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These states have been hit the hardest by America's opioid epidemic

While there's early evidence that the explosive rate of opioid deaths has started to slow, opioids killed more than 49,000 people in the United States in 2017, according to preliminary data. A new study reveals which part of the country has been affected the most by the ongoing epidemic.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:30:40 GMT
FDA official says ongoing blood pressure drug investigation will probably uncover more tainted pills

There's no end in sight for one of the largest prescription drug recalls in recent memory. The US Food and Drug Administration is continuing an investigation and recall of a class of drugs used by millions that began last summer, yet there's still "more to find," an agency director says.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 09:17:16 GMT
Supply of food under threat due to biodiversity loss across the globe: UN report

A drop in global biodiversity is putting our ability to produce food at risk, a new United Nations report warns.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 14:31:20 GMT
FDA proposes new sunscreen regulations

The US Food and Drug Administration is proposing new regulations on over-the-counter sunscreens in an effort to keep up with the latest scientific and safety information.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 03:54:34 GMT
$375,000 price leads disabled mom to ration meds

Bhanu Patel couldn't believe the news. The medication that allows her to move shot up to $375,000. Fearful of becoming a financial burden to her family, she's begun rationing the medication she currently has -- taking two pills a day, instead of four. "The words that I can use is I can't believe this is happening," she said.

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:28:12 GMT
Poison control calls for kratom increased from one a month to two a day, study says

The number of phone calls to US poison control centers about kratom exposures increased from 13 in 2011 to 682 in 2017, often for serious unanticipated effects of the supplement, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Clinical Toxicology.

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:09:35 GMT
FDA chief: Federal government might step in if states don't change lax vaccine laws

The head of the US Food and Drug Administration says that if states don't require more schoolchildren to get vaccinated, the federal government might have to step in.

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:23:05 GMT
Heart attacks are on the rise among young women, study shows

The risk of having a heart attack appears to be rising among young women, according to a new study, and researchers are trying to figure out why.

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:00:21 GMT
New recommendations say not all women need genetic testing for cancer. Critics say it could cost lives

Primary care providers should screen women for personal, family and/or ethnic history of breast, ovarian, tubal or peritoneal cancer to decide who should undergo genetic counseling for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended Tuesday. The mutations increase a woman's cancer risk.

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:11:18 GMT
'Alarming' number of people received restricted fentanyl, study says

An "alarming" number of US patients received a highly potent form of opioid that is 100 times more powerful than morphine and that they never should have been prescribed, according to a new study.

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:21:27 GMT
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