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Drugmaker that pushed pill on elderly now facing fines

Drugmaker that pushed pill on elderly now facing fines

A pharmaceutical company that aggressively marketed a drug to nursing home residents now faces significant financial penalties as the result of an investigation by the Justice Department. Avanir Pharmaceuticals was the subject of a 2017 CNN investigation that found inappropriate and potentially fraudulent use of its main drug Nuedexta in elderly dementia patients since its…MORE

Racial disparities in US cancer deaths are shrinking, study finds

Racial disparities in US cancer deaths are shrinking, study finds

Racial disparities in cancer deaths between black and white patients in the United States are receding — but more progress is needed to completely close the gap for some cancer types and age groups, according to a new study. Among men, the overall cancer death rate was 47% higher for blacks than for whites in…MORE

Avoid these ‘ultraprocessed’ foods and you might live longer

Avoid these ‘ultraprocessed’ foods and you might live longer

A study published Monday revealed an alarming statistic: Eating a lot of unhealthy, “ultraprocessed” foods may shorten your life. Specifically, researchers found that a 10% increase in the consumption of ultraprocessed foods was significantly associated with a 14% higher risk of death from all causes. Eating a lot of ultraprocessed foods could be a marker…MORE

New urgency on climate change comes to Congress

New urgency on climate change comes to Congress

While President Donald Trump pokes fun at global warming on Twitter and expresses doubts about his own administration’s scientific findings about climate change, Congress is approaching the issue with new urgency. Now in the majority in the House, Democrats held multiple committee hearings over the past two weeks to discuss climate science and hear the…MORE

After 15 years, the Mars Opportunity rover’s mission has ended

After 15 years, the Mars Opportunity rover’s mission has ended

It’s time to say goodbye to Opportunity. The Mars rover’s team made its last attempt to contact Opportunity on Tuesday night, and it went unanswered. On Wednesday, NASA confirmed that the mission is over. The agency held a news conference to detail the results of recovery efforts since a dust storm encircled Mars last year.…MORE

Officials hope to change minds amid ‘exquisitely contagious’ measles outbreak

Officials hope to change minds amid ‘exquisitely contagious’ measles outbreak

Officials in Clark County, Washington, publish a list every day of where people infected with measles have been. Among them: busy spots like Concourse D at Oregon’s Portland International Airport on January 7 and the sold-out Portland Trail Blazers’ home game four days later. There’s also a Costco, a Trader Joe’s, numerous schools, day-care centers…MORE

The ‘Salt Queen’ working to transform the health of a nation

The ‘Salt Queen’ working to transform the health of a nation

Fatick, Senegal — Marie Diouf, 35, is on her cellphone speaking swiftly in Wolof, a lyrical Senegalese language, as salt flies past her. Dressed in a red boubou, a long traditional robe, Diouf cuts a striking figure in an otherwise muted landscape encrusted in white. As the sun sets, casting an orange hue over the…MORE

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