SIU adding doctors to treat opioid dependency with medication
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SIU adding doctors to treat opioid dependency with medication

When Dr. Michael Connolly moved from Wisconsin to Quincy in January 2017 to teach at Southern Illinois University's Center for Family Medicine, he was shocked at the number of opioid prescriptions and substance use disorders in the area.

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Counseling, holistic approaches best way to treat dependency, manage pain
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Counseling, holistic approaches best way to treat dependency, manage pain

Opioids have long been a first-line treatment for pain, but what options exist for opioid addicts or other people who are worried about dependency? For those patients and others suffering chronic pain, alternatives exist.

Amazon, Buffett, JPMorgan pick Gawande to lead health firm
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Amazon, Buffett, JPMorgan pick Gawande to lead health firm

Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway are turning to well-known author and Harvard professor Dr. Atul Gawande to transform the health care they give their employees

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HEALTH NOTEBOOK: Salvation Army fan distribution helps those in need

The Salvation Army is distributing electric fans to those in need. It is an annual practice during summer months when excessive can be a problem for many. The fans will be distributed in both Quincy and Hannibal.

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House to debate sweeping health care bill

The Massachusetts House is preparing to tackle a major health care bill that calls for $450 million in assessments on some larger hospitals and insurers

Opioid Crisis: How it got started
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Opioid Crisis: How it got started

A seemingly innocuous, 101-word letter written by a doctor and his assistant at the Boston Collaborative Drug Surveillance Program in 1980 was misinterpreted as evidence that long-term opiate use wouldn't cause addiction, and that led to an increase in prescriptions for the painkillers and eventually the opioid crisis, said Dr. Chris Solaro, Blessing Hospital Chief of Medicine.

Drug epidemic ensnares 25-year-old pill for nerve pain
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Drug epidemic ensnares 25-year-old pill for nerve pain

US health officials are grappling with a new drug of abuse: a 25-year-old generic nerve pain pill

A cancer screening flop: Few smokers seek free lung scans
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A cancer screening flop: Few smokers seek free lung scans

Less than 2 percent of those eligible for lung cancer screening have sought it

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Bevin names new Health and Family Services Cabinet secretary

Adam Meier will be the new secretary of the Health and Family Services Cabinet

Fewer US teens smoking, doing drugs ... and drinking milk
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Fewer US teens smoking, doing drugs ... and drinking milk

Survey shows fewer US teens smoking, having sex, doing drugs .... and drinking milk