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Poorest Americans most likely to have used prescription opioids—and most users view opioids positively

Among older Americans, the poorest are the most likely to have used prescription opioids, according to a University at Buffalo study providing new insights into unexplored contours of the opioid crisis. The study also raises important questions about access to options for the disadvantaged in the current climate of the ."The poor had about double the rate of use compared to wealthier groups," says Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk, an assistant professor in UB's sociology department and the study's author. "The poor are the ones who have been disproportionately relying on these medications—and it's not always easy for them to switch to other...


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If Suppressed with Meds, HIV Unlikely To Spread

By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When someone with HIV has the virus suppressed with medication, there is virtually no chance of passing it on to sex partners, a new review concludes. The Public Health Agency of Canada pulled together studies from the last decade looking at the risk of HIV transmission among partners where one person is HIV-positive and one is not. It found there were no cases of transmission when the HIV-positive partner was on drug "cocktails" that were keeping the virus suppressed. "Suppressed" means there are fewer than 200 copies of...
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Gun control vs. mental health care: debate after mass shootings obscures murky reality

This story is from Kaiser Health News After the recent mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif., in which 11 people were killed at a country music bar, President Donald Trump struck a familiar refrain: “It’s a mental health problem,” he said of the gunman, Ian David Long. “He was a very sick puppy.” Similarly, after a school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 students and staff members in February, Trump tweeted that there were “so many signs that the shooter was mentally disturbed.” Public health and mental health experts counter that blaming the violence on the mentally ill is...
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Officials warn about honey-filled pacifiers after cases of botulism

The Texas Department of State Health Services is warning parents and other adults not to give babies pacifiers containing honey, after four infants in Texas were treated for botulism. Health officials say the four babies who got sick had each been given a honey-containing pacifier purchased in Mexico, CBS affiliate KHOU reports.The department issued the warning Friday and reported that the four illnesses occurred from mid-August to the end of October. All four infants were hospitalized for life-saving treatment. The infants were unrelated and lived in different parts of the state.Botulism is a serious illness which is caused by a...

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Patient outcomes tied to valve replacement volume

(HealthDay)—Hospitals with high caseloads of both surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) have the best outcomes, according to a study published online Oct. 31 in JAMA Cardiology. Jialin Mao, M.D., from the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, and colleagues evaluated the association of SAVR and combined SAVR and TAVR volumes with patient outcomes of TAVR procedures performed within one year, within two years, and for the entire period after initiation of TAVR programs. The observational cohort study included 60,538 TAVR procedures performed in 438 hospitals between Oct. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31,...
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Workplace Bullies Can Threaten the Heart

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're bullied by a bad boss or co-worker, your heart may pay the price, new research shows. Victims of on-the-job bullying or violence faced a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, the researchers found. The new study of more than 79,000 European workers couldn't prove cause and effect. But if there is a causal link, eliminating workplace bullying "would mean we could avoid 5 percent of all cardiovascular cases," theorized study leader Tianwei Xu. She's a doctoral student at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. One...
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CDC: Increase seen in Salmonella illnesses from ground beef

(HealthDay)—There have been 126 more cases of illness added to an investigation into a Salmonella outbreak linked to recalled ground beef products from JBS Tolleson Inc., bringing the total to 246 cases in 25 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Illnesses began between Aug. 5, 2018, and Oct. 16, 2018, and 59 people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported, the CDC said in its first update since Oct. 23. On Oct. 4, 2018, Arizona-based JBS Tolleson Inc., recalled about 6.5 million pounds of ground beef and other beef products due to possible Salmonella contamination....