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In nation’s opioid epidemic, a chilling sense of déjà vu – Santa Fe New Mexican

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Even this puppy wasn’t safe from America’s opioid crisis – Washington Post

Like most puppies, Zoey is energetic and insatiably curious. When she’s outside, the 3-month-old yellow Labrador keeps her nose pointed to the ground, sniffing things, tackling flowers and chewing on random objects without hesitation. Such was the case on a recent morning, when owner Peter Thibault took Zoey out for a walk on their wooded […]

‘Angel’ nurse sings for dying patient – New York Post

A Nashville nurse has captured the hearts of millions by tearfully singing to a dying woman awaiting a liver transplant. Margaret Smith, 63, was hospitalized at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where nurse Olivia Neufelder sang “Dancing in the Sky” by Dani and Lizzy at her bedside every day, indystar.com reported. Smith was too sick with […]

She signed up to be a surrogate mother — and unwittingly gave her own child away – Washington Post

(iStock) Jessica Allen was already the mother of two boys when she decided to become a surrogate. The pay she would receive to carry another woman’s child to term — $30,000 — would allow Allen to become a stay-at-home mom, as well as save for a new house. It would also be her “chance to […]

‘You never left her side’: Video captures ‘angel’ nurse singing to dying patient – Sacramento Bee

As 63-year-old Margaret Smith lay dying in Vanderbilt University Medical Center, nurse Olivia Neufelder tried to make some of her last moments on Earth as tranquil as possible. Neufelder, who has been friends with Margaret for 15 years, sang “Dancing in the Sky” by Dani and Lizzie to the ailing woman confined to a hospital […]

Does Smoking Pot Lead To More Sex? – NPR

In every group the researchers studied, the more marijuana people smoked the more sex they reported having. Katarina Sundelin/PhotoAlto/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Katarina Sundelin/PhotoAlto/Getty Images In every group the researchers studied, the more marijuana people smoked the more sex they reported having. Katarina Sundelin/PhotoAlto/Getty Images Tobacco companies put a lot of effort into […]

A shocking overdose photo exposed her addiction — and may have saved her life – Washington Post

Erika Hurt was found unconscious last fall in her car. (Hope, Ind., Police Department) Erika Hurt had become the face of drug addiction. The young mother was captured in a photograph by police, passed out in the driver’s seat of her car outside a Dollar General store in Hope, Ind. — an empty syringe still resting […]

10 things to know about sleep as the clocks go back – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images People across the UK will wake up having gained an hour’s sleep on Sunday morning, as the clocks go back heralding darker evenings and shorter days. But how much do we know about sleep and its impact on our lives, from our health and mood, to how long we’ll live? 1. […]

Eating alone could have awful consequences for your health – New York Daily News

Dining alone can lead to something worse than heartburn — it could boost your risk for heart disease and diabetes, a new study found. Men, in particular, who ate alone at least twice a day are more likely to have metabolic syndrome than their social-dining peers, the study found. The […]

Is SoCal’s diversity one reason the opioid epidemic is less acute here? – 89.3 KPCC

President Trump brought renewed attention to the opioid epidemic Thursday when he declared it a national public health emergency, but experts say it won’t likely lead to increased funding to fight the problem in Southern California. That’s because the problem is not as acute as it is elsewhere in the country; a public health official […]