Health

3:15pm

Wed July 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Flaws And All, Medicaid Can Improve Adults' Health

A budget crunch in Oregon led to an unintended experiment that helped researchers assess Medicaid's effect on adults' health.
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Among the reasons some governors say they're considering not expanding their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act is that Medicaid is, well, not a very good program.

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1:58pm

Wed July 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

As Pain Pills Change, Abusers Move To New Drugs

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 5:29 pm

Opana is the latest painkiller that's become popular with drug abusers.
Thomas Walker Flickr

To the uninitiated, Austin, Ind., doesn't look like a town under siege.

In the maze of back roads off the city's main drag, the houses are close together. Some look rundown; others are well-kept.

For Jeremy Stevens, these are his former drug haunts. Steven says many of the homes are inhabited by people who abuse and deal prescription painkillers.

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1:15pm

Wed July 25, 2012
Health

Colorado Middle Of The Road For Child Well-being

Annie E. Casey Foundation

A national report released Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Colorado 22nd among states in overall child well-being.

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9:51am

Wed July 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Epidemics Prefer Changing Planes In JFK Over ATL

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 10:34 am

Travelers crowd around a ticketing counter at John F. Kennedy International Airport in April 2010 in New York.
Jason DeCrow AP

2:11pm

Mon July 23, 2012
Health

Alzheimer's Drug Shows Promise For Down Syndrome

By the time people with Down Syndrome reach 40, their brains have the plaques and tangles associated with Alzheimer's disease.
AJ Cann Flickr – Creative Commons

University of Colorado scientists have published the results of a small but encouraging clinical trial of a drug that’s improved the memories of young adults with Down syndrome. It’s the latest finding in one researcher’s 16 year quest that is both personal and scientific.

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