New Cluster Of Cases Tells Story Of A Black Lung Epidemic That Is Emerging In Appalachia

The severity of the disease among miners at the Virginia clinics “knocked us back on our heels,” said David J. Blackley, an epidemiologist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. In other public health news: rape kits, brain injuries, sepsis, diabetes and prosthetics. Kaiser Health News

A Glimmer Of Hope In Midst Of Epidemic: Opioid Deaths Fall For First Time In Years For 14 States

“If we’re truly at a plateau or inflection point, it would be the best news all year,” said Caleb Alexander, of Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness. Meanwhile, five states and the District of Columbia saw death spikes of more than 30 percent. Kaiser Health News

Could This Century-Old Law Be Used To Curb Drug Prices? Democrats Think So

The law could allow HHS to use a patented invention — in this case hep C drugs — and the drugmaker wouldn’t be able to do anything about it other than to demand “reasonable” compensation. Democrats want HHS to take this step in hopes that a lower-cost generic could be manufactured. Meanwhile, HHS Secretary Alex […]

Sweeping Study Settles Hot Debate Over Whether Antidepressants Even Work, Researchers Say

In general, newer antidepressants tend to be better tolerated due to fewer side effects, while the most effective drug in terms of reducing depressive symptoms was amitriptyline — a drug first discovered in the 1950s. Kaiser Health News

Good News For Kids And Needle-Phobes: FluMist OK’d For Use Two Years After Panel Pulled Recommendation

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to drop FluMist from the list of recommended vaccines starting in the 2016-2017 flu season after studies conducted by the CDC showed that the vaccine component that targets H1N1 flu viruses was not protecting people who got the vaccine. Kaiser Health News