Monthly Archives: October 2017

No surgery for smokers or the obese: Policy in UK stirs debate

One local health group in the UK is adopting a policy that delays or denies routine surgery indefinitely to patients who smoke or are obese. Read More »

2100 cities exceed recommended pollution levels, fueling climate change

Climate change is a looming public health emergency, say experts in a new report, due to high pollution levels, warming temperatures and increased opportunities for disease. Read More »

Opioid crisis gripping US takes lives of childhood friends on same day, just streets apart

The teens may have purchased the synthetic opioid fentanyl, which killed them, from the same dealer. Read More »

Opioid crisis: Childhood friends die on same day, half a mile apart

The powerful painkiller fentanyl is being blamed for the deaths of two teen boys in an Atlanta suburb. Read More »

2-year-old denied kidney transplant rushed to emergency room

A 2-year-old boy who had been denied a kidney transplant from his father after his dad violated his probation, was rushed to the emergency room Sunday morning for treatment of a peritonitis infection. Read More »

Compassionate nurse sings dying patient’s favorite song

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A nurse brought compassion and comfort to a woman dying from cancer, singing her favorite song at her bedside. Margaret Smith, 63, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center because of rapidly declining health. She’d been suffering from liver cancer for about a year and doctors said she was too sick to …

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Something shocking just happened in California

The Indiana woman whose photo went viral last year showing her strung out on heroin with her infant son in the back seat proudly shared on Facebook that she’s been sober ever since. In the pi… Read More »

Does Smoking Pot Lead To More Sex?

Surveys of 50,000 people found that those who smoked marijuana had sex more often than those who abstained from the drug. What is unclear is whether other factors explain the apparent link. Read More »

Fentanyl Driving Surge in Fatal US Opioid Overdoses

Extremely powerful synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl or carfentanil, were directly responsible for more than half of thousands of opioid overdose deaths across many states in 2016, a new report finds. Read More »

California woman unexpectedly gives birth after not realizing she was pregnant

LOS ANGELES — When 45-year-old Beth Clay began experiencing excruciating abdominal pains earlier this month, she suspected she had kidney stones. Instead, after arriving at a hospital emergency room, the Venice woman discovered she was about to give birth to her third child. Clay told KTLA in an interview Wednesday that she had no idea …

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