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Abortion restrictions could lead to higher ER use

Women who have to travel longer distances to receive abortions are more than twice as likely to end up getting follow-up care within their local emergency departments, according to a new study, which researchers say raises the cost of such services.

Data Points: Overfat deemed a 'pandemic'

Data Points: Overfat deemed a 'pandemic'

Think twice before supersizing that meal. According to a new study in the Frontiers of Public Health, an estimated 70% of people in the world's 30 most-developed countries are "overfat."

Trump panel calls opioid crisis a 'national emergency'

Trump panel calls opioid crisis a 'national emergency'

The White House's drug commission called for mandatory prescriber education initiatives to combat overprescription of opioids and the granting of state waivers so Medicaid can cover more substance abuse treatment programs.

Data Points: Millions at risk of developing diabetes

Data Points: Millions at risk of developing diabetes

The rate of new diabetes cases remained relatively flat from 2014 to 2015, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Still, more than 30 million people live with the disease. Millions more have prediabetes, which could turn into Type 2 if left untreated.

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