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A surge in meth use in Colorado complicates opioid recovery

Huddled at a computer screen at the Denver Recovery Group, counselor Melissa McConnell looks at the latest urinalysis results for her client, Sara Florence. Last fall, it lit up like a Christmas...

DATE: July 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

As singles grow older, the prospect of declining health can provoke fears

Not long before I turned 60, my husband and I split up, and a health concern that I’d never really worried about jumped out at me: What would I do, now alone, if I became seriously ill? I’ve had...

DATE: July 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Late-life high blood pressure may harm the brain, study says

Decades ago, hundreds of nuns and priests made an extraordinary decision: They agreed to donate their brains upon death to science, hoping to help solve mysteries about Alzheimer’s and other...

DATE: July 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

What do doctors know about food? Not very much

When Americans hear about a health craze, they may turn to their physician for advice: Will that superfood really boost brain function? Is that supplement okay for me to take? Or they may be...

DATE: July 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage

TRENTON, N.J. – There is another opioid crisis happening in the U.S., and it has nothing to do with the overdose epidemic: Hospitals are frequently running out of widely used injected painkillers....

DATE: July 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Bird flu hot spot: Scientists track virus in huge migration

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Huge flocks of famished birds scour the sands of Delaware Bay for the tiny greenish eggs an army of horseshoe crabs lays every spring. It’s a marvel of ecology as shorebirds...

DATE: July 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

FDA OKs first drug made to reduce excessive sweating

U.S. regulators recently approved the first drug developed specifically to reduce excessive sweating, a common condition that can cause people anxiety and affect their social lives. The Food and...

DATE: July 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Health official who urged abstinence says views have changed

NEW YORK – The head of the nation’s top public health agency once opposed condoms and needle exchange programs as ways to stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. This week, in one of his...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Fresh grounds for coffee: Study shows it may boost longevity

CHICAGO – Go ahead and have that cup of coffee, maybe even several more. New research shows it may boost chances for a longer life, even for those who down at least eight cups daily. In a study of...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Exercise and obesity are both rising in U.S.

NEW YORK – It may seem like a contradiction, but more adults in the U.S. say they are exercising at the same time more of them are becoming obese. About 24 percent of adults last year said they...

DATE: July 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Loss of income can change health insurance status

People who have lost income because of the 416 Fire may be eligible for a change in their health insurance status. People may qualify for Medicaid in 2018 if their income for the year falls under...

DATE: July 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Mercy targets emerging epidemic of fragile bone fractures

Mercy Regional Medical Center is aiming to reduce the number of broken bones osteoporosis patients suffer as the population ages. The National Orthopedic Association describes the 2 million...

DATE: June 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

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