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This Week In Public Health: Pain-Relievers Without The Addiction, A Fight To End Grocery Sales Taxes

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This week: We're want a new drug ... one that won't addict, and scientists think they may have the answer. ... Olympics food sponsors are not often the picture of health, but one major sponsor is trying to change that perception. ...  These stories and more.

Court Helps Kids By Healing Parents’ Addictions
Substance abuse is a factor in up to 80 percent of cases in which a child is removed from home. So one court in Sacramento is trying to help parents kick the habit before their children are removed from their home. Jenny Gold reports for Kaiser Health News

Decried As Unfair, Taxes On Groceries Persist In Some States
In 13 states, and more localities, there are still sales taxes on groceries. Why? Taxes are good for revenue in tight times. But there's a new push in some states to lower or eliminate the taxes altogether. Elaine S. Povich reports for Stateline.

 

Scientists Engineer An Opioid That May Reduce Pain With Less Risk
Relief without euphoria and dependence, that was the goal of a group of scientists working to combat opioid addiction, and some think they have found the cure. The answer may lie in how our brain processes certain drugs. NPR's Angus Chenhas this story

How British Athletes Are Challenging The Olympic Tradition Of Junk Food Peddling
Typically, Olympic food sponsors live in the realm of the food industry giants that don't have the healthiest choices. Think McDonald's and Coca-Cola. But Aldi, a sponsor of Team Great Britain, is taking a different tact: local fruits and vegetables. Here's why and how, from Vox's Julia Belluz.

Quick Hits
Kaiser Health News also reports that medical providers are trying a new way to get some patients without transportation to their appointments -- Uber or Lyft.

And, "Just like a salad doesn’t undo a cigarette, and a donation to Goodwill doesn’t undo replacing a friend’s sunscreen with shampoo.," exercise can't undo the detrimental effects long periods of sitting has on the human body. Just ask the American Heart Association, The Atlantic's James Hamblin reports.