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Pain medicine group cancels doctor training about marijuana

A national medical group Thursday abruptly canceled its plans to train doctors about marijuana for pain relief after a federal agency pulled its funding. The episode highlights an ongoing conflict...

DATE: June 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

San Juan Basin Public Health clinic offers contraception services

San Juan Basin Public Health works to prevent teen pregnancy through its Sexual Health Clinic. The clinic provides annual exams, sexually transmitted infection screenings, pregnancy tests, all...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

New evidence that viruses may play a role in Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON – Viruses that sneak into the brain just might play a role in Alzheimer’s, scientists reported Thursday in a provocative study that promises to re-ignite some long-debated theories about...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Smoking hits new low; about 14 percent of U.S. adults light up

NEW YORK – Smoking in the U.S. has hit another all-time low. About 14 percent of U.S adults were smokers last year, down from about 16 percent the year before, government figures show. There hadn’t...

DATE: June 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem

GENEVA – Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds. The World Health Organization says they now should be on guard for a danger in the real world: spending too much...

DATE: June 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Southwest Health System gets interim CFO

The Journal Sam Radke will serve as the interim chief financial officer for Southwest Health System, according to a news release from Southwest Health public information officer Haley Saunders....

DATE: June 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

NIH ends alcohol study, citing funding, credibility problems

WASHINGTON – The U.S. government is shutting down a study that was supposed to show if a single drink a day could prevent heart attacks, saying ethical problems with how the research was planned...

DATE: June 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Prescription drug use may increase risk of depression, study says

More than a third of American adults are taking prescription drugs, including hormones for contraception, blood pressure medications and medicines for heartburn, that carry a potential risk of...

DATE: June 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Fewer U.S. teens smoking, doing drugs – and drinking milk

NEW YORK – Fewer U.S. teens are smoking, having sex and doing drugs these days. Oh, and they’re drinking less milk, too. Less than one-third of high school students drink a glass of milk a day,...

DATE: June 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Research comes to surprising conclusion about marathon runners and arthritis

A new study comes to the somewhat counterintuitive conclusion that marathon runners have less arthritis than non-runners. The study Most people would assume that serious runners face a high risk...

DATE: June 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Frustrated AMA adopts sweeping policies to cut gun violence

CHICAGO – With frustration mounting over lawmakers’ inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers as...

DATE: June 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Flu season was one of the deadliest for U.S. children

NEW YORK – The past flu season was the deadliest for U.S. children in nearly a decade, health officials said Friday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said they had received...

DATE: June 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health