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Doctors Call California’s Probe Of Opioid Deaths A ‘Witch Hunt’

In a unique crackdown on what it sees as “excessive prescribing,” the state medical board is investigating hundreds of doctors whose patients ultimately died of opioid overdoses — whether or not the doctors prescribed the fatal medications.

Alcohol-Linked Disease Overtakes Hep C As Top Reason For Liver Transplant

New research suggests that attitudes toward liver transplant candidates who have a history of alcohol abuse are softening.

New House Democrats’ Focus On Abortion Rights Could Stymie Work With Senate

Members of the new Democratic majority in the House are vowing to reverse restrictions that Republicans have imposed on abortions. But the efforts could lead to titanic fights that imperil other legislation.

Analysis: Can States Fix The Disaster Of American Health Care?

The governor of California has proposed some big ideas. Who knows whether he can pull them off, but there’s reason for hope.

Pain From The Government Shutdown Spreads. This Time It’s Food Stamps.

Food stamps for February are being distributed about two weeks early because officials say the federal money to pay for them won’t be available later due to the government shutdown. State and local officials are scratching their heads about what might happen in March if the impasse continues.

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes wades through hundreds of health articles from the week so you don’t have to.

County By County, Researchers Link Opioid Deaths To Drugmakers’ Marketing

A JAMA study looking at county-specific federal data finds that the more opioid-related marketing dollars spent in a county, the higher rates of doctors who prescribed those drugs, and ultimately, more overdose deaths.

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