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17 Nov
When a Parent Is Jailed, Children's Health Care Suffers

When a Parent Is Jailed, Children's Health Care Suffers

Children's health is jeopardized when they have a parent in prison, new research finds.

In the United States, 5 million kids have an incarcerated parent. Those children have worse access to primary, dental and mental health care than their peers, the investigators found...

15 Nov
Walmart Offers $3 Billion to Settle Opioid Lawsuits

Walmart Offers $3 Billion to Settle Opioid Lawsuits

Another major pharmacy chain has offered billions to settle claims for its role in the opioid epidemic.

While saying it would pay out $3.1 billion, Walmart noted in a

11 Nov
Liability Fears Keep Some Schools From Stocking Asthma Inhalers

Liability Fears Keep Some Schools From Stocking Asthma Inhalers

It's a potentially deadly issue: Some U.S. school administrators don't keep life-saving albuterol asthma inhalers on hand because they're afraid of getting sued for misuse. That's true even in states like Illinois, where strong "stock albuterol" laws are on the books, research...

02 Nov
CVS, Walgreens Announce $10 Billion Opioid Settlements

CVS, Walgreens Announce $10 Billion Opioid Settlements

Years of litigation over the opioid epidemic could end soon, as the national pharmacy chains CVS and Walgreens announced Wednesday that each company has agreed to a nearly $5 billion settlement.

While neither of the companies admitted wrongdoing, the settlements are par...

17 Oct
As Clinics Providing Abortions Closed in Iowa, STD Rates Started Rising

As Clinics Providing Abortions Closed in Iowa, STD Rates Started Rising

Even before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last summer, many states had already moved to limit abortion access by defunding family planning health centers.

Unfortuna...

30 Aug
Paid Sick Leave Saves Workers' Lives: Study

Paid Sick Leave Saves Workers' Lives: Study

Access to paid sick leave saves lives, new research shows.

The U.S. study found that when local laws required employers to provide paid sick leave, lower death rates from homicide, suicide and alcohol-related causes resulted.

The researchers also believe that recen...

26 Jul
Gun Deaths Rose 30% Among U.S. Kids in a Decade

Gun Deaths Rose 30% Among U.S. Kids in a Decade

A grim new analysis finds that American youth became 30% more likely to die as a result of gun violence over the past decade.

The jump in risk appears to ...

08 Jul
Biden Signs Executive Order on Access to Abortion

Biden Signs Executive Order on Access to Abortion

Under growing pressure from his own party, President Joe Biden on Friday issued an executive order designed to help protect women's access to abortion.

Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court

24 Jun
SCOTUS Overturns Roe v. Wade, Leaving Many Women Without Access to Abortion

SCOTUS Overturns Roe v. Wade, Leaving Many Women Without Access to Abortion

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on Friday that overturns the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision guaranteeing a woman's right to abortion.

"The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion... and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and ...

17 May
Biden Signs Law Banning Sleep Products Tied to Infant Deaths

Biden Signs Law Banning Sleep Products Tied to Infant Deaths

The manufacture and sale of products known as crib bumpers and sleep incliners - linked with more than 200 infant deaths in the United States - will be banned under a new law

16 May
After Roe v. Wade: Could Bans on Out-of-State Abortions, Mail-Order Pills Be Next?

After Roe v. Wade: Could Bans on Out-of-State Abortions, Mail-Order Pills Be Next?

"I do not believe that the overturning of Roe v. Wade is where any of this will end."

So warns Rachel Fey, vice president of policy and strategic partnerships for Power to Decide, a contraception advocacy group dedicated to reducing the risk for unplanned pregnancies.

16 May
When Abortion Means Traveling, More Women Forgo Procedure: Study

When Abortion Means Traveling, More Women Forgo Procedure: Study

Long-distance travel will likely prove a nearly insurmountable barrier to some women seeking abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned as expected, a new study concludes.

Women who need an abortion are more than twice as likely to delay the procedure or decide to continue th...

21 Jan
Many Marijuana Vendors Aim Advertising at Kids: Study

Many Marijuana Vendors Aim Advertising at Kids: Study

Some recreational pot shops are using tricks from the old playbooks of alcohol and tobacco companies to target underage users on social media, a new study reports.

Despite state laws restricting such marketing, researchers found marijuana retailers on social media promot...

19 Jan
Conservatorships Keep the Homeless in Psychiatric Wards Too Long: Study

Conservatorships Keep the Homeless in Psychiatric Wards Too Long: Study

Homelessness is difficult enough, but when it's compounded by serious mental health issues the result can be an inability to function at even the most basic level.

Sometimes that leads to round-the-clock involuntary hospitalization, and when that happens a state-appointe...

13 Jan
More Folks Drive High When Pot Made Legal: Study

More Folks Drive High When Pot Made Legal: Study

Here's more evidence that marijuana may make driving more dangerous: As pot has been legalized in more countries and states, a greater number of people are driving intoxicated by the drug and crashing, researchers report.

THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, has been ...

13 Dec
Months After New Rule, More Than Half of U.S. Hospitals Still Don't Disclose Prices Online

Months After New Rule, More Than Half of U.S. Hospitals Still Don't Disclose Prices Online

Big "surprise" medical bills may still be a problem for Americans.

According to a new study, more than half of U.S. hospitals haven't complied with recent regulations requiring that they disclose their prices online for all services, to help prevent unexpected bills for ...

10 Dec
Supreme Court Allows Legal Challenges to Texas Abortion Law, But Doesn't Overturn It

Supreme Court Allows Legal Challenges to Texas Abortion Law, But Doesn't Overturn It

Abortion providers in Texas can sue state officials in federal court over the state's new abortion law, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday, but it refused to block the law while such legal actions may be taken.

In its

24 Nov
Some Republicans Calling for 'Natural Immunity' Exception to COVID Vaccines

Some Republicans Calling for 'Natural Immunity' Exception to COVID Vaccines

Republican lawmakers in several states are pushing vaccine mandate exemptions for workers who have so-called natural immunity due to a previous COVID-19 infection.

That's despite evidence that vaccination can reduce the risk of COVID-19 even for those with a history of i...

24 Nov
Abortion Remains Medically Safe for U.S. Women

Abortion Remains Medically Safe for U.S. Women

Debate rages over access to abortion, but experts say the collected medical evidence makes one thing clear -- it is a fundamentally safe procedure for women.

Abortion is safer than childbirth and it's also safer than a host of other common procedures -- colonoscopy, tons...

02 Nov
Biden Administration Moves to Cut Methane Emissions That Threaten Climate, Health

Biden Administration Moves to Cut Methane Emissions That Threaten Climate, Health

A new rule to sharply cut methane emissions and other oil and gas industry air pollutants that harm health and contribute to climate change is in the works.

The new Clean Air Act rule proposed Tuesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would cut 41 million...

18 Oct
How 1.3 Million Americans Became Controlled by Conservatorships

How 1.3 Million Americans Became Controlled by Conservatorships

Pop singer Britney Spears was at the height of her fame in 2008 when, through a series of arcane legal maneuverings, her father gained conservatorship over her and took control of her personal and financial affairs.

Spears' plight and the #FreeBritney movement has shone ...

01 Oct
Over Half of Police Killings Aren't Reported, Blacks Most Likely Victims

Over Half of Police Killings Aren't Reported, Blacks Most Likely Victims

While high-profile cases like the 2020 killing of George Floyd have cast a harsh spotlight on police violence in the United States, researchers say deaths attributable to it have been underreported for at least 40 years.

That's the key finding in a new study published Se...

13 Sep
Appeals Court Backs Florida's Ban on School Mask Mandates

Appeals Court Backs Florida's Ban on School Mask Mandates

The law on whether or not students in Florida schools will be required to wear masks has changed again.

On Friday the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee reinstated that state's ban on school mask mandates, CBS News reported.

The issue has been i...

09 Sep
Judge Rules Against Florida's Ban on School Mask Mandates

Judge Rules Against Florida's Ban on School Mask Mandates

School districts in Florida can require their students to wear masks, despite the governor's order blocking mask mandates -- for now at least.

A circuit court judge in Leon County ruled Wednesday that the state can't enforce Gov. Ron DeSantis' ban on school mask mandates...

17 Aug
How Did New 'Surprise Medical Bill' Laws Affect Your State?

How Did New 'Surprise Medical Bill' Laws Affect Your State?

Anesthesia is a vital part of almost every surgery, but unexpected bills for the service can cause a lot of pain. Now, a new study finds that these costs fell in several states that introduced legislation targeting "surprise" billing.

"These price declines show that stat...

13 Jul
Pesticide Harmed Children's Brains: Lawsuits

Pesticide Harmed Children's Brains: Lawsuits

Lawsuits claiming that the widely used bug killer chlorpyrifos caused brain damage in children were filed Monday in California.

Past research has shown that the pesticide harms the brains of fetuses and children, the Associated Press reported.

Chlorpyrifos...

08 Jul
Pharmacy Exec Behind Meningitis Outbreak Gets Longer Prison Sentence

Pharmacy Exec Behind Meningitis Outbreak Gets Longer Prison Sentence

A longer prison sentence has been handed to the founder of a now-closed Massachusetts pharmaceutical facility responsible for the 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 100 people and sickened hundreds of others.

Barry Cadden, who was president and co-owner of the New Engl...

03 Jun
Pandemic Silver Lining: Global Decline in Urban Crime

Pandemic Silver Lining: Global Decline in Urban Crime

COVID-19 lockdowns had at least one welcome upside: a significant drop in crime in cities worldwide, according to an international study.

Researchers analyzed crime data from 27 metro areas (including Chicago; London; Sao Paulo; Barcelona, Spain; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Br...

27 Apr
Tougher Gun Laws, Fewer Gun Deaths: Study

Tougher Gun Laws, Fewer Gun Deaths: Study

The more gun laws a state has, the lower its suicide and murder rates, a new U.S. study finds.

Gun violence in the United States is a public health crisis. In 2017, nearly 67,000 Americans died by suicide and homicide. And guns were involved in about half of the suicides...

08 Apr
Despite Pandemic's Toll, Many Older Adults Don't Have Living Wills

Despite Pandemic's Toll, Many Older Adults Don't Have Living Wills

As the coronavirus pandemic continues in the United States, less than half of older Americans have legally stated their wishes should they become seriously ill, a new survey finds.

People 50 and older are at increased risk for severe COVID-19, and the pandemic may be an ...

01 Mar
Want Less Violent Prisons? Plant More Trees

Want Less Violent Prisons? Plant More Trees

It's already known that green space offers significant benefits in institutional settings, such as hospitals and schools, but new research suggests it may also reduce violence in prisons.

In the new study, researchers compared the amount of trees, lawns and shrubs at pri...

18 Feb
Tougher State Gun Laws, Less Gun Violence Among Teens: Study

Tougher State Gun Laws, Less Gun Violence Among Teens: Study

States with more gun laws have less youth gun violence, new research reveals.

For the study, the researchers examined data from several states from 2005 to 2017, and found that kids were less likely to be armed in states with more gun laws, and more likely to carry a wea...

02 Feb
Too Many U.S. Doctors Biased Against Patients With Disabilities: Study

Too Many U.S. Doctors Biased Against Patients With Disabilities: Study

Dr. Lisa Iezzoni is all too familiar with the discrimination that patients who have a disability can face: Having lived with multiple sclerosis for more than four decades and now in a wheelchair, she has also studied health care experiences and outcomes for people with disabil...

18 Jan
As More Legal Pot Dispensaries Open, More Young Adults Start Using

As More Legal Pot Dispensaries Open, More Young Adults Start Using

As more states legalize marijuana and more shops begin to sell it, more young adults are using pot and developing drug-use disorders, a new study finds.

For the study, researchers looked at young adults in Los Angeles County before and after retail sale of recreational m...

04 Jan
Police Use of Neck Restraint Never Medically Appropriate, Neurologists Say

Police Use of Neck Restraint Never Medically Appropriate, Neurologists Say

Despite training that teaches police officers to use neck restraints, there is no medical justification for the tactic, three neurologists write in JAMA Neurology.

The killing of George Floyd, who died in May 2020 after an arresting police officer pressed a kne...

18 Aug
Teen Pot Use Makes a Comeback After Legalization

Teen Pot Use Makes a Comeback After Legalization

Steady reductions in teen marijuana use in Washington state may have been disrupted by legalization of the drug, a new study suggests.

Teens interviewed after voters approved recreational pot in 2012 were several times more likely to report past-year marijuana use. T...

03 Jul
Injuries Shoot Up After Fireworks Laws Loosened in West Virginia

Injuries Shoot Up After Fireworks Laws Loosened in West Virginia

West Virginia loosened fireworks sales rules in 2016. And since then, the state has seen a 40% boom in fireworks-related injuries, researchers say.

The regulation change made it easier for people to buy Class C fireworks such as Roman candles, bottle rockets and ...

16 Jun
Jailing, Arrest Practices Are Fueling COVID-19 Spread: Study

Jailing, Arrest Practices Are Fueling COVID-19 Spread: Study

One Chicago jail is linked with nearly 16% of COVID-19 cases in the city and in Illinois, a new study finds.

The researchers said their findings show that U.S. arrest and jailing practices pose a major public health risk during the pandemic and need to change, es...

03 Mar
Florida Law Tightened Opioid Prescribing, and Saw Usage Drop

Florida Law Tightened Opioid Prescribing, and Saw Usage Drop

Opioid use in Florida fell after a law that restricted opioid prescriptions for acute pain was introduced in 2018, researchers report.

Under the law, opioid prescriptions for acute pain are limited to a three-day supply (with certain exceptions), and physicians and p...

24 Feb
Chicago's Short-Lived 'Soda Tax' Cut Consumption, Boosted Health Care Funds

Chicago's Short-Lived 'Soda Tax' Cut Consumption, Boosted Health Care Funds

Chicago's brief and now-defunct soda tax did cut the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks, a new study finds, along with raising funds for public health initiatives.

From August to November 2017, when the tax was in effect, the volume of soda sold in Cook County dro...

08 Jan
As Minimum Wage Rises, Suicide Rates Fall

As Minimum Wage Rises, Suicide Rates Fall

Minimum wage laws can be a literal lifesaver for people who are struggling to get by, a new study suggests.

The suicide rate declines among less-educated folks when the minimum wage is increased, researchers discovered.

States experience as much as a 6%...

11 Dec
Tighter Alcohol Laws Might Help Curb Cancer

Tighter Alcohol Laws Might Help Curb Cancer

Policies that reduce drinking may lower rates of alcohol-related cancers, researchers say.

"When thinking about cancer risk and cancer prevention, the focus tends to be on individual-level risk factors rather than environmental determinants of cancer, like public pol...

13 Nov
'Cannabis Use Disorder' Up in States That Legalized Recreational Pot

'Cannabis Use Disorder' Up in States That Legalized Recreational Pot

States that legalized recreational marijuana have seen an increase in problematic pot use among teens and adults aged 26 and older, a new study finds.

The researchers compared marijuana use in Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon -- the first four states to legali...

12 Nov
You Won't Get Sued If You Do CPR, Review Suggests

You Won't Get Sued If You Do CPR, Review Suggests

Are you worried about getting sued if you provide bystander CPR in a public place?

Don't be, surprising new research suggests: You're more likely to get sued if you don't intervene.

Dr. Travis Murphy undertook the most comprehensive review to date of jury v...

27 Aug
OxyContin Maker Purdue Offering Up to $12 Billion to Settle Opioid Claims

OxyContin Maker Purdue Offering Up to $12 Billion to Settle Opioid Claims

Purdue Pharma, the drug giant many have blamed for the ongoing U.S. opioid abuse crisis, has offered $10 billion to $12 billion to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits lodged against it, NBC News is reporting.

The news comes a day after the first of many pending st...

20 Aug
'Red Flag' Laws May Be Stopping Some Mass Shootings

'Red Flag' Laws May Be Stopping Some Mass Shootings

"Red flag" laws that allow police to take guns away from people who've threatened mass shootings are designed to save lives, but do they?

A small, preliminary study suggests they do.

The analysis of 21 different incidents found that none of the threatened ...

16 Aug
Pot Poisonings Among Kids, Teens Double After Medical Marijuana Law Passed

Pot Poisonings Among Kids, Teens Double After Medical Marijuana Law Passed

Pot-related poisoning calls involving kids and teens more than doubled in Massachusetts after the state legalized medical marijuana, a new study reports.

Calls related to cannabis exposure increased 140% in the years after Massachusetts voted to legalize medical ...

15 Jul
Tough State Gun Laws Help Keep Kids Safe

Tough State Gun Laws Help Keep Kids Safe

Over a five-year period, more than 21,000 Americans aged 21 and younger died from firearm-related injuries. But when states have stricter gun laws, fewer children die from gun violence, new research shows.

For the study, investigators examined data on gun deaths from...

11 Jul
Is an Elusive U.S. Total Ban on Asbestos Finally in Sight?

Is an Elusive U.S. Total Ban on Asbestos Finally in Sight?

A new U.S. government rule on asbestos is at best a toothless measure against the cancer-causing material, critics charge.

The rule, laid out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), went into effect in June. The agency says it was designed to strengthen de...

08 Jul
One Downside of Legalized Pot: Poisoned Pets

One Downside of Legalized Pot: Poisoned Pets

People who use marijuana know that the drug should be kept out of the reach of small children. But many may not realize that it can also be dangerous for their beloved animals.

As more states legalize marijuana, the drug poses an increased poisoning risk to pets, the...