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    Rep. Ayanna Pressley To Introduce Bill To Combat Maternal Mortality

    HuffPost May 8, 2019 With the sobering trend of black mothers dying after childbirth at a much higher rate than white mothers, Massachussetts Rep. Ayanna Pressly is the leading sponsor of a bill that would help combat this rising trend. The bill, termed the MOMMIES act, would extend Medicaid coverage from 2 months to a…

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  • Opioids

    For the first time, U.S. files criminal charges against an opioid distributor

    Washington Post April 23, 2019 By Lenny Bernstein Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against a major drug distributor and two of its former executives Tuesday, a new tactic that for the first time exposes wholesalers of legal painkillers to potential prison sentences for their roles in the nation’s opioid epidemic. The company, Rochester Drug Cooperative, and…

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    You elected them to write new laws. They’re letting corporations do it instead.

    The Center for Public Integrity April 4, 2019 The Center for Public Integrity, along with USA Today, reveal the findings of their two-year investigation into the influence of special interest groups on the legislative process, specifically how lawmakers write new laws. Their report shows how industry, or party affiliation, influences legislation across the country via…

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    Lawsuits Lay Bare Sackler Family’s Role in Opioid Crisis

    The New York Times April 1, 2019 New details of the Sackler family’s efforts to profit off of the opioid epidemic, which they had a hand in creating, were revealed in a lawsuit being brought against them by the attorneys general of Massachussetts and New York. Even with the awareness of the hundreds of thousands…

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    Rutgers Law School Assists Camden Residents with Medical and Legal Issues

    Rutgers-Camden News Now March 2019 Students from Rutgers Law School work in tandem with community health professionals in Camden, NJ, to help improve residents’ lives and their overall health. The legal team is available to give advice on tickets, arrests, or fines to reduce stress in their daily lives. In addition, the larger multi-disciplinary group…

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    The Climate Change Within: Missing Microbes and the Evolution of the Microbiome

    Rutgers Today February 26, 2019 Rutgers welcomes a new physician-researcher, Dr. Martin Blaser, a microbiologist who has studied the microbiome for over 20 years. In this short interview, Dr. Blaser gives a synopsis of the microbiome and outlines the four main issues contributing to the changes happening inside all of us. These four areas are:…

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    Hospitals withdraw surgical device over aluminium exposure fears

    The Guardian March 3, 2019 Several UK hospitals have withdrawn a common surgical device, used to warm fluids to body temperature during surgeries, over fears that it could cause dangerous levels of aluminium exposure in patients. The team found that when an electrolyte fluid was passed through the element, the level of aluminum rose to…

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    Doctors overprescribed fentanyl, FDA failed to act, study says

    Fierce Healthcare February 21, 2019 While not surprising in this age of overprescribing having precipitated the rampant US opioid addiction, a disturbing new study was published this month in JAMA. Researchers found that doctors overprescribed fentanyl at an alarming rate, where upwards of one third to one half of patients should never have received the…

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