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US suicides hit an all-time high last year

US suicides hit an all-time high last year

NEW YORK (AP) — About 49,500 people took their own lives last year in the U.S., the highest number ever, according to new government data posted Thursday.
Coal miners plead with feds for stronger enforcement during emotional hearing on black lung rule

Coal miners plead with feds for stronger enforcement during emotional hearing on black lung rule

BEAVER, W.Va. (AP) — Laboring to breathe, West Virginia coal miner Terry Lilly told federal regulators Thursday he is appreciative the U.S.
Aurora Cannabis slashes Q1 net loss as it eyes orchid business, further savings

Aurora Cannabis slashes Q1 net loss as it eyes orchid business, further savings

Aurora Cannabis Inc. shaved $590.4 million off its net loss in its most recent quarter as it continued its search for savings and began laying the groundwork for a future orchid business.

Family of Henrietta Lacks files new lawsuit over cells harvested without her consent

BALTIMORE (AP) — Just over a week after Henrietta Lacks’ descendants settled a lawsuit against a biotech company they accused of unjustly profiting off her cells for generations, the family’s attorneys have filed another claim against a different cor

Judge hears from experts to decide whether to block Georgia's ban on gender-affirming care

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge in Atlanta heard conflicting testimony Thursday about the safety and benefit of hormone therapy to treat adolescents struggling with their gender identity.
COVID-19 took a toll on heart health and doctors are still grappling with how to help

COVID-19 took a toll on heart health and doctors are still grappling with how to help

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Firefighter and paramedic Mike Camilleri once had no trouble hauling heavy gear up ladders. Now battling long COVID, he gingerly steps onto a treadmill to learn how his heart handles a simple walk.
Supreme Court blocks, for now, OxyContin maker bankruptcy deal that would shield Sacklers

Supreme Court blocks, for now, OxyContin maker bankruptcy deal that would shield Sacklers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked a nationwide settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma that would shield members of the Sackler family who own the company from civil lawsuits over the toll of opioids.
Highest court refuses to hear appeal from B.C. churches opposed to COVID-19 ruling

Highest court refuses to hear appeal from B.C. churches opposed to COVID-19 ruling

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear an appeal from three British Columbia churches that argued their constitutional rights were violated when provincial restrictions banned indoor religious services at the height of the COVID-19
Amid suspected overdose deaths in N.L., advocates call for more access to naloxone

Amid suspected overdose deaths in N.L., advocates call for more access to naloxone

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — As Newfoundland and Labrador's chief medical examiner investigates nearly a dozen drug-related deaths, harm-reduction advocates say an antidote to opioid overdoses should be more widely available across the province.
Autistic people at higher risk of self-harm and psychiatric illness, study says

Autistic people at higher risk of self-harm and psychiatric illness, study says

Researchers are calling for improved diagnosis, prevention and treatment of psychiatric illness among autistic people after finding they are at a higher risk of self-harm and suicide than non-autistic people.