Wall Street Journal, New York

New Tools Deliver Medical Diagnoses, Fast, Cheap and in the Field

wsj.com — Reliable electricity is a rare commodity in some parts of Guinea, which means some traditional medical equipment often is useless. So researchers there are using a new tool to identify Ebola cases: a portable diagnostic machine that fits in a suitcase and runs on a solar battery.

Fifteen Years After Autism Panic, a Plague of Measles Erupts

wsj.com — Legions spurned a long-proven vaccine, putting a generation at risk PORT TALBOT, Wales-When the telltale rash appeared behind Aleshia Jenkins's ears, her grandmother knew exactly what caused it: a decision she'd made 15 years earlier. Ms. Jenkins was an infant in 1998, when this region of southwest Wales was a hotbed of resistance to a vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella.

5 Things About the Opioid-Abuse Epidemic

blogs.wsj.com — Before the 1990s, doctors typically reserved the strongest painkillers for patients with severe, cancer-related pain. But heavy marketing of new opioid painkillers in the mid-1990s helped spark widespread prescribing for more common types of pain. A black market for pain pills also developed, with unscrupulous clinics selling prescriptions to anyone paying cash.

Long Struggle for Midwestern Needle Exchange

wsj.com — A mobile needle exchange in Cincinnati was shunned by several neighborhoods before it finally got rolling It took Judith Feinberg years to gain political backing to open a needle exchange for injection-drug users in Ohio's Hamilton County, even as heroin and painkiller abuse spurred a flood of hepatitis C infections in the region.

Rural U.S. Struggles to Combat IV Drug Abuse

wsj.com — Every Friday afternoon, dozens of drug addicts carrying bags and coffee cans filled with dirty needles stream into a makeshift clinic in downtrodden Portsmouth, Ohio. As the only such facility in a region blighted by heroin and painkiller abuse, it attracts addicts from as far away as Kentucky and West Virginia.

Medtronic Swings to Loss in First Quarter After Covidien Deal

wsj.com — Medical supply company's full-year outlook includes larger estimate for foreign-currency impact Medtronic PLC reported that comparable revenue grew 7% in the April quarter, the first that included results from its $43 billion acquisition of Covidien PLC. Shares, which increased about 6% this year through Monday's close, were up about 1.69% in light premarket trading.

Antidepressant Link to Newborn Disorder May Be Less Than Believed

wsj.com — New research on use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors late in pregnancy provides additional data, but probably not the total clarity many women would like Use of antidepressants late in pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk of babies born with a serious respiratory disorder, but the increased risk appears to be less than previous research has suggested, according to a new study.

Medtronic on Hunt for Deals in China

wsj.com — Medtronic PLC is broadening the number of low-cost medical devices it sells in China and is looking for deals there, as local competitors put increasing pressure on the industry's big foreign names.

CDC Warns of Rise in Hepatitis C Cases Linked to Injection-Drug Use

wsj.com — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned about a sharp increase in hepatitis C infections linked to injection-drug abuse in four Appalachian states, and called for better health services to contain the spread.

Read slowly to benefit your brain and cut stress

wsj.com — Once a week, members of a Wellington, New Zealand, book club arrive at a cafe, grab a drink and shut off their cellphones. Then they sink into cozy chairs and read in silence for an hour. The point of the club isn't to talk about literature, but to get away from pinging electronic devices and read, uninterrupted.
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Jul 03, 2015

RT @alliebland: Then Google Maps was like, "turn right on Malcolm Ten Boulevard" and I knew there were no black engineers working there

Jul 03, 2015

RT @ChristopherJM: A piece of #MH17 that reads "Boeing" still rests in the field where the cockpit fell in Rozsypne, eastern #Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/UBCibdpcfw

Jul 02, 2015

FDA approves Vertex’s new cystic-fibrosis drug. Price? $259,000 per patient a year. on.wsj.com/1CdXkoX

Jul 02, 2015

RT @juliaioffe: 75% of Syrian children now work to support families. Before the war, most of them went to school. nyti.ms/1T8pFBd

Jul 02, 2015

The ancient Greek term for all this is khaos. The brilliant Andy Higgins on the Greek crisis. nyti.ms/1H1psKC

Jul 02, 2015

Some amazing Greece journalism out there today. @MatinaStevis & @Charlesforelle on how Greeks living w frozen banks on.wsj.com/1CbedRl

Jul 02, 2015

Greece's banking system has about 1 billion euros left. Even with withdrawal limits, it'll last only a few more days on.wsj.com/1CbedRl

Jul 02, 2015

This is what happened when the New York Times told people to add peas to guacamole. poynter.org/news/mediawire…

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