Opioid use by American men may account for one-fifth of the decline in their participation in the U.S. labor force, according to a study by Princeton University economist Alan Krueger. “The opioid crisis and depressed labor-force participation are now intertwined in many parts of the U.S.,” Krueger, who was chief economist at the Treasury Department in the Obama administration, wrote in the study released Thursday at a Brookings Institution conference in Washington. Krueger’s study linked county prescription rates to labor force data from the past 15 years, concluding that regional differences in prescription rates were due to variations in medical practices, not health conditions. In previous research, he found that nearly half of men in their prime worker ag
People who regularly use electronic cigarettes are less dependent on their product than those who regularly use traditional cigarettes, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. While cigarette use has declined in recent years in the United States, the use of e-cigarettes is increasing, especially among adolescents and young adults. Although the new findings suggest that electronic cigarettes — also known as e-cigarettes — cause less nicotine dependence than traditional cigarettes, planned follow-up studies will help determine if e-cigarettes could lead to traditional cigarettes dependence in the future. E-cigarettes include a range of battery-powered devices that heat and vaporize a liquid mixture — e-liquid — that may contain nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals.
A new study published on the 6th of June, 2017 has exposed major flaws in the fast tracking of some drugs available to the American public without any stringent clinical evidence of their benefits. Researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the United States say that many US patients with serious illnesses are being treated by drugs which have questionable data. The findings, published in The Milbank Quarterly, relate to drugs given "accelerated approval" by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) without any strong clinical evaluation. The study assessed 37 new drugs given accelerated approval by the FDA between 2000 and 2013. Drugs eligible for accelerated approval are assessed as "reasonably likely" to provide clinical benefits but the...
Many people have suggested that addiction hijacks the body's natural drives in the service of compulsive drug use. A new study now suggests that hijacking another natural system in the brain may help overcome drug addiction. Published in Biological Psychiatry, the study shows that administration of oxytocin -- a naturally occurring molecule well known for its role in social bonding and childbirth -- reduces drug-seeking behavior in methamphetamine-addicted rats. "There are virtually no pharmacotherapeutics for methamphetamine addiction, a chronically relapsing disease that destroys many lives," said first author Dr. Brittney Cox, now at the University of California Irvine. "Our results are important because they support development of novel, oxytocin-based therapeutics for methamphetamine...
Ohio is suing five of the world's biggest drug manufacturers for their role in causing the state’s unprecedented addictions crisis, and accusing them of intentionally misleading patients about the dangers of painkillers and claiming drug benefits not backed by science. State Attorney General Mike DeWine, who announced the lawsuit on Wednesday, said the state was awash in opioids and engulfed in a public health crisis. DeWine said the drug companies had created a “deadly mess in Ohio that they now need to pay to clean up.” The five companies being sued were Purdue Pharma LP, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc unit, a unit of Endo International Plc, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd’s Cephalon unit and Allergan Plc. The lawsuit claims that brand-name drugs such a
The anxiety over antibiotic-resistant superbugs, which are responsible for 23,000 deaths a year in the United States, is likely to grow in California, following the recent discovery by UCLA researchers of high levels of antibiotic-resistant genes in parks in four cities. Antibiotic-resistant genes, or ARGs, lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. And with antibiotic resistance rapidly increasing, worldwide they are expected to kill 10 million people annually by 2050 — more than cancer. In a study published today in the journal ACS Omega, researchers found that concentrations varied, but in general, air, soil and water from city parks in Los Angeles, San Diego, Fresno and Bakersfield contained high quantities of the genes in bacteria cells. The highest levels in tap water came from
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged liquid methamphetamine. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $3,777,802 hidden within a white 2008 Chevy Silverado. "Our CBP officers continue to keep our borders secure. This load of dangerous narcotics will not harm the lives of our citizens,” said Port Director Severiano Solis, Hidalgo, Pharr, Anzalduas Port of Entry. The seizure took place on May 14, at the Hidalgo International Bridge when a 20-year-old female United States citizen who resides in Houston, Texas, attempted entry into the United States driving a white 2008 Chevy Silverado. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. After a physical inspection of the
North Korean Cultivation and production of opium poppies has been booming as a way for Little Kim to supplement the income for his battered state. The United States and other world players have been pounding N Korea with economic sanctions for decades. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanctions_against_North_Korea In order to continue funding his nuke program and various other projects as well as his weakened government, naturally he turned to the drug trade. North Korean authorities estimated that NK devoted 4,200 to 7,000 Hectares of land to the cultivation of opium poppy, based on these estimates that would produce 3 to 4.5 metric tons for heroin production. Please see the links below for more on this topic, & ask yourself this question, Is this going to be t
Taking cannabidiol may cut seizures in half for some children and adults with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), a severe form of epilepsy, according to new information released today from a large scale controlled clinical study that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 69th Annual Meeting in Boston, April 22 to 28, 2017. Cannabidiol is a molecule from the cannabis plant that does not have the psychoactive properties that create a "high." Nearly 40 percent of people with LGS, which starts in childhood, had at least a 50 percent reduction in drop seizures when taking a liquid form of cannabidiol compared to 15 percent taking a placebo. When someone has a drop seizure, their muscle tone changes, causing them to collapse. Children and adults with LGS have multiple kinds ...
“Synthetic biomarkers” could be used to diagnose ovarian cancer months earlier than now possible. Most ovarian cancer is diagnosed at such late stages that patients’ survival rates are poor. However, if the cancer is detected earlier, five-year survival rates can be greater than 90 percent. Now, MIT engineers have developed a far more sensitive way to reveal ovarian tumors: In tests in mice, they were able to detect tumors composed of nodules smaller than 2 millimeters in diameter. In humans, that could translate to tumor detection about five months earlier than is possible with existing blood tests, the researchers say. The new test makes use of a “synthetic biomarker” — a nanoparticle that interacts with tumor proteins to release fragments that can be detected in a patient’s urine