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This April 16, 2019, file photo, shows a Juul vape pen in Vancouver, Wash.

WATCH: Researchers Still Striving to Understand Cause of Vaping-related Illnesses

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State governments continue to crack down on flavored e-cigarettes and other vape products, largely in response to the deaths and illnesses that began coming to light this past summer. But as lawmakers deliberate over their policy response to vaping, researchers are still trying to understand the cause of the illnesses. NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien… Read More

A mountaintop removal mine site in southern West Virginia.

Study Shows Surface Coal Miners are Exposed to Toxic Dust that Causes Black Lung

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Appalachian surface coal miners are consistently overexposed to toxic silica dust, according to new research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and surface mine dust contains more silica than does dust in underground coal mines. The research is the first to specifically analyze long-term data on exposure to toxic silica dust for workers… Read More

A panel of supporters talk about legislation that would stop insurance companies from requiring step therapy provisions for Stage IV cancer treatment.

Change to Insurance Process Could Connect Cancer Patients to Treatment Faster

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Ohio lawmakers are proposing a bill that would eliminate an insurance provision known as “step therapy” for people diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. Step therapy is when an insurance company requires a patient to try a certain type of treatment before going with what a doctor has prescribed. The first treatment recommended by the insurance… Read More

Goodman’s family farms 4,000 acres of corn and soybeans in Fulton Co., KY.

WATCH: How Building a Community of Care Can Improve Farmworkers’ Health

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Farmworkers face major challenges when it comes to staying healthy. They often spend hours daily performing physical labor that taxes the body, while language barriers and lack of employer-paid health insurance complicate their access to care. But the Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center is working on a unique way to improve health care for… Read More

A patient holds a vial of insulin during a news conference outside the Olde Walkersville Pharmacy, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Windsor, Ont.

West Virginians Head to Canada to Find Affordable Insulin

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A group of West Virginians have gone to Canada to find affordable insulin. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the caravan left Morgantown Sunday morning for Niagara Falls, where riders hoped to find insulin at about a tenth of the price found in the states. The newspaper says insulin prices have been rising… Read More

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Ohio Report Finds Many Pregnancy-related Deaths Preventable

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Health says nearly 200 women died from pregnancy-related causes over a recent eight-year period and many of their deaths were preventable. A report the department issued Friday identified 186 pregnancy-related deaths between 2008 and 2016, a ratio of 14.7 per 100,000 live births. Black women were more than 2.5… Read More