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The students are reaching out to local activists and communities, preaching a message of fixing the underlying problems of gun violence and registering voters across the country. In other news: the problems with sitting, the mysterious illnesses in Cuba, robot peer pressure, and weight loss.
The nicotine in cigarettes can suppress appetite and boost metabolism, and many smokers who quit who don’t step up their exercise find they eat more and gain weight. In other news on smoking, a study reports no amount of secondhand smoke is safe.
Federal regulators maintain that glyphosate does not cause cancer, but in 2015 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer declared it a probable carcinogen.
GreatCall also helps seniors obtain concierge-type and emergency services. Best Buy has already dipped a toe into the health care field with its health-and-wellness products.
The moves add to growing investor unease over the health of large biotech companies, which are being pushed to find successors for aging blockbuster drugs. In other pharmaceutical news: Pfizer invests in a better flu vaccine; a startup struggles to build interest by male doctors for a drug that benefits women; and a deeper look at CAR-T therapy.
Experts are wary because while the therapies have provided some miraculous success, there have also been spectacular failures. Health officials, however, say that the FDA can provide enough oversight and extra supervision from the NIH is no longer needed.
The overall numbers are grim — 72,000 Americans died from a fatal overdose last year. But deaths in some states that had already adjusted to the addition of more deadly, synthetic opioids to the drug supply overdoses are going down.
The report faults the government for not having a single agency that is taking responsibility for the safety of the children, which makes them vulnerable to abuse and human trafficking. Agencies fired back, saying that the report didn’t address congressional failures over the crisis. Meanwhile, a group of Democrats is demanding the government immediately reunite the children who are still in custody because of the zero tolerance policy with their families.
Editorial pages focus on these health topics and others.
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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.
From the sites of one of the top-ranked hospitals in the country to Harvard University, ProPublica finds errors and misleading information about preeclampsia, an extremely dangerous condition for pregnant women. ProPublica’s “Lost Mothers” series looks at why the country has such a high maternal mortality rate. In other news on women’s health: pregnancy prevention apps and abortion clinics.
New York joins dozens of other states suing the manufacturer of OxyContin. “The opioid epidemic was manufactured by unscrupulous distributors who developed a $400 billion industry pumping human misery into our communities,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) said.
Officials say it’s reducing the patients’ exposure to harmful overprescribing practices, but critics warn that it will cause people to seek out opioids by any means necessary. In other news on the epidemic: the dangers of overdose for postpartum women who have been addicted to opioids; a look at grieving families on the frontlines of the crisis; how the issue could be a winning topic for Democrats; and more.
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But Paul Scott, who worked as the NFL’s benefit plan point person, wants to change that. He’s hoping to help former players through the application process to get the disability benefits they’ve earned. Meanwhile, experts find fault in the way the University of Maryland treated football player Jordan McNair when he suffered from heatstroke, which led to his death.
Some patients can finish therapy in just a few weeks. The model is gaining popularity because it is proving to be as effective as long-term weekly treatments. In other public health news: vaping, med students, Lyme disease, autism, HPV, toxins in water, work wellness programs and more.
The researchers are now building a website that will allow anyone to upload genetic data. Users will receive risk scores for heart disease, breast cancer, Type 2 diabetes, chronic inflammatory bowel disease and atrial fibrillation. But scientists emphasize that DNA is not destiny, and that the results don’t account for a healthy diet and exercise.
“Similar to how students learn health education and driver’s education, they must learn proper bleeding control techniques using commonly available materials,” according to the Department of Homeland Security notice, “including how to use their hands, dressings and tourniquets.”