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AI shows success in reducing premature births

AI shows success in reducing premature births

Kentucky-based Medicaid managed-care health insurer Passport Health Plan has introduced a pilot program to address the high rate of premature births among its members by using analytics to identify at-risk patients earlier in their pregnancies.

Data Points: Smoking pot while pregnant

Data Points: Smoking pot while pregnant

A study of data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health looked at marijuana use among women 18 to 45 years old. Here’s a snapshot of those who smoked pot in the last month while pregnant.

Trump signs bipartisan measure to confront opioid crisis

Trump signs bipartisan measure to confront opioid crisis

President Donald Trump pledged to put an "extremely big dent" in the scourge of drug addiction in America as he signed legislation intended to help tackle the opioid crisis, the deadliest epidemic of overdoses in the country's history.

Marijuana in babies? Colo. researchers find new evidence

Marijuana in babies? Colo. researchers find new evidence

Two Colorado specialists have found marijuana's psychoactive component lingers in breast milk for at least six weeks. As researchers worry that growing cannabis use by mothers could translate into a public health crisis for children, physicians are seeing impact on the ground.

Study: Without Medicaid expansion, poor forgo medical care

Study: Without Medicaid expansion, poor forgo medical care

Low-income people in states that haven't expanded Medicaid are much more likely to forgo needed medical care than the poor in other states, according to a government report. Several states have Medicaid expansion on the ballot in November.

HHS shells out more than $2 billion for HIV/AIDS care support

HHS shells out more than $2 billion for HIV/AIDS care support

The federal government doled out more than $2 billion in fiscal 2018 to support medical and social services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Advocates say the program's success should serve as a model for commitment needed to address the opioid crisis.

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