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 surge in opioid epidemic death rate continues hitting 25 fold increase
surge in opioid epidemic death rate continues, hitting 2.5-fold increase

EnlargeGetty | Drew Angerer Share this storyOpioid’s deadly grip on the US continued to tighten in 2015, pushing up death rates across the board, according to new data released Friday by the National Center for Health Statistics, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.EnlargeCDCOverall, drug overdose deaths rose to 16.3 per 100,000 in 2015—that’s 2.5 times the 1999 rate of 6.1 per 100,000. In that time range, increases were seen for both men and women, as well as across all age groups and races, with whites seeing the most dramatic increases. Generally, overdoses of opioid painkillers continued to be a leading killer, but heroin and synthetic opioids, such as deadly fentanyl, are behind an increasing number of deaths.Drug overdose deaths rose 43 percent in Hispanic pe

medicaid expansion linked to increased prescribing of buprenorphine for opioid u

March 16, 2017 - States where Medicaid coverage was expanded under the Affordable Care Act have had a significant increase in prescribing of buprenorphine -- a medication that plays an important role in addressing the opioid epidemic, reports a study in the April issue of Medical Care. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer."Our findings suggest that Medicaid expansion has the potential to reduce the financial barriers to buprenorphine utilization and improve access to medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorder," write Hefei Wen, PhD, of University of Kentucky College of Public Health, Lexington, and colleagues. The study also highlights the need for adequate numbers of physicians approved to prescribe buprenorphine.Increased Buprenorphine Prescribing in States with Medicaid

tweaking fentanyl’s chemical structure may create safer opioid

Enlarge/ Medical Research: albino rat for animal experimentsGetty | fotografixxShare this storyWith a straightforward chemical tweak, the addictive—and often deadly—opioid painkiller, fentanyl, may transform into a safe, non-addictive, targeted therapy. Researchers reported this on Thursday in Science.In rats, a chemically modified form of the opioid could only work on inflamed, hurting tissue—not the rest of the body. Plus, it wasn’t deadly at high doses, like the original, and it didn’t spur addiction-forming behavior in the rodents, researchers at Freie Universität Berlin reported.“This yielded a novel opioid analgesic [pain reliever] of similar efficacy to conventional fentanyl, however, devoid of detrimental side effects,” the authors concluded.If it one of the rare drugs that makes i

tweaking fentanyl’s chemical structure may create safer opioid

Enlarge/ Medical Research: albino rat for animal experimentsGetty | fotografixxShare this storyWith a straightforward chemical tweak, the addictive—and often deadly—opioid painkiller, fentanyl, may transform into a safe, non-addictive, targeted therapy. Researchers reported this on Thursday in Science.In rats, a chemically modified form of the opioid could only work on inflamed, hurting tissue—not the rest of the body. Plus, it wasn’t deadly at high doses, like the original, and it didn’t spur addiction-forming behavior in the rodents, researchers at Freie Universität Berlin reported.“This yielded a novel opioid analgesic [pain reliever] of similar efficacy to conventional fentanyl, however, devoid of detrimental side effects,” the authors concluded.If it one of the rare drugs that makes i

early study suggests new opioid is non-addictive, works only where it hurts

Enlarge/ Medical Research: albino rat for animal experimentsGetty | fotografixxShare this storyWith a straightforward chemical tweak, the addictive—and often deadly—opioid painkiller, fentanyl, may transform into a safe, non-addictive, targeted therapy. Researchers reported this on Thursday in Science.In rats, a chemically modified form of the opioid could only work on inflamed, hurting tissue—not the rest of the body. Plus, it wasn’t deadly at high doses, like the original, and it didn’t spur addiction-forming behavior in the rodents, researchers at Freie Universität Berlin reported.“This yielded a novel opioid analgesic [pain reliever] of similar efficacy to conventional fentanyl, however, devoid of detrimental side effects,” the authors concluded.If it one of the rare drugs that makes i

lawsuit: greedy drug maker purposefully flooded black market with opioids

EnlargeGetty | PureradiancephotoShare this storyAfter spending millions to combat the opioid epidemic ravaging its citizens, the working-class city of Everett, Washington, is taking the maker of opioid painkiller OxyContin to federal court. The city claims that the drug maker, Purdue Pharma, knowingly sold to black markets out of pure greed, enabling the devastating epidemic hitting Everett and the rest of the country.According to the lawsuit (PDF) filed in federal court in Seattle, Everett accuses Purdue Pharma of “knowingly, recklessly, and/or negligently supplying OxyContin to obviously suspicious physicians and pharmacies and enabling the illegal diversion of OxyContin into the black market, including to drug rings, pill mills, and other dealers for dispersal of the highly addictive pi

use of opioid pain medications may affect liver transplant patients' survival

An analysis of nearly 30,000 patients undergoing liver transplantation in the United States between 2008 and 2014 found elevated death and organ loss rates in the first 5 years after transplantation among recipients with the highest use of opioid pain medications while on the waiting list.Higher risks mainly emerged after the first transplant anniversary, a pattern that may in part reflect sustained opioid use. Sixty five percent of those with the highest level of opioid use on the waiting list continued moderate to high level use in the first year after transplantation.The findings indicate that transplant candidates who require high levels of opioids should be carefully assessed and monitored before and after transplantation."Concerns for an epidemic of complications related to use of pr

opioid addict: there's nothing to do, but get high

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gop plan would be 'a major retreat' in addressing addiction crisis

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes hosted an event in McDowell County, West Virginia, yesterday – the event will air tonight – in which he asked attendees how many of them have lost someone due to opioid addiction. By some accounts, roughly three-fourths of the audience raised their hands.It was a striking reminder about the toll the nation’s addiction crisis can take on a community. It also raised anew concerns about Donald Trump’s budget plans, which would make a horrible situation vastly worse. The Washington Postreported the other day:Joshua Sharfstein, associate dean at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Advocates, told the Post, “Taken as a whole, [the Republican health care plan] is a major retreat from the effort to save lives in the opiate epidemic.”The fact that Donald Trump spent

drug distributors' responses to cabell county, wv lawsuit

West Virginia has the highest opioid overdose rate in the nation, and leaders in that state are trying new tactics in the fight. On March 9, the Cabell County Commission in West Virginia took legal action, not against users or drug dealers, but against companies that distribution prescription painkillers.The lawsuit alleges these companies knowingly ignored the opioid epidemic, by delivering huge amounts of opioids to drug stores in Cabell County. It says the companies “sold some 40 million doses of hydrocodone and oxycodone to Cabell County pharmacies between 2007 and 2012”The county’s population is less than 100,000.The suit names AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation, CVS Indiana, L.L.C., Cardinal Health, Inc., Rite-Aid of Maryland, Inc., Walmart Stores East, LP, Kroger Limited Partnership

uk pound rises after kristin forbes unexpectedly votes for rate increase

The pound appreciated against all of its major peers after the Bank of England's Kristin Forbes voted for a rate increase.

trump congress address: trump highlighted widows

President Trump hit many of the typical optimistic notes of his predecessors as he gave his first joint address to Congress, but death was a persistent refrain in the speech.Trump brought four widows to the speech as guests Tuesday night: two women whose husbands had been killed by undocumented immigrants, the wife of late-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and the wife of a Navy SEAL killed in Yemen. He also brought a father whose son was killed by an undocumented immigrant, and a daughter whose father was.At separate points during his speech, Trump recognized Maureen McCarthy Scalia and Carryn Owens, the wife of the SEAL, to stand and be recognized. Owens wiped away tears as she drew the most extended applause of the night."Ryan is looking down right now. You know that," Trump ad-libb

nyc: anti-semitic hate crimes surge in 2017

New York City has seen a major increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes this year, the New York City Police Department said.Anti-Semitic hate crimes for the first two months of the year through Feb. 26 are up 94% compared to the same period last year — driving a 55% increase in hate crimes overall, NYPD officials said Wednesday, according to NBC News and DNAinfo New York.Mayor Bill de Blasio sees the surge as part of a nationwide wave of discriminatory crimes since the presidential election, including bomb threats against Jewish community centers and schools and multiple vandalism incidents desecrating Jewish cemeteries."We will not accept anti-Semitism in this country," he said. "An atmosphere of hate has been fostered in these last few months in America — we have to stop it."In response to t

surge in victorian drownings - 39 since july 2016

A surge in drownings in Victoria, 39 so far in 2016-17, has prompted fresh reminders about the dangers of combining alcohol and swimming.The drowning death toll is far above the five-year average for the same time period, 28, and has deeply concerned Life Saving Victoria.
Peter and Kristen McCormack at Pound Bend on the Yarra River.  The 39 deaths include the double fatality earlier this month when two men tried to swim across a lake in suburban Mill Park.Males make up the majority of the victims, 31, compared to just eight females.The majority of the dead, 34, were adults, five were children. All of the children were aged under 10.AdvertisementThe death toll comes despite a relatively cool summer, years of recommendations to swim between the flags at patrolled beaches, the wide availabi

lower back ache? be active, wait it out

Dr James Weinstein, a back pain specialist and chief executive of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, has some advice for most people with lower back pain: Take two aspirin and don’t call me in the morning. On Monday, the American College of Physicians published updated guidelines that say much the same. In making the new recommendations for the treatment of most people with lower back pain, the group is bucking what many doctors do and changing its previous guidelines, which called for medication as first-line therapy. Dr Nitin Damle, president of the group’s board of regents and a practicing internist, said pills, even over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, should not be the first choice. “We need to look at therapies that are non-pharmacological first,” he said. “That i

presstv-burundi reports 700 deaths from malaria

Malaria has killed hundreds of people and infected close to two million in Burundi as the government struggles to contain a rising epidemic.Burundi's Health Minister Josiane Nijimbere said on Monday that “some 700 deaths” had been registered across the country since the start of this year."Burundi faces a malaria epidemic," Nijimbere said, adding that latest figures showed a 17-percent increase from the same period last year.The minister was commenting on a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), which said recently that from January 1 to March 10 this year, 1.8 million Malaria infections were registered in Burundi.Three thousand people died last year from an infected population of 8.2 million people in the African country of 11 million people.Nijimbere said various factors were

no significant change in february usage numbers for windows 10, edge

February was not kind to either Windows 10 or Edge. Windows 7 isn’t showing any signs of giving up its pole position, and Chrome continues to nudge  upward.If you believe the numbers from NetMarketshare, Win10 usage went down from 25.30 in January to 25.19% in February, and Edge increased imperceptibly from 5.48 to 5.55% of usage worldwide. The combination of Internet Explorer + Edge went down from 25.19% to 24.72%.InfoWorldIf you believe StatCounter, Win10 usage stepped up nearly a percentage point from 32.84% in January to 33.8% in February, while Edge increased from 3.58 to 3.68% usage share. At that rate, Win10 will take over Win7 usage in less than a century, and Edge may show a perceptible pulse by the end of the year.InfoWorldWindows 7 continues to hold its own. StatCounter says it

study shows role of depression in the ongoing tobacco epidemic

March 1, 2017 -- The prevalence of smoking has remained fairly stable over the past decade after declining sharply for many years. To determine whether an increase in certain barriers to successful cessation and sustained abstinence may be contributing to this slowed decline, researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health analyzed changes in the prevalence of depression among current, former and never smokers in the U.S. The team found that depression appeared to have significantly increased in the U.S. from 2005 to 2013 among smokers, as well as among former and never smokers. While the prevalence of depression is consistently highest among smokers, the rate of increase in depression was most prominent among former and never smokers. The full study findings are publi

nifty bank may hit new all-time high

RIL up 4.7% after target price raisedBusiness StandardThe bull run continues with the Nifty hitting another new high for calendar 2017Devangshu Datta  February 27, 2017 Last Updated at 23:43 ISThttp://mybs.in/2UTVjtP

how to increase height after 18

We all have heard of sweet 16. And 18 means just two years added. That means you are growing with age. But the increase in your age does not necessarily mean that your height is increasing. To increase the height at the age of 18 might seem a tall task to most of you. Relax, I am not suggesting craning your neck day-and-night to work upon your height. Just follow the tips shared as under to fulfill your wishes. Hopefully you should grow tall, with these techniques and blessings from Almighty and Granny. Amen!Here Is The Simple List To Increase Height After 18Before we get closer on how to increase your height after you are 18, it is important to know how our bodies grow naturally, and what we can do to help the process of growth and height.Our height is defined by genetics. And it is the g

xiaomi reveals surge s1 soc alongside redmi 4x, mi 5c

As promised, Xiaomi unveiled at MWC 2017 its first in-house application processor or SoC, the Surge S1, along side the first smartphone to be powered by it, the Xiaomi Mi 5c. It will probably be a while before we see it in action in the real world, but, for now, we have to take Xiaomi at its word. Amusingly, it has also announced the Redmi 4X that is powered by a different processor that Xiaomi is painting to be inferior to its Surge S1.The Surge S1 is a 64-bit octa-core processor, made up of 8 Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz and 1.4 GHz. Xiaomi is pitting its first ever in-house chip against the lower mid-range selection of other chip makers, like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 and both MediaTek’s P20 as well as its P10. The Surge S1 is capable of handling dual image signal processors or I

windows 10, edge usage stays steady in february

February was not kind to either Windows 10 or Edge. Windows 7 isn’t showing any signs of giving up its pole position, and Chrome continues to nudge upward.
If you believe the numbers from NetMarketShare, Win10 usage went down from 25.30 in January to 25.19 percent in February, and Edge increased imperceptibly from 5.48 to 5.55 percent of usage worldwide. The combination of Internet Explorer and Edge went from 25.19 down to 24.72 percent.
NetMarketshare
If you believe StatCounter, Win10 usage stepped up nearly a percentage point from 32.84 percent in January to 33.8 percent in February, while Edge increased from 3.58 to 3.68 percent usage share. At that rate, Win10 will take over Win7 usage in less than a century, and Edge may show a perceptible pulse by the end of the year.
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how to increase height after 18

We all have heard of sweet 16. And 18 means just two years added. That means you are growing with age. But the increase in your age does not necessarily mean that your height is increasing.To increase the height at the age of 18, might seem a tall task to most of you. Relax; I am not suggesting craning your neck day and night to work upon your height. Just follow the tips shared as under to fulfill your wishes. Hopefully, you should grow tall, with these techniques and blessings from Almighty and Granny. Amen!Before we get closer on how to increase your height after you are 18, it is important to know how our bodies grow naturally, and what we can do to help the process of growth and height.Our height is defined by genetics. And it is the genes of our parents which play a pivotal role in o

aapl continues hitting record highs as anticipation builds for spring ipad event

Apple’s stock price continues hitting record highs as anticipation builds for the company’s upcoming spring iPad event and next-generation iPhones.AAPL today closed at a high of 139.79 per share following several record breaking days over the last month. The stock price also hit a high for intraday trading today reaching 140.15 before closing. The record stock prices put Apple’s market cap at 733.74B, not far off from its highest ever $775 billion record achieved back in 2015.Over the last month AAPL has achieved record highs including a notable jump on February 14 following Goldman Sachs raising its 12-month target price for the stock based on anticipation for the next-generation iPhones. The stock also benefited from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway more than doubling its AAPL holding

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