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Asthma costs the US economy more than $80 billion per year
Pregnant women in NC exposed to less secondhand nicotine after ‘smoking ban’
Stigma continues to hamper response to opioid epidemic


Asthma costs the US economy more than $80 billion per year



Posted: 12 Jan 2018 06:12 AM PST


Asthma costs the US economy more than $80 billion annually in medical expenses, missed work and school days and deaths, according to new research.


Pregnant women in NC exposed to less secondhand nicotine after ‘smoking ban’



Posted: 10 Jan 2018 07:35 PM PST


A new study has found pregnant women experienced less secondhand smoke exposure since the 2009 passage of the ‘smoking ban’ in North Carolina, which outlawed smoking inside public places such as bars and restaurants.


Stigma continues to hamper response to opioid epidemic



Posted: 10 Jan 2018 09:02 AM PST


Efforts to reverse the nation's opioid epidemic remain beset by the stigma associated with drug use, a group of researchers write in a year-end review. The researchers emphasize the need for the American health care system to embrace medications such as methadone to treat opioid use disorder, provide addiction treatment in primary care clinics and develop non-addictive alternatives for chronic pain.
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