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iStock/Thinkstock(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — While New Hampshire voters are traditionally animated and vocal during campaign season, one issue this year leaves many of them virtually speechless: the opioid crisis. The state is one of the nation’s hardest hit by a spiraling American epidemic of narcotic addiction. In recent ABC News interviews with potential voters in New […]

Courtesy Jeff Flynn(NEW YORK) — Jeff Flynn had no idea men could get breast cancer, so “I ignored the symptoms,” he said of a disease commonly associated with women. But the “dreaded” diagnosis came in 2011, 10 years after the then-strategic account manager for EMC Corp., a data storage company, had worked recovering business accounts […]

K. Levis(NEW YORK) — When Kristina Wong’s mother told her if anyone finds out she went to therapy she would never be able to get a job, it became crystal clear just how taboo discussions of mental health were in her family. “That made it clear that my joy had a monetary value, and it […]

iStock/ThinkstockBY: DR. JONATHAN STEINMAN (NEW YORK) — Can a blood test tell what time it is in your body? Scientists at Northwestern University think so. In a study published Monday in the medical journal PNAS, researchers reveal that they have invented a new computer algorithm called “TimeSignature” that uses blood sample data to predict someone’s […]

iStock/ThinkstockBY: DR. EDITH BRACHO-SANCHEZ (NEW YORK) — Talking to children when they’re tiny doesn’t just teach them speech — early conversation is linked to better language skills and higher IQ scores when they get to school, according to a new study published today in the Journal of Pediatrics. “By showing that parent-child verbal interactions in […]

iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. NICKY MEHTANI(NEW YORK) — The Trump administration early this year started allowing states to require that their Medicaid beneficiaries work and, to date, 11 states have applied for waivers to set such work rules. Medicaid work requirements could promote “better mental, physical and emotional health” and “help individuals and families rise out of […]

iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JONATHAN STEINMAN (NEW YORK) — Tuberculosis (TB), a lung disease most often transmitted by breathing infected particles in the air, is the ninth leading cause of death worldwide. An estimated 10.4 million people fell ill with TB in 2016, and about 1.7 million died. The most dangerous type — multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, or MDR-TB […]

Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tony Hawk is a pioneer and legend in the world of skateboarding, but he’s also a son and a human being. Hawk, 50, opened up on Thursday about his mother Nancy, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease. The disease, which slowly and irreversibly destroys memory and thinking skills, doesn’t just […]

Briana Stewart/ABC(NEW YORK) — In the world of dance, the bodies that usually take center stage are often the slimmer, long-limbed, hourglass figures. However, Pretty Big Movement, a full-figured dance company based in New York City, is here to prove you don’t need to be a size 2 to be a mesmerizing performer. The international […]

Florian Gaertner / Contributor / Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Over the past decade, probiotic dietary supplements have turned into a multi-million dollar industry, taken by almost 4 million adults and prescribed by up to 60 percent of health care providers. Yet the scientific community has known little about whether or not they actually work. But […]

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