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Fighting Words

It’s Too Early to Celebrate ‘Progress’ on the Opioid Epidemic

Instead of taking credit for small wins, the White House needs to treat the drug epidemic like the public health emergency Trump said it was almost a year ago.
Ryan Hampton
13 hours ago
healthcare

The Obamacare Lawsuit That's Getting Buried in the News

A group of Republican state attorneys general went to court this week with a lawsuit aimed at striking down the Affordable Care Act.
Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News
9.7.18
birth control

Supreme Court Nominee Just Referred to Birth Control as an "Abortion-Inducing Drug”

Brett Kavanaugh's choice of words hints at some extreme anti-choice beliefs.
Susan Rinkunas
9.6.18
Fighting Words

I Would Have Started Heroin Recovery Earlier If I'd Had Access to a Safe Injection Site

There were no harm reduction measures available to me when I was in active heroin addiction. If there had been, I might have a different health outcome than I do today.
Ryan Hampton
9.5.18
you've been gooped

Goop Settled a Lawsuit Over Unscientific Claims About Its Products

Gwyneth Paltrow's company is also offering refunds to anyone who bought its now-infamous vaginal eggs.
Susan Rinkunas
9.5.18
Fighting Words

The Trump Administration Wants to Block Cities' Plans to Cut Drug Overdoses

An expert explains why deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein's ideas are so misinformed.
Rob Stenzel
8.31.18
science is cool

Scientists Discovered a New Human Brain Cell

And other crazy stuff you might have missed in science news this week.
Shayla Love
8.30.18
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