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November 28, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Businessman Kyle Graves shot himself in the ankle so emergency room doctors would feed his opioid habit.

Ex-trucker Jeff McCoy threatened to blow his brains out if his mother did not hand over his fentanyl patches.

Bianca Knight resorted to street pills when her opioids ran…

Overcoming Opioids Struggles for Recovery-4

November 14, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS — Alison Wrenne was making waffles for her two young children one morning when abdominal pain forced her to the floor. A neighbor who is a physician assistant urged her to go to the emergency room.

Wrong decision, according to her health insurer. Wrenne was diagnosed with a…

MED--Insurers-Covering ER Visits

November 07, 2017

WASHINGTON— A first attempt at gene therapy for a disease that leaves babies unable to move, swallow and, eventually, breathe has extended the tots’ lives, and some began to roll over, sit and stand on their own, researchers reported Wednesday.

Only 15 babies with spinal muscular…

Genetic Frontiers Baby Gene Therapy

November 03, 2017

Nash UNC Health Care received good news on its latest biannual Leapfrog safety grade, though the news was not as good as it wanted.

The hospital returned to a C safety rating for the fall rankings after dropping to a D rating in the spring. This score brings the hospital back to the same C rating…

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October 31, 2017

Nearly a year after Congress approved an extraordinary $1 billion to tackle the opioid crisis, the money that poured into all 50 states is gradually reaching places where it can do some good, but with some setbacks and delays along the way.

In some locations, people addicted to opioids are starting…

Overcoming Opioids Cures Act

October 24, 2017

SAN DIEGO — Doctors were just guessing a decade ago when they gave Alison Cairnes’ husband a new drug they hoped would shrink his lung tumors. Now she takes it, but the choice was no guesswork. Sophisticated gene tests suggested it would fight her gastric cancer, and they were right.…

Genetic Frontiers Gene Tumor Boards-1

October 21, 2017

Local Democratic lawmakers will host a Health Care Town Hall meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Rocky Mount City Council Chambers to discuss health care updates of value to area residents.

Mark Benton, deputy secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, and Nicole Dozier,…

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October 17, 2017

NEW YORK — America’s weight problem is not getting any better, according to new government research.

Overall, obesity figures stayed about the same: About 40 percent of adults are obese and 18.5 percent of children. Those numbers are a slight increase from the last report but the…

Obesity Rates

October 10, 2017

The fledgling field of gene therapy has scored another win: An experimental treatment seemed to help boys with the inherited nerve disease featured in the movie “Lorenzo’s Oil.”

Fifteen of the 17 boys treated in a study had no major disability two years later — remarkable…

Genetic Frontiers Lorenzo Oil-2

October 03, 2017

WASHINGTON — In a quest to end cookie-cutter health care, U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for an unprecedented study to learn how our genes, environments and lifestyles interact — and to finally customize ways to prevent and treat disease.

Why…

Genetic Frontiers Million Person Study-2
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