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Nation Mar 21What we don’t know about gun violence
“It’s easy to lie with stats, but it’s much easier to lie without statistics.”…
Health Mar 19Mississippi governor signs ban on abortions after 15 weeks
"This common-sense, pro-life law will help us make our state the safest place in America for an unborn child," Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant recently tweeted.
Health Mar 09Mississippi could soon be the only state to ban abortion after 15 weeks
Critics say the new law, which Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to sign, could set up a Supreme Court showdown over the 40-year-old landmark Roe v. Wade case that gave women in the United States the legal right to have…
Health Mar 06Emergency department visits for opioid overdoses rise by 30 percent in a year
Emergency department visits linked to opioid overdoses are on the rise, and new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday show virtually no sign of improvement across much of the U.S.
Health Feb 28Gun injuries drop 20 percent nationwide during NRA conventions, study says. But why?
The study analyzed nearly 76 million private insurance claims filed nationwide for people under age 65 -- specifically, from emergency department visits during convention dates from 2007 to 2015, and the weeks surrounding them.
Health Feb 26Childhood obesity in America isn’t getting better, study says
About 35 percent of those aged 2 to 19 are overweight, according to the latest analysis, and about one in five children are obese.
Health Feb 22Why Trump’s new insurance proposal may put essential health benefits at risk
Here's a look at why Obamacare requires insurance companies to offer essential health benefits, and what losing them might mean for your insurance plan.
Health Feb 205 medical stories you might have missed
It’s easy for politics to dominate our news feeds these days. But there are many important stories in the health and medical communities, too. Here’s what we’re reading now.
Nation Feb 17What a bullet does to a human body
When bullets enter a human body, they don’t just pierce tissue, they shatter bones and dislocate limbs.
Health Feb 09It’s really not too late to get your flu shot, and other flu myths debunked
Here's what you actually can (and can't) do to prevent flu this season.