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Mood-Altering Mushroom Sales Bloom Despite Safety Concerns

The well-known “Amanita muscaria” mushroom is legal to possess and consume in 49 states. The market for gummies, powders, and capsules containing extracts of the fungus is raising eyebrows, though, amid concerns from the FDA and in the absence of human clinical trials.

Letters to the Editor

Readers and Tweeters Weigh Marijuana's Merits Against Those of Alcohol or Opioids

KFF Health News gives readers a chance to comment on a recent batch of stories.

Newsom and Democratic Lawmakers at Odds Over Billions in Health Care Funds

Gov. Gavin Newsom is getting pressure from his political allies to begin spending money on health care that the state raised by fining Californians who go without health insurance. But Newsom says the state can’t afford to.

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Diagnosis: Debt

Many People Living in the 'Diabetes Belt' Are Plagued With Medical Debt

The “Diabetes Belt,” as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, comprises 644 mostly Southern counties where diabetes rates are high. Of those counties, KFF Health News and NPR found, more than half also have high levels of medical debt.

Navigating Aging

Cardiovascular Disease Is Primed to Kill More Older Adults, Especially Blacks and Hispanics

Cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer of older Americans, with Black and Hispanic people at higher risk. Despite medical advances, researchers say, disparities are expected to worsen in the coming decades.

Mammograms at 40? Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Spark Fresh Debate

There is no direct evidence that screening women in their 40s will save lives, yet modeling suggests expanding routine mammography to include them might avert 1.3 deaths per 1,000. Highlighting the risk of false positives, some specialists call for a more personalized approach.

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Young People Are Having Less Sex Than Their Parents Did at Their Age, and Researchers Are Exploring Why

A line chart titled "More Young Adult Californians Aren't Having Sex." It shows two lines showing the rates of people reporting no sexual partners by two age groups: 18 to 30-year olds and 31 to 64-year-olds.

The percentage of young adults not having sex was rising even before covid made dating harder. Data and research suggest economic precarity, technology, and the warping effects of porn on sexual attitudes may play a role.

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