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  • These states have been hit the hardest by America's opioid epidemic - While there's early evidence that the explosive rate of opioid deaths has started to slow, opioids killed more than 49,000 people in the United States in 2017, according to preliminary data. A new study reveals which part of the country has been affected the most by the ongoing epidemic.
  • Trump administration inches closer to defunding Planned Parenthood - The US Department of Health and Human Services issued its draft final rule to revise the Title X family planning program Friday, jeopardizing a decades-old program that serves millions of low-income people, critics say.
  • FDA official says ongoing blood pressure drug investigation will probably uncover more tainted pills - There's no end in sight for one of the largest prescription drug recalls in recent memory. The US Food and Drug Administration is continuing an investigation and recall of a class of drugs used by millions that began last summer, yet there's still "more to find," an agency director says.
  • FDA proposes new sunscreen regulations - The US Food and Drug Administration is proposing new regulations on over-the-counter sunscreens in an effort to keep up with the latest scientific and safety information.
  • $375,000 price leads disabled mom to ration meds - Bhanu Patel couldn't believe the news. The medication that allows her to move shot up to $375,000. Fearful of becoming a financial burden to her family, she's begun rationing the medication she currently has -- taking two pills a day, instead of four. "The words that I can use is I can't believe this is happening," she said.
  • Poison control calls for kratom increased from one a month to two a day, study says - The number of phone calls to US poison control centers about kratom exposures increased from 13 in 2011 to 682 in 2017, often for serious unanticipated effects of the supplement, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Clinical Toxicology.
  • FDA chief: Federal government might step in if states don't change lax vaccine laws - The head of the US Food and Drug Administration says that if states don't require more schoolchildren to get vaccinated, the federal government might have to step in.
  • Heart attacks are on the rise among young women, study shows - The risk of having a heart attack appears to be rising among young women, according to a new study, and researchers are trying to figure out why.
  • New recommendations say not all women need genetic testing for cancer. Critics say it could cost lives - Primary care providers should screen women for personal, family and/or ethnic history of breast, ovarian, tubal or peritoneal cancer to decide who should undergo genetic counseling for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended Tuesday. The mutations increase a woman's cancer risk.
  • 'Alarming' number of people received restricted fentanyl, study says - An "alarming" number of US patients received a highly potent form of opioid that is 100 times more powerful than morphine and that they never should have been prescribed, according to a new study.
  • Why are some countries making a vaccine U-turn? - More than a century before Facebook, anti-vaccination campaigners had another method for spreading their message -- an eye-catching march through town with tiny children's coffins emblazoned with the words: "Another victim of vaccination."
  • Dove is offering $5,000 grants for dads without access to paid paternity leave - The idea of paid paternity leave has hit the national stage as focus shifts from new moms to the whole family unit when a child is born. As companies decide to offer the added benefit to new parents, one company is offering a grant to dads who do not have access to paid paternity leave.
  • Ice climbing helped her out of addiction; now, she's pulling others up - After strapping on all the required safety gear like helmets and crampons for our boots, Margo Talbot gives one last piece of advice before she starts climbing a wall of ice.
  • Supply of food under threat due to biodiversity loss across the globe: UN report - A drop in global biodiversity is putting our ability to produce food at risk, a new United Nations report warns.
  • Could squid protein be an eco-friendly answer to our plastic problem? - More than 8 million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans each year, killing marine life and damaging ecosystems. But the same seas might also hold the key to reducing plastic pollution.