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Number of lawsuits challenging opioid industry still growing

2018 file photo shows judge Dan Polster in his office in Cleveland. Polster has called the opioid addiction epidemic “100 percent man-made” and asserted that other branches of government have “punted” on solving it. Polster has made clear that he wants to use the cases before him as a way to forge a solution to the opioid crisis _ not just a legal resolution. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, file)

Flu shot only 36 percent effective, making bad year worse

Preliminary figures suggest the vaccine is 36 percent effective.

How best to treat opioids’ youngest sufferers? No one knows

Trying to cope with the rising numbers of affected infants, hospitals around the United States are taking a scattershot approach to treating the tremors, hard-to-soothe crying, diarrhea and other hallmark symptoms of newborn abstinence syndrome.

Not just boy and girl; more teens identify as transgender

Far more U.S. teens than previously thought are transgender or identify themselves using other nontraditional gender terms, with many rejecting the idea that girl and boy are the only options, new research suggests.

Can gene therapy be harnessed to fight the AIDS virus?

“If we’re going to cure HIV,” he said, “this is how it’s going to happen.”

States look to lower drug costs, consider Canadian imports

Lawmakers in more than two-thirds of the states are considering ways to reduce prescription drug costs, including importing them from Canada, as they strive to balance budgets without knowing for sure what their government’s share of the tab will be.

Insulin quality questions have diabetes experts scrambling

Preliminary research suggesting that some diabetes patients may be injecting medicine that has partially disintegrated is causing concern even as serious questions are raised about the research itself.

Flu season still getting worse; now as bad as 2009 swine...

The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago.

OxyContin maker will stop promoting opioids to doctors

The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, bowing to a key demand of lawsuits that blame the company for helping trigger the current drug abuse epidemic.
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