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President Joe Biden comments on his plan to protect Americans' access to affordable health care in Virginia Beach, Virginia on February 28, 2023.

Biden Reverses Trump’s Expansion of ‘junk’ Health Care Plans

Washington, D.C., Health Care Plans President Joe Biden is cracking down on what the White House calls “junk health insurance plans.” These are short-term plans with less comprehensive coverage that were made more popular by the Trump administration as a cheaper alternative to Obamacare plans. Insurance rules set out in the Affordable Care Act, for …

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 17: In this photo illustration, boxes of the diabetes drug Ozempic rest on a drugstore counter on April 17, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.  Ozempic was originally approved by the FDA to treat people with type 2 diabetes, who risk serious health consequences without medication.  In recent months, there has been a spike in demand for Ozempic, or semaglutide, due to its weight-loss benefits, which has led to shortages.  Some doctors prescribe Ozempic off-label to treat obesity.  (Photo illustration by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Ozempic users report stomach paralysis from diet drug: ‘So much hell’

Photo illustration by Mario Tama/Getty Images Since Ozempic was first released to the public in 2018, the diabetic injectable has become a favorite for fans, even those without diabetes, for weight loss. Others in its class of drugs, such as Wegovy, have also seen an increase in demand, so high that the Food and Drug …

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Lisa Ortega

Q&A: Should California Health Insurance Cover Opioid Overdose Medication?

In summary To reduce the death toll from the opioid epidemic, California Assemblywoman Liz Ortega wants health insurers to cover the costs of Narcan, a nasal spray that can reverse an overdose. Of course, increasing access comes at a price. The ubiquity of the synthetic painkiller fentanyl has supercharged the opioid crisis to the point …

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Denis McDonough

6 awakened Biden policies at Veterans Affairs that Republicans are moving to dismantle

House Republicans on Tuesday will bring forward an expense bill for the Department of Veterans Affairs and related agencies that they hope can be used to roll back the Biden administration’s policies on abortion, transgender healthcare and other lightning rod issues. The White House said in a statement Monday that it would veto the bill …

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Hidden Drugs: New illicit substances that activate only inside your body

Drug traffickers have found a way to deceive law enforcement using one of the most powerful tools at our body: our metabolism. Welcome to the world of prodrugs. Prodrugs are substances that can only cause an effect after being broken down by enzymes in the digestive system or by other chemical reactions in the body. …

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Griselda Martinez, mayor of Manzanillo

How fentanyl changed the game for Mexican drug cartels

One Sunday morning in May, after leaving a restaurant in western Mexico, Sergio Emmanuel Martnez, the new customs director of the country’s largest port, was kidnapped. The next day, he was found dead alongside a highway, making him the fourth Port of Manzanillo customs official to be murdered in less than two years. Manzanillo is …

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Onions, garlic, and leeks top the list of prebiotic-rich foods

If you’re trying to follow a diet that builds and supports a healthy gut microbiome, finding which foods contain the right microorganisms and nutrients (probiotics and prebiotics) and in the recommended amounts can be tricky. Good news: Research presented at Nutrition 2023, the annual meeting of the American Society of Nutrition, does much of the …

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