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Published: Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:17:02 GMT2018-01-18T11:17:02Z

 



Marijuana patients who want to pack heat in Pa. should buy guns before registering for the drug

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:17:02 GMT2018-01-18T11:17:02Z

Are you a gun enthusiast who plans to participate in the state's medical marijuana program? If you're planning on buying a new firearm, attorneys suggest you make that purchase before you take the first dose of your legally-obtained medicine.



As addiction crisis grows, Penn 'nudges' doctors to limit opioid prescriptions

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:42:53 GMT2018-01-18T10:42:53Z

The opioid addiction crisis has led medical groups to recommend tightening up painkiller prescribing, but getting physicians to comply has been a challenge. A University of Pennsylvania study has found a simple way to nudge emergency department doctors in the right direction: set the electronic medical records system to default to the recommended 10 opioid pills, or about a three-day supply, for acute pain.



Autism took their speech, but technology is helping these kids express themselves

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:34:46 GMT2018-01-18T10:34:46Z

Even parents have been astonished to learn how much their children were processing, once they could type out their thoughts and feelings on tablets, phones and other devices.



How Google's art app matches your selfies with museum paintings

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:10:46 GMT2018-01-18T10:10:46Z

Google's facial recognition app matches users with paintings from around the world.



Trump administration creating civil rights division to shield health workers with moral or religious objections

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:08:00 GMT2018-01-18T03:08:00Z

The new policy appears to be broad and aimed at protecting health-care workers who cite those reasons for refusing to take part in abortions, to treat transgender patients, or to participate in other types of care.



Philadelphia sues opioid drugmakers over role in 'public health nightmare'

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:18:00 GMT2018-01-18T00:18:00Z

The city joins a growing list of municipalities nationwide that have filed suits against the manufacturers of addictive painkillers.



What about the memory test Trump aced? It's not for everyone

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:04:48 GMT2018-01-18T00:04:48Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Drawing a clock. Counting backward by sevens. Rattling off words that begin with "F'' before a minute's up.



Pa.'s first medical marijuana dispensary opens its doors

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:52:12 GMT2018-01-17T23:52:12Z

The dispensary held its grand opening on Wednesday, but patients still will have to wait another month until they can purchase their first products.



Doctor says Trump is 6-3, 239 pounds, and the Internet has so many athlete comparisons

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:17:03 GMT2018-01-17T23:17:03Z

Adding to some online observers' skepticism that Trump's measurements were accurate was the fact that his body mass index was 29.9 - just below the 30.0 threshold for him to be officially described as obese.



Aetna in $17M settlement for HIV privacy breach

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:46:52 GMT2018-01-17T22:46:52Z

Aetna Inc. agreed to pay $17.2 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over a July mailing that breached the HIV privacy of thousands of the health insurer's customers. Lawyers for the plaintiffs said the breach is believed to be the world's largest involving HIV privacy.



Aetna to pay $17M over mailing that revealed HIV meds

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:33:30 GMT2018-01-17T22:33:30Z

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Health insurer Aetna has agreed to pay $17 million to settle claims that it breached the privacy of thousands of customers who take HIV medications.



Calls for water-main breaks 'overwhelm' Philly Water Department

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:39:03 GMT2018-01-17T21:39:03Z

The department says it started seeing a big spike in customer service calls starting around Christmas and the pace - along with the cold weather - has kept going.



Senate panel advances Trump health secretary pick

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:07:33 GMT2018-01-17T21:07:33Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate committee has signed off on President Donald Trump's pick for health secretary, clearing the way for final confirmation of Alex Azar.



Science panel backs lower drunken driving threshold

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:45:14 GMT2018-01-17T20:45:14Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Most women would need to draw the line at two drinks, and men at two or three if states follow a blueprint by a prestigious scientific panel for eliminating the "entirely preventable" 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the United States each year.



Scientists seek super-shot for flu 100 years after pandemic

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:12:22 GMT2018-01-17T19:12:22Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The descriptions are haunting.



Walmart offers way to turn leftover opioids into useless gel

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:00:41 GMT2018-01-17T19:00:41Z

Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel.



'Social egg freezing' raises new questions about when it's too old to have a baby

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:45:45 GMT2018-01-17T16:45:45Z

In theory, stockpiling eggs to defy biological clocks should be booming. In reality, though, preserving eggs to put off motherhood is an onerous, unpredictable, expensive process.



Fork, High Street on Market, and a popular Starbucks temporarily closed by health dept.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:27:44 GMT2018-01-17T15:27:44Z

Thirteen restaurants, markets and stores that were temporarily closed by Philadelphia Department of Public Health inspectors.



U.S. life expectancy just dropped again. Can this trend be stopped?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:13:40 GMT2018-01-17T13:13:40Z

The U.S. is not bumping up against natural limits to life expectancy. The extra American funerals were for American sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, neighbors and co-workers dying in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. Their death certificates list mostly overdoses from opioids and other substances, cirrhosis, suicide and homicide.



Why this busy medical resident is making time for balance

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:09:22 GMT2018-01-17T13:09:22Z

The last six months of his cardiothoracic surgery training have been a blur of constant work. Will the same be true for the next seven years?