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Gun deaths rose 28% during COVID-19 pandemic

Gun deaths across the U.S. increased by 28 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with a 15 percent increase in overall firearm-related incidents and a 34 percent increase in nonfatal gun injuries between March 2020 and February 2021.... Read more»

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The evolving science of face masks and COVID-19

Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began recommending that members of the public mask up last spring, additional research has backed the use of face masks to combat the coronavirus. While knowledge gaps still remain, experts agree that masks should be used — and increasingly, they are emphasizing the use of better masks.... Read more»

U.S., Arizona life expectancy fell, driven by deaths of younger people

After decades of steady increases, life expectancy in the U.S. ticked down slightly over three recent years, a drop attributed to a rise in “cause-specific” deaths like suicides and drug overdoses among those aged 25 to 64.... Read more»

New study says some marketers of brain boosting supplements are flouting an FDA ban

Despite being banned, piracetam is widely available—and hugely popular—as a supplement promoted as boosting cognitive ability. Unintimidated by FDA warning letters, sellers are advertising this forbidden ingredient in online bazaars.... Read more»

As states OK medical marijuana laws, doctors struggle with knowledge gap

As the number of states allowing medical marijuana grows, some are working to address this knowledge gap with physician training programs. States are beginning to require doctors to take continuing medical education courses that detail how marijuana interacts with the nervous system and other medications, as well as its side effects.... Read more»

FactCheck: DEA chief wrong on medical marijuana

The acting head of the DEA claimed that smoking marijuana has “never been shown to be safe or effective as a medicine.”... Read more»

Study puts a price tag on autism

Autism exacts a heavy toll on families across the country, but what is the financial cost of the disorder? ... Read more»