News: SD congresswoman’s family-based substance abuse treatment bill passes House   source: Grand Forks Herald  

Last week, the U.S. House unanimously passed the Supporting Families in Substance Abuse Treatment Act. The program allows foster care dollars to go towards keeping families together while parents in trouble because of drug abuse stay in a treatment center that can accommodate the whole family.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

News: Health Department warns of cyanotoxin in North Dakota waters, animal deaths reported   source: Minot Daily News  

The hotter-than-usual weather combined with little rain has sped up mother nature’s clock when it comes to creating ripe conditions for blue-green algae development. The blue-green algae release cyanotoxins into water sources that can be fatal if ingested. Several cattle deaths have already been reported. Kim Fundingsland with the Minot Daily News has the story.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

News: Africa is now the world’s testing ground for commercial drones   source: Quartz  

North Dakota likes to think of itself as a leader in UAS investment. And in the U.S., we are. But on a global scale, strict U.S. regulations are dampening the industries ability to advance at the pace dictated by commercial demands and technical ability. In Africa, regulatory burdens aren’t a problem there we’re seeing drones deployed in ways that are literally saving lives.

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News: CHART: Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill   source: NPR  

If you’re confused by who to trust with regards to the news about the Republican-drafted revision Obamacare, Gisele Grayson with NPR put together a simple chart that outlines the proposed legislation’s impacts. It’s pretty straight forward information from a news source that I still trust operates with healthy dose of professional and journalistic integrity.

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News: Opioid epidemic is swamping U.S. hospitals with 1.3M ER trips, hospitalizations   source: The Washington Post  

The opioid drug crisis is one of those issues that might not hit home unless you have a personal experience with a family member or friend, but the trickle-down impacts of the problem are effecting all of us in less obvious ways. And one area where the crisis is putting pressure on our systems is in our hospitals and emergency rooms. In 2014, opioid-related cases resulted in 1.27 million […]

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News: Ohio Opioid Addiction Lawsuit Targets Pharmaceutical Companies   source: NPR  

The state of Ohio is suing five pharmaceutical companies for what the state contends is their direct role in fueling the opioid epidemic that’s sweeping the country. The quote from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine that tells the story of how the state intends to direct the case… Defendants persuaded doctors and patients that what they had long known — that opioids are addictive drugs, unsafe in most […]

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How Technology is Training You to Look at Your Phone

News: How Technology is Training You to Look at Your Phone

There’s no doubt that the super computers we carry in our pockets are changing the world, but what’s less obvious is the way they’re changing our brains. And when you get right down to it, tech companies are nudging us towards creating habits — err. addictions — that are usually good for them, but maybe not always so good for us. In a tech-focused world, knowledge of how […]

News: Scientists find common antibiotic could prevent or treat PTSD   source: Reuters  

A common antibiotic, doxycycline, has proven effective at disrupting the formation of negative thoughts and fear responses. The findings pave the way for what may a be a dramatically different treatment method for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a condition we’re only starting to fully recognize and understand.

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News: Drug Arrests on the rise, but experts say opioid crisis is everyone’s battle   source: Grand Forks Herald  

Communities in the Eastern part of the state are already acting aggressively, and at last night’s City Council meeting, Mayor Barney was asked publicly to get Minot’s efforts moving. He is. But here’s the bottom line: the fight against drug addiction — particularly dangerous new opioids is already taking place on North Dakota streets. This article from the Grand Forks Herald paints a picture we can’t afford to ignore.

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News: Grand Forks bike-share program could be rolling by fall   source: Grand Forks Herald  

Following in Fargo’s footsteps, a coalition of Grand Forks leaders are developing plans for a bike-share program. If you don’t know, bike-share programs create bike-renting stations at different points in a community allowing users to grab a bike from one location, ride it, and then return it at another location. Fargo started their program in 2015 and it generated 143,000 rides in the first season.

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News: North Dakota House committee approves medical marijuana bill   source: Grand Forks Herald  

The medical marijuana bill that rewrites the ballot-measure initiative continues to progress through the legislature. It passed out of House committee recently and will be on the House flood next where it will need a 2/3 vote. John Hageman with the Grand Forks Herald has the details on the next steps and changes.

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News: At Mayo, pioneering steps in treating paralyzed patients   source: Star Tribune  

Medical technology is advancing in amazing ways, and few are more significant than taking previously paralyzed people and giving them hope of walking again. It’s happening; the Star Tribune has the story on research that’s taking place at the Mayo Clinic.

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