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Trump Signs Budget Deal, Cuts Medicare Fee in 2019 Trump Signs Budget Deal, Cuts Medicare Fee in 2019

The package also extends many health programs that had expired, repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board, and adds $6 billion to address the opioid epidemic.Medscape Medical News
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Doctors in Northern Ireland say loneliness has become a "public health epidemic".
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This article reviews recent epidemiologic trends in HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) and strategies for treatment and prevention of these infections as they relate to the opioid epidemic.Recent FindingsAmong people who inject drugs (PWID) in the United States (US), HIV diagnoses are decreasing, while HCV is increasing. Care for HIV and HCV relies heavily on specialist infrastructure, which is lacking in rural areas. Antiretrovirals for HIV and direct-acting antivirals for HCV are effective among PWID, yet multiple barriers make it difficult for rural injectors to access these treatments. Similarly, access to syringe service...
Source: Current HIV/AIDS Reports - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
Authorities in Congo began an ambitious campaign this week to use a pioneering Ebola vaccine to help stem a growing outbreak of the deadly virus. It’s the first widespread use of the therapeutic since a devastating 2014 epidemic in West Africa and represents a major strategic shift for public health. World Health Organization officials, criticized […]Related:She died in the Texas school shooting. Now strangers are trying to save her husband.Rare, brain-damaging virus spreads panic in India as death toll risesU.S. pledges $8 million for Ebola outbreak in Congo
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We are in the midst of an epidemic of physician burnout, depression and suicide. Although the causes are debatable, there can be little doubt that increasing demands for financial performance and patient satisfaction, decreasing autonomy, and physicians’ individual liability for systemic risk management decisions in a majority of practice settings are significant contributors to these adverse outcomes. At the same time physician burnout, depression, and suicide rates have been rising; tremendous progress has been made in both the culture of safety and reduction of iatrogenic harms in large U.S. health care organizati...
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By Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, author of The Addiction Solution: Treating Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs (out now on Simon &Schuster) It’s clear to me, as a public health doctor and journalist, that there have been fewer news stories on the opioid epidemic in recent months, in print, online, and on the radio and TV. While I don’t have a major survey to point to, my work demands that I pay attention to this epidemic and the stories written about it — and that I encourage others to take it seriously as well. Have we grown numb to the people who are dying every day? To the families thrown into ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health opioid epidemic Simon & Schuster Source Type: news
A 'public health epidemic' of loneliness is undermining general practice, according to an RCGP report that warns most GPs see between one and five patients a day who have come in because they are lonely.
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Over-prescription of postoperative opioid medication is a major contributor to the current opioid abuse epidemic in the United States. Current research into prescribing practices has suggested patients be limited to seven days or
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The standard view of the opioid epidemic blames pharmaceutical companies and doctors for excessive prescribing. An alternate view blames government for outlawing or restricting access to opioids.  In this view, users overdose not from medical use but from consuming diverted or black market opioids of unpredictable quality and potency.Current restrictions also causes overdoses by enforcing abstinence on people, who then lose their tolerance to opioids.   Some such people nevertheless return to their pre-abstinence dose, with disastrous consequences, when no longer forced to abstain.  A key illustration is rel...
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The Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner released recent drug overdose data. In 2017, the county recorded 735 people who overdosed, 80 more than in 2016, according to a news release. However, numbers have fallen since the fourth quarter of 2016, possibly due to the increased availability of Naxolone, sold under the brand Narcan that can reverse the effects of overdose, as well as focus on the opioid epidemic by county departments, public safety agencies and community groups, the release…
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This study indicates that frailty and other age-related diseases could be prevented and significantly reduced in older adults. Getting our heart risk factors under control could lead to much healthier old ages. Unfortunately, the current obesity epidemic is moving the older population in the wrong direction, however our study underlines how even small reductions in risk are worthwhile." The study analysed data from more than 421,000 people aged 60-69 in both GP medical records and in the UK Biobank research study. Participants were followed up over ten years. The researchers analysed six factors that could impa...
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