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Weekly Line: Yes, the US is making progress on opioids—but here are 4 reasons it's too soon to celebrate

July 19, 2019


The United States over the past two weeks got some big, positive news regarding the opioid epidemic.

CMS wants to test acupuncture coverage for certain Medicare beneficiaries

July 17, 2019


CMS on Monday announced a proposal to cover acupuncture for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic low-back pain who are enrolled in NIH-sponsored or CMS-approved clinical trials that are evaluating acupuncture as an alternative treatment to opioids.

US drug overdose deaths might have declined for the first time since 1990

June 28, 2019


Drug-related overdose deaths in the United States appear to have declined by 4.4% to about 69,000 deaths for the 12-month period ending in November 2018, according to provisional data from CDC.

FDA wants to change the way it evaluates opioids. Here's how.

June 21, 2019


FDA on Thursday released draft guidance aimed at strengthening the agency's framework for reviewing new opioid drugs by comparing the safety and effectiveness of proposed products to existing products and assessing whether new products would reduce the risk of opioid misuse.

The best (and worst) states for children's health, mapped

June 20, 2019


The Annie E. Casey Foundation on Monday released a report that ranks the wellbeing of children in every state. See how your state fared with American Health Line's interactive maps.

Suicide rates among US teens and young adults hit a 17-year high

June 20, 2019


The suicide rate among U.S. residents between the ages of 15 and 24 is at its highest since 1999, according to a new study.

What actually kills US residents? (Hint: It isn't what you Google.)

June 18, 2019


While U.S. residents might think they understand the health conditions that could kill them, a review of Google searches from 2016 finds that, relatively speaking, hardly anyone was looking up the leading cause of death.

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