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A ‘Safe’ Space To Shoot Up: Worth A Try In California?
  • Stephanie O'Neill, Kaiser Health News
  • Updated

A bill pending in the state legislature could make the Golden State the first in the U.S. to open establishments where intravenous drug users can shoot up under medical supervision. Proponents say that would save lives.

Lead detected in 20 percent of baby food samples, surprising even researchers
  • Lydia Zuraw, Kaiser Health News
  • Updated

An analysis by the Environmental Defense Fund found lead more commonly in baby food than in other food. Lead was often present in fruit juice, though the research did not measure the level of contamination.

  • Alex Smith, KCUR

The U.S. government has been struggling to balance a surge in applicants for disability benefits with shrinking funds. An updated application process could make getting benefits even harder.

  • Chad Terhune and JoNel Aleccia

The Seattle case, the first to reach trial in the U.S., offers possible glimpse into fate of some two dozen lawsuits against manufacturing giant Olympus, accused of failing to address scope contamination linked to numerous deaths. The company faults poor hospital cleaning practices.

Unable to arrest opioid epidemic, red states warm to needle exchanges
  • Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News
  • Updated

The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition has advanced a local shift from a tough-on-drugs approach to harm-reduction philosophy. Other red states signal they may follow suit.

  • Ben Allen, WITF
  • Updated

In Pennsylvania alone, 124,000 people received drug or alcohol addiction treatment through Medicaid. Republicans in Congress want to cut Medicaid by as much as $800 billion over the next decade, leaving people in recovery wondering what will happen to their treatment.

Zika In America: One Mother’s Saga
  • JoNel Aleccia and Heidi de Marco

So far, 72 affected babies have been born in the continental U.S. One young mother, infected in Mexico last year, and her infant face an uncertain future in rural Washington.

In Texas, Abstinence-Only Programs May Contribute To Teen Pregnancies
  • Lauren Silverman, KERA

Across the U.S., the number of teenagers having babies has hit a record low — it’s down to about 1 out of every 45 young women. That trend hasn’t extended to certain parts of Texas, however, where the teen birth rate is still nearly twice the national average.

  • Julie Appleby

The study also found that the largest percentage of medical coverage claims related to opioid abuse and dependence nationally come from older patients — those ages 51 to 60.

  • Stephanie O'Neill

At least 500 terminally ill Californians have asked for the medicine that allows them to end their lives, and nearly 500 health organizations have signed on to help.