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In the News: APA was complicit in CIA torture, interrogations

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Officials with the American Psychological Association (APA) secretly worked with the CIA to protect U.S. torture programs, an independent review released last week found. The review reported that the APA took measures to align their ethics policies with the Department of Defense (DOD), which favored allowing psychologists to advise and engage in torture interrogations.

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In The News: Heroin use is on the rise — especially in the Midwest

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The use of Heroin in the United States has increased significantly over the past decade. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows the increase spans between all demographics, including age, gender and income.

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Decrease your risk of heat stroke this Fourth of July

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The upcoming Fourth of July holiday is usually grounds for lounging in the sun, hanging out with friends and family and enjoying a good barbecue. However, when the heat rises it’s important to protect yourself from heat and sun related illnesses such as heat stroke.

William Roberts, M.D., professor in the Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health says heat stroke is a rise in the core body temperature to a level, usually greater than 104º-106º. This causes organs to lose function and fail and can also affect the brain.

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Research Snapshot: Legalizing same-sex marriage may decrease the number of couples on Medicaid in New York

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A new study from the University of Minnesota found that New York’s Marriage Equality Act led to significant increases in employer-sponsored health insurance, and reductions in state-funded Medicaid assistance for adults in same-sex relationships.

The study conducted by Gilbert Gonzales, M.H.A., Ph.D. candidate from the School of Public Health and research assistant at SHADAC, was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on Friday.

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Expert Perspective: CDC decides on permissive recommendation for strain B meningococcal vaccination

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The Center for Disease Control (CDC) chose not to mandate a newly-developed vaccine for a meningitis substrain Neisseria meningitidis, but to leave the decision to vaccinate up to parents and children with physician recommendations. Meningococcal meningitis is a serious condition which can be incredibly dangerous if not treated quickly. Vaccines for the strains A, C, Y and W-135 have been a part of vaccination requirements for over 10 years, while the vaccine for the serogroup B strain, Neisseria meningitidis, was developed last year. Questions about the vaccination requirements were raised amidst growing concerns linked to recent B-strain outbreaks.

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Pharmacists to take on large role in dispensing medical marijuana

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Minnesota pharmacists will continue to be an important part of a patient’s medical team as they take on a large role in prescribing and dispensing medical marijuana.

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