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On a cool but clear November day about a dozen residents from eastern Kentucky’s coal mining region crowded into the lobby of an office building in the small town of London, Kentucky. That’s where Kentucky’s powerful senior senator, Mitch McConnell, has his local field office. McConnell’s staff let the local advocates for black lung treatment… Read More
When fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, infiltrated the drug supply in the U.S. it had an immediate, dramatic effect on the overdose rate.
To protect a developing fetus from experimental drugs or treatments that might cause birth defects, pregnant women aren’t included in many clinical trials. But that limits the safety evidence, too.
Protein snacks and supplements are popular, but unless you’re an extreme athlete or recovering from an injury, you may already get enough protein in your diet. Here’s how to tell how much you need.
The number of cases worldwide leaped more than 30 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to the World Health Organization and the CDC. And they say the rise has roots in failures to vaccinate children.
As illegal meth use has made a comeback across the U.S., pregnant women have not been spared, doctors say. New research shows rural areas in the South, Midwest and West have been hit hardest.
New federal data show the Ohio Valley again led the nation in rates of fatal drug overdoses last year. The data confirm what local officials have reported: Synthetic opioids are fueling the increase. West Virginia had the nation’s highest rate of fatal drug overdoses in 2017 with 57.8 deaths per 100,000 people. Ohio had the second-highest… Read More
A new report from Georgetown University shows the number of kids in the U.S. without health insurance has increased for the first time in more than a decade. Ohio is one of several states with a “statistically significant” increase in the number of uninsured children. The report says 21,000 Ohio kids lost coverage in 2017 compared to… Read More
Infections with Clostridium difficile can be difficult to treat and life-threatening. Once a problem seen mainly in health care facilities, the infections are now occurring often in the community.
Life expectancy is up. The death rate for young children is down. So why is Dr. Richard Horton, editor of ‘The Lancet,’ worried about global health?