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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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Colon cancer is caused by bacteria and cell stress

Researchers at Technical University Munich have reported findings related to the development of colon cancer. "We originally wanted to study the role of bacteria in the intestines in the development of intestinal inflammation," explains Professor Dirk Haller from the Department of Nutrition and Immunology at the Weihenstephan Science Centre of the TUM. "However, the surprising result for us was the discovery that bacteria, together with stress in cells, caused tumours (exclusively in the colon) and without the involvement of inflammation." The investigations were initially carried out using a mouse model. In germ-free animals in which the activated transcription factor ATF6...
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Making sure you get the right type of calorie

The British Nutrition Foundation is launching a concept called the "quality calorie", to make people think more about the types of foods they eat. While most adults consume more than they need, simply counting calories and cutting down is not enough, it says.It wants people to look at nutritional values to select the best calories.Public Health England said excess calories were the root cause of obesity and tackling the issue was a priority. Calories give people energy - women need about 2,000 a day and men 2,500. Public Health England suggests: Food packaging will tell you how many calories (kcal)...
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Kavanaugh's accuser says he was drunk at the time. What studies say about alcohol and memory loss

(CNN)Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of physical and sexual assault, California professor Christine Blasey Ford, have indicated a willingness to testify about the allegations before the Senate Judiciary Committee. If they do they will likely face questions about how reliable memory can be when alcohol is involved. The science says that alcohol can play a role in memory recall depending on the amount and how much time has gone by.Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied allegations that he assaulted Ford at a party during his high school years in the early 1980s when she was...

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Cardiovascular-related deaths higher for US Hispanics who live in counties with higher Hispanic populations

Hispanics living in the U.S. face more cardiovascular-related death in counties heavily populated by Hispanics than those living in more diverse areas, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. A decade of national data showed that Hispanic ethnic density or communities with high proportions of Hispanics, was strongly associated with death from , such as heart attack or stroke, a finding that remained after adjusting for sociodemographic and healthcare factors and may be due to other unmeasured neighborhood or individual-level characteristics. Looking at the bigger...
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Young children's oral bacteria may predict obesity

Weight gain trajectories in early childhood are related to the composition of oral bacteria of two-year-old children, suggesting that this understudied aspect of a child's microbiota—the collection of microorganisms, including beneficial bacteria, residing in the mouth—could serve as an early indicator for childhood obesity. A study describing the results appears September 19 in the journal Scientific Reports. "One in three in the United States is overweight or obese," said Kateryna Makova, Pentz Professor of Biology and senior author of the paper. "If we can find early indicators of in young children, we can help parents and physicians take preventive measures."...
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Anonymous donor gives £37,000 to help woman with cerebral palsy walk again

An anonymous donor donated £37,000 to help a woman with cerebral palsy walk again. The 20-year-old Jade Owen is learning to take her first steps after the mystery donor paid for the US operation to treat her. Owen underwent a selective dorsal rhizotomy aimed at reducing spasticity - plus two other operations for her disability. Owen needed to raise a total of £60,000 for the surgery - and the unknown donor gave the huge sum to make her dreams come true. Owen who had been restricted to a wheelchair Jade, in a wheelchair since she was 11, is now able...