Our Jess Fanzo is among the guests on the Better Business Show Podcast, reporting on the global food crisis at the Planting Seeds for the Future of Food conference in Vevey, Switzerland

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Williamson has some of West Virginia’s highest rates of obesity, disability, and arthritis — in a state that already ranks among the worst in those categories. An adult in Williamson has twice the chance of dying from an injury as the average American. This is why the opioid crisis is so hard to handle, here and in so many communities: The underlying drugs are often being prescribed for real reasons

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All it took was one paragraph. In 1980, a pair of doctors published a brief letter in the New England Journal of Medicine. Spanning a total of five sentences, the letter claimed, with little substantial evidence, that the development of addiction was very rare in hospitalized patients who briefly received opioids and had no prior history of addiction

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Brendan Saloner, at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, said the Republican proposal includes changes that will allow insurance companies and state Medicaid plans to turn away drug users

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The warning signs of what would become a deadly opioid epidemic emerged in early 2001. That’s when officials of the state employee health plan in West Virginia noticed a surge in deaths attributed to oxycodone, the active ingredient in the painkiller OxyContin

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Sam Mulopulos argues that our Travis Rieder is wrong about limiting children in the context of a climate crisis. Mulopulos claims that solutions will come from the deliberate work of millions of people

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Watch: Our Jeffrey Kahn and Ruth Faden participate in panels at the 5th Annual Stavros Niarchos Foundation International Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece: The Mediterranean in Crisis

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When Pam Lipp’s 18-year-old daughter Amanda needed to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital in 2010, she thought it would be easy to find her a bed. Instead, Lipp says, “It was a nightmare.”

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