governor Releases Gun Violence Plan With ‘Red Flag’ Laws Noticeably Absent From Final Proposal

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Following the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine promised to “do something” about gun violence in the state. While he previously voiced support for “red flag” laws, the governor’s administration felt that the legislation would be “inadequate and unworkable.” The proposal in DeWine’s final version builds on the existing “pink slip” law, which allows for people assessed by mental health experts in a psychiatric facility.