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Readers And Tweeters: On Seniors Packing Heat And When They Should Pack It In 30 Jul

Readers And Tweeters: On Seniors Packing Heat And When They Should Pack It In

Straight outta the “accidents waiting to happen” file: An estimated 9 percent of Americans 65 and older are diagnosed with dementia, marked by mental decline and personality changes. And about 45 percent of folks 65 and older have guns at home. Over four months, Kaiser Health News, in partnership with “PBS NewsHour,” investigated the intersection of…

Journal commentary addresses role of dentists in opioid crisis 25 Jul

Journal commentary addresses role of dentists in opioid crisis

©Shutterstock/mnimage Addressing the vital role of dentists in helping to alleviate the opioid crisis is the subject of a commentary, publishing today in the Journal of the American Dental Association. The commentary, authored by Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug… Source link

Purdue Pharma Edits Public Service Ad In Washington Post 24 Jul

Purdue Pharma Edits Public Service Ad In Washington Post

In a new public service ad, drugmaker Purdue Pharma suggested that taking opioids such as its painkiller OxyContin even as prescribed can prove dangerous — then appeared to backtrack a few days later. “We are acutely aware of the public health risks opioid analgesics can create, even when taken as prescribed,” Purdue wrote in a…

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes 20 Jul

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

The Friday Breeze Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes, who reads everything on health care to compile our daily Morning Briefing, offers the best and most provocative stories for the weekend. From Big Pharma’s tricky PR maneuvering on drug prices to potential purges of non-loyalists at the VA to (my personal favorite) the benefits of a four-day…

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes 13 Jul

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

The Friday Breeze Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes, who reads everything on health care to compile our daily Morning Briefing, offers the best and most provocative stories for the weekend. On this Friday the 13th, we’re wrapping up another week dominated by the upcoming battle over the next Supreme Court justice and the administration’s scramble to…

Facebook Live: The Marketing Plan That Fueled An Addiction Epidemic 13 Jul

Facebook Live: The Marketing Plan That Fueled An Addiction Epidemic

Files from Fred’s basement: KHN senior correspondent Fred Schulte talks about a cache of files detailing Purdue Pharma’s early OxyContin marketing plan. These documents, which are more than 15 years old but still relevant now, offer insights into how these strategies contributed to the nation’s current opioid addiction epidemic. Here’s the recent story he wrote…

Study casts doubt on effectiveness of e-cigs for smoking cessation 09 Jul

Study casts doubt on effectiveness of e-cigs for smoking cessation

©Shutterstock/NeydtStock A study found no evidence that smokers who used e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) in the United States were more likely to quit smoking cigarettes than smokers who do not use these products. The study, looking at 2015-2016 data, found… Source link

What A U.S.-China Trade War Could Mean For The Opioid Epidemic 06 Jul

What A U.S.-China Trade War Could Mean For The Opioid Epidemic

The American struggle to curb opioid addiction could become collateral damage in President Donald Trump’s showdown on trade. Trade tensions with allies were heightened by the White House announcement in March of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Now, another round specifically targeting China is set to take effect Friday. And that China focus could…

Tennessee-Based Pain Management Group To Close Clinics Amid Financial Turmoil 03 Jul

Tennessee-Based Pain Management Group To Close Clinics Amid Financial Turmoil

One of the largest pain management groups in the Southeast is closing multiple clinics amid worsening financial troubles and a federal criminal investigation that targeted its former chief executive. This week, Tennessee-based Comprehensive Pain Specialists advised patients and employees about clinic closures, leaving patients scrambling to find new doctors willing to prescribe them opioids, according to a report…