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Can Marijuana Be The Answer For Pain? (20 Apr 2018)
As patients and doctors look for alternatives to addictive pain killers, many are turning to marijuana. While the plant is increasingly legal across the United States, research is limited into its effectiveness and potential side effects.

A Big Belly Bad for Your Heart (20 Apr 2018)
Those with a normal BMI (an estimate of overall body fat based on height and weight) but high levels of belly fat were about twice as likely to have a heart attack, procedures to open blocked arteries, or to die from heart problems during the follow-up than people without belly fat.

Wrist Device Shows Promise for Hand Tremors (20 Apr 2018)
Essential tremor affects upwards of 7 million Americans, according to the American Academy of Neurology. Its cause is unknown, and there is no cure.

Opioid Scripts Down, But Anti-Addiction Meds Up (20 Apr 2018)
The number of people in the U.S. who received new prescriptions for medications to treat opioid addiction nearly doubled during 2017, from 42,000 to 82,000 per month.

U.S. Better Able to Tackle Health Emergencies (20 Apr 2018)
While there were gains in two-thirds of states, there were also inequities. The highest-scoring state (Maryland, 8) was rated 25 percent higher than the lowest-scoring states (Alaska and Nevada, 6.4), according to the foundation's report, which was released Tuesday.

Opioids Still Overprescribed After Surgery: Study (19 Apr 2018)
Overall, nearly two-thirds of opioids prescribed after surgery went unused by patients, the study found. These drugs wound up lingering in patients' homes, inviting abuse and the potential for addiction, Habermann said.

Could a Tattoo Someday Spot Your Cancer? (19 Apr 2018)
The biomedical tattoo is made up of cells embedded with sensors that measure levels of blood calcium.

You and Your Pooch May Have Similar Tummy Bacteria (19 Apr 2018)
The researchers also found that changes in protein and carbohydrate levels in the diet had similar effects on the gut microbiomes of dogs as on humans.

Panel: FDA Should OK Marijuana-Based Epilepsy Drug (19 Apr 2018)
The committee recommended that Epidiolex, an oral solution, be approved for treatment of severe, early-onset forms of epilepsy in a small number of patients.

More Cases in E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Romaine Lettuce (18 Apr 2018)
The illnesses have been identified as linked to a particularly virulent strain of E. coli O157:H7. Cases have now been reported in five more states, the CDC added, bringing the total number of states involved to 16.

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