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Schoolyard conflicts may be linked to serious health problems later in life, research shows

A new study by the University of Virginia has found a correlation between childhood conflict, and the poor handling of it, to later health problems. (Chris Ware / Tribune News Service)
The study found that a protein in the bloodstream that has been associated with development of cancerous tumors, osteoporosis, arthritis and other problems associated with aging, was present at high levels in the bloodstreams of 28-year-olds who experienced chronic social conflict beginning as early as age 13, but not among those who handled conflict well.

Want smarter kids who sleep through the night? Feed them fish, a new study says

A new University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing study found that children who ate fish regularly scored nearly five points higher on a standard IQ test that measures cognitive function in children. The kids who favored fish over traditionally kid-friendly items like, say, chicken fingers and fries, also slept better and had fewer sleep interruptions.

State Attorney General: OxyContin maker Purdue pushed prescriptions

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson talks Nov. 28, 2017, at a news conference in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
Vancouver nurse practitioner Kelly Bell prescribed more than $1.5 million worth of OxyContin in a six-month span in 2008 – months before federal agents raided the Payette Clinic, according to court documents filed Friday. The scope of Bell’s prescribing and her interactions with OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma were included in an unredacted complaint against Purdue filed by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Sue Lani Madsen: Security and freedom

Sue Lani Madsen, an architect and rancher, will write opinion for the Spokesman-Review on an occasional basis. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
There is common ground on health care – the system isn’t working. Everyone has favorite anecdotes about what’s working the worst, either before or after the Affordable Care Act or both. Lots of both.

Utah police training to spot mental health crises

PROVO, Utah – Orem police Detective Jeremy Jamison is learning to sift crimes from crises. In recent months, he has carved a role as a mental health officer building relationships with people experiencing issues that can be addressed with medication, therapy, housing or other resources, The Daily Herald in Provo reported Tuesday.

Quinn on Nutrition: DASH into the New Year

The DASH diet, once again, received top billing on the US News World Report list of best diets to promote weight loss and long-term health. (Dreamstime / Tribune News Service)
The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet for the past seven years has gotten top billing on the US News & World Report list of best diets to promote weight loss and long-term health.

People’s pharmacy: How good are gummy supplements?

After testing gummy multivitamins, it reported that “some gummy supplements – particularly gummy multivitamins – do not contain their listed amounts of vitamins or minerals, or contain impurities.”

Vermont opioid deaths jump nearly 160 percent, report shows

Deaths from opioid-related overdoses jumped nearly 160 percent in Vermont between 2010 and 2016 and continue to rise while more than half of the 266 young children in state custody are there due to opioid abuse issues, according to a draft report from the governor’s opioid council formed to bolster the state’s response to the crisis.

Soaring overdose deaths cut US life expectancy for 2nd year

A discarded syringe sits in the dirt with other debris Feb. 16, 2017, under a highway overpass where drug users are known to congregate in Everett, Wash. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
NEW YORK – U.S. deaths from drug overdoses skyrocketed 21 percent last year, and for the second straight year dragged down how long Americans are expected to live. The government figures released Thursday put drug deaths at 63,600, up from about 52,000 in 2015. For the first time, the powerful painkiller fentanyl and its close opioid cousins played a bigger role in the deaths than any other legal or illegal drug, surpassing prescription pain pills and heroin.