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The dangers and potential of ‘natural’ opioid kratom

The dangers and potential of ‘natural’ opioid kratom

Given the opioid addiction crisis, it would seem preposterous that an opioid is legal for use in the United States and can be purchased at tea stores, convenience stores, ...

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The two obstacles that are holding back Alzheimer’s research

The two obstacles that are holding back Alzheimer’s research

Thirty years ago, scientists began to unlock the mysteries regarding the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. This knowledge ushered in an era of great enthusiasm that scientists ...

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Learning to care for dying’s forgotten

Learning to care for dying’s forgotten

In most U.S. medical schools, lessons about death naturally focus on the care of the dying patient. But there is another group of people to whom health professionals need ...

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How Obamacare changed the love lives of young adults

How Obamacare changed the love lives of young adults

It seems that each week, a new development about the Affordable Care Act calls into question the future of health care in the U.S. Such policy changes may also have much ...

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The story of America, as told through diet books

The story of America, as told through diet books

“The South Beach Diet” sold 23 million diet books. Dr. Atkins sold another 15 million. Even lesser-known diet books like Christian best-sellers “The Maker’s Diet” ...

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Researchers find pathological signs of Alzheimer’s in dolphins, whose brains are much like humans’

Researchers find pathological signs of Alzheimer’s in dolphins, whose brains are much like humans’

A team of scientists in the United Kingdom and the U.S. recently reported the discovery of pathological signs of Alzheimer’s disease in dolphins, animals whose brains are ...

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The mystery of a 1918 veteran and the flu pandemic

The mystery of a 1918 veteran and the flu pandemic

Vaccination is underway for the 2017-2018 seasonal flu, and next year will mark the 100-year anniversary of the 1918 flu pandemic, which killed roughly 40 million people. ...

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The opioid crisis is at its worst in rural areas. Can telemedicine help?

The opioid crisis is at its worst in rural areas. Can telemedicine help?

Some of the communities hit hardest by the opioid epidemic are in rural America. However, many of those same communities lack access to comprehensive treatment. To ...

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The long, strange history of dieting fads

The long, strange history of dieting fads

“Of all the parasites that affect humanity I do not know of, nor can I imagine, any more distressing than that of Obesity.” So started William Banting‘s “Letter on ...

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3 things I learned from delivering medical aid to a remote part of Puerto Rico

3 things I learned from delivering medical aid to a remote part of Puerto Rico

I belong to a group called Doctors for Puerto Rico. We have been dispatching medicine and small teams of medical staff to the island, in coordination with local health ...

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