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New data reveals who is most at risk of dying from an opioid overdose.

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center studied 13,000 overdose deaths. Over 60 percent of people who died from an opioid overdose had been diagnosed with chronic pain and many suffered from a mental health disorder. 

About one-third had been diagnosed with a drug use disorder in the past year but most had dropped out of treatment within a month of their death. 

Frequency of mammograms

As the debate about the frequency of mammograms continues, most women say they want to be screened every year.

Some medical groups recommend bi-annual mammograms for older women to prevent anxiety from false positives and unnecessary biopsies. However, a new survey shows 71 percent of women prefer to be screened once a year despite these risks.

Social connections to cancer

Having strong social relationships could help people survive cancer.

Researchers from Brigham And Women's Hospital, in Boston, followed nearly 900 women diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

Women who had close ties with family and friends were much less likely to die from cancer, or any other cause, than those with fewer social networks. 

Experts believe having support from social networks may help lower inflammation in the body and reduce psychological stress among cancer patients.

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