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China Makes Deadly Opioid Carfentanil a Controlled Substance

China is adding carfentanil and three related synthetic opioids to its list of controlled substances effective March 1, China’s National Narcotics Control Commission said Thursday.   The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration called the move a potential “game-changer” that is likely to reduce supply of key chemicals driving a surge of …

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Tanzania Stops Private Health Centers From Offering AIDS Services

Tanzania’s government has stopped 40 privately run health centers from providing AIDS-related services, accusing them of catering to homosexuals in a country where gay sex is criminalized.   It is the latest move by this East African country to crack down on the activities of homosexuals.    The government believes …

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AP Fact Check: Trump's Iffy Grasp of Autism Research

President Donald Trump has weighed in on child autism, apparently without a complete grasp of the research.   Trump in the past has promoted debunked theories linking vaccines to autism, and shortly before his inauguration was considering a commission on the matter. Such comments have alarmed health professionals. Just last …

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Study: US Political Climate Leading to Stress

The political climate in the United States is stressing out Americans, according to a new study. Researchers from the American Psychological Association found that 57 percent of Americans say the “current political climate is a very or somewhat significant source of stress,” according to a poll done in January. Nearly …

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Air Pollution Linked to 2.7M Premature Births Yearly, Study Contends

Curbing outdoor air pollution may help prevent 2.7 million premature births a year, a condition that threatens children’s lives and increases their risk of long-term physical and neurological problems, scientists said on Thursday. Fine particles in the air from diesel fumes, fires and other sources may increase the risk of …

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New Mosquito Trap Smart Enough to Keep Just the Bad Bugs

A smart trap for mosquitoes? A new high-tech version is promising to catch the bloodsuckers while letting friendlier insects escape — and even record the exact weather conditions when different species emerge to bite. Whether it really could improve public health is still to be determined. But when the robotic …

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