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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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Authors: Moon SW, Sun Y, Warther D, Huffman K, Freeman WR, Sailor MJ, Cheng L Abstract Blinding retinal diseases become more epidemic as the population ages. These diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy and macular edema, are of chronic nature and require protracted drug presence at the disease site. A sustained intravitreal porous silicon delivery system with dexamethasone (pSiO2-COO-DEX) was evaluated in a new rabbit model of proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) in a real treatment design. In contrast to the pretreatment design model, pSiO2-COO-DEX was intravitreally injected into the eyes with active inflammati...
Source: Drug Delivery - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Drug Deliv Source Type: research
(MedPage Today) -- Ultra-rare genetic aging syndrome offers clues to'epidemic'condition
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - Category: Cardiology Source Type: news
After being prescribed opioids for just one day, individuals can face significant challenges with addiction, with six percent continuing to use opioids a year later, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The likelihood of long-term use increases sharply after five days of use. While much of the discussion around the opioid epidemic has centered on the challenges of opioid use and recovery, to get to the root of this national public health emergency, providers must focus on diminishing the risk of addiction before patients take their first dose. How can providers best help patients reduce the pr...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Physician Hospital-Based Medicine Pain Management Source Type: blogs
THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 -- America is well aware of its opioid epidemic, but there's a hidden crisis brewing with prescription sedatives such as Xanax and Valium, a new review warns. Known as benzodiazepines, overdose deaths involving these...
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - Category: General Medicine Source Type: news
(University of Southern California) Heroin is worse than other drugs because people inject it much sooner, potentially resulting in increased risk of injection-related epidemics such as hepatitis C and HIV, a Keck School of Medicine of USC study shows. As more people use opioids, many switch to heroin because it's more potent and cheaper - a trend that complicates disease prevention as health officials crack down on opioids.
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news
(Elsevier) A genome-wide association study has identified a new genetic alteration in European-Americans with opioid dependence. The study, published in Biological Psychiatry, included over 3,000 opioid-exposed people. The new findings provide insight into the biological origins of opioid dependence, which has become an epidemic of historical proportions in the US, driven by dangerous use of prescription painkillers and heroin.
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - Category: Biology Source Type: news
This article will use a multimodality approach to review complications of intravenous substance use that cardiothoracic radiologists are likely to encounter. Radiologists should be aware of these multisystem complications that can affect the cardiovascular, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems in order to make an accurate and timely diagnosis, which can drastically alter the management of these patients.
Source: Journal of Thoracic Imaging - Category: Radiology Tags: Web Exclusive Content-Pictorial Essay Source Type: research
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that is responsible for recent explosive epidemics in the Americas. Notably, ZIKV infection during pregnancy has been found to cause congenital birth defects, including microcephaly, and ZIKV has been associated with Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults. Diagnosis and surveillance of Zika in the Americas have been challenging due to similar clinical manifestations and extensive antibody cross-reactivity with endemic flaviviral diseases, such as dengue. We evaluated four serological and two reverse transcription-PCR (RT-PCR) methods in acute-phase (mean day, 1.8), early-c...
Source: Journal of Clinical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Tags: Virology Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewIncreasing hepatitis C virus (HCV) cases over the past decade have raised concerns about subsequent increased cases in infants due to mother to child transmission (MTCT). Many are reminded of the early days of HIV and the rationale for using antiretroviral agents during pregnancy.Recent FindingsDirect-acting antivirals (DAAs) that are highly potent, all-oral, short-duration regimens that cure HCV have led many to consider what it would entail to use DAAs for pregnant women. Considering HIV and Hepatitis B virus (HBV) as two infections with MTCT to draw lessons from, DAA use to interrupt HCV MTCT co...
Source: Current HIV/AIDS Reports - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
Conclusion We comprehensively investigated the evolutionary history of Taiwanese strains in 1979–2017. An epidemic caution could thus be raised if genetic diversity was found to have peaked. An example showed a newly-discovered cluster in 2016–2017 strains featuring a mutation N31S together with HA-160 quasispecies. Phylogeographic analysis, moreover, provided useful insights in tracing the possible source and migrations of these epidemics around the world. We demonstrated that Asian destinations including Taiwan were the immediate followers, while U.S. continent was predicted the origin of two summer epidemics in 2007 and 2009.
Source: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
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