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Obama announces new steps to combat heroin, prescription drug abuse

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Faced with a nationwide epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse, the Obama administration announced Wednesday that it will take steps to increase access to drug treatment and expand the training of doctors who prescribe opiate painkillers.<p>The efforts, which President …

Obama Administration

How a brilliant female chemist who owns 55 patents re-invented cotton and made it 'the fabric of our lives'

But that was not always the case.<p>Forty years ago, cotton owned about one third of the textile market, but today the soft, fluffy material dominates about two-thirds of it, according to Marketplace.<p>What transformed cotton from a competitor to a commander of the fabric industry is a combination of …

New Class of Cholesterol Drugs Should Cost Much Less, Report Says

Cholesterol-lowering Praluent and Repatha cost more than $14,000 a year per patient but would be cost-effective at $2,180, research group says<p>A powerful new class of cholesterol-lowering injections should cost about 85% less than what is charged per patient for the treatments in the U.S., according …

Biotechnology

The new war on heroin has only just begun

The grants will go to 16 states to finance several innovations, such as creating electronic data bases to track the dispensing of drugs and educating drug providers about the risks of pain medication. The CDC says that over the next four years it will provide these states with yearly awards ranging …

Why Are Many Young People Who Never Smoked Getting Lung Cancer?

Anyone who knew her would tell you that Jill Costello hated to lose. She was a fierce competitor as the coxswain for the CAL Berkeley crew team and the type of person that others gravitated to, pulled in by her easy smile and energetic enthusiasm. Jill had an intensity that seemed to radiate out of …

High School Kids Use E-Cigarettes to Smoke Cannabis: Study

High school students have found a creative new use for e-cigarettes, researchers reported Monday. They're a low-profile way to smoke cannabis.<p>The battery-powered devices let students sneak cannabis, and they might also be delivering a very powerful dose of the drug, the researchers report in the …

Cannabis

Why Google Is Going All In On Diabetes

Millions of people with diabetes prick a finger more than five times a day to monitor their blood glucose levels. It's a painful and expensive process.<p>But now, Google's Life Sciences division is putting its immense resources behind new initiatives aimed at helping them better live with the …

Diabetes

Why The Fed Is Stalling On Rate Hike

When — and if — the Federal Reserve raises rates, it may not be to cool a heating U.S. economy, which is at best lukewarm.<p>But the Fed may hike rates to quell the inflated expectations of stock investors, who may have been gorging on cheap money flowing into corporations.<p>Then again, maybe the Fed …

Markets

Apple Watch sales figures: what we know, and what Apple won't tell us

Apple has once again refused to say how well he Apple Watch has sold -- while still hinting that it's been a relative success.<p>CEO Tim Cook said …

We need much more than just new antibiotics to fight superbugs

They could also cause a loss to the global output of US$100 trillion dollars - equivalent to a sum greater than the size of the current global economy.<p>A potential future catastrophe in healthcare, where even routine surgical procedures and easily treated infections become significantly more …

These Credit Cards Have the Best Perks

Take advantage of lesser-known credit cards, and you'll feel like a VIP.<p>The full value of a credit card in your pocket can go far beyond the usual …

Native American origins: When the DNA points two ways

This week, two teams of scientists released reports detailing the origins of Native American peoples. Both groups looked at ancient and modern DNA to attempt to learn more about the movements of populations from Asia into the New World, and about how groups mixed once they got here. Both discovered …

Anthropology

Standing for Work Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be Either: New Study Looks at Health Effects of Being on Your Feet Too Long

The fact that many people sit too much for their day jobs has been cited in numerous studies for its ill health effects and has sprung a whole line of standing and workout desks.<p>But what about the opposite end of the spectrum?<p>Photo credit: Shutterstock<p>According to the Human Factors and Ergonomics …

Research

Tenn. Woman Suspected of Printing Thousands in Fake Money, and Gives Incredible Excuse Involving Obama

A Tennessee woman suspected of counterfeiting thousands of dollars is blaming President Barack Obama for her arrest.<p>Pamela Downs, 45, of Kingsport was arrested Sunday after trying to pay for groceries with a $5 bill, which the clerk immediately suspected was fake.<p>The bill was printed on computer …

Barack Obama

Medical Student Posted Delivery Room Selfie Next to Woman's Vagina on Instagram

A medical student is under fire for posting a disturbing selfie of him next to a woman’s vagina while working in a hospital delivery …

Social Media

Fake Obamacare applicants get subsidies

Fake applications for Obamacare were given insurance subsidies and were able to stay on the healthcare exchange, according to a secret shopper …

Labor Department issues guidance on classifying workers

On Wednesday, the Labor Department spelled out how to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor.<p>The guidance comes as a growing number of employers are contracting out services to third parties, including subcontractors, temporary agencies and franchisees. Many of those …

Extreme Science: Town On Fire

What we can learn from a blaze that's still burning after half a century<p>Town On Fire<p>What we can learn from a blaze that's been burning for half a century<p>Town On Fire<p>Extreme Science Centralia <i>by PopSci</i><p>May 27, 1962, was an ordinary spring Sunday in the rolling green hills of Centralia, Pennsylvania. …

Meat smuggling is getting out of hand in China

Crowded amid the warehouses of Sheung Shui, a remote suburb near the mainland border, the group of around 40 are about to take frozen Brazilian beef into China to feed a growing demand for meat that is unsated by local produce or approved imports.<p>The part-time smugglers, known as "feet" within the …

How the American South Drives the Low-Wage Economy

Just as in the 1850s (with the Dred Scott decision and the Fugitive Slave Act), the Southern labor system (with low pay and no unions) is wending its …

These 4 companies produce almost half of the world's beer... and make 74% of the profits

If you're grabbing a beer after work today, chances are it's made by one of four companies.<p>According to a report on Tuesday from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, <b>Anheuser-Busch InBev, SABMiller, Heineken, and Carlsberg together produce about half of the world's beer</b>.<p>This enormous market stake comes …

iTunes U now allows students to turn in homework from mobile devices

Apple is getting serious about education, launching new features for iTunes U that will allow teachers and students to work together digitally.<p>With the new-look iTunes U, students can turn in homework and other assignments right from a mobile device. Their work will carry a timestamp so teachers …

Apps

Guy records doctors talking trash during surgery, walks away with $500,000

A man in Virgina was awarded $500,000 from a lawsuit after he inadvertently recorded medical professionals talking about him while he was under …

These Stunning Photos of New Zealand's Largest Gang Will Give You Sleepless Nights

New Zealand photographer Jono Rotman got unprecedented access to around 200 members of the Mongrel Mob. We asked how he did it.<p>In the 1960s, a gang of variously disaffected youth sprang up in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. They didn't ride bikes, but they quickly developed all the trimmings of an outlaw …

New Zealand

How painkillers are turning young athletes into heroin addicts

<i>This story appears in the June 22, 2015, issue of</i> Sports Illustrated<i>. Subscribe to the magazine here.</i><p>Roman Montano had barely learned cursive when he …

Drug Addiction

A Thiel Fellow just closed his housing startup and now 150 people need to figure out new living situations

The startup, co-founded in 2013 by Tom Currier — a Thiel Fellow, given $100,000 by famed venture capitalist Peter Thiel to drop out of Stanford - basically acted as a property management company, renting rooms in the houses it managed for a monthly cost of $1,000 to $2,200.<p>"Despite continued …

Justin Bieber and Usher Face $10 Million Copyright Lawsuit

Not good news for Justin Bieber and Usher. A court ruled Thursday that the pair will have to face a $10 million lawsuit alleging copyright violation …

Fraud Still Plagues Medicare's Prescription Drug Program

Fraud and abuse continue to dog Medicare's popular prescription drug program, despite a bevy of initiatives launched to prevent them, according to two new reports by the inspector general of Health and Human Services.<p>Their release follows the arrests of 44 pharmacy owners, doctors and others, who …

Health Care