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Caring for the opioid epidemic’s youngest victims

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Before hospitals in the rest of the country started seeing a surge in the number of infants born with severe drug withdrawal symptoms, this town of 50,000 was already facing a crisis.

Study shows health improving globally

LONDON — Globally, people’s health is improving and life expectancy is rising, but progress is far from universal with chronic diseases bringing long-term illness and causing seven out of 10 deaths, according to research published on Thursday.

For kids, psoriasis is tied to more body fat

Children with psoriasis more often have thicker waists than kids without the skin condition, suggesting they may face higher risk later on for heart disease and diabetes, according to a recent study.

Students often find school sex education negative

Many students say the sex and relationship education in their schools can be negative and “heterosexist,” and the way teachers approach the subject is ineffective, according to a review of international research.

Doctor faces loss of license over vaccine note

LOS ANGELES — Dr. Robert Sears is one of the leading voices in the anti-vaccination world, a hero to parents suspicious of childhood immunizations that public health officials say are crucial to preventing disease outbreaks.

Avoid overuse injuries

Are you looking to be more physically active? If you’re planning to do more exercise or play more sports, beware of overuse injuries.

Ignoring a minor stroke ups risk for more strokes soon after

People who have a minor stroke — or even a mini-stroke — are at serious risk for further strokes in the next few days, but many people delay going to the hospital because they do not recognize the symptoms, UK researchers warn.

Self-injury is a ‘major killer’ in the United States

When deaths from substance abuse are counted as self-inflicted, then deaths from self-injury in the U.S. are tied with deaths attributed to diabetes and outnumber those from flu and pneumonia or kidney disease, new research suggests.

Second case of babies switched in hospital shakes community

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — For the second time in less than a year, two men from the same remote Canadian community have discovered they were switched at birth, prompting outrage and new questions about substandard healthcare for Canada's indigenous people.