Something about the industrial processing of food makes us more likely to overeat, according to a new study. Volunteers ate more and gained more weight on a heavily processed diet than an unprocessed one, even when the two diets had the same available calories and nutrients

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“The violence is directly connected to the inability to get the epidemic under control,” said our Leonard Rubenstein, “It’s an unrecognized problem, Anybody concerned with global health needs to … recognize what a threat this is to people all around the world and to us as well when epidemics can’t be stopped because of violence.”

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“Buprenorphine patients remain disproportionately white and, while whites are more likely to have opioid addiction, the difference in prevalence alone is unlikely to explain this gap,” commented our Brendan Saloner

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“It’s well known that Medicaid enrollees overall have higher burden of physical and mental health problems than the general population,” said study co-author Brendan Saloner of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore

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Uninsured, undocumented immigrants often go to the emergency room for treatment. Since 1986 the federal government has required that patients in the emergency room receive care, regardless of their immigration status or ability to pay

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Our Brendan Saloner on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), a withdrawal condition that is the result of prenatal exposure to opioids, and the impact of community social stress on opioid use and NAS

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Jeremy Farrar writes ‘First isolated in Malaysia in 1999, Nipah virus rapidly went from unknown to endemic in Bangladesh, which has seen an outbreak almost every year since 2001. Large gaps remain in our understanding, however, such as how the virus crossed India to spark an epidemic…’

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Setting US drug prices based on prices paid in other countries could also improve affordability for Medicare beneficiaries according to a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins, including our Michael DiStefano

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