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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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