1130 Articles Matching "epidemic"

Opioid epidemic spilling over onto roads, study says

Feb 16, 2019 , CNN Health
Patients who are prescribed opioids and the clinicians who prescribe them have more to be concerned about than steadily rising rates of opioid overdoses, according to a new study....
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The World Braced Itself For A Bird Flu Epidemic. Then Nothing Happened.

Feb 14, 2019 , Kaiser Health News
A little over a decade ago, the world raced to prepare emergency plans and stockpile medication in anticipation of a major bird flu outbreak. Now, there hasn't been a single H5N1 human infection detected since February 2017. Where did it go? In other public health news: the measles outbreak, pelvic mesh, intimacy, raw milk, processed foods and...
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Different Takes: Lessons On How To Wipe Out Fear Of Vaccines; Vitamin A Isn’t Going To Cut It When It Comes To Preventing Measles

Feb 14, 2019 , Kaiser Health News
Opinion writers weigh in on the current measles...
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Skyrocketing teen e-cig use erases recent declines in youth tobacco use

Feb 12, 2019 , CNN Health
Public health experts are continuing to sound the alarm on the teen vaping epidemic, tying the nearly 80% spike in youth tobacco use from 2017 to 2018 directly to e-cigarettes. The rise has been so significant that it has wiped out any progress in declining youth tobacco use in recent years, according to a report published Monday....
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Philadelphia Council Strikes Down Bill Designed To Regulate Pharmaceutical Sales Reps

Feb 09, 2019 , Kaiser Health News
The controversial bill was introduced last fall as a means to curtail the influence sales reps have over doctors — which many believe has contributed to the overuse of opioid pain killers. News on the opioid epidemic comes from Tennessee, Ohio and New York, as...
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FDA chief accuses Juul, Altria of reneging on promise to combat teen vaping

Feb 09, 2019 , CNBC Health
Scott Gottlieb is calling Altria and Juul's CEOs to the agency's headquarters to explain their plan to combat youth vaping and, once again, threatened to pull e-cigarettes off the market if more isn't done to reduce "epidemic" levels of teen...
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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ A ‘Healthy’ State Of The Union

Feb 08, 2019 , Kaiser Health News
Health was a featured player in President Donald Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address. The president set goals to bring down prescription drug prices, end the HIV epidemic in the U.S. and cure childhood cancer, among other things. Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Anna Edney of Bloomberg News and Alice Ollstein of Politico join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss these issues and, for “extra credit,” provide their favorite health policy stories of the week. Rovner also interviews...
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New Disease Surveillance Tool Helps Detect Any Human-Infecting Virus

Feb 08, 2019 , NewsLine - Healthcare Professionals
During the Zika virus outbreak of 2015-16, public health officials scrambled to contain the epidemic and curb the pathogen's devastating effects on pregnant women. At the same time, scientists around the globe tried to understand the genetics of this mysterious virus. The problem was, there just ar......
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Are Measles Epidemics The New Normal? Lower Vaccination Rates Making Communities Vulnerable To The ‘Exquisitely Contagious’ Disease

Feb 07, 2019 , Kaiser Health News
“If you have a population that is unvaccinated, it’s like throwing a match into a can of gasoline,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County’s public health director. The latest outbreak of measles started in an anti-vaccination hotspot where only 78 percent of the kindergarten through high school population had gotten their shots....
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Trump's plan to end America's HIV epidemic by 2030, explained

Feb 07, 2019 , CNN Health
In Tuesday night's State of the Union address, President Donald Trump called for the elimination of HIV transmissions in the United States by 2030, raising hope and questions about putting an end to the epidemic....
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Amplicare expands tech offerings for pharmacists

Feb 07, 2019 , Drug Store News - Retail
Amplicare’s latest updates are aimed at arming pharmacists with solutions to address the opioid epidemic and flu season, the company said. Read More...
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From State Battles Against Opioids: Wis. Doctors Warned Over Prescribing; Minn. Governor Wants New Legislation

Feb 07, 2019 , Kaiser Health News
News on efforts to combat the drug epidemic is reported from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arizona, New Hampshire and...
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Training The Prescriber: An Institutional Effort To Reduce The Amount Of Opioids Prescribed Following Lumbar Surgery

Feb 06, 2019 , NewsLine - Healthcare Professionals
As we all know, opioid addiction in the US has reached epidemic proportions. In 2017 alone, opioids were involved in the overdose deaths of 47,600 people. Many victims of opioid abuse began their journey with physician-prescribed medications that initially were provided for the management of acute o......
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Trump Highlights Health Agenda With Vow To Lower ‘Unfair’ Drug Prices

Feb 06, 2019 , Kaiser Health News
The president laid out a series of goals, including lowering prescription prices, pursuing an end to the HIV epidemic and boosting funding for childhood...
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New Problem Emerges From Altering Opioids: Hep C Rates Soared When People Switched To Injecting Heroin

Feb 06, 2019 , Kaiser Health News
When people could no longer grind Oxycontin and snort it or inject, some switched drugs, a new study from Rand says, and that is leading to the spread of disease and costly treatments taxing Medicaid. Other news on the opioid epidemic looks at safe injection sites and palliative use of marijuana, also....
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Researchers Find Overdose Deaths Are Likely To Increase With ‘Changing Nature' Of Opioid Epidemic

Feb 05, 2019 , NewsLine - Healthcare Professionals
The opioid epidemic could be responsible for 700,000 overdose deaths in the United States between 2016 and 2025, according to a new study published today in JAMA Network Open. “Preventing people from misusing prescription opioids is important and could help prevent some overdose deaths in the long ......
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Sackler family, fortune and philanthropy under scrutiny amid opioid lawsuits

Feb 02, 2019 , CNN Health
A series of lawsuits spurred by the opioid epidemic has thrust one of America's richest yet little-known families into a spotlight they've long sought to avoid....
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With Blue Cross grant, Duke taps patient partnership app to take on opioid abuse

Feb 01, 2019 (Jonah Comstock), Mobile Health News
Duke University has received about $500K out of a $2M multifaceted investment from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina to battle the opioid...
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McKesson expects opioid-related legal costs to exceed $100 million this year

Feb 01, 2019 , Modern Healthcare Breaking News
Drug distributor McKesson Corp. says it expects to shoulder more than $100 million in opioid-related legal expenses this year. Both McKesson and AmerisourceBergen downplayed their roles in the opioid epidemic in their respective earnings...
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With The World Facing Multiple Epidemics Of Obesity, Climate Change And Hunger, Experts Suggest Tackling The Three Together

Jan 30, 2019 , Kaiser Health News
The three problems are so interwoven that the only way to stave off global catastrophe is by addressing at least two of them -- and ideally all of them -- at once. However, to do so would require an ambitious restructuring of economic incentives that drive the production and marketing of food. Meanwhile, consumers can't rely on food labels to alert them to what allergens are in a...
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