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Suicide prevention experts and survivors of suicide attempts say the best way to help someone at risk is to start a conversation about suicide and help the person find the right kind of help.

What can you do when you fear someone you know may be considering suicide? It can feel daunting, but suicide prevention experts say we all can help someone at risk by reaching out and showing we care.

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Posted: April 20, 2019, 2:00 pm
The Massachusetts Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center in Plymouth houses men for court-mandated addiction treatment.

Thousands of Massachusetts residents have been committed to treatment for addiction against their will. Some families say locking up addicts in prison isn't treatment. Others say it saves lives.

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Posted: April 20, 2019, 11:10 am
Gail Gray suffers from degenerative disk disease and takes daily painkillers. Her pharmacist was arrested in a recent federal justice department sting.

After dozens of health care workers were charged with illegally prescribing opioids in Appalachia, local health agencies are trying to make sure chronic pain patients don't fall through the cracks.

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Posted: April 19, 2019, 6:30 pm
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he was spurred to act because of an "unprecedented spike" in the number of teenagers who were vaping, or smoking e-cigarettes.

Citing an "unprecedented spike" in teens vaping, Sen. Mitch McConnell said the bill would raise the minimum age for people to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. Tobacco companies back the proposal.

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Posted: April 19, 2019, 6:28 pm
Jaclyn Schildkraut, associate professor of Criminal Justice at SUNY Oswego, leads a lockdown drill at Ed Smith Elementary School in Syracuse, N.Y., last month.

Since the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, a generation of American children has learned how to hide from a potential shooter. But there's little data on what kinds of drills work best.

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Posted: April 19, 2019, 6:08 pm
The habit of ordering unneeded tests and treatments drives up medical costs. It

Ordering more tests or treatments is not always best for patients' health or wallet. A group of medical educators is trying to address the problem where they think it starts: medical training.

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Posted: April 19, 2019, 3:33 pm
The anti-HIV drug dolutegravir is effective — but may carry a risk for pregnant women.

The medication is very effective, but there's concern it might cause birth defects if taken by a pregnant woman. Different countries address that issue in very different ways.

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Posted: April 19, 2019, 1:07 pm
Some detainees at the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas, went on a hunger strike last year. There have been at least six hunger strikes at detention centers in the first three months of 2019 alone.

There have been at least six hunger strikes at detention centers in the first three months of 2019 alone. One of the detainees' demands was to be released while their cases were adjudicated.

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Posted: April 19, 2019, 12:43 pm
A Brooklyn judge on Thursday upheld a mandatory measles vaccinations order. On the same day, the United Talmudical Academy, pictured here, reopened after being closed for failing to comply with a Health Department order that required it to provide medical and attendance records amid a measles outbreak.

Judge Lawrence Knipel refused a request from parents to lift the vaccination order that was imposed last week to stem a measles outbreak. The parents claimed the city had overstepped its authority.

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Posted: April 19, 2019, 5:38 am
Union members picket a Stop & Shop in Dorchester, Mass.,  prior to the arrival of former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday.

Thirty-one thousand Stop & Shop workers are striking in New England over proposed changes to wages and benefits. Eight days in, the strike has shuttered some stores and slowed business at others.

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Posted: April 18, 2019, 8:40 pm
The Washington state Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would remove the personal belief exemption from the required vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella. Here, people protest the related house bill outside Washington

The bill removes the personal belief exemption from required childhood vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella. Seventeen states allow exemptions based on philosophical objections.

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Posted: April 18, 2019, 7:32 pm
The out-of-pocket expense of mammograms, MRIs and other tests and treatments can be several thousand dollars each year when you have a high-deductible health policy.

Her employer offered only a high-deductible health plan; that meant she'd have to pay up to $6,000 out of pocket each year. Advocates for patients say this sort of underinsurance is snatching lives.

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Posted: April 18, 2019, 9:00 am
Heather Martin (left) was a student at Columbine High School in 1999. She met Sherrie Lawson, who worked at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard in 2013 during the shooting there, through Martin

Over the past 20 years, mass shootings have resulted in communities of survivors. Heather Martin, who was a senior at Columbine High School in 1999, runs a nonprofit that connects them.

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Posted: April 18, 2019, 9:00 am
David Vetter, pictured in September 1982 inside part of the bubble environment that was his protective home until he died in 1984. Today most kids born with severe combined immunodeficiency are successfully treated with bone marrow transplants, but researchers think gene therapy is the future.

The latest advance is not only encouraging news for patients with severe combined immunodeficiency. It's a test case for all those scientists working to develop better gene therapy techniques.

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Posted: April 17, 2019, 9:12 pm
The image on the left shows the brains of pigs that were untreated for 10 hours after death, with neurons appearing as green, astrocytes as red and cell nuclei as blue. The image on the right shows cells in the same area of brains that, four hours after death, were hooked up to a system that the Yale University researchers call BrainEx.

The cells regained a startling amount of function, but the brains didn't have activity linked with consciousness. Ethicists see challenges to assumptions about the irreversible nature of brain death.

(Image credit: Stefano G. Daniele and Zvonimir Vrselja, Sestan Laboratory, Yale School of Medicine)

Posted: April 17, 2019, 5:01 pm
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