Opioid, heroin death rates higher than previously reported | Resources to help RNs address the opioid epidemic | Study examines link between alcohol intake, dementia risk in late life
August 9, 2017
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Opioid, heroin death rates higher than previously reported
Opioid, heroin death rates higher than previously reported
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A study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found US mortality rates were 22% higher for heroin overdoses and 24% higher for opioid overdoses than previously reported. The findings, based on death certificates from 2008 through 2014, showed the rate increased from 9 per 100,000 people to 11.2 for fatal opioid overdoses, and from 3.3 per 100,000 to 4 for fatal heroin overdoses.
NBC News (8/7),  Philadelphia Daily News (8/8) 
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Study examines link between alcohol intake, dementia risk in late life
Researchers at the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine found that adults ages 85 and older who had previous moderate to heavy alcohol consumption five to seven days per week had a twofold higher likelihood of having no dementia symptoms, compared with non-drinking peers. However, the findings in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease showed an association between alcohol intake and higher incomes and educational attainment, which were tied to better health care access as well as lower smoking and mental illness prevalence.
HealthDay News (8/6),  Global News Online (Toronto) (8/5),  Medical Daily (8/3) 
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Study: IV iron can treat anemia in subset of pregnant women
Research published in the American Journal of Medicine found intravenous iron safely treated anemia in pregnant women who were oral iron intolerant. The US Preventive Services Task Force has found insufficient evidence to recommend IV iron for these women.
Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (8/7) 
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Study looks at link between neonatal hypoglycemia, neurodevelopment outcomes
Children exposed to neonatal hypoglycemia didn't have a higher risk of neurosensory impairment at age 4.5 years, compared with those who weren't exposed, New Zealand researchers reported in JAMA Pediatrics. However, the findings associated neonatal hypoglycemia with an increased likelihood of poor executive and visual motor functioning, especially among youths exposed to severe, recurrent or clinically undetected episodes of hypoglycemia.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (8/7) 
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Study links higher uric acid levels to dementia risk
Older adults with higher levels of serum uric acid were at increased risk of dementia, compared with those who had lower levels, and the association was greater for vascular and mixed dementia than for Alzheimer's disease, according to a study in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Researchers found, however, the link between serum uric acid levels and vascular dementia disappeared after adjusting for interim strokes.
MedPage Today (free registration) (8/6) 
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Test your knowledge: Traits of biosimilars
True or False: Biosimilars are structurally different from their originally licensed reference products and are intended to improve performance while preserving mechanism of action. Check your answer!
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Trends & Technologies
Novel tech can regenerate damaged tissue from tiny patch
A technology called tissue nanotransfection uses nanochips to reprogram skin cells in a damaged area, allowing regeneration of any kind of cell needed for medical treatment, even precursors for vascular tissue or organs. An Ohio State University team that tested the technology in pigs and mice reported a 98% success rate, and human trials are expected next year.
The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (8/7) 
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Work-Life Balance
Wilson, N.C., employers see value in employee clinics
Government and private employers in Wilson, N.C., find that employee clinics help them manage medical costs and improve health. Wilson County employees do not have to use sick leave when they go to the clinic at the county Health Department, and David White, a vice president at BB&T, said having a no-cost clinic has helped employees better manage their health issues.
The Wilson Times (N.C.) (8/6) 
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From the Patient's View
VA end-of-life program increases hospice use, experts say
A Department of Veterans Affairs initiative to improve end-of-life care for veterans found greater access to palliative care was associated with increased hospice use. The VA's program began in 2009, allowing veterans to choose services aligned with their preferences and needs, and to receive hospice care while continuing disease treatment.
McKnight's Long-Term Care News online (8/7) 
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Legislative Policy & Regulatory News
FDA warns about lead poisoning risk from Ayurvedic herbal medicine
The FDA warned parents and caregivers to avoid administering Balguti Kesaria or Kesaria Balguti, an Ayurvedic herbal treatment for cough and cold, rickets, worms and teething in infants and youths, after a report from the North Carolina health department showed elevated lead levels in the product. The FDA also received a report from the Michigan health department showing high lead levels in two children who took the medicine, and a report of developmental delay in a child who received the drug.
eMPR (8/7) 
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No emergency declaration needed for opioid crisis, administration says
No emergency declaration needed for opioid crisis, administration says
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HHS Secretary Tom Price said there is no need to declare the opioid abuse epidemic a national public health emergency, as recommended by the White House's opioid commission, because the administration already has the ability to take action to curb the crisis, although the idea was not taken off the table entirely. President Donald Trump said his administration will fight the opioid crisis by strengthening law enforcement and security along the southern border to prevent drugs from entering the US.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/8),  The Hill (8/8),  Politico (8/8) 
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Cancer awareness with ANA ... The more you know!
For your year of healthy living, the American Cancer Society wants you to have all the information you need to reduce your risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. About one in two men and one in three women in the US will develop cancer during their lifetimes. ANA offers multiple resources to help you take better care of your patients with cancer and develop helpful tips for prevention. Discover new cancer educational resources like Breast Cancer Care Gets Personal, Lung Cancer: Not Just a Smoker's Disease, Managing Pain in Cancer Survivors and Oral Chemotherapy: Not Just an Ordinary Pill.
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