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CDC: New cases of paralyzing disease

by Kent Covington
Posted 10/31/18, 10:37 am

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 10 new cases of a mysterious, Polio-like illness that paralyzes children. The CDC describes Acute Flaccid Myelitis as a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system, seizing the area of the spinal cord called gray matter and causing the muscles and reflexes in the body to weaken. The new cases of AFM bring this year’s total to 72, spread across 24 different states. Most people who contract the disease experience sudden arm or leg weakness and a loss of muscle tone and reflexes.

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Trump takes aim at prescription drug prices

by Kent Covington
Posted 10/26/18, 11:24 am

President Donald Trump has announced a new plan aimed at lowering prices for some prescription drugs. At the White House on Thursday, the president said current pricing practices are unfair: “We’re taking aim at the global freeloading that forces American consumers to subsidize lower prices in foreign countries through higher prices in our country.”

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Trump approves opioid bill

by Kent Covington
Posted 10/25/18, 10:41 am

President Donald Trump signed a bipartisan bill Wednesday devoting $8.5 billion to fighting the opioid crisis. The president said his administration is determined to beat the scourge of drug addiction. “We are going to end it or we are going to at least make an extremely big dent in this terrible, terrible problem,” he said. Nearly 48,000 people died last year from overdoses involving opioids. Overall, U.S.

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