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Hundreds of thousands of US infants every year pay the consequences of prenatal exposure to drugs, a growing crisis particularly in rural America

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Nearly 1 in 12 newborns in the United States in 2020 – or about 300,000 infants – were exposed to alcohol, opioids, marijuana or cocaine before they were born. Exposure to these substances puts these newborns at a higher risk for premature birth, low birth weight and a variety of physical and mental disabilities.

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Pregnancy care was always lacking in jails. It could get worse

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It was about midnight in June 2022 when police officers showed up at Angela Collier’s door and told her that someone anonymously requested a welfare check because they thought she might have had a miscarriage.

Standing in front of the concrete steps of her home in Midway, Texas, Collier, initially barefoot and wearing a baggy gray T-shirt, ...Read more

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Health care workers push for their own confidential mental health treatment

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States are redefining when medical professionals can get mental health treatment without risking notifying the boards that regulate their licenses.

Too often, health care workers wait to seek counseling or addiction treatment, causing their work and patient care to suffer, said Jean Branscum, CEO of the Montana Medical Association, an industry ...Read more

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Lisa Jarvis: Is ketamine an antidepressant, wellness trend or dangerous drug?

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When an autopsy revealed that actor Matthew Perry died of “acute effects of ketamine,” it put fresh attention on an ongoing debate in the field of psychiatry: What’s the right balance between expanding access to a drug that can treat depression and imposing boundaries to prevent its abuse?

It’s a question that needs more attention from ...Read more

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Lawsuits claim South Carolina kids underwent unnecessary genital exams during abuse investigations

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Warning: Some readers may find graphic details in this article to be offensive or disturbing.

CAMDEN, S.C. — Three ongoing federal lawsuits filed in South Carolina accuse the state of forcing boys and girls to undergo traumatic genital exams during child abuse investigations, even when no allegations of sexual abuse have been raised.

One 14...Read more

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Norovirus spikes across the Northeast: 'Very contagious virus that can cause vomiting and diarrhea'

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BOSTON — Some toilets have been working overtime across the region in recent weeks.

The “stomach bug” is unfortunately making the rounds these days. Norovirus rates in the Northeast are now at their highest levels since April, according to the CDC. The positive “stomach flu” rates in the Northeast are currently higher than the rest of...Read more

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Health package talks break down amid broader spending feud

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WASHINGTON — Lawmakers who hoped to address price transparency and lower drug costs are instead negotiating a smaller health care package after talks broke down again amid a broader stalemate over government funding.

They are now working on a pared-down deal that could exclude the vast majority of health proposals previously in the works, ...Read more

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Ask the Pediatrician: How can parents set safe and healthy media limits?

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As a parent, you can talk with your child about media use, setting healthy limits and being responsible citizens online. But how can you reinforce healthy digital habits when they're not with you? Parental media controls can be a great option to help keep children's media time happy and safe.

As a parent, you should always feel comfortable ...Read more

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Take heart murmurs seriously

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Detecting a heart murmur on your own can be tricky. A murmur is an extra heart sound that can be heard by a stethoscope.

Sometimes, a murmur sounds like a humming sound, which can be faint or loud. It might be temporary or persistent. Heart murmurs may be present at birth or develop later in life during pregnancy, phases of...Read more

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Know your numbers: What is your heart rate?

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Your heart rate, or pulse, is the number of times your heart beats per minute. Your resting heart rate is when the heart is pumping the lowest amount of blood you need because you're not exercising.

If you're sitting or lying down ― and you're calm, relaxed and aren't sick ― your heart rate is typically between 60 and 100 beats per minute....Read more

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Why health care has become a top target for cybercriminals

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When a cyberattack hit Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center late last year and exposed the personal data of nearly a million patients, many were caught off guard, stunned a breach could infiltrate such a large and highly resourced health care organization.

But those working in computer security weren't surprised. In recent years, they've ...Read more

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First food allergy drug approved after Johns Hopkins researchers prove efficacy

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Laura Pleasants doesn’t leave her house without at least six EpiPens — autoinjectors about the size and shape of a whiteboard marker that contain medication that can calm a body’s allergic reaction.

She carries two in her laptop bag and another two in her purse. She’s taught all of her friends how to use one in case she’s experiencing...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Know the warning signs of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

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It's often silent but can be a deadly killer. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a genetic condition that occurs in 1 in 500 people.

Dr. Said Alsidawi, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, says the problem is that many people don't even know they have it because they have no symptoms. And in 20% of cases, the first presentation is sudden cardiac death.

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Types of encephalitis: A Mayo Clinic expert explains

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Encephalitis is a disease referring to the inflammation or swelling of the brain. Broadly, it can happen because of infections, including viral infections, or the immune system acting up.

That's why Dr. Sarosh Irani, a Mayo Clinic neurologist and researcher, says it's essential to recognize World Encephalitis Day.

"A number of physicians, and ...Read more

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When Summer Haskins' heart stopped, a 911 dispatcher, firefighters and her husband helped save her life

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SAN DIEGO -- Summer Haskins remembers opening the front door as her husband carried a pizza inside. Then she collapsed. The next thing she remembers was waking up in the hospital days later.

Kristopher Haskins immediately called 911. His wife, then 38 years old, was unconscious, barely breathing and turning purple. Dispatcher Juliana Rubio told...Read more

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Should you worry about measles in South Florida? What to know as school cases found

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It often starts with a cough. Red, watery eyes. A high fever. You might think it’s a normal cold. Perhaps it’s the flu.

But then days later, a rash sets in. Red spots and bumps appear on your face and begin to spread downward, to your neck, chest, legs, arms and feet.

Measles.

“Most physicians that have been practicing in the last 20 ...Read more

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Disinformation is a public health crisis. Here's how scientists and doctors are fighting it

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In recent years, disinformation has seemed to be on an inexorable march across the scientific and medical landscape.

Prominent politicians, up to and including the former president, have promoted useless drugs as supposed cures for COVID-19. Partisan attacks on the safety and efficacy of COVID vaccines have expanded into attacks on all vaccines...Read more

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Closing the clinical trials disparity gap

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Getting sufficient representation of racial and ethnic minority populations in clinical trials remains a pervasive challenge, despite concerted efforts by researchers and mandates set by funding sources and regulatory agencies. A lack of diversity in research results in continued disparities and poorer health outcomes in underrepresented ...Read more

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In California, faceoff between major insurer and health system shows hazards of consolidation

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For weeks, more than half a million Anthem Blue Cross enrollees who receive health care from the University of California were held in suspense. It wasn’t clear whether they would have to find new doctors or switch plans as the health system and one of its largest insurance partners struggled to reach agreement on a new contract.

UC Health ...Read more

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An essential medical device fails people of color. A clinic is suing to fix that

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Roots Community Health Center was slammed in 2020, with lines for its COVID-19 testing stations stretching around the block and exam rooms full of people struggling to breathe.

Patient after patient at the East Oakland clinic extended their fingers so that health care workers could clip on a pulse oximeter, a device that measures the degree to ...Read more