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Hemp-Derived Delta-8 Skirts Marijuana Laws and Raises Health Concerns

Suzan Kennedy has smoked marijuana, and says her Wisconsin roots mean she can handle booze, so she was not concerned earlier this year when a bartender in St. Paul, Minnesota, described a cocktail with the cannabinoid delta-8 THC as “a little bit potent.” Hours after enjoying the tasty drink and the silliness that reminded Kennedy […]

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Medical Coding Creates Barriers to Care for Transgender Patients

Last year, Tim Chevalier received the first of many coverage denials from his insurance company for the hair removal procedure he needed as part of a phalloplasty, the creation of a penis. Electrolysis is a common procedure among transgender people like Chevalier, a software developer in Oakland, California. In some cases, it’s used to remove […]

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La alta demanda de perros de servicio crea un mercado salvaje y a veces fraudulento

Jenni Mahnaz admite que no le gustan mucho los perros. Es ligeramente alérgica y la única mascota que tuvo de niña fue un cangrejo ermitaño. Pero cuando supo que los entrenados para asistir a las personas podían ayudar a sus hijas con sus necesidades médicas, decidió conseguir uno al precio que fuera. A su hija […]

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Patient, Beware: Some States Still Pushing Ineffective Covid Antibody Treatments

As the omicron variant completes its sweep across the U.S., states with scarce supplies of monoclonal antibody therapies continue to use two treatments that federal health officials warn no longer work against the highly contagious version of the virus that causes covid-19. The antibody treatment now most recommended is sotrovimab from GlaxoSmithKline and Vir Biotechnology, […]

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A Catch-22 Trips Up Some in Legal Guardianship Who Try to Regain Independence

Nicholas Clouse of Huntington, Indiana, testifies during a U.S. Senate committee hearing on conservatorships on Sept. 28, 2021. (CSPAN-2) Ten years ago, Nicholas Clouse was riding shotgun in his friend’s Camaro when the car jerked and he felt himself flying through the air. Clouse’s head slammed against the passenger-side window. The traumatic brain injury he […]

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‘Red Flag’ Gun Laws Get Another Look After Indiana, Colorado Shootings

On New Year’s Eve 2017, sheriff’s deputies in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch responded to a domestic disturbance. Before the night was over, four officers had been shot and Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Zackari Parrish III was dead. The gunman was a 37-year-old man with a history of psychotic episodes whose family had previously […]

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Indiana’s Medicaid Expansion — Designed by Pence and Verma — Panned in Federal Report

Indiana’s Medicaid expansion — with its “personal responsibility” provisions that require enrollees to pay monthly premiums and manage health savings accounts — proved no better at improving health and access to care than other state expansions, a federally commissioned study found. Even when compared with states that did not expand Medicaid, Indiana showed only mixed […]