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

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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26/06/2019

No swimming: Toxic bacteria afflicts Mississippi coast

An outbreak of toxic bacteria is ruining some beach plans in Mississippi, where authorities are warning people not to swim or eat seafood from polluted coastal waters. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality released a list of closed beaches to news outlets. Residents shouldn't even allow their pets to come in contact with water that has a greenish-blue hue. The toxic cyanobacterium can cause rashes, diarrhea and vomiting. Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Executive Director Joe Spraggins blames fresh water entering the Mississippi sound. A New Orleans spillway has been open for a historically long time to relieve pressure on...
26/06/2019

Pharmacist admits stealing drugs from veterans facility

The former chief pharmacist at a medical facility for veterans in Pennsylvania has admitted stealing more than 12,000 doses of medication to fuel his own drug addictions. James Franks pleaded guilty Tuesday to obtaining controlled substances through fraud. The 34-year-old Union City man faces up to four years in prison when he's sentenced Oct. 15. Federal prosecutors say there's no evidence Franks redistributed the drugs he stole, which included opioid painkillers, Xanax and Valium. They say he also altered the manual and electronic prescription drug logs to conceal the thefts, which occurred between July 2016 and July 2017. Franks had...
26/06/2019

French govt slammed over pollution, slow climate response

French President Emmanuel Macron sees himself as a global climate crusader but even a watchdog that he created says his government is lagging on its promises to the planet. The High Council for the Climate issued its first report Tuesday night on the French government's climate policy, saying measures are "too weak" and "insufficient" to meet Macron's own goals of slashing emissions by 2050. The government promised action within six months. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said climate policies should be "amplified, given the urgency to fight against climate destabilization, whose effects we are already feeling" — referring to a heat...

Keep your phone away for a good night’s sleep

With smartphones having made in-roads into every aspect of our lives, it is not a surprise it has followed us into our beds too. The constant stream of photons exposed to our eyes sends our braina signal to stay awake, preventing us from sleeping. While it may seem that at this point that it is impossible to get rid of the phone from our lives, Dr Dan Seigel, professor at the UCLA School of Medicine thinks the problem is not insurmountable. We still have the power to exercise control over the digital domain, he feels. Looking at your phone just...

Coffee can possibly fight diabetes and obesity

Washington: What's better than starting your day with a cup of hot coffee? That doing so can help fight obesity and diabetes as well. A recent study has found that drinking a cup of coffee can stimulate 'brown fat', the body's own fat-fighting defences, which can fight against obesity and diabetes. Published in the journal 'Scientific Reports', the study is one of the first to be carried out in humans to discover components that can have a direct effect on 'brown fat' functions, an important part of the human body, which plays a key role in how fast calories can...

All-green woodland serves as a respite from digital overload

Washington: The designs are appealing and restive, driven as they are by massed ferns, moss, leaves, bark, berries, rock and foliage combinations. They serve some practical purposes, too. “Cool, mossy and damp, small space woodland gardens bring a welcome sense of organic Zen and a respite from digital overload, especially in dense urban areas where they can help to mitigate the effects of pollution,” said Elka Karl, a spokeswoman for Monrovia Nursery Co., based in Azuza, California. “It’s like bringing ‘forest bathing’ to the city with mixes of ferns, mosses, coral bells, hostas and anemones in high-contrast, almost unnatural places...