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Pills Kill More People Than Guns and Car Crashes

Pills kill more people than gunsIn a now-viral video, New Jersey Governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie made a heartfelt plea to Americans about our treatment of people with drug addiction. “We have to stop judging,” he said. “And start giving them the tools they need to get better.”

The video is increasingly relevant with the release of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA), which found drug overdoses have surpassed firearm and car related deaths every year since 2008. These numbers make it the leading cause of injury-related death in America, killing more than 46,000 people in 2013 alone.


Meat cooked at high temperatures increases cancer risk

Meat at high temperature greater cancer riskCharring meat on a grill or in a pan has been thought to increase the formation of cancer-causing compounds for some time. Researchers linked increased consumption of meat cooked at high temperatures with an increased risk for renal cell carcinoma, or kidney cancer, in a new study.

The study comes on the heels of a large review of research by the World Health Organization that said processed meat such as bacon and sausage causes cancer, and that all red meat "probably" causes cancer.


Wealth may give advantage for getting organ transplants

organ donor registryYou can't buy hearts, kidneys or other organs but money can still help you get one. Wealthy people are more likely to get on multiple waiting lists and score a transplant, and less likely to die while waiting for one, a new study finds.

The work confirms what many have long suspected — the rich have advantages even in a system designed to steer organs to the sickest patients and those who have waited longest. Wealthier people can better afford the tests and travel to get on more than one transplant center's waiting list, and the new study shows how much this pays off.


US to ask Canada, UK to extradite online pharmacy officials

Online pharmacyU.S. prosecutors are asking the Canadian and British governments to extradite officials with an online pharmacy to face charges of smuggling mislabeled, unapproved and counterfeit cancer drugs.

Fourteen companies and individuals from Canada, the United Kingdom, Barbados and the U.S. are accused of participating in the conspiracy in which $78 million in drugs were sold to U.S. doctors over two years.


Gene-edited immune cells treat 1-year-old's 'incurable' leukemia

Leukemia breakthroughDoctors cleared a 1-year-old of an aggressive form of leukemia using an experimental treatment that had previously only been tested in mice, which researchers said could be a "huge" step forward in treating leukemia and other cancers.

The girl, named Layla, had relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, or ALL, and already been treated with chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, as well as another experimental treatment -- none of which kept the cancer from getting worse.


43 Washington and Oregon Chipotle Restaurants Closed After E. Coli Outbreak

chipoltle stores closeddMore than 40 Chipotle restaurants across Oregon and Washington state were closed Saturday after an E. coli outbreak was linked to some of the chain's locations in those states, according to health officials.

Nineteen E. coli cases in Washington and three in Oregon have been connected to Chipotle, according to the Washington State Department of Health.


A 'huge milestone': approval of cancer-hunting virus signals new treatment era

Virus hunting cancer treatmentA new cancer treatment strategy is on the horizon that experts say could be a game-changer and spare patients the extreme side effects of existing options such as chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy and other current cancer treatments are brutal, scorched-earth affairs that work because cancer cells are slightly – but not much – more susceptible to the havoc they wreak than the rest of the body. Their side effects are legion, and in many cases horrifying – from hair loss and internal bleeding to chronic nausea and even death.


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