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  • Overdoses of opioid pain medications frequently occur in people who are prescribed low doses and who aren’t chronic users, according to a study led by Deborah Fulton-Kehoe and published in the August issue of Medical Care. In the News
    UW Health Sciences NewsBeat | July 15, 2015
  • People who are active outside for sports or work should take care to avoid heat exhaustion in warm as well as hot weather. June Spector explains why. In the News
    UW Health Sciences NewsBeat | July 10, 2015
  • The papal encyclical and the Lancet Commission report are reframing the climate issue, putting people at its center, write Dean Howard Frumkin and Stephen V. Sundborg, president of Seattle University. In the News
    The Seattle Times | July 5, 2015