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'There's something terribly wrong': Why more US residents are dying in middle age

December 2, 2019


U.S. residents for decades had seen improvements in average life expectancy, but the trend reversed in 2014—with more U.S. residents dying at middle age from drug overdoses, diseases, obesity, suicide, and dozens of other causes, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA.

Do we have to age and die? Here's what science says.

December 2, 2019


Early research supports the theory that humans age as a result of primeval genetic mechanisms intended to regulate and repair our aging cells, but there might be ways to "turn off" these mechanisms to slow or even reverse aging, according to David Sinclair, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, and Matthew LaPlante, an associate professor of journalism at Utah State University.

Judge vacates criminal convictions against pharma execs in first-of-its-kind opioid case

December 2, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday partially vacated criminal convictions against former Insys Therapeutics executives in a first-of-its-kind case accusing the executives of contributing to the opioid epidemic.

How CDC's 'disease detectives' are cracking the case of the vaping-linked lung illness

November 27, 2019


In a race to identify the cause of the current outbreak of a vaping-linked illness, CDC's "disease detectives" faced an unprecedented number of challenges, including the unenviable task of diagnosing "a new disease that present[s] itself in different ways" and navigating several thousand potential "suspects," the Washington Post reports.

In the states: Louisiana cuts 46K beneficiaries from Medicaid, a third judge strikes down HHS' 'conscience protection' rule, and more

November 27, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

E. coli is threatening your Thanksgiving dinner. (Again.)

November 26, 2019


CDC is once again warning U.S. residents that their romaine lettuce might contain E. coli, noting that 40 cases of E. coli infection tied to romaine lettuce have been reported across 16 states.

Dopamine fasting is the latest trend in Silicon Valley—but is it backed by science?

November 26, 2019


The latest fad in Silicon Valley is so-called "dopamine fasting," in which an individual abstains from smartphones, computers, and even eye contact in order to supposedly curb "addiction" to technology—but experts are skeptical of whether the practice really works.

Bloomberg has entered the Democratic presidential race. Here's where he stands on health care.

November 25, 2019


Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D) on Sunday announced that he has entered the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, and a video launching his campaign touched on his views regarding health care reform.

As vaping-related illness cases hit nearly 2.3K, Trump questions flavored e-cigarette ban

November 25, 2019


More public health experts and groups are calling on the Trump administration to ban flavored e-cigarettes—an intensifying push that came just days before President Trump in a meeting with industry stakeholders voiced concerns about the effect of such a ban.

This computer can predict when you'll die. (Just don't ask how it works.)

November 25, 2019


Researchers at Geisinger recently announced that they have developed an algorithm that uses electrocardiogram data to determine whether a person will die within a year—but they are not sure how the algorithm works.

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