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Navigating medical records release laws: Ensuring patient privacy and access

In the realm of healthcare, medical records are invaluable documents that contain vital information about an individual’s health history, diagnoses, treatments, and medications. Access to medical records is not only essential for providing quality healthcare but also for patients to understand their health status and make informed decisions about their care. However, the release of medical...

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Facing Unchecked Syphilis Outbreak, Great Plains Tribes Sought Federal Help. Months Later, No One Has Responded.

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. It was 2022 when pediatrician Tom Herr realized just how many babies on the Rosebud reservation in South Dakota were already infected with syphilis when they took their first breaths. He was seeing more and more patients who’d spent their first weeks...

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What’s next in the Ozempic era?

Diabetes, weight loss and now heart health: A new family of drugs is changing the way scientists are thinking about obesity — and more uses are on the horizon Few drugs have achieved the stardom that semaglutide, marketed in the United States as Ozempic or Wegovy, has today. A synthetic, injectable version of an intestinal hormone, it is the flagship of a new category of drugs initially...

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The Processed Food Fight

Some researchers are targeting artificial foods as a leading public health problem. As with so many dietary issues, though, the evidence tells a more nuanced tale. After decades of searching, many scientists believe they have finally pinned down the main problem with our modern diets—the factor driving ever-escalating rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and any number of other serious...

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Psychedelic drugs and the law: What’s next?

Q&A — Legal scholar Robert Mikos The push to legalize magic mushrooms, MDMA, LSD and other hallucinogens is likely to heighten tensions between state and federal law, drug law expert Robert Mikos says When Oregon’s first psilocybin service center opened in June 2023, allowing those over 21 to take mind-altering mushrooms in a state-licensed facility, the psychedelic revival that had been...

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Measles is one of the deadliest and most contagious infectious diseases – and one of the most easily preventable

Young children, pregnant people and the immunocompromised are among the most vulnerable to measles. CHBD/E+ via Getty Images ~~~~~~~~~~ “You don’t count your children until the measles has passed.” Dr. Samuel Katz, one of the pioneers of the first measles vaccine in the late 1950s to early 1960s, regularly heard this tragic statement from parents in countries where the measles vaccine was not...

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