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Bike helmets can save lives. So why do many biking advocates oppose helmet laws?

December 5, 2019

The National Transportation Safety Board for the first time is recommending that local officials require people to wear helmets when they bike—and while biking advocates support wearing helmets, they are balking at the recommendation.

Why 541 local governments are ditching the class settlement to resolve opioid lawsuits

December 5, 2019

Hundreds of local governments in regions of the United States most affected by the opioid epidemic have opted out of participating in a novel legal mechanism designed to settle thousands of lawsuits that claim drug distributors and manufacturers fueled the opioid crisis, according to court filings released Monday.

Doctors are turning to YouTube for medical training. Is that safe?

December 4, 2019

More doctors are turning to YouTube to fill gaps in their training before certain medical procedures, but research has found that some of the videos are not medically sound.

Senate panel advances Trump's FDA nominee—but some Democrats have concerns

December 4, 2019

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Tuesday voted 18-5 to advance President Trump's nomination of Stephen Hahn to serve as FDA commissioner, sending the nomination to the full Senate for consideration.

'Life interrupted': More millennials are becoming caregivers in their 20s and 30s

December 4, 2019

Of the 40 million caregivers in the United States, one-fourth of them are millennials, according to a report from the AARP Public Policy Institute—representing a generation with a unique set of challenges.

Is CBD actually safe? Here's why FDA is sounding the alarm.

December 3, 2019

FDA is raising new safety concerns about products containing cannabidiol (CBD), particularly CBD-containing foods, and last week sent warning letters to 15 companies the agency said are illegally marketing CBD products.

Massachusetts just enacted the toughest e-cigarette restrictions in the US

December 3, 2019

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) on Wednesday signed into law a bill that imposes new state restrictions on sales of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes, in response to the growing number of youth using e-cigarettes and an outbreak of a vaping-linked lung illness.

Exercise might fight depression. But how much do you need?

December 3, 2019

Exercise might be linked to a reduced risk of depression, even in people who are genetically predisposed to the condition, according to recent research that analyzed data from the ongoing Partners Biobank study.

Why doctors need to be leaders (and how to cultivate leadership)

December 3, 2019

While doctors typically are thought of as "scientists, caregivers, or educators, … we must also understand [them] as leaders," Dhruv Khullar, a physician and assistant professor of medicine and health care policy at Weill Cornell, writes for the New York Times' "Well," noting that both doctors and patients stand to benefit from more physician leadership in U.S. health care.

The 25 best health care inventions of 2019, according to TIME

December 2, 2019

TIME recently released its list of the 100 Best Inventions of 2019 based on factors including creativity, effectiveness, influence, and originality—and 25 health care inventions made the list.

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