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Miami boy's death shows powerful opioid's chilling potential

A 10-year-old boy from a drug-ridden Miami neighborhood apparently died of a fentanyl overdose last month, becoming one of Florida’s littlest victims of the opioid crisis, authorities say. But how he came into contact with the powerful painkiller is a mystery. Fifth-grader Alton Banks died June 23 after a visit to the pool in the city’s Overtown section. He began ...

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Not dead yet: Trump exhorts Senate to pass Obamacare repeal

Lecturing fellow Republicans, President Donald Trump summoned GOP senators to the White House Wednesday and told them face-to-face they must not leave town for their August recess without sending him an “Obamacare” repeal bill to sign. “I’m ready to act,” Trump said, putting the responsibility on Republican senators, not himself. During last year’s presidential campaign he had declared repeatedly that ...

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Chipotle to reopen Virginia restaurant after norovirus reports

BOSTON (Reuters) – Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc said it will reopen a Virginia restaurant on Wednesday, two days after it was closed due to reports that several customers had fallen ill with suspected norovirus. Shares of the restaurant chain tumbled more than 4 percent on Tuesday after Chipotle reported the closure. The former high-flying chain is still fighting to repair ...

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Belgian doctors pin hope on large brain collection to treat diseases

DUFFEL, Belgium (Reuters) – A psychiatric hospital in Belgium is home to one of the world’s largest collections of human brains, which researchers say could hold the key to developing new treatments for diseases such as psychosis, schizophrenia and severe depression. The Duffel Psychiatric Hospital’s more than 3,000 brains of diseased psychiatric patients had been part of an even larger ...

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Mental health coverage cuts result in extra costs

(Reuters Health) – An effort by the Netherlands to save money on mental health care by raising patient co-pays produced $15 million in short-term savings but ended up adding $29 million to the costs of treating bipolar and psychotic disorders, researchers say. “If you zoom in on these two disorders, which are the most serious disorders, it actually cost more ...

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Blacks and whites have similar outcomes after artery-clearing in VA system

(Reuters Health) – A study designed to look for differing outcomes when black and white U.S. veterans undergo a common procedure to clear blocked heart arteries instead found no differences once so-called confounding factors were taken into account. Although an unadjusted analysis found that blacks treated in the Veterans Affairs health system had a higher one-year mortality rate – along ...

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Vertex Pharma shares hit life high as cystic fibrosis data wows

(Reuters) – Shares of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc soared to touch a record high on Wednesday, a day after the drugmaker revealed data on its triple combinations of cystic fibrosis (CF) treatments that wowed both analysts and investors. Vertex’s shares climbed 26 percent to $165.97, adding nearly $8 billion to its market valuation. They had earlier touched a life high of ...

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Tobacco industry blocking anti-smoking moves: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) – The tobacco industry continues to subvert government attempts to prevent tobacco-related deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday in a fresh call to counter corporate lobbying and litigation. Countries with partly state-owned tobacco companies, such as Japan which has a stake in Japan Tobacco Inc, should “firewall” their health policy-setting from their commercial interests, the ...

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How bosses can make their workplace more mental health friendly

I’m incredibly lucky to work somewhere that’s mental health friendly. Can you sunbathe when you are pregnant? What precautions should I take? By that I mean somewhere that won’t sack me for admitting I frequently use their loos as a panic attack station (and a place to wank for content , but that’s a different story), with bosses who’ll understand ...

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Senate Republicans reluctantly consider bipartisan healthcare talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As their seven-year effort to repeal and replace Obamacare derailed in the U.S. Senate, Republicans faced the prospect of doing the once unthinkable: working with Democrats to make fixes to former President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare law. Bipartisan breakthroughs would likely come in the form of individual bills targeted at issues such as stabilizing insurance markets or ...

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