The FDA cracks down on e-cigarettes

News 11/19/18, 02:52

More than 3.6 million middle and high school students were current e-cigarette users in 2018, a “dramatic” uptick that ended years of decline in overall youth tobacco use, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published in a survey Thursday. The FDA released the e-cigarette portion of its National Youth Tobacco Survey early as ...

Fine particle air pollution is a public health emergency hiding in plain sight

News 11/19/18, 02:34

Ambient air pollution is the largest environmental health problem in the United States and in the world more generally. Fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 millionths of a meter, known as PM2.5, was the fifth-leading cause of death in the world in 2015, factoring in approximately 4.1 million global deaths annually. In ...

The path forward on health reform for Conservatives

News 11/14/18, 03:01

Last week’s election results show that health care is still a top concern for many Americans. Members of Congress must now decide how to move forward. Their task: providing a coherent answer to our national anxiety over health care. Americans care, immensely, about health care. A Washington Post study found that ...

The tobacco industry plays price games to make it even tougher to quit smoking

News 11/09/18, 03:21

It is thought about two in three smokers want to kick their deadly habit, and with good reason – the same proportion of them are believed to die prematurely because of smoking. Around the world, the habit kills more than 6m people a year. Yet quitting is notoriously difficult. Smoking tobacco is an addictive habit that the UK ...

Golden Triangle’s Drug Production Expands, Diversifies Amid Opioid Concerns

News 11/08/18, 03:47

JAKARTA — Organized crime groups are expanding and diversifying drug production in Southeast Asia's Golden Triangle amid fears the region could emerge as a hub for synthetic opioids like fentanyl, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Asia Pacific counter-narcotics police met in Myanmar's capital Naypyitaw on Wednesday ...

More deaths seen for less invasive cervical cancer surgery

News 10/31/18, 17:04

New evidence about a cancer operation in women finds a higher death rate for the less invasive version, challenging standard practice and the "less is more" approach to treating cervical cancer.The unexpected findings are prompting changes at some hospitals that perform radical hysterectomies for early-stage disease.The more rigorous of the ...

As Canada legalizes pot, other countries likely to follow

News 10/17/18, 19:20

More than two dozen countries have relaxed their marijuana or other drug laws, and a number could consider legalizing in the not-too-distant future. The South American nation of Uruguay was first to legalize marijuana in 2013. Canada became the second on Wednesday and its size and global standing likely will ...

Miami police to offer opioid addicts rehab instead of jail

News 10/16/18, 23:21

Officials in Miami are hoping police officers will be able to steer opioid addicts into to treatment rather than jail. A plan announced Monday will offer addicts an opportunity to go into rehabilitation. The Miami Herald reports Miami police will use $1.6 million in federal grants to develop a pre-arrest diversion ...

NY lawmakers to hold hearing on legalization of marijuana

News 10/16/18, 03:39

Lawmakers in the New York state Assembly are preparing for a hearing on proposals to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Four Assembly committees will meet Tuesday in Manhattan for the joint hearing, which comes two months before lawmakers reconvene in Albany for the 2019 session. Earlier this year the state's Department of ...

UN: Excessive drinking killed over 3 million people in 2016

News 09/22/18, 14:25

Drinking too much alcohol killed more than 3 million people in 2016, mostly men, the World Health Organization said.The U.N. health agency also warned that current policy responses are not sufficient to reverse trends predicting an increase in consumption over the next 10 years. ...

UN: Excessive drinking killed over 3 million people in 2016

News 09/21/18, 21:34

Drinking too much alcohol killed more than 3 million people in 2016, mostly men, the World Health Organization said.The U.N. health agency also warned that current policy responses are not sufficient to reverse trends predicting an increase in consumption over the next 10 years. ...

Groups say Medicare discounts threatened in opioid bill

News 09/21/18, 14:38

Consumer and health care groups say they're trying to block the pharmaceutical industry from commandeering opioid legislation and using it to roll back drugmaker discounts to Medicare beneficiaries with high prescription costs.Republican leaders are saying little about the behind-the-scenes discussions. But House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi's office calls it a ...

Tutu urges regulated euthanasia after campaigner’s arrest

News 09/21/18, 08:59

Terminally ill people should have the right to a "dignified assisted death," former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu said Friday, following a murder charge against a local campaigner for the legalization of euthanasia.Lawmakers "should engage, enable and appropriately regulate" the choice of how and when to die for people who ...

Food research articles retracted by leading medical journal

News 09/20/18, 22:56

A leading medical journal has retracted six food research articles by a Cornell University marketing professor, saying the results can't be verified.The papers under question include a 2005 study that said people eat more when served food in large bowls and a 2013 article that said hungry grocery shoppers buy ...

Administration sends states $1B in grants to battle opioids

News 09/19/18, 22:23

The Trump administration is awarding more than $1 billion in grants to help states confront the opioid epidemic, with most of the money going to expand access to treatment and recovery services.Officials say more than $900 million comes from a grant program Congress approved this spring as part of a ...