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Health

New York moves to enact statewide flavored e-cig ban

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes amid growing health concerns connected to vaping, especially among young people. The Democrat announced Sunday that the state health commissioner would be making a recommendation this week to the state Public Health and...

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Study finds greater chance of overdose death for people who stop using opioids for chronic pain

Chronic-pain patients who stop taking opioids are more likely to die of an overdose than patients who stay on prescribed opioids, according to a study of Harborview Medical Center patients. The findings suggest that federal guidelines given to doctors who prescribe opioids might not be keeping patients safe, the study’s authors assert.