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How effective will the flu vaccine be this year?

How effective will the flu vaccine be this year?

How well each season’s flu vaccine works to prevent illness varies from season to season, depending on the match between the flu viruses the vaccine is designed to protect against and the flu viruses that are circulating when the flu season arrives. Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Jeff Duchin explains

December 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Stopping opioid addiction at one key source: The Hospital

Stopping opioid addiction at one key source: The Hospital

It’s a simple enough idea: Surgeons should give patients fewer pills after surgery — the time when many people are first introduced to what can be highly addictive painkillers. They should also talk to patients about the proper use of opioids and the associated risks.

December 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
As kratom use surges, some states enact bans

As kratom use surges, some states enact bans

A powder ground from the leaves of an indigenous Southeast Asian tree related to the coffee plant, kratom offers pain relief and mood enhancement, similar to prescription painkillers. Advocates say the substance could help reduce the nation’s reliance on highly addictive and often deadly prescription painkillers. Some addiction experts also argue the plant could be used as an alternative to methadone, buprenorphine and suboxone in medication-assisted therapy for opioid addiction.

December 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
What gives with the rising cost of the pneumococcal vaccine?

What gives with the rising cost of the pneumococcal vaccine?

The vaccine’s formulation has remained mostly unchanged since its 2010 federal approval, but its price continues creeping up, increasing by about 5 or 6 percent most years. In just eight years, its cost has climbed by more than 50 percent.

November 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Women also use drugs – not that you can tell from drug policy

Women also use drugs – not that you can tell from drug policy

In the UK, men are more likely to try drugs than women and they significantly outnumber women in accessing treatment, reinforcing the view that male drug use is the norm. But the number of women who use drugs is probably massively underestimated.

November 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Doctor’s Rx for a stiff knee: A prescription for 90 Percocet pills

Doctor’s Rx for a stiff knee: A prescription for 90 Percocet pills

I recently hobbled to the drugstore to pick up painkillers after minor outpatient knee surgery, only to discover that my doctor had prescribed me 90 Percocets. Talk about using a shotgun to kill a mosquito.

November 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Years before heading offshore, herpes researcher experimented on people in U.S.

Years before heading offshore, herpes researcher experimented on people in U.S.

Three years before launching an offshore herpes vaccine trial, an American researcher vaccinated patients in U.S. hotel rooms in brazen violation of U.S. law.

November 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Shingles: Don’t let it get you the way it got Me

Shingles: Don’t let it get you the way it got Me

The shingles shot used to be for folks 60 and up. But a new and more effective vaccine targeting the 50-and-older crowd was approved last month by the Food and Drug Administration and recommended by an advisory panel of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

November 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
New app maps overdose epidemic in real time

New app maps overdose epidemic in real time

The app, called ODMAP, is designed to track drug overdoses, both fatal and non-fatal, by location, as they happen. And because the same application can be used by all state and local authorities, the resulting database is the first to support a nationwide map.

November 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Liquid Gold: Pain Doctors Soak Up Profits By Screening Urine For Drugs

Liquid Gold: Pain Doctors Soak Up Profits By Screening Urine For Drugs

Drug testing, driven by the nation’s epidemic of painkiller addiction, generates profits across the doctor-owned network of 54 clinics, the largest pain-treatment practice in the Southeast. Medicare paid the company at least $11 million for urine and related tests in 2014, when five of its professionals stood among the nation’s top billers.

November 7, 2017 | By | Reply More