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Melissa Healy

Melissa Healy is a health and science reporter with the Los Angeles Times writing from the Washington, D.C., area. She covers prescription drugs, obesity, nutrition and exercise, and neuroscience, mental health and human behavior. She's been at The Times for more than 30 years, and has covered national security, environment, domestic social policy, Congress and the White House. As a baby boomer, she keenly follows trends in midlife weight gain, memory loss and the health benefits of red wine.
Over four decades, an 'inexorable' epidemic of drug overdoses reveals its inner secrets

The exponential growth in overall mortality from unintentional drug overdoses in recent decades is a composite of multiple underlying sub-epidemics of different drug types, each with its own unique set of social and geographic characteristics.

How the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention responds to a hurricane like Florence

These are all the ways the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can help mitigate the damage wrought by a big storm like Hurricane Florence.

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