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Obituary for opioid addict goes viral: 'This disease needs a face'

(NEW YORK) -- Madelyn Linsenmeir was a mother, sister and friend, who was "hilarious, and warm, and fearless, and resilient." She was also an opioid addict.Linsenmeir was a junkie for 12 years and, at what her sister said were some of her darkest points, she would sometimes panhandle for money.…... Read More

Breast cancer disparities: Black women more likely than white women to die from breast cancer in the US

BY: DR. AMISHA AHUJA (NEW YORK) -- For Breast Cancer Awareness month this October, tennis star Serena Williams went topless in a music video, singing the song "I Touch Myself" while covering her breasts with her hands. It was all to remind women about the importance of regular self-check breast…... Read More

New HHS rule would require drug companies to disclose prices in TV ads

(NEW YORK) -- The Trump administration said Monday it plans to require drug makers to start disclosing its prices in television advertisements, a move that prompted immediate pushback from the pharmaceutical industry and raised questions about whether it would actually work to lower drug costs.The proposed new rule says anyone…... Read More

Unvaccinated child dies from flu in Florida

(NEW YORK) -- A Florida child who hadn't received a flu vaccination died from the virus in late September or early October, according to the state's department of health.It's the first reported pediatric death in Florida for the 2018-19 flu season.Vaccinations have been shown to reduce a child's likelihood of…... Read More

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tour raises Zika concerns after baby announcement

(LONDON) -- Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their pregnancy this morning as they kicked off a 16-day tour that includes stops in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.But the trip is raising some concerns as doctors advise that women like Meghan, who is 12 weeks pregnant, should not travel…... Read More

EPA scientist on leave says agency effort to protect children from lead has stalled

(WASHINGTON) -- The federal government's push to prevent lead from harming children's health has stalled, according to a top scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency who was recently placed on leave for what the agency called serious allegations.The scientist, Ruth Etzel, said the U.S. effort to stop children from being…... Read More

Fatal police shootings 40% more likely in states with higher gun ownership

BY. DR. TAMBETTA OJONG (NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Constitution’s second amendment gives us the “right to bear arms,” but what if having a gun for protection is actually putting you more at risk of harm? A new study finds that a person’s chances of being involved in a fatal…... Read More

Screen time overload: How media multitasking can affect our impressions of new people

BY. COLETTE POOLE-BOYKIN (NEW YORK) --  In the 21st Century, multiple media devices, such as smartphones, computers and television, constantly compete for our attention. Using them all at once is known as media multitasking, and it forces our brains to work overtime to process all the information — often inefficiently.…... Read More

Hurricane Michael, other disasters can take lasting toll on children's mental health

BY: DR. COLETTE POOLE-BOYKIN(NEW YORK) -- Windows boarded and emergency plans in place, with gallons of water and canned goods stocked. As people who are rushing to prepare for an impending natural disaster check items on to-do lists, it is possible to overlook a less visible need -- the mental…... Read More

Tech addiction clinic in India treating its first Netflix-related case

(NEW YORK) -- A mental health institute in India admitted its first patient for Netflix addiction.The 26-year-old man is being treated by Dr. Manoj Kumar Sharma, a professor at the National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences in Bengaluru, who said the man was watching Netflix to obtain a "feeling…... Read More

'The View' hosts get candid about 'going through it' on World Mental Health Day

(NEW YORK) -- On World Mental Health Day, "The View" co-hosts had an open conversation about their own experiences and discussed the role of social media in the growing mental health crisis.Meghan McCain spoke about working through the death of her father in August, on her third day back at…... Read More