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"Adverse childhood experience" has become a buzzword in social services, public health, education, pediatrics and even business. Do you know your own ACE score?

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At the center of one of the great medical controversies of our time, the mishmash around pain medication and addiction to prescription drugs has caused alarm in law enforcement and the public.  But the realities of patients who have chronic pain problems, chronic addiction problems, or both, are not

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I want to commend U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Associate Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagen, and Sonia Sotomayor for their ruling to uphold the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act on Thursday, June 28, 2012. Their historic decision has provided a...

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As mental health budgets shrink and services erode in Stanislaus County California, Aspen Family Medical Group, a primary care clinic, has taken on a key role in treating the county's uninsured mentally ill.

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Living With Sickle Cell Disease: The Struggle to Survive was a book I absolutely had to write. Prompting me to undertake such a daunting project was finally having had it with being treated as less than a person whenever I showed up at an emergency room. 

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Doug Wojcieszak talks about why doctors should apologize — not clam up — over their medical errors, and why some patients criticize his Sorry Works! program.

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Maia Szalavitz offers blunt advice for folks covering addiction and drug use: "Think critically. Don't be the readers' nanny. You aren't there to send 'the right message.'"

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How many times do you see pain patients who aren’t addicted represented in stories about prescription painkillers? Maia Szalavitz weighs in.

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The American Pain Foundation – an industry-funded promoter of painkillers - closed its doors last week amid a federal inquiry. Here's how some top-notch journalists helped make it happen.

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A federally-funded health center, Cabin Creek Health Systems accepts patients whether they can pay or not. Freida Smith is one of their 14,000 patients.

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