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A health care lifeline The federal Title X family planning program serves 4 million people annually and exists to help ensure that every person — regardless of where they live, their income, their background and whether or not they have health insurance — has access to basic preventive and reproductive health care, like birth control, cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and annual health exams. As public health leaders committed to ensuring acc...
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Is there anything robots can’t do? They can perform our jobs, get periods and now . . . grow human organs. Scientists at the University of Washington School of Medicine have developed an automated system that uses robots to produce human mini-organs from stem cells. According to Science Daily, the ability to mass produce “organoids” promises to expand the use of mini-organs in basic research and drug discovery. “This is a new ‘secret weapon’ in our fight against disease,” the universit...
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by on May 18, 2018
As the opioid epidemic rages on, many still have misconceptions about what heroin really does – and how we can end the crisis The War on Drugs Expanded the Ways People Use Heroin – and Set the Stage for the Opioid Crisis  In a society that's lost its faith in religion and institutions of government, does the opiate of the masses become, simply, opiates? Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 55 – and despite a push for reform, those numbers aren't budging...
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by on May 15, 2018
Fresh Times at Rehab High Aside from the students, there isn't much to suggest that this might be a classroom. It certainly doesn't look like one. Instead of in rows of desks, students sit at tables, on couches, or along padded benches that look like they came straight out of a restaurant. There are treadmills in a corner. It's quiet reading time, and a girl with crayon-colored hair pulls out a large blue book with Alcoholics Anonymous written in gold on the spine. This is Independence...
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by on May 10, 2018
Novartis CEO Vasant Narasimhan sent an internal email to employees after the pharmaceutical giant revealed it paid the company of President Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, $1.2 million. "We made a mistake in entering into this engagement and, as a consequence, are being criticized by a world that expects more from us," Narasimhan wrote. In a Wednesday statement, Novartis said it entered a one-year agreement with Cohen for guidance on how the Trump administration would approach health-c...
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by on May 9, 2018
For grassroots pro-choice organizations, visibility is a double-edged sword. This was especially clear during the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon cyberattack two years ago. For the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), which led the event, more visibility meant the potential to raise more money to help those in need of abortion access. It also made them a target of vitriolic anti-choice trolls. During the 2016 Bowl-a-Thon, trolls pledged $66 billion in fraudulent donations, took...
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by on May 5, 2018
A woman uses a vaporizer at the Spleef party. High on a Greenpoint rooftop overlooking the East River, Nicole tipped back her third strawberry THC-infused cocktail and snatched a joint out of her friend’s mouth. “Sharing is caring,” said the 22-year-old graphic design student (who asked that her last name be withheld for professional reasons). Smoking is only allowed outdoors at the posh, two-story loft where Brooklyn’s newest illicit marijuana party, Spleef, attracted some 100 styl...
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by on May 5, 2018
With New York’s gubernatorial candidates pushing for legalization harder than ever before, new data suggests that residents throughout the whole state are already tired of waiting. Pretty much everyone in New York is ready for legal weed. Whether that means applying the Empire State's notorious hustle-hard mentality to the cannabis industry, or just getting stoned without the threat of arrest from NYPD, New York State residents are on board with ending marijuana prohibition once and for a...
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by on May 4, 2018
Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing for New York City to become the first city in the United States to have safe injection sites for illegal drug users as part of a pioneering yet controversial effort to combat fatal overdoses. Activist groups have been pressuring Mayor de Blasio to throw his weight behind creating safe injection sites in New York, staging multiple acts of civil disobedience in protest.Credit Ryan Christopher Jones for The New York Times Dozens of supervised injection site...
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by on May 2, 2018
Pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk's logo is displayed at its headquarters in Bagsvaerd, outside of Copenhagen, Denmark. Business looked challenging for Novo Nordisk at the end of 2016. As pressure mounted over the pharma giant’s soaring insulin prices, investors drove its stock down by a third on fears that policymakers would take action, limit prices and hurt profits. Then things got worse. A Massachusetts law firm sued the company and two other pharma firms on behalf of patients, c...
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by on May 2, 2018
As the legalization of medical marijuana becomes more common worldwide, medical cannabis is being prescribed by doctors and caretakers to help treat cancer-related side effects—either from the cancer itself or from treatments like chemotherapy. Countless scientific studies have shown that medical cannabis offers palliative care benefits, including appetite stimulation, pain relief and more. But early research indicates that cannabinoids can do so much more. Data is showing that medical ma...
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by on April 28, 2018
The University’s Level I adult trauma center, which will open on campus on Tuesday, was officially announced on December 17, 2015, but its history precedes the announcement by several years. In some ways, that final announcement in 2015 heralded the end of an era, though the community and campus activists who had agitated for it for years—since August 2010—might deny that characterization. Work remains to be done even now, as the trauma center is poised to open, stressed Darrius Lightf...
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