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Opioid addiction crisis fuels another: Hepatitis C

Addiction usually leaves a wake of chaos, and all kinds of casualties - marriages, jobs, health. Today's opioid addiction crisis is not only claiming lives, but sparking a new epidemic of hepatitis C among new injection drug users.

Will new tax rules stop health company inversions?

Just a few months ago, many US health corporations were eyeing tax inversions —reincorporating overseas, often merging with a European entity—to evade US taxes. Now, thanks to tax changes, the enthusiasm is drying up.

New study: stigma not major barrier to treatment for people with mental illness

Another major study debunks idea that stigma is a major barrier to care for people with mental illness.

Pharma funding advocacy groups

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) received $23 million in just two years from pharmaceutical companies, according to the Wall Street Journal. In the 1990's, Eli Lilly was NAMI's biggest donor, reported Mother Jones.

How son’s behavior hurts mother’s stressed heart and sparks a news feature

Wendy Wolfson had planned an essay for NPR's health desk about her experiences getting her son help for disruptive behavior. Instead, she found herself sitting in a hospital bed with a rare heart condition associated with extreme stress. Her story quickly changed directions.

Many dual eligibles see care interrupted in cost savings experiment

One of the most overlooked stories in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act is an experiment to rein in Medicare and Medicaid costs by pushing millions of poor and disabled beneficiaries into coordinated plans.

Docs seek balance between tech advances, patient empathy

At a recent Stanford conference, doctors and patients sought to find a balance between the dizzying array of new health technologies and patients' old-fashioned need for engaged, attentive care from increasingly overwhelmed and distracted providers.

In Native American communities, groups rally to reduce cancer deaths

Local programs within Native American communities are at the forefront of an effort to increase cancer screening and reduce cancer deaths.

Depression blood test announced

This month's announcement of the "first blood test to diagnose major depression in adults" is good news for psychiatrists and Big Pharma, who hope they will now have the scientific certitude of the condition they have lacked.

I thought it was just stress, until it broke my heart

That Friday, I was dizzy and sick to my stomach with what felt like food poisoning, only sometimes my chest throbbed. I declined my husband's offer of a ride to the emergency room because I had to prepare for a crucial school meeting on Monday....

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