Aetna, one of the nation’s largest insurance companies, will remove a key barrier for patients seeking medication to treat opioid addiction. The change will take effect in March and apply to commercial plans, a company spokeswoman confirmed, and will make it the third major insurer to make the switch

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“The ACA marked a watershed moment in the epidemic’s history.”

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A one-off injection could one day lower your cholesterol levels for the rest of your life. People born with natural mutations that disable a specific gene have a lower risk of heart disease, with no apparent side effects. Now a single injection has successfully disabled this same gene in animal tests for the first time

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A Dangerous Wait

February 6, 2017

Colleges can’t meet soaring student needs for mental health care. STAT surveyed dozens of universities about their mental health services. From major public institutions to small elite colleges, a striking pattern emerged: Students often have to wait weeks just for an initial intake exam to review their symptoms. The wait to see a psychiatrist who can prescribe or adjust medication — often a part-time employee — may be longer still

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The bodies just keep arriving. On Thursday, only two days into February, the coroner’s office in Dayton, Ohio, had already handled 25 deaths — 18 caused by drug overdoses. In January, the office processed 145 cases in which the victims’ bodies had been destroyed by opioids

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For years, Sharissa Derricott, 30, had no idea why her body seemed to be failing. At 21, a surgeon replaced her deteriorated jaw joint. She’s been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and fibromyalgia,.. None of it made sense to her until she discovered a community of women online who describe similar symptoms and have one thing in common: All had taken a drug called Lupron

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A Path Forward

February 2, 2017

Listen Now: Prescription opioid drugs are useful and humane for those in extreme pain, but they are associated with predictable dependency and withdrawal issues, so physicians who prescribe them need to consider how to stop these drugs as well as start them. That’s one assertion made by Travis Rieder, a bioethicist at the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins and author of a recent essay in Health Affairs

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In 2017, the public support for transgender people is growing. Last August, nonpartisan independent research organization PRRI found that 72 percent of Americans favor LGBT nondiscrimination laws. But what good is support for if they can’t afford treatment? “This is my last resort, asking people for money,” Moog says

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