October 15, 2018 by Contributor in Archived
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Dispatches from the morgue: Toxicology tests don’t tell the whole story of the opioid epidemic

Mortality data show only the final result of opioid overdose, not why it happens. Skyward Kick Productions/Shutterstock.com, CC BY-NC-SA “Drug overdoses killed more Tennesseans than ever last year, fentanyl deaths up 70 percent,” a recent headline from my hometown newspaper, The Tennessean, proclaimed. Variations of this headline have become routine

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October 12, 2018 by Contributor in Archived
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Hidden hunger affects nearly 2 billion worldwide – are solutions in plain sight?

Incredible strides have been made to eradicate hunger around the world since World War II. New technology, foreign aid, and a world economy that has grown more than 30-fold have combined to lift hundreds of millions out of poverty and hunger. Even as groups that work to end hunger celebrate

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October 11, 2018 by Contributor in Archived
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There are many types of obesity – which one matters to your health

Some forms of obesity severely disrupt the metabolic pathways that keep us healthy. Farik gallery, MarShot / Shutterstock.com / Evans Love Our society seems to have accepted that gaining weight is an inevitable consequence of growing up in a place with easy access to calories and where physical activity plays

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October 11, 2018 by Contributor in Archived
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Women with heart disease in sub-Saharan Africa face challenges, but stigma may be worst of all

A nurse in Uganda uses a stethoscope to listen for heart problems at a screening and educational event Oct. 31, 2017. Tao Farren-Hefer, CC BY-SA Heart disease is the number one killer of women, claiming a female life every minute. Yet it is often seen as a “man’s disease.” This

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October 10, 2018 by Contributor in Archived
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Physical therapy important for women treated for breast cancer

Surviving breast cancer has been the biggest treatment goal until recent years, when attention began to turn to surviving well, as these three women appear to be. fitzcrittle/Shutterstock.com The survival rate for breast cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women, is now about 90 percent, increased by nearly 20

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October 10, 2018 by Contributor in Archived
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Being born in the wrong ZIP code can shorten your life

Babies born 10 miles apart could represent a life expectancy difference of almost 33 years. Ana Prego/shutterstock.com Newly released data on life expectancy across the U.S. shows that where we live matters for how long we live. A person in the U.S. can expect to live an average of 78.8

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