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Overwrought marketing? Ads, not research, create some pharma  best-sellers

Overwrought marketing? Ads, not research, create some pharma best-sellers

An ad campaign for a relatively rare neurological condition has helped fuel the controversy over how direct-to-consumer advertising — typified by ads that call on you to “ask your doctor” about a possible treatment — takes niche medicine and promotes its use for a broad range of patients and fosters the use of pricey prescription products when cheaper ones might suffice.

May 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
New meth surge gathers momentum

New meth surge gathers momentum

By Christine Vestal Stateline An Oklahoma narcotics agent displays 20 pounds of Mexican crystal meth seized from a drug dealer. As federal, state and local health officials focus on the opioid epidemic, the supply and use of methamphetamine is surging in Oklahoma and other Western, Midwestern and Southern states. © Courtesy of the Oklahoma Bureau […]

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Do heartburn pills cause kidney damage?

Do heartburn pills cause kidney damage?

Recent research has linked the proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, to serious side effects, including chronic kidney disease. The risk of chronic kidney disease is as much as 50 percent higher in people who’ve taken the drug compared with those who’ve not — although no causative link has been proven and manufacturers insist they are safe.

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Public restrooms become ground zero in the opioid epidemic

Public restrooms become ground zero in the opioid epidemic

Increasingly, opioid users are using public bathrooms to inject drugs, forcing restaurant and shop owners to deal with overdoses. Some doctors, nurses and public health workers argue any solution to the opioid crisis will need to include safe injection sites, where users can get high with medical supervision.

May 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Overdose deaths from fentanyl and related drugs in Washington state on the rise

Overdose deaths from fentanyl and related drugs in Washington state on the rise

The synthetic opioid fentanyl and other fentanyl-like drugs were involved in the deaths of at least 70 people in Washington in 2016. Fentanyl is a fast-acting, powerful opioid – 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin.

May 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
As fentanyl spreads, states step up responses

As fentanyl spreads, states step up responses

As the deadly illicit opioid fentanyl spreads, state and local governments are accelerating their public health and law enforcement responses.

May 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
85% of Washington state kindergartners are immunized

85% of Washington state kindergartners are immunized

The Washington State Department of Health for the 2016-2017 school year, 85 percent of kindergartners had received the required vaccinations to start school Nearly 5 percent of kindergartners have an exemption or waiver from immunizations on file for a medical, personal, or religious reason.

May 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Drug coverage denied by Medicare? How seniors can fight back

Drug coverage denied by Medicare? How seniors can fight back

Concerns about Medicare drug coverage are common: More seniors call the Medicare Rights Center’s national hotline (800-333-4114) about this topic each year than any other. Here is some essential information about the appeals process:

May 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Pseudoscience fuels fear behind Minnesota measles outbreak

Pseudoscience fuels fear behind Minnesota measles outbreak

Health officials in Minnesota are scrambling to contain a measles outbreak that has sickened primarily Somali-American children. Officials have identified 34 cases as of Wednesday, and they’re worried there will be more.

May 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
America’s other drug problem

America’s other drug problem

Across the country, nursing homes routinely toss large quantities of perfectly good prescription medication: tablets for diabetes, syringes of blood thinners, pricey pills for psychosis and seizures.

April 27, 2017 | By | Reply More