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Despite decline in prescriptions, opioid deaths are exploding due to heroin, synthetic drugs

Deaths from heroin and black market opioids exploded, while the number of prescriptions for opioid analgesics and overdose deaths attributed to them declined, according to a new study. The American Action Forum study shows that international cartels are filling the void with cheap heroin and strong synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, while the authorities are fighting the overdose of potent …

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CBD oil derived from cannabis is gaining in popularity

There is a fast-growing part of the cannabis industry that does not contain a pot: a compound known as cannabidiol or CBD. Some use it for a variety of conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, depression and seizures. Unlike THC, one of the other components in marijuana, CBD will not make you high. All but four states allow its use. But …

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The dead whale had 64 pounds of plastic and garbage in it

A young sperm whale washed ashore in Spain had 64 pounds of garbage and plastic in his stomach. Scientists said the garbage – mostly plastic, plus pieces of ropes and nets and other garbage – lay in the 33 – The foot and guts of the foot-length mammal were causing its demise. Peritonitis is the official cause of death of …

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Porter Adventist Hospital to perform operations on Thursday, "CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – Porter Adventist Hospital will resume operations on Thursday after a limited number of changes recommended by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Investigating the infection control offense at Porter Adventist Hospital has been reported by a number of patients who had wound infections between 21 July 2016 and 5 April 2018 following orthopedic or spine …

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New Alzheimer's Definition and the Clinician

Can the Alzheimer's Biomarker Spirit be kept in the bottle? The National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association yesterday developed a new definition of Alzheimer's disease based on biomarkers. It is intended for research use only, including recruitment for clinical trials – but is not intended for clinical diagnosis. However, opening the door to a biomarker definition can make …

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New Jersey couple awarded $ 117 million in talcum powder case

Johnson & Johnson and the talc company Imerys SA are required to pay a pair of $ 117 million in damages after the husband, a New Jersey banker, has contracted cancer after decades of use of talc. The Middlesex County, New Jersey Jury The companies are expected to pay $ 80 million in punitive damages on Wednesday. Banker Stephen Lanzo …

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Navajo Nation sued Purdue Pharma, Walmart and others for opioid deaths

CLOSE Doctors reduce opioid prescriptions, but not nearly enough, federal health officials say. Wochit The Navajo nation's lawsuit against opioid manufacturers joins a growing list of states, cities, and counties that endorse the Pharmaceutical industry sued (Getty Images) The Navajo nation filed a full-scale lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, traders and pharmacies on Tuesday for their role in an epidemic that …

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The opioid epidemic and Medicaid's role in facilitating access to treatment

In 2016, 1.9 million non-elderly people in the US had opioid dependence. Medicaid covers 4 out of 10 non-elderly adults with opioid dependence. This paper examines the role of Medicaid in facilitating access to opioid dependence. The most important results include: Among non-obese adults with opioid dependence, those on Medicaid were twice as likely as those with private insurance or …

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Run-ins with carfentanil: the opioid 5,000 times stronger than heroin

A lethal dose of carfentanil (center) or carfentanyl compared to lethal doses of heroin (left) and fentanyl (right). (Drug Enforcement Administration) MANCHESTER, NH – On a snowy morning in New Hampshire last month, an officer at the Manchester Police Department advised the workers in a hotel lobby about what to do if they find opioids in the guest rooms. Of …

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Investigation in the multistatic E. coli outbreak

Important Events Seventeen people in seven states are ill Six people have been hospitalized "The investigation is ongoing and a specific food, grocery or restaurant chain has not been identified as the source of infection" said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an outbreak investigation announcement on Tuesday. New Jersey has reported six cases, Idaho has reported …

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