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Health May 06How Virginia dramatically expanded treatment options for addiction (and skirted federal law)
A new type of “waiver” from federal rules has dramatically expanded options for Medicaid beneficiaries, and could help other states serve those in need.
Science Apr 18Meet Nate Butkus, the 6-year-old with a science podcast
On his podcast, six-year-old Nate Butkus has talked radiation with a US government scientist, evolution with a Harvard researcher, and, most recently, genome-editing with MIT’s Kevin Esvelt.
Health Feb 02These newlyweds dreamed of being U.S. doctors, then Trump’s immigration order happened
Abdelsalam Elshaikh and Israa Taha dreamed of becoming physicians in Minnesota, but only one arrived before President Trump’s immigration order.
Health Jan 29Mysterious cluster of amnesia cases, possibly tied to opioids, alarms health officials
The patients experienced various memory problems affecting both long- and short-term memory.
Health Nov 30Needle exchanges, despite strong resistance in the past, are working
New data released by federal health officials Tuesday further demonstrated the value of needle exchanges, suggesting they had contributed to a major reduction in new HIV infections among people who inject drugs.
Science Oct 14Gene-editing, religion and one scientist’s quest to reconcile the two
Religious leaders and bioethicists have debated genome editing for decades. One geneticist is addressing concerns among religious communities.
Health Sep 07Meet the federal government’s pot dealer
Mahmoud ElSohly oversees acres of marijuana plants in the deep south, a swath of the country the tide of medical marijuana legalization has yet to touch. But he’s not running an illegal operation — he’s a professor of pharmaceutics and…
Science Sep 02Paralysis cases could help identify Zika spread, researchers say
Health officials are now finding that reported cases of Zika track closely with the onset of a temporary paralysis called Guillain-Barré syndrome.
Health Jul 20What you need to know about norovirus, and why it’s dreaded
Suspected cases of norovirus, which involve a dozen Republican staffers in the Cleveland area for the Republican National Convention, have caused alarm.
Health Jul 17Are NYC rats disease ‘sponges’? Scientists want to track them to find out
Rats are commonplace in cities around the world, but they remain in many ways mysterious, including in the potential threat they pose to public health, experts say.