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  • Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy as part of settlement

    By GEOFF MULVIHILL–Associated Press (9/16/19) Purdue Pharma, the company that made billions selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin, filed for bankruptcy in White Plains, New York, days after reaching a tentative settlement with many of the state and local governments suing it over the toll of opioids. The filing was anticipated before and after the tentative…

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    Rise in Autism Could Be Linked to Preservative in Processed Foods

    Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN) June 21, 2019 By studying the effects of propionic acid (PPA) — a preservative added to many processed foods— on fetal brain development, researchers have found a link to a rise in autism symptoms. They decided to study the effects on brain cells, knowing that autistic children commonly have gastro-intestinal issues,…

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  • Music helps to build the brains of very premature babies

    Neuroscience News May 28, 2019 Music specially composed for preterm babies helps strengthen the development of neural networks and may help to limit neurodevelopmental delays often experienced by those born prematurely. “The most affected network is the salience network which detects information and evaluates its relevance at a specific time, and then makes the link…

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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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