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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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A Canadian flag on the balcony of an apartment building in Toronto.  The city suffers from sanitation shortages and unsustainable house prices.

Diane Francis: Immigration pushes housing, healthcare to breaking point

Links to the Breadcrumb trail Diana Francis Trudeau’s immigration policies took a toll on large urban areas such as Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal Published July 24, 2023 3 minute read A Canadian flag on the balcony of an apartment building in Toronto. The city suffers from sanitation shortages and unsustainable house prices. Photo by Cole …

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Bacteria

Scientists develop new class of antibiotics to fight resistant bacteria

Researchers from the University of Zurich and Spexis have reengineered the chemical structure of a natural peptide, tanatin, to develop a new class of antibiotics that can fight resistant bacteria. Synthetic peptides have demonstrated efficacy, safety and resistance to bacterial immunity in tests on mice, offering the potential for a new type of antibiotic that …

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Lexapro for children: drug without significant benefits and increase in suicide gets FDA approval

In May, the FDA expanded the approval of drug giant AbbVie’s SSRI escitalopram (Lexapro) to include children ages seven and older who suffer from anxiety. The basis for the approval was a clinical trial conducted by AbbVie employees, with an article written by AbbVie’s ghostwriting company. Researchers randomly assigned 275 children aged 7 to 17 …

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