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Coaching overdose survivors to avoid the next one

Coaching overdose survivors to avoid the next one

Nationwide, tens of thousands of opioid overdose victims have been saved over the last two decades by first responders, friends, family and bystanders who administered naloxone, an opioid overdose antidote. But the majority of those who are rescued from near death go back to using drugs as soon as they leave the hospital, pushed by the brutal withdrawal symptoms that accompany an opioid overdose reversal.

June 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Caring for a loved one? Care for yourself, too

Caring for a loved one? Care for yourself, too

A 2015 report found that roughly 43.5 million adults in the United States had provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the prior year. The need is expected to increase as baby boomers age and become caregivers for loved ones or require care for themselves.

June 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Tom Price bought drug stocks. Then he pushed pharma’s agenda in Australia.

Tom Price bought drug stocks. Then he pushed pharma’s agenda in Australia.

Price’s lobbying abroad is another example of how his work in Congress could have benefitted his investment portfolio. He traded hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of shares in health-related companies while taking action on legislation and regulations affecting the industry.

June 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Esophageal cancer rates are rocketing – here’s what you need to know about the disease

Esophageal cancer rates are rocketing – here’s what you need to know about the disease

Oesophageal cancer is an aggressive disease with one of the worst survival rates of all cancers. Early diagnosis and treatment is critical as it can significantly improve survival odds. Unfortunately, many people don’t recognise the symptoms. Heartburn, hoarseness and difficulty swallowing are often dismissed by patients as “nothing serious”.

June 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seniors putting together teams they can call on for help

Seniors putting together teams they can call on for help

Millions of older adults are peering into an uncertain future without knowing whom they can count on to be at their side. Many are unmarried, without children, living alone. Some have adult children living elsewhere, with demanding jobs and busy lives. Others have spouses who were ill or temperamentally unsuited to the task.

June 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Beware of snake bites, warns Washington Poison Center

Beware of snake bites, warns Washington Poison Center

While the vast majority of snakes found in Washington are harmless, the Western rattlesnake is capable of delivering a venomous bite. These species are typically limited to regions east of the Cascade Mountains, but may cross over to other regions.

May 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
Handshake-free zone: Keep those hands–and germs–to yourself in the hospital

Handshake-free zone: Keep those hands–and germs–to yourself in the hospital

The sign says: “To help reduce the spread of germs, our NICU is now a handshake-free zone. Please find other ways to greet each other.” They didn’t ban handshakes outright. They suggested other options: a fist bump. A smile. A bow. A wave. A non-contact Namaste gesture.

May 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
GOP health bill pleases most Republicans, but not many other Americans

GOP health bill pleases most Republicans, but not many other Americans

The health overhaul bill passed by the House earlier this month accomplishes one major feat: It is even less popular than the not-very-popular Affordable Care Act it would largely replace, a new poll finds.

May 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
Prosecutors race to keep notorious ‘Angel-of-Death’ behind bars

Prosecutors race to keep notorious ‘Angel-of-Death’ behind bars

Three decades ago, a young nurse named Genene Jones made international headlines as the suspected serial killer of more than a dozen infants in the pediatric intensive care unit at San Antonio’s charity hospital.

May 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
New Zika threat hovers as summer’s mosquitoes get buzz

New Zika threat hovers as summer’s mosquitoes get buzz

Zika, which can cause birth defects if contracted by pregnant women, is primarily transmitted by a mosquito more commonly found in southern areas of the country such as the Gulf Coast. Texas, Florida, Southern California and Louisiana were all deemed high-risk areas last year.

May 30, 2017 | By | Reply More