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9 Dec 2016 12:51 PM EST

More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever, new federal statistics show. The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids. Heroin deaths rose 23 percent in one year to 12,989, slightly higher than the number of gun homicides, according to government data. Deaths from synthetic opioids, including illicit fentanyl, rose 73 percent to 9,580. And prescription painkillers took the highest toll, but posted the smallest increase. Abuse of drugs like Oxycontin and Vicodin killed 17,536, an increase of 4 percent

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9 December, 2016
2016 Winter Causing Car Accidents

Winter has hit the United States and several state highways are experiencing it full force. In Pennsylvania, heavy snowfall caused a 13 car motor accident that injured 15 people. In Oregon, there was a deadly car accident caused by icy roads, and in Michigan there was a car accident that involved... Read more

9 December, 2016
Pets Invaluable to Mental Health Patients

9, 2016 -- Cats, dogs, birds and other pets can help people manage their mental disorders, a new study says. Researchers from the United Kingdom asked more than 50 adults with long-term mental conditions about the role pets play in their social networks. Many said the constant presence and close... Read more

9 December, 2016
Breast Cancer Drugs May Be Linked to Heart Disease

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 -- Women on breast cancer drugs called aromatase inhibitors may show signs of early blood vessel damage that could lead to heart disease, a small study suggests. Researchers found that compared with healthy women their age, women on aromatase inhibitors were more likely... Read more

9 December, 2016
Tumor Found In 255-Million-Year-Old Beast

Scientists examining the jawbone of a saber-toothed, mammal-like beast that prowled Tanzania 255 million years ago have come across a remarkable fossil rarity: one of the oldest-known tumors.University of Washington researchers on Thursday described a benign tumor composed of miniature tooth-like... Read more

8 December, 2016
Shocking Dinosaur Fossil Found in Myanmar

In a discovery that has shocked scientists, the tail of a 99-million-year-old dinosaur has been found entombed in amber in northern Myanmar near the Chinese border. Xing Lida, a Chinese paleontologist who found the specimen, told CNN, "I realized that the content was a vertebrate, probably... Read more

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