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Opioids @ Work: Hidden Scourge Sapping the Economy

Strung out on drugs half her life, Brandi Edwards, 29, said the longest she held a job before getting sober four years ago was “about two and a half months.” “I worked at an AT&T call center, a day-care center for a month, fast food places, but I had to take drugs to get out of bed in the morning and when I did show up, I wasn’t productive,” the West Virginia mother of three told...

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New theory suggests Alzheimer’s is an autoimmune condition

Alzheimer’s might not be primarily a brain disease. A new theory suggests it’s an autoimmune condition. A new theory of Alzheimer’s disease reassesses the role of beta-amyloid in the brain. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) The pursuit of a cure for Alzheimer’s disease is becoming an increasingly competitive and contentious quest with recent years witnessing several important controversies. In July 2022,...

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He Felt Isolated and Adrift After an Autism Diagnosis. Can He Make It as a Cybersleuth?

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Thomas van Ruitenbeek’s life fell apart in 2012, when a psychotic episode and a diagnosis of autism derailed his pursuit of a digital communication degree at a university in Utrecht, the Netherlands. For the better part of a year, the 25-year-old...

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Why letting Medicare negotiate drug prices won’t be a game changer for healthcare

Drug prices have been soaring in recent years. stevecoleimages/E+ via Getty Inages ~~~~~~~ Democrats hope their new health care, tax and climate law begins to rein in soaring prescription drug prices. One of its most touted provisions allows Medicare, America’s health insurance program for seniors, to negotiate some prescription drug prices for the first time, with some calling it...

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How long will it take to understand long Covid?

Covid long-haulers experience a litany of symptoms, and researchers have proposed a variety of theories to explain them. It’s a morass to figure out, but the answers are important for the multitudes still suffering from an infection that happened to them months or even years ago. Rachel Robles contracted Covid in March 2020. The 27-year-old data analyst has not gone a single day without symptoms...

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“God, No, Not Another Case.” COVID-Related Stillbirths Didn’t Have to Happen.

This story was originally published by ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Late one afternoon last October, Dr. Shelley Odronic sat in her office and, just as she had thousands of times before, slid a rectangular glass slide onto her microscope. A pathologist who works in rural Ohio,...

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