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The 2018 Flu Season Might Finally Be Leveling Off

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:58:50 +0100

(NEW YORK) — This nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off. Health officials on Friday said about 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That’s no reason for health officials to celebrate yet: That level is among the highest in a decade. But it’s no worse than last week, and flu activity had been increasing each week since November. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said the number of states reporting heavy flu patient traffic also held steady at 43. “I thought I was going to die, I really did,” said Ben Bland, a 39-year-old event planner in Kansas City, Missouri, who was hospitalized this week with pneumonia on top of flu. “My lungs f...

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Epidemiology of distal radius fractures in polytrauma patients and the influence of high traumatic energy transfer - Ferree S, van der Vliet QMJ, Nawijn F, Bhashyam AR, Houwert RM, Leenen LPH, Hietbrink F.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:36:27 +0100

INTRODUCTION: For several extremity fractures differences in morphology, incidence rate and functional outcome were found when polytrauma patients were compared to patients with an isolated injury. This is not proven for distal radius fractures (DRF). Ther... (Source: SafetyLit)






Epidemiology of acetabular fractures in Qatar - Ahmed M, Abuodeh Y, Alhammoud A, Salameh M, Hasan K, Ahmed G.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:36:27 +0100

This study aimed to review the epidemiological aspects of acetabular fractures treated at Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar. The study is the first orthopaedic trauma epidemiological study in Qatar and will provide a platform to advance high-l... (Source: SafetyLit)



Assessing burn care in Brazil: an epidemiologic, cross-sectional, nationwide study - Citron I, Amundson J, Saluja S, Guilloux A, Jenny H, Scheffer M, Shrime M, Alonso N.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:36:27 +0100

BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to describe the national epidemiology of burns in Brazil and evaluate regional access to care by defining the contribution of out-of-hospital mortality to total burn deaths. METHODS: We reviewed admissions data... (Source: SafetyLit)



A fresh look at the history of SIDS - Wright JR.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:36:27 +0100

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) became a named entity in 1969 and the term has been used to certify sudden unexpected infant deaths meeting certain demographic, epidemiologic, and pathologic criteria. Since it is a diagnosis of exclusion, there is inhe... (Source: SafetyLit)

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The media exaggerates negative news. This distortion has consequences | Steven Pinker

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:00:11 +0100

Whether or not the world really is getting worse, the nature of news will make us think that it isEvery day the news is filled with stories about war, terrorism, crime, pollution, inequality, drug abuse and oppression. And it ’s not just the headlines we’re talking about; it’s the op-eds and long-form stories as well. Magazine covers warn us of coming anarchies, plagues, epidemics, collapses, and so many “crises” (farm, health, retirement, welfare, energy, deficit) that copywriters have had to escalate to the r edundant “serious crisis.”Whether or not the world really is getting worse, the nature of news will interact with the nature of cognition to make us think that it is.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)



Physician Groups Demand Action Now on Gun Violence

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:55:00 +0100

The AAFP and four other physician organizations told the President and Congress to take concrete steps to deal with gun violence as a public health epidemic. (Source: AAFP News)



22 More Kids Died From the Flu Last Week, the CDC Says

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:15:42 +0100

Last week brought a dramatic uptick in pediatric flu deaths, with at least 22 more children dying from the virus between Feb. 4 and Feb. 10, according to the CDC. That makes the week the deadliest yet for children this flu season, bringing the total number of pediatric deaths up to 84. Many of those children were otherwise healthy, according to the CDC. The somber statistic fulfills predictions from CDC Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat, who said on a call with reporters last week that record-breaking hospitalization rates at the time were likely an indicator of high death rates to come. “The people who are likely to die may already be in the hospital,” Schuchat said on the call. The CDC’s latest report did show, however, that about as many people saw doctors for flu-re...



Global Health: Lassa Fever Erupts in Nigeria

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:15:08 +0100

The disease, carried by rodents, is sometimes mild but can lead to hemorrhagic fever and death. W.H.O. has sent additional staff to help contain the outbreak. (Source: NYT Health)



Dayton health experts to discuss future of health care

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:44:52 +0100

The health care scene in Dayton is under stress — from the closing of Good Sam Hospital to an opioid epidemic — and now more than ever we need to focus on what the future holds.  Dayton Business Journal Editor-in-Chief Caleb Stephens will moderate a panel discussion with some of the top health care industry leaders in the Dayton region as w e explore the future of health care locally.  The Future of Health Care will be held Thursday, Feb. 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Sinclair Community… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta: The epidemic of gun violence is treatable

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:25:21 +0100

As a doctor who works at an international news network, I often see the worst stories of all. In Iraq and Afghanistan, the horrific realities of the battlefield are funneled and concentrated in the medical tents where I have reported for more than a decade. I have seen patients infected with Ebola in West Africa who dehydrate to death, with no treatment in sight. There are other stories I still can't talk about. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



Maker of highly addictive OxyContin says it will stop incentivizing doctors to push its deadly drugs

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:39:39 +0100

(Natural News) The opioid crisis has reached epidemic proportions in this country, with the number of deaths quadrupling since 2000, and around 115 people dying from overdoses each day. President Trump has declared the opioid crisis a national health emergency, and high schools across the country have started stocking up on the drug Narcan to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



How to Prevent the Flu: 4 Flu Prevention Tips

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:44:06 +0100

by Kathleen Fifield, AARP, February 14, 2018|Comments: 0. Washing hands to avoid flu germs. Alex Raths/Getty Images. The physical friction of rubbing your hands together for at least 20 seconds at a time helps fend off the flu. With hospitalizations now surpassing those seen in 2009's swine flu epidemic, experts report  ... (Source: AARP.org News)



CDC Estimates This Year ’s Flu Vaccine Is Only 36 Percent Effective

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:55:12 +0100

Early estimates suggest the flu shot only worked about a third of the time this year. Between Nov. 2 and Feb. 3, total vaccine effectiveness was estimated at 36%, according to a report released Thursday by the CDC. When broken down by strain, however, efficacy varied widely. H3N2, the dominant strain circulating this flu season, is notoriously more virulent and less receptive to vaccination than other types of influenza. True to form, vaccine effectiveness against this strain was low this year — approximately 25%, according to the CDC report. (That’s actually better than experts originally feared, based on trends from Canada and Australia, where the flu vaccine was only about 10% effective.) By contrast, the report says the shot worked an estimated 67% of the time against the l...

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This Year ’s Flu Shot Only Worked a Third of the Time, CDC Says

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:55:12 +0100

Early estimates suggest the flu shot only worked about a third of the time this year. Between Nov. 2 and Feb. 3, total vaccine effectiveness was estimated at 36%, according to a report released Thursday by the CDC. When broken down by strain, however, efficacy varied widely. H3N2, the dominant strain circulating this flu season, is notoriously more virulent and less receptive to vaccination than other types of influenza. True to form, vaccine effectiveness against this strain was low this year — approximately 25%, according to the CDC report. (That’s actually better than experts originally feared, based on trends from Canada and Australia, where the flu vaccine was only about 10% effective.) By contrast, the report says the shot worked an estimated 67% of the time against the l...



You Asked: Do Religious People Live Longer?

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:15:10 +0100

If a long life is what you’re after, going to church may be the answer to your prayers. A number of studies have shown associations between attending religious services and living a long time. One of the most comprehensive, published in JAMA Internal Medicine in 2016, found that women who went to any kind of religious service more than once a week had a 33% lower chance than their secular peers of dying during the 16-year study-follow-up period. Another study, published last year in PLOS One, found that regular service attendance was linked to reductions in the body’s stress responses and even in mortality–so much so that worshippers were 55% less likely to die during the up to 18-year follow-up period than people who didn’t frequent the temple, church or mosque. Y...



SAMHSA Publishes Guidance on Clinical Best Practices Using Medication-Assisted Treatment to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published the Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 63,"Medications for Opioid Use Disorder", to serve as guidance for healthcare professionals treating patients with opioid use disorder using medication-assisted treatment. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)



This Is the Link Between Processed Foods and Cancer

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:30:06 +0100

Processed snacks, drinks and desserts may be associated with a higher risk of cancer, according to a new study. The research, published Wednesday in The BMJ, focused on ultra-processed foods, which tend to be high in fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt. (Past research has found that Americans get 61% of their calories from highly processed foods.) In the new study, researchers found that, among almost 150,000 French adults, a 10% increase in the proportion of ultra-processed foods in a person’s diet was correlated with a 12% higher risk of cancer. The paper is the first to explore the link between cancer and ultra-processed foods — that is, industrial formulations that typically contain many ingredients, including some not found in the typical kitchen — says study author M...



How to Prevent the Flu: 4 Flu Prevention Tips

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:11:06 +0100

by Kathleen Fifield, AARP, February 14, 2018|Comments: 0. Washing hands to avoid flu germs. Alex Raths/Getty Images. The physical friction of rubbing your hands together for at least 20 seconds at a time helps fend off the flu. With hospitalizations now surpassing those seen in 2009's swine flu epidemic, experts report  ... (Source: AARP.org News)

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Treating the youngest opioid patients

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:22:10 +0100

Trying to cope with the rising numbers of affected infants, hospitals around the United States are taking a scattershot approach to treating the opioid epidemic's youngest patients. (Source: CBC | Health)



Fewer Scientists Are Studying Insects. Here ’s Why That’s So Dangerous

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:30:26 +0100

In the summer of 2016, Jerome Goddard, a medical entomologist in Mississippi, received an email from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with a desperate ask. The agency was conducting an “urgent” search for insect scientists around the U.S. who could take up to a six-month paid leave from work to help the CDC fight the Zika outbreak in the U.S., and possibly respond to areas with local transmission if needed. “That’s how bad it is—they need to borrow someone,” says Goddard, an extension professor of medical entomology at Mississippi State University. “We can’t find people to investigate an outbreak.” Medical entomology—the study of insects and arthropods that impact human health—has been a shrinking f...



Aetna gives $1M grant to N.C. coalition to combat opioid epidemic

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:30:39 +0100

The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) is the first recipient of new funding from the Aetna Foundation to address the ongoing opioid epidemic in the U.S. NCHRC will receive a $1 million grant over two years, part of a $6 million national program, from the Aetna Foundation for its Rural Opioid Overdose Prevention Project. Dr. Garth Graham, president of the Aetna Foundation and vice president of Community Health for Aetna, says that NCHRC's focus on rural communities and the need for… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)



A Potentially Powerful New Antibiotic Is Discovered in Dirt

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:57:01 +0100

The world is facing an epidemic of infections that no longer respond well to the drugs used to treat them—also known as super bugs. In the United States, an estimated 2 million Americans are diagnosed each year with an infection that doesn’t respond to antibiotics, and 23,000 will die from those infections. But New York and New Jersey researchers published a new paper in the journal Nature Microbiology about their hopeful discovery: a potentially new class of antibiotic that they found in dirt. In the lab, the researchers used a method to extract, clone and sequence DNA from soil samples to see if there are genes that could produce molecules with antibiotic potential. Using their method to search through hundreds of soil samples, they discovered the new antibiotic class, called...



Doctors Struggle to Treat Youngest Victims of Opioid Epidemic

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:30:00 +0100

CHICAGO (AP) — Two babies, born 15 months apart to the same young woman overcoming opioid addiction. Two very different treatments. Sarah Sherbert's first child was whisked away to a hospital special-care nursery for two weeks of treatment for withdrawal from doctor-prescribed methadone that her mother continued to use during her pregnancy. Nurses hesitated to let Sherbert hold the girl and hovered nervously when she visited to breast-feed. Born just 15 months later and 30 miles away at a different South Carolina hospital, Sherbert's second child was started on medicine even before he showed any withdrawal symptoms and she was allowed to keep him in her room to encourage breast-feeding and bonding. His hospital stay was just a week. "It was like night and day," Sherbert said. T...

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‘It’s a National Problem.’ How Hospitals Are Treating Opioid Addiction’s Youngest Sufferers

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:01:07 +0100

(CHICAGO) — Two babies, born 15 months apart to the same young woman overcoming opioid addiction. Two very different treatments.Sarah Sherbert’s first child was whisked away to a hospital special-care nursery for two weeks of treatment for withdrawal from doctor-prescribed methadone that her mother continued to use during her pregnancy. Nurses hesitated to let Sherbert hold the girl and hovered nervously when she visited to breast-feed. Born just 15 months later and 30 miles away at a different South Carolina hospital, Sherbert’s second child was started on medicine even before he showed any withdrawal symptoms and she was allowed to keep him in her room to encourage breast-feeding and bonding. His hospital stay was just a week. “It was like night and day,” S...



National Partners' Response to the Opioid Epidemic and Infectious Diseases: Part 1- State Government Perspectives

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:08:18 +0100

February 22, 2018 3:00-4:30pm ET. More information can be foundhere. (Source: HSR Information Central)



National Partners' Response to the Opioid Epidemic and Infectious Diseases: Part 2-Health Policy Perspectives

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:05:32 +0100

March 8, 2018 3:00-4:30pm ET. More information can be foundhere. (Source: HSR Information Central)



Progress in the Diagnosis and Therapy of Melanoma Progress in the Diagnosis and Therapy of Melanoma

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:14:52 +0100

This brief report summarizes some of the most pivotal epidemiological and clinical studies on melanoma published in the British Journal of Dermatology in recent years.The British Journal of Dermatology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Study: Rigorous hand hygiene-intervention practices can lower mortality, antibiotic prescription rates in nursing homes

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Elsevier) Infection prevention practices centered on hand hygiene (HH) protocols can save lives across all healthcare facilities, not just hospital settings. This includes nursing homes, according to a new study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Mass. public safety, public health agencies collaborate to address the opioid epidemic

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Boston Medical Center) A new study shows that public health and public safety agencies established local, collaborative programs in Massachusetts to connect overdose survivors and their personal networks with addiction treatment, harm reduction, and other community support services following a non-fatal overdose. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Environmental Chemicals Found in Non-Stick Pans Are Linked to Weight Gain

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:11:07 +0100

Chemicals known as perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)—used frequently in fast-food wrappers and other products for their oil- and water-repellant properties—have been linked to hormone disruption, immune dysfunction, high cholesterol and even cancer. Now, a new study suggests that exposure to the chemicals could make it harder to keep weight off after dieting. The study, published in PLOS Medicine, found that levels of PFAS in the blood were linked to greater weight gain in a group of people who had recently shed pounds, especially among the women. Another finding may hint at why: People with higher blood levels of PFAS also had lower resting metabolic rate, meaning they burned fewer calories during normal daily activities. PFAS are already referred to by scientists as “ob...



Chemicals In Food Wrappers Are Linked to Weight Gain

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:11:07 +0100

Chemicals known as perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)—used frequently in fast-food wrappers and other products for their oil- and water-repellant properties—have been linked to hormone disruption, immune dysfunction, high cholesterol and even cancer. Now, a new study suggests that exposure to the chemicals could make it harder to keep weight off after dieting. The study, published in PLOS Medicine, found that levels of PFAS in the blood were linked to greater weight gain in a group of people who had recently shed pounds, especially among the women. Another finding may hint at why: People with higher blood levels of PFAS also had lower resting metabolic rate, meaning they burned fewer calories during normal daily activities. PFAS are already referred to by scientists as “ob...



Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit: Helping Faith and Community Leaders Bring Hope and Healing to Our Communities

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:54:10 +0100

This toolkit, developed by the HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, contains practical steps your organization can take to bring hope and healing to the millions suffering the consequences of opioid abuse disorder. (Source: HSR Information Central)

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Ohio 50+ Voters

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:17:05 +0100

AARP commissioned a survey in Ohio to gauge the views of voters ages 50+ on a range of issues affecting their state. Key findings include the following: Ohio voters ages 50+ say that the drug epidemic represents the most important issue facing their state. Division in America is a top concern among Ohio voters ages 50+. (Source: AARP.org News)



Aetna Foundation to Support States in Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

The Aetna Foundation announced that it will provide grants totaling $6 million to fund projects combating the opioid epidemic. These will be projects that state and local leaders have identified as promising. The first $1 million grant will be awarded to the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition's (NCHRC) Rural Opioid Overdose Prevention Project, which distributes naloxone and provides education in five rural North Carolina counties. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)



Kidney stones on the rise, Mayo Clinic study finds

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Mayo Clinic) Kidney stones are a painful health condition, often requiring multiple procedures at great discomfort to the patient. Growing evidence suggests that the incidence of kidney stones is increasing steadily, especially in women. Using data from the Rochester Epidemiology Project, Mayo Clinic researchers investigated the rise in stone formers to determine if this is a new trend, or simply an improvement in the way kidney stones are detected. Their findings appear in the March issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Could a Disinfecting Robot Help Tackle HAIs?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 04:17:38 +0100

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that “on any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection.” Given such risk to patients, let alone the cost of treatment, hospitals and healthcare systems are looking to for ways to reduce these numbers. One solution, a disinfecting robot employing short-wavelength ultraviolet radiation (UVC), is designed to disinfect an entire room in one cycle. A recent study explored some of the challenges to implementation and strategies to overcome them. “The CDC recently stated that C. diff rates are at an all-time high, and hospital-acquired infections continue to cost health care facilities precious lives and dollars,” explained Chuck Dunn, CEO and President of Tru-D SmartUVC. Th...



Opioid makers gave $10M to advocacy groups amid epidemic

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 01:04:56 +0100

A report by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill finds that drugmakers with the biggest-selling opioid painkillers contributed $10 million over six years to outside groups that could help spread their message (Source: ABC News: Health)

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Obesity crisis: Eating slowly could tackle UK weight epidemic

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:09:07 +0100

BRITAIN ’S obesity crisis could be tackled if people started eating more slowly, according to new research. In a wide ranging study, scientists found consuming meals slowly could hold the key to losing weight - along with cutting out after dinner snacks and not eating two hours before bedtime. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Bad Flu Season Has Americans Drinking Orange Juice Again

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:44:16 +0100

BOSTON (CBS) – American battling the flu have been on the hunt for Vitamin C. Consumers bought nearly 39 million gallons of orange juice in January. That’s the first time in almost five years that there’s been a year-over-year increase in orange juice sales, The Wall Street Journal reports. Analysts expect the orange juice surge to end after flu season. The Associated Press reported that this flu season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. Some doctors say it’s the worst they’ve seen in decades. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)



Anti-obesity programmes in schools ‘unlikely’ to halt epidemic

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:11:00 +0100

School-based programmes aimed at preventing obesity in children are unlikely to have much impact on the childhood obesity epidemic, suggest latest UK trial results. (Source: Nursing Times)



Personal Health: A Perfect Storm for Broken Bones

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:05:01 +0100

Untreated osteoporosis could spawn an epidemic of bone fractures, hospital and nursing home admissions, even premature deaths. (Source: NYT Health)



Kenya:Millions of Kenyans Saved By U.S. Anti-Aids Initiative

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 08:53:36 +0100

[Nation] The United States has poured more than $5.5 billion into Kenya over the past 15 years in an effort to control the HIV/Aids epidemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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Health Highlights: Feb. 12, 2018

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 08:33:46 +0100

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Opioid Maker Stops Marketing the Painkillers to Doctors Faced with lawsuits and blame for contributing to the United States'opioid epidemic,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Weeds out of control

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Rothamsted Research) Herbicides can no longer control the weeds that threaten crop productivity and food security in the UK because the plants have evolved resistance, and future control must depend on management strategies that reduce reliance on chemicals. So concludes a nationwide epidemiological assessment of the factors that are driving the abundance and spread of the major agricultural weed, black-grass. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



OxyContin maker Purdue says it will stop marketing opioids to U.S. doctors

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 03:16:16 +0100

The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, bowing to a key demand of lawsuits that blame the company for helping trigger the current drug abuse epidemic. (Source: CBC | Health)



This Year ’s Flu Is Now as Bad as the 2009 Swine Flu Epidemic, CDC Says

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 19:02:38 +0100

(NEW YORK) — The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during swine flu in 2009. And it surpasses every winter flu season since 2003, when the government changed the way it measures flu. “I wish that there were better news this week, but almost everything we’re looking at is bad news,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Flu season usually takes off in late December and peaks around February. This season started early and was widespread in many states by Decem...



When opioid use winds its way into senior care facilities

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 21:02:09 +0100

The opioid epidemic is far-reaching, and even touched the lives of seniors living in a residential care facility in Mesa. Arthur Michael Sesate, 24, was a maintenance worker at Fellowship Square Assisted Living Facility in Mesa when his opioid addiction became so severe that he began stealing jewelry from residents to support his drug habit, according to Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Sesate was sentenced to 2.5 ye ars in prison for stealing $10,000 worth of jewelry from residents. Brnovich said… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)



This UV Lamp Could Prevent the Flu Virus From Spreading in Public Places

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 20:33:52 +0100

Researchers have developed an ultraviolet (UV) lamp that kills the influenza virus but isn’t harmful to human skin or eyes, according to a new study in Scientific Reports. They hope the technology can be commercialized and marketed to prevent the spread of seasonal flu in public places, such as schools, hospitals, and airports. “We’ve known for a century that UV light is extremely efficient at killing microbes, bacteria, and viruses,” says study leader David Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. For that reason, UV devices are often used for sterilization — for medical equipment in hospitals, for example, or drinking water for backcountry campers. But conventional germicidal lamps aren’t ...



Flu Season Now As Bad As 2009 Swine Flu

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 19:27:25 +0100

NEW YORK (AP) — The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during swine flu in 2009. And it surpasses every winter flu season since 2003, when the government changed the way it measures flu. “I wish that there were better news this week, but almost everything we’re looking at is bad news,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Flu season usually takes off in late December and peaks around February. This season started early and was widespread in many states in Decembe...



This Flu Season Is Now the Worst in Years. Here ’ s Why.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 18:49:14 +0100

The infection rate has surpassed that of 2009, during the swine flu epidemic. Rising hospitalizations portend a high death rate, health officials said. (Source: NYT Health)

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Flu season still getting worse; now as bad as 2009 swine flu

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 18:01:08 +0100

US flu season is still getting worse; now as bad as the height of the 2009 swine flu epidemic (Source: ABC News: Health)



Weekly Postings

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:27:30 +0100

See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight NNLM is offering stipends of up to $500 to support travel and lodging for the Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium at the MLA Annual meeting in Atlanta, GA. First come, first serve! Learn more about eligibility and instructions on how to apply. Member Highlights: Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, Rochester, NY – Learn about the ongoing outreach efforts of Central Library as they strive to eliminate resource barriers in their community. Is your organization working on a similar project? Tell us about it! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. National...



US flu season now as bad as 2009 swine flu epidemic

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:16:34 +0100

Some doctors say this is the worst flu season they have seen in decades. Some people are saying that, tooThe flu has further tightened its grip on the US This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago.A government report on Friday shows one of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the US during swine flu in 2009.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)



Trump Signs Budget Deal, Cuts Medicare Fee in 2019 Trump Signs Budget Deal, Cuts Medicare Fee in 2019

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:52:52 +0100

The package also extends many health programs that had expired, repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board, and adds $6 billion to address the opioid epidemic.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Trump Signs Budget Deal, Reduces Medicare Fee Cuts Trump Signs Budget Deal, Reduces Medicare Fee Cuts

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:52:52 +0100

The package also extends many health programs that had expired, repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board, and adds $6 billion to address the opioid epidemic.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Trump Approves Budget Deal, Reduces Medicare Fee Cuts Trump Approves Budget Deal, Reduces Medicare Fee Cuts

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:52:52 +0100

The package also extends many health programs that had expired, repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board, and adds $6 billion to address the opioid epidemic.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



US flu season still worsening; now as bad as 2009 swine flu

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:15:53 +0100

US flu season is still worsening; now as bad as the height of the 2009 swine flu epidemic (Source: ABC News: Health)



Flu Season, Still Worsening, Now as Bad as 2009 Swine Flu

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:04:00 +0100

NEW YORK (AP) — The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during the 2009 swine flu pandemic. And it surpasses every winter flu season since 2003, when the government changed the way it measures flu. This season started early and has been driven by a nasty type of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths. But its long-lasting intensity has surprised experts, who are still sorting out why it's been so bad.   (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)



FDA Drug Safety Communication: Safety review update of Chantix (varenicline) and risk of neuropsychiatric adverse events

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:18:00 +0100

[10-24-2011] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed the results from two FDA-sponsored epidemiological studies that evaluated the risk of neuropsychiatric adverse events associated with the smoking cessation drug Chantix (varenicline). (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)

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WATCH: Flu epidemic leaves 53 children dead, how to stop flu symptoms from turning deadly

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:02:54 +0100

More children have died after flu symptoms progressed into major complications and one New York pediatrician says they're seeing up to 10 cases per day and to watch out for lingering high fevers or a fever that flares up after a child seems OK. (Source: ABC News: Health)



South Sudan:Govt Declares End to Cholera Epidemic

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 07:56:46 +0100

[VOA] South Sudan has officially declared an end to the country's cholera epidemic, which erupted more than 18 months ago, infecting more than 20,000 people and killing 436. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



West African country reports death from Lassa fever

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 22:33:17 +0100

Authorities in Guinea announced the first death from Lassa fever in more than two decades Thursday, heightening anxiety about another hemorrhagic fever in the West African country where an Ebola epidemic first emerged. (Source: CBC | Health)



Trifecta of opioids, alcohol and suicide are blamed for the drop in U.S. life expectancy

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 22:25:00 +0100

An epidemic of despair is disproportionately claiming the lives of rural white Americans in the prime of adulthood. And for a second year in a row, their deaths by drugs, drink and self-destruction have caused life expectancy in the United States to fall.That milestone, suggests aneditorial in... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)



Processed food is fueling the obesity epidemic, putting people at increased risk of heart disease and stroke, research suggests

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:50:58 +0100

(Natural News) Eating too many processed foods will make you fat; this in turn makes you more susceptible to a plethora of diseases. We know that to be the case here in the U.S. But this seems to be happening in the U.K. as well. According to a team of researchers from the University of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

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Peace be with you… from a distance: Flu epidemic has gotten so bad in Maine that churches are shunning practices involving touching, sharing

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:49:42 +0100

(Natural News) Due to the flu season, Catholic churches in Maine have had to “alter their religious practices to reduce the spread of the deadly virus that is ravaging the nation.” Since January, churches have been forbidding worshipers from drinking from the same wine cup during communion and joining hands during prayer. Priests are advised to greet churchgoers verbally... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Drugs, Alcohol and Suicide Are Causing Life Expectancy in America to Drop Dramatically

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:21:19 +0100

U.S. life expectancy has decreased for the second year in a row, and an editorial in the BMJ points to three contributing factors: drugs, alcohol and suicides, particularly among middle-age white Americans and those living in rural communities. The authors of the paper paint a bleak picture of the problems facing much of the United States today, but the authors say that policies that bolster the middle-class can help reverse the trend. The recent drop in life expectancy is alarming, the editorial states, “because life expectancy has risen for much of the past century in developed countries, including in the U.S.” Compared to gains made by other developed countries, however, the United States began to lose ground in the 1980s. Americans’ life expectancy plateaued in 2012, ...



Joey Jacobs says Acadia saw the opioid crisis coming – and has the deals to prove it

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:45:05 +0100

The opioid crisis has hit the country with an intensity that has elected officials scrambling for solutions, but Joey Jacobs says Acadia Healthcare Co. saw the epidemic coming, and is positioned to add relief. Franklin-based behavioral health care giant Acadia has grown quickly in recent years, acquiring the more than 300-facility Priory Group in the United Kingdom for $2 billion in 2016, as well as properties in the U.S. Jacobs, CEO of Acadia, said some of the more important acquisitions have… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)



Therapy Duration and Follow-up Blood Cultures in Bacteremia Therapy Duration and Follow-up Blood Cultures in Bacteremia

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:42:19 +0100

Two recent studies can help streamline therapy of gram-negative bloodstream infections.Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)



Medicaid expansion, Obamacare BOTH caused the current opioid epidemic that's killing thousands: Senate report

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:09:15 +0100

(Natural News) It’s not something that Democrats will want to hear, given the fact that only members of their party voted for the devastating health care “reform” law known as Obamacare that greatly expanded Medicaid coverage, but the findings cannot be disputed: A new Senate report presents irrefutable evidence that both were responsible, in large... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

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Reunited And It Feels So Good: Addressing Barriers That Fuel The Division of Ending The Epidemic (ETE) Planning in Black America

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 11:15:04 +0100

February 21, 2018 3:00-4:00pm ET. The first in a new series of webinars from NMAC, this webinar provides an overview of addressing HIV from a community perspective. (Source: PHPartners.org)



Norovirus Cases at Olympics More than Double, Moving Beyond Security Staff

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 06:38:14 +0100

The number of cases has risen to 86, and the virus may be traveling quickly across other Olympic areas. (Source: NYT Health)



Regulators Say Herbal Supplement Kratom Contains Opioids

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 06:07:00 +0100

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health authorities say an herbal supplement promoted as an alternative pain remedy contains the same chemicals found in opioids, the addictive family of drugs at the center of a national addiction crisis. The Food and Drug Administration analysis, published Tuesday, makes it more likely that the supplement, kratom, could be banned by the federal government. The FDA also said it has identified 44 reports of death involving kratom since 2011, up from 36 reported in November. Sold in various capsules and powders, kratom has gained popularity in the U.S. as a treatment for pain, anxiety and drug dependence. Proponents argue that the substance is safer than opioid painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin, which have contributed to an epidemic of drug abuse. More than 63,0...



Veterans health administration outlines recommendations to combat 'crisis' of MDROs

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America) The Veterans Health Administration is leading efforts to prevent the spread of dangerous multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs), as detailed in a series of articles published in the February issue of Infection Control& Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. The articles identify gaps in the existing knowledge about MDROs and set a research agenda in four specific areas: transmission dynamics, antimicrobial stewardship, the microbiome, and special populations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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Safe injection sites in San Francisco could be first in the US

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:31:44 +0100

The San Francisco Department of Public Health has unanimously endorsed a task force's recommendation to open what could become the nation's first legal safe injection sites aimed at curbing the opioid epidemic. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



Use of cholera vaccines expands, raising hopes

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100

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Conflict of interest: Coca-Cola funded more than 40 studies on childhood obesity – and they all failed to disclose the firm's financial influence

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 21:22:49 +0100

(Natural News) Childhood obesity is a complex epidemic, with lots of factors playing a role in the problem at the general and individual levels. Nevertheless, many weight problems can be boiled down to two driving forces: inactivity and poor eating choices. When fingers started pointing to soft drinks maker Coca-Cola for playing a role in... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



How Effective Is the 2018 Flu Shot? Here ’s What You Should Know

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 20:11:58 +0100

Vaccination has been recommended for decades as the best way to protect yourself against flu, but it’s no silver bullet. The shot’s effectiveness varies from year to year, depending on the closeness of the match between that season’s viruses and the vaccine, which is usually reformulated each year. This winter in North America, its performance has been especially poor, leaving people more vulnerable to a virus that’s caused a spike in hospitalizations and deaths. In Hong Kong, schools are starting their Chinese New Year holiday earlier amid a flu epidemic that has claimed more than 100 lives in the city. 1. How effective is the 2018 flu shot? Early findings from Canada indicate a 17 percent effectiveness against the viral strain, known as H3N2, that’s been th...



Suicides Spiked After Robin Williams ’ Death, Study Says

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 19:00:28 +0100

Widespread media coverage may have contributed to a 10% increase in suicides following Robin Williams’ highly publicized death, according to a new study. In the four months after Williams’ death by suicide in August 2014, CDC data revealed that there were 18,690 deaths by suicide in the U.S. — significantly more than the 16,849 suicides that past data and trends would have predicted for that time period, according to an analysis published Wednesday in PLOS ONE. “When you looked at the data, you didn’t need statistics to see that something happened,” says study author David Fink, a doctoral candidate in epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. “You see this very large spike in August that you can just tell is off....



Zambia: MSF Data Published in New England Journal of Medicine Stresses Effectiveness of Single-Dose Oral Cholera Vaccine

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:57:03 +0100

Press releaseZambia: MSF Data Published in New England Journal of Medicine Stresses Effectiveness of Single-Dose Oral Cholera VaccineFebruary 07, 2018Recent data from Zambia ’s 2016 cholera epidemic found that giving people just one of the currently-recommended two doses of the oral cholera vaccine was nearly 90 percent effective for adequate short-term protection during this outbreak. (Source: MSF News)



Why More Scientists Are Running For Office in 2018

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:48:07 +0100

Getting scientists to become more politically involved has been an ongoing movement this year, with groups like the American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Chemical Society encouraging scientists to voice their opinions and even join protests, like the March for Science in April 2017. Now, hundreds of scientists and STEM professionals are running for public office in 2018, for everything from Senate seats to a spot on the local school board. “I’m not a politician, I’m a doctor,” reads the first line of Dr. Jason Westin‘s bio on his campaign website for Texas’s 7th congressional district seat. Westin, a cancer doctor based in Houston who is challenging Republican John Abney Culberson, decided to run for office after the results of...



In Central America, Health Workers and Communities Achieve Big Progress in the Fight against HIV

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:14:35 +0100

Health workers in the HIV clinic at Juan Jos é Ortega National Hospital in Coatepeque, Guatemala. Photos by Anna Watts for IntraHealth InternationalFebruary 07, 2018IntraHealth International is in the final months of an intensive two-and-a-half-year collaboration with government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and civil society groups in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama to accelerate progress toward reaching theUNAIDS Fast-Track targets and ending the AIDS epidemic —and the results from the first two years are striking. IntraHealth’s local partners administered 186,471 HIV tests, reached 35,599 people living with HIV with critical care and treatment, and drastically improved client adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) through our USAID Central America Capacit...



Is Herbal Supplement Kratom an Opioid? The FDA Says Yes

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 16:37:49 +0100

(WASHINGTON) — U.S. health authorities say an herbal supplement promoted as an alternative pain remedy contains the same chemicals found in opioids, the addictive family of drugs at the center of a national addiction crisis. The Food and Drug Administration analysis, published Tuesday, makes it more likely that the supplement, kratom, could be banned by the federal government. The FDA also said it has identified 44 reports of death involving kratom since 2011, up from 36 reported in November. Sold in various capsules and powders, kratom has gained popularity in the U.S. as a treatment for pain, anxiety and drug dependence. Proponents argue that the substance is safer than opioid painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin, which have contributed to an epidemic of drug abuse. More than 63,...



Communities in Crisis: PA Opioid Epidemic Conference

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 11:48:17 +0100

April 12, 2018; Clarion, PA.(Mu Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society) (Source: HSR Information Central)



GPs are told to use more expensive flu jab

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 07:55:32 +0100

GPs have been told to use a pricier but more effective flu jab to prevent a repeat of this winter ’s epidemic. Doctors had been strongly encouraged by health trusts to give patients a cheaper vaccine. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Africa:Scientists Confirm What Women Always Knew - Men Really Are the Weaker Sex

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 07:09:58 +0100

[Bhekisisa] In times of famine, epidemic and hardship over the past 250 years, women have consistently outlived men, find researchers (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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Committee Continues Efforts to Prevent Opioid Epidemic from Harming More Americans

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Blog post from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means detailing the Health Subcommittee's second hearing on the opioid crisis this year. Subcommittee members heard from Vermont Governor Phil Scott as well as from several healthcare professionals about successful public-private partnerships in the Medicare program and steps that Congress can take to protect Medicare beneficiaries who are most at risk of opioid addiction. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)



Vaccination in Acute Humanitarian Emergencies: A Framework For Decision Making (2017)

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:27:30 +0100

World Health Organization. 05/2017 This 92-page decision-making framework, updated in 2017, is intended for senior-level government and partner organization officials who are expected to work together to reach a decision regarding the need of vaccine antigen(s) in a given humanitarian emergency. It provides a clear and consistent approach to assessing the local epidemiological risk of vaccine-preventable diseases among the affected population; vaccine selection and characteristics to consider; and local contextual constraints that further assist in effective and timely decisions. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)



Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA): A WHO (World Health Organization) Guide to Assess the Severity of Influenza in Seasonal Epidemics and Pandemics

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:27:30 +0100

World Health Organization. 05/2017 This guidance has been developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be used by Member States and WHO as part of the pandemic influenza risk management guidance to assess the severity of influenza in seasonal epidemics and pandemics, when sustained human-to-human transmission occurs. It is intended for use primarily by public health professionals at the national level, who perform or plan to perform national influenza severity assessments, and who can contribute to global influenza severity assessments. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)



Integrating Social Science Interventions in Epidemic, Pandemic and Health Emergency Response: Report of the Informal Consultation, London, England, 8 June 2017

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:27:30 +0100

World Health Organization. 01/2018 This 20-page document summarizes a meeting held on June 8, 2017, that was part of a series of activities planned by the World Health Organization to initiate the systematic integration of social science-based intervention in all disease outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics, and emergency preparedness and response operations. The key goals are to stop epidemics fast and to minimize the avoidable loss of life, illness, and societal and economic disruption. The meeting identified priority research and funding gaps for activities as part of preparedness and operational response. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)



Long-term Effectiveness of the Live Zoster Vaccine Long-term Effectiveness of the Live Zoster Vaccine

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:14:59 +0100

A live attenuated zoster vaccine for the prevention of shingles has been licensed for older adults in the US since 2006. How effective has it been over the long-term, and does efficacy differ by age?American Journal of Epidemiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Fewer Americans Have Herpes, But the Number is Still High

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:01:26 +0100

A new federal report reveals some good news about herpes: fewer Americans are getting the virus. However, nearly half of American adults have the first type of herpes simplex virus. According to the new findings, released Wednesday by the National Center of Health Statistics (NCHS)—part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—the prevalence of both strains of herpes is down. Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2) can both cause outbreaks of sores. HSV-1 typically causes cold sores on or around the mouth and is often spread by kissing, and HSV-2 can cause genital outbreaks and is spread by sexual intercourse. But it’s now common to get genital herpes from both strains, likely because of oral sex. “This is an excellent finding, because...



Judge issues gag order in opioid lawsuit settlement talks

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 21:18:47 +0100

A federal judge has ordered attorneys and others to keep quiet about settlement discussions involving hundreds of lawsuits filed over the country's opioid epidemic (Source: ABC News: Health)



Study: Early Identification Needed for Mesothelioma Advances

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 21:14:18 +0100

Professor John Cherrie at Heriot-Watt University in the United Kingdom believes future treatment advances and improved patient outcomes for mesothelioma rests with a formula to better identify and screen high-risk patients. It could make an early diagnosis of the asbestos-related cancer much more common. Cherrie said the current standard — which typically results in a late-stage diagnosis and a poor prognosis — prevents novel treatment studies and the development of any pre-emergent strategy to combat the aggressive cancer. “We don’t pretend to have a medical cure that will help immediately, but until we can start identifying patients earlier, we can’t even try out what might work,” Cherrie, an occupational medicine specialist in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences...



The Country ’s First Safe Injection Facility May Soon Open in Philadelphia. Here’s What You Need to Know

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 19:20:47 +0100

Last month, supervised injection facilities, also known as safe injection facilities (SIFs), were thrust back into the news when Philadelphia officials announced the city would likely become the first in the U.S. to adopt the controversial tactic for fighting opioid abuse. SIFs, which currently operate in Canada, Europe and Australia, offer drug users a place to use heroin and other narcotics under the supervision of medical professionals. (SIFs do not provide drugs, nor do their employees inject users directly.) Proponents say they can help curb overdose deaths, improve injection hygiene and expand access to addiction treatment. Adversaries, meanwhile, argue that they condone and enable illicit drug use. Here’s what you need to know about the debate around SIFs. Where are there cur...



Alabama files lawsuit against opioid manufacturer

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:04:21 +0100

Alabama has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of OxyContin and other opioids, seeking to hold the company accountable for an addiction epidemic (Source: ABC News: Health)

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Alabama sues OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:48:42 +0100

(Reuters) - Alabama on Tuesday became the latest state to file a lawsuit accusing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP of fueling the opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing prescription painkillers to generate billions of dollars in sales. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Hospitals overwhelmed by patients with flu-like symptoms

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 13:12:39 +0100

A 12-year-old Alabama boy is among the latest victims of the deadly flu epidemic. Aaron Masterson died Sunday from flu complications. The CDC recently reported 17 pediatric flu deaths in one week alone. DeMarco Morgan reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)