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Pope weighs in as states debate abortion: It’s like hiring a ‘hitman to solve a problem’

Pope Francis affirmed the Catholic stance against abortion Saturday, not long after multiple U.S. states passed bills restricting abortion. “Is it legitimate to take out a human life to solve a problem?” Francis asked attendees at a Vatican conference on abortion, according to the New York Times. “Is it permissible to contract a hitman to… Read More »

Fewer people died from heart disease in states that expanded Medicaid coverage through the Affordable Care Act

Counties in states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act had fewer deaths annually from heart disease compared to areas that did not expand Medicaid, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2019. Medicaid expansion under the ACA, which occurred in 2014,… Read More »

These states have been hit the hardest by America's opioid epidemic

In a study of opioid deaths from 1999 to 2016, “we found that, in general, opioid mortality is skyrocketing,” said Mathew Kiang, a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Population Health Sciences. More specifically, the study, published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open, found that the mortality rate from synthetic opioids in… Read More »