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There’s Been Few Breakthroughs In Alzheimer’s Drugs In Decades. Where’s The Demand For Progress?

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In other diseases, loud and outraged patient advocates have played a crucial role in getting experimental treatments and drugs to trial. When it comes to Alzheimer’s, though, experts say there isn’t that energy to push for a cure. In other public health news: cancer and elephants, brain injuries, female doctors, race, Ebola and tainted blood pressure meds.

‘End Family Fire’: Advocates Want To Curb Children’s Deaths From Accidental Shootings By Giving The Problem A Name

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“Just like the term ‘designated driver’ changed perceptions about drinking and driving, the term ‘Family Fire’ will help create public awareness to change attitudes and actions around this important matter,” said Kris Brown, co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. In other public health news: online dating, dementia, sperm count, suicide, and heart health.

Beyoncé, Serena Williams’ Traumatic Birth Experiences Highlight Ongoing Need For Improved Maternal Care In U.S.

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“People tend to think about pregnancy as a universally happy experience,” said Daniel Grossman, of the University of California at San Francisco. “But the reality is that pregnancy is inherently risky. … Black women face significantly higher risks during pregnancy, and Beyoncé and Serena Williams help to put a very well-known face to these risks.” In other public health news: the need for men to be tested for BRCA2 gene; the psychological harms of technology on children; drinking water during hot weather; and more.

‘Things Don’t Go Back To The Way They Were’: Reunited Children Suffering Psychological Toll From Separations

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Parents report that once-carefree kids are now quiet and scared. Some cry uncontrollably or suffer panic attacks and hide behind furniture when visitors come into the house, others are playacting as ICE border patrol officers. Many of them are changed from who their parents say they were before they were taken into custody. Meanwhile, lawmakers are demanding answers from federal immigration officials, and a judge has ordered the transfer of all undocumented minors from a detention facility due to allegations of abuse.