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healthcare

The Average Nurse Makes Barely More Than They Did in 2005

Meanwhile, doctors and medical center CEOs saw much bigger increases.
Jesse Hicks
8.29.18
Parental Advisory

Pregnant and Nursing Women Shouldn't Use Marijuana, New Guidelines Say

There's limited research on marijuana but doctors say enough concerns exist about both short-term growth and long-term neurological consequences for children to recommend against it.
Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News
8.27.18
You're Smarter Than That

The Man Who Sold America on Vitamin D—and Profited in the Process

The doctor most responsible for turning the sunshine supplement into a billion-dollar juggernaut has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the vitamin D industry, according to government records and interviews.
Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News
8.20.18
Harm Reduction

Calling Safe Consumption Sites by a Different Name Increases Public Support

A new study found that, all other things being equal, people were more likely to support "overdose prevention sites" opening in their community.
Jesse Hicks
8.13.18
Eat This

It's True: You Can Absolutely Fail a Drug Test After Eating a Poppy Seed Bagel

A Maryland mom tested positive for opiates while in labor​ and her daughter had to stay in the hospital for five days, and a New York City corrections officer failed a random drug test and lost his job​.
Susan Rinkunas
8.8.18
medical devices

A New Netflix Doc Exposes Huge Problems With the Way Certain Medical Treatments Are Approved

'The Bleeding Edge' shows how the FDA doesn’t hold medical devices to the same standards of safety and effectiveness as it does prescription drugs, even though some devices will presumably remain in the body for the rest of people's lives.
Sam Fragoso
8.3.18
healthcare

The States Attacking Obamacare Would Suffer the Most If Coverage for Pre-Existing Conditions Goes Away

Nine of the 11 states with the highest rates of pre-existing conditions have signed onto the lawsuit to strike down the Affordable Care Act.
Harriet Rowan, Kaiser Health News
7.19.18
rights

The Department of Reproductive Control Is the Health Agency of Our Dystopian Future

"We're making your reproductive choices so you don’t have to."
Susan Rinkunas
7.18.18
drinking

Young Adults Are Increasingly Dying of Alcohol-Related Liver Disease

Cirrhosis deaths have increased in every state but one.
Jesse Hicks
7.18.18
addiction

What a US-China Trade War Could Mean for the Opioid Epidemic

We rely on China to control the manufacture and export of illicit drugs like fentanyl. Now, “China could say ‘We are no longer going to cooperate with the United States on controlling these synthetic opioids.’”
Matthew Garcia, Kaiser Health News
7.11.18
reproductive rights

Exclusive: Trump’s Head of Family Planning Compared Abortion to Slavery and the Holocaust

Diane Foley, who runs the federal family planning program known as Title X, was also critical of adoption as an option for women with unintended pregnancies, according to a Senate memo shared exclusively with Tonic.
Susan Rinkunas
7.5.18
birth control

How to Get the Morning-After Pill for Free

You might want some at home in case effective birth control gets harder to access.
Susan Rinkunas
6.29.18