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CBD May Be Natural, But Is It Safe?

The health benefits of cannabidiol are unclear, and many products hitting the market haven’t been made in clean, permitted facilities or tested for toxic pesticides, heavy metals and bacteria.

CBD May Be Natural, But Is It Safe?

The health benefits of cannabidiol are unclear, and many products hitting the market haven’t been made in clean, permitted facilities or tested for toxic pesticides, heavy metals and bacteria.

Health & Human Services

No More Tater Tots? California Schools Put Healthier Lunches To The Test

K-12 schools across California are rethinking and reformulating student meals.

What New Orleans Can Teach Other Cities About Reducing Homelessness

New Orleans slashed its homelessness numbers by 90% over a decade but has hit a plateau.

Cities Are Worried About the Health Effects of Certain Herbicides

Seattle has joined Miami, Austin, and other cities in restricting the use of herbicides with glyphosate, such as Roundup.

STDs Continue to Spread Nationwide

Cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis rose for the fifth consecutive year, according to federal data released this week.

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College Towns Ranked Among Best Locations for Retired Life

Seniors may benefit from low cost of living in college towns as well as the cultural amenities and healthcare options related to universities, according to a new report.

Trump Wants States to Experiment With Medicaid—Up to a Point

Utah may be a bellwether showing how far states can go in customizing Medicaid.

Food Stamp Rules Would Eliminate Benefits for 4 Million, Reduce State Autonomy

Recent changes pushed by the Trump administration are expected to result in about 10 percent of recipients losing benefits. Another 500,000 children would lose access to free or reduced-price meals at school.

People Who Live in Violent Neighborhoods Are More Likely to Be Lonely

A new study from Chicago finds that adults in places with high rates of violent crime are more likely to say they feel lonely, a consequence that can come with health repercussions.

Vapers Accuse Officials Of Overreach As Investigation Into Deadly Lung Illness Lags

Cities and states have responded to the vaping crisis with a divergent mix of warnings and bans.

On the Hunt for Lean Protein, Food Pantries Turn to Hunters

Across the country, hunters donate thousands of pounds of game meat to help stock food pantries in their communities.

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Enlisting Truckers to Fight Human Trafficking

Lawmakers in Wisconsin are hoping to add human trafficking curriculum to classes for commercial drivers' licenses.

Why Hospitals Are Getting Into The Housing Business

Hospital systems now invest in housing to help some of their most frequent patients. This allows them to safely discharge patients who otherwise would have no place to go, freeing up beds for sicker patients and saving the hospitals money.

New York Sees an End Coming to the AIDS Epidemic

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Anti-vaccine protestor throws human blood at California state lawmaker … Alabama allocates money to hospitals … Austin mayor asks governor for help with homelessness crisis.

It’s Easiest to Find Healthy Food in Cafeterias and Vending Machines of These Cities

City parks, hospitals, airports, and child care centers sell thousands of snacks and meals each day. A new ranking looks at how healthy city-procured food options are.

Tenn. Block Grant Experiment Would Boost Federal Funding, State Medicaid Chief Says

Conservatives have pursued Medicaid block grants for decades to give states more power over the program.

The Deep Divide: State Borders Create Medicaid Haves And Have-Nots

State borders can highlight Medicaid’s arbitrary coverage.

Rural Hospital Closings Reach Crisis Stage, Leaving Millions Without Nearby Health Care

COMMENTARY | More than 20% of our nation’s rural hospitals, or 430 hospitals across 43 states, are near collapse.

In Hair and Nail Salons, Beauty Experts Are Now Looking for Signs of Domestic Violence

Illinois requires cosmetologists to undergo training to learn the signs of domestic violence in order to renew their professional licenses.