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Coal Official Allegedly Cheated on Safety Tests, Putting Miners at Risk of Black Lung
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Coal Official Allegedly Cheated on Safety Tests, Putting Miners at Risk of Black Lung

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A coal company manager took part in cheating on tests designed to protect miners from contracting deadly black lung disease, a federal grand jury has charged. The grand jury issued a new indictment adding Glendal “Buddy” Hardison... Read More

Liberal Democrats Want Medicare for All. The House’s Top Budget Guy Isn’t Convinced
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Liberal Democrats Want Medicare for All. The House’s Top Budget Guy Isn’t Convinced

WASHINGTON — The increasingly powerful Democratic left sees a huge opening this year to promote Medicare for all in Congress. But they need to convince Rep. John Yarmuth, and that’s going to be tough. Read More

E&C Demands Facebook Briefing on Exposure of Users' Personal Health Information
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E&C Demands Facebook Briefing on Exposure of Users' Personal Health Information
2019-02-20 00:10:48
by TWN Staff

On Tuesday, Energy and Commerce Committee leaders wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding a briefing from the company following a consumer complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission that personal health information of certain Facebook users who were participating in... Read More

Using Opioids to Treat Addiction Is Considered the Gold Standard
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Using Opioids to Treat Addiction Is Considered the Gold Standard

PHILADELPHIA — Doctors need no special training to prescribe the opioid pain pills widely blamed for fueling a national addiction crisis. But prescribing the medicine considered the gold standard for addiction treatment is another story entirely. Read More

Compensation Fund for 9/11 Victims to Slash Payouts
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Compensation Fund for 9/11 Victims to Slash Payouts

WASHINGTON — The 9/11 fund is running out of money, and will slash payments by at least half for growing numbers of people getting sick or dying from the toxins unleashed in the terror attacks of 2001, officials announced Friday. Read More

Move Over Measles, A Syphilis Epidemic Is Brewing
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Move Over Measles, A Syphilis Epidemic Is Brewing
2019-02-16 01:29:47
by Michael Cheng

Measles may not be the only medical outbreak individuals must cautiously avoid on the streets. Syphilis (Treponema pallidum), a highly contagious sexually transmitted disease (STD), is making a comeback across the US. Furthermore, a congenital form of the infection is... Read More

Pay Attention to This Little-Noticed Opioid Lawsuit in Oklahoma
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Pay Attention to This Little-Noticed Opioid Lawsuit in Oklahoma

WASHINGTON — In the legal battle to hold drug companies responsible for the country’s raging opioid epidemic, media attention largely has focused on a national lawsuit set for a late October trial in federal court in Cleveland, Ohio. Read More

Even in Best-Case Scenario, Opioid Overdose Deaths Will Keep Rising Until 2022
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Even in Best-Case Scenario, Opioid Overdose Deaths Will Keep Rising Until 2022

In the nation’s opioid epidemic, the carnage is far from over. A new projection of opioid overdose death rates suggests that even if there is steady progress in reducing prescription narcotics abuse nationwide, the... Read More

What ‘Dope Sick’ Really Feels Like
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What ‘Dope Sick’ Really Feels Like

Detoxing off heroin or opioids without medication is sheer hell. I should know. For many users, full-blown withdrawal is often foreshadowed by a yawn, or perhaps a runny nose, a sore back, sensitive skin or a restless leg. Read More

Senators Murray, Murkowski Aim to Improve and Expand Health Care Services for Survivors of Sexual Assault
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Senators Murray, Murkowski Aim to Improve and Expand Health Care Services for Survivors of Sexual Assault
2019-02-08 20:51:25
by TWN Staff

This week, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), reintroduced the Survivors’ Access to Supportive Care Act (SASCA), a bipartisan, bicameral bill to help improve and... Read More

Trump Pledges to End HIV Transmission by 2030. It’s Doable, But Daunting
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Trump Pledges to End HIV Transmission by 2030. It’s Doable, But Daunting

Noting that science has “brought a once-distant dream within reach,” President Donald Trump on Tuesday night pledged to eliminate HIV transmission within 10 years. Read More

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking to Preserve Obamacare
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Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking to Preserve Obamacare
2019-02-05 23:01:54
by Tom Ramstack

A decision last week by a federal judge in a Maryland lawsuit is expected to influence an appeal by other states that seek to protect their health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. The state of Maryland filed a... Read More

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