Chain restaurants are less healthy than fast food, global study finds
Fast food often gets the blame for calorific meals, but new research has found that your favorite chain restaurants are dishing up meals with even more excessive calories, worsening the global obesity epidemic. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Anti-Opioid Vaccine Shows Promise in Mice
THURSDAY, Dec. 13, 2018 -- A vaccine that might help combat the opioid epidemic has performed well in early animal testing, researchers report. The vaccine contains antibodies that are effective against several synthetic opioids, including fentanyl... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 13, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

America's Declining Well-Being, Health, and Life Expectancy America's Declining Well-Being, Health, and Life Expectancy
In this paper, the authors explore long-term trends toward worsening health and declining longevity in the US, resulting in part from an epidemic of despair which is on the rise among all ethnicities.American Journal of Public Health (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Vaccine could help address the opioid epidemic
(American College of Neuropsychopharmacology) Synthetic psychoactive drugs have become a serious public health threat in recent years. This is particularly true of the fentanyls, a large family of synthetic opioids, which can be up to 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Synthetic opioids are highly addictive and, because of their potency, often prove fatal: among the roughly 72,000 drug overdose deaths in the US in 2017, some 30,000 were related to synthetic opioids. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Your favorite restaurant is more calorific than fast food, global study finds
Fast food often gets the blame for calorific meals, but new research has found that your favorite chain restaurants are dishing up meals with even more excessive calories, worsening the global obesity epidemic. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: 15 percent of babies exposed to Zika before birth had severe abnormalities in first 18 months of life
This study was supported by the National Institutes of Health ’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and National Eye Institute, the Thrasher Research Fund, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations, and grants from government agencies and other funders in Brazil. (Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences)
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 12, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Safer opioids needed to stem overdose epidemic, Canada's top doctor says
Canada's chief public health officer says the need to increase access to a "safer supply" of opioids is being reviewed with provinces and territories — a move encouraged by a number of public health experts. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Can One App Help Stem the Tide of Opioid Abuse?
Digital health solutions could be the most viable means of curbing the opioid abuse epidemic. FDA contributed to the support of this belief earlier this week, when it gave a nod to Pear Therapeutics’ mobile medical app. The solution, called reSET-O, is used to help those with opioid use disorder stay in recovery programs. The Boston, MA-based company said the reSET-O app is a prescription cognitive behavioral therapy intended to be used in addition to outpatient treatment under the care of a health care professional, in conjunction with treatment that includes buprenorphine and contingency management. &a...
Source: MDDI - December 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Digital Health Source Type: news

Vaccines group plots path through conflict, instability, epidemics
- More children worldwide are now immunized against killer diseases but the task has become harder due to conflicts, epidemics, urbanization and migration, the head of a global vaccine group said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Fentanyl Now the No. 1 Opioid OD Killer
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12, 2018 -- As the U.S. opioid epidemic grinds on, fentanyl is fast becoming the main culprit in drug overdose deaths, health officials report. Cocaine and heroin remain the street drugs of choice, but more overdose deaths involve... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 12, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Researchers find clue to epidemics in 'bursty' social behavior
(NYU Tandon School of Engineering) Researchers from NYU Tandon School of Engineering and Politecnico di Torino, Italy, have developed a mathematical model that could cure the potential to underestimate how quickly diseases spread. The team discovered that current predictive models may miss the influence of a critical aspect of the social behavior of individuals called 'burstiness.' (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 12, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Pennsylvanians can Receive Naloxone for Free on Thursday
From the Pennsylvania Press Room: The Wolf Administration will provide naloxone for free to any Pennsylvanian who wants it at nearly 80 locations across the state, primarily at state health centers and county/municipal health departments, on Thursday, December 13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., as part of the administration’s ongoing effort to reduce the number of opioid overdoses and get residents into treatment. “The life-saving medication naloxone is essential for all of us to have on hand, particularly if you have a loved one suffering from opioid-use disorder,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “We want to ensur...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - December 11, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Consumer Health Health Professionals In the Region K-12 Public Health Source Type: news

Africa: We Must Not Turn Our Backs On Aids
[Swenga] It has been said that Mandela was proud of the progress the international community had made against AIDS when he passed away in 2013. But he also knew from his long political struggle to never celebrate a job before it is finished. The United Nations believes it is possible to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. This, however, requires un-wavering r commitment from world leaders and other stakeholders in mustering the necessary resources. "The HIV pandemic is not on track to end," a team of doctors warned in t (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - December 11, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

This "modern epidemic": loneliness as an emotion cluster and a neglected subject in the history of emotions - Bound Alberti F.
This article argues against the widespread belief that modern-day loneliness is inevitable, negative, and universal. Looking at ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Can social interactions affect spread of disease?
(Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) In a paper publishing next week in the SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems, a team of researchers from New York University and Politecnico di Torino, Italy, draws connections between people's social activity and the spread of epidemics through a mathematical model. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 11, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Medical professionals to face greater scrutiny from federal opioid task force
The epidemic of opioid addiction persists across the country, demanding increased efforts to combat the effects of drug abuse. Traditional methods of enforcement have failed to curb the spread of opioid addiction in the Appalachian region, so the Department of Justice is taking a new tack.   Last month, DOJ announced the formation of an Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force, bringing together the resources and expertise of its Criminal Health Care Fraud Unit, the U.S. Attorney’s… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - December 10, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: J.D. Thomas Source Type: news

South Sudan health workers to get Ebola shots as Congo outbreak grows
Some 2,000 healthcare and frontline workers in South Sudan are to be offered Ebola vaccines to try to stop any importation of the viral disease from an epidemic in Congo, the World Health Organization said on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Antibiotics raise the risk of kidney stones by almost 30%, study finds
(Natural News) Kidney stones are supposed to be a rare occurrence in children. However, it is now considered an “epidemic” among the young, and that the overall incidence of kidney stones has increased by 70 percent in the past 30 years. A study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found that... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists to test tailor-made vaccine tech to fight epidemics
A global coalition set up to fight disease epidemics is investing up to $8.4 million to develop a synthetic vaccine system that could be tailor-made to fight multiple pathogens such as flu, Ebola, Marburg and Rabies. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Ebola spreads to major Congo city
The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city in eastern Congo, as health experts worry whether the stock of an experimental vaccine will stand up to the demands of an epidemic with no end in sight. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Dr. Lisa Schwartz, Critic of Medical Excess, Is Dead at 55
She and her husband, also a doctor, waged a campaign against “ the medicalization of everyday life ” and an “ epidemic of diagnoses. ” (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SAM ROBERTS Tags: Schwartz, Dr. Lisa Deaths (Obituaries) Tests (Medical) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Woloshin, Dr. Steven Dartmouth College Source Type: news

Dr. Lisa Schwartz, 55, Is Dead; Warned of Unnecessary Treatments
She and her husband, also a doctor, waged a campaign against “ the medicalization of everyday life ” and an “ epidemic of diagnoses. ” (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SAM ROBERTS Tags: Schwartz, Dr. Lisa Deaths (Obituaries) Tests (Medical) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Woloshin, Dr. Steven Dartmouth College Source Type: news

Dr. Lisa Schwartz, Advocate for Patients, Is Dead at 55
She and her husband, also a doctor, waged a campaign against “ the medicalization of everyday life ” and an “ epidemic of diagnoses. ” (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SAM ROBERTS Tags: Schwartz, Dr. Lisa Deaths (Obituaries) Tests (Medical) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Woloshin, Dr. Steven Dartmouth College Source Type: news

Earliest plague strain found in Sweden holds clue to stone age migration from east
Pandemic could explain crash in European population 5,500 years ago and influx of people from Eurasian steppeAn ancient strain of the plague found in a woman buried in Sweden may be the fatal signature of a devastating pandemic that swept through stone age farmers and set the stage for a massive migration into Europe from the east.Evidence for the grim scenario came to light when scientists ran genetic tests on a 20-year-old woman from a rural farming community who was among 78 people buried in apassage grave in G ökhem in western Sweden.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 6, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Genetics Epidemics Sweden Science Biology World news Source Type: news

Uganda: Uganda, Congolese Officials Meet Over Ebola
[Monitor] Kampala -Health ministers from Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have met to find a lasting solution to the Ebola epidemic that nomally strides both countries. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 6, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The Opioid Epidemic and Patient Satisfaction The Opioid Epidemic and Patient Satisfaction
In what ways did the DEA's rescheduling of hydrocodone impact prescribing practices among orthopedic surgeons?Current Orthopaedic Practice (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Orthopaedics Journal Article Source Type: news

Infective Endocarditis: Spike in N.C. Linked to Opioid Epidemic (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) --'Alarming'increase prompts call to improve the related'cascade of care'(Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - December 5, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Scientists paid off to suppress the truth about harmful effects of SUGAR
(Natural News) Sugar is what makes food sweet, and your body uses it as a source of energy. But too much sugar is a major problem, and excessive consumption is now known to be a driving force in the epidemic of obesity and diet-related disease plaguing the Western world. Indeed, the true nature of sugar... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Worst Ebola Outbreak Hits Women Especially Hard
[VOA] The Democratic Republic of Congo is in the throes of its worst-ever Ebola outbreak, with more than 420 cases in the country's volatile east, and a mortality rate of just under 60 percent. But this outbreak -- the nation's tenth known Ebola epidemic -- is unusual because more than 60 percent of patients are women. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 5, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Analysis estimates mortality from fungal infections of ash trees
(Wiley) The ash dieback epidemic, caused by the fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus, has swept across Europe over the past 20 years and caused widespread damage and death in ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior) populations. A recent analysis of surveys of ash dieback across Europe, published in Plants, People, Planet, reveals mortality rates as high as 85 percent in plantations and 70 percent in woodlands. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 5, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Cholera in Yemen: A Case Study of Epidemic Preparedness and Response
The objective of this 108-page report from the Center for Humanitarian Health was to identify lessons learned from the preparedness and detection phase to the end of the second wave of the cholera epidemic in Yemen in 2016-2018 to better prepare for future outbreaks in Yemen and similar contexts. It discusses how prior to the outbreak, Yemen did not have a sufficient cholera preparedness and response plan, and makes 20 recommendations for future preparedness and response. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Infective Endocarditis: A New Consequence of the Opioid Epidemic Infective Endocarditis: A New Consequence of the Opioid Epidemic
A'staggering increase'in the occurrence of drug use-associated infective endocarditis is reported in a new study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Ebola Epidemic Spreads Further Into Urban Communities and Isolated Areas
[MSF] The Ebola epidemic continues to spread through the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'s North Kivu province. The newest areas to be affected include the city of Butembo   and a number of isolated areas that are hard to reach. So far, 440 people have been infected with the virus, 255 of whom have died. Teams from international medical  organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF) continue to strengthen their efforts to help bring the epidemic under control. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 4, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Ebola Epidemic Spreads Further Into Urban Communities and Isolated Areas
[MSF] The Ebola epidemic continues to spread through the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'s North Kivu province with the city of Butembo and other isolated areas becoming the latest to be affected. About one million people live in Butembo. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 4, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

FDA announces eight winners of opioid epidemic innovation challenge
The eight devices will receive increased guidance and interaction for their clearance efforts, and some will receive Breakthrough Device designation. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - December 3, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Public health critical to addressing gun violence epidemic
Gun control activists and public health experts gathered at the Yale School of Public Health for a panel on combating pervasive gun violence in America. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - December 3, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Gabapentin-related suicide: myth or fact? - Ghaly RF, Plesca A, Rana S, Candido KD, Knezevic NN.
BACKGROUND: The opioid epidemic in America is real and is estimated to be the number one cause of death in adults under 50 years of age. Finding alternative analgesic medications is part of the effort to decrease the prescription of narcotics, with gabapen... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The opioid epidemic and the role of law enforcement officers in saving lives - Lurigio AJ, Andrus J, Scott CK.
The authors discusses the nature and extent of opioid addiction in the United States and examines the critical role that law enforcement officers can play in reversing the lethal effects of opioid overdose by implementing opioid-reversal programs with nalo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Where is the opioid use epidemic in Mexico? A cautionary tale for policymakers south of the US-Mexico border - Goodman-Meza D, Medina-Mora ME, Magis-Rodr íguez C, Landovitz RJ, Shoptaw S, Werb D.
In North America, opioid use and its harms have increased in the United States and Canada over the past 2 decades. However, Mexico has yet to document patterns suggesting a higher level of opioid use or attendant harms. Historically, Mexico has been a coun... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Malawi: HIV Self-Testing Essential, Says Health Minister Muluzi
[Nyasa Times] Minister of Health Atupele Muluzi has launched government initiative encouraging people to get tested for HIV that it hopes will bring ending the AIDS epidemic one step closer: self-testing for HIV. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 3, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Acute Public Health Events Assessed by WHO Regional Offices for Africa, the Americas, and Europe Under the International Health Regulations (2005): 2017 Report
Source: World Health Organization, Regional Office for Africa. Published: 11/2018. This 28-page report describes public health events detected, assessed, and reported from 2001 to 2017, with a primary focus on the year 2017, in three World Health Organization (WHO) Regions: Africa, the Americas, and Europe. It highlights the relevance and importance of conducting and sustaining epidemic intelligence activities, at national and international levels, as well as providing timely and accurate information on public health events to decision-makers. To achieve early detection to respond rapidly and effectively to these emergenc...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Africa: Drug Buyers' Clubs Aim to Tackle HIV Prevention 'Crisis'
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -A new generation of drug buyers' clubs like those set up at the height of the AIDS epidemic is seeking to combat a "crisis" in preventing new HIV infections by providing access to cheap generics of a breakthrough prophylactic. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - December 2, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Timeline-the Battle to End HIV/Aids
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -Since the first cases of AIDS were reported in 1981 significant strides have been made to combat the epidemic (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - December 2, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

World AIDS Day: Positive Steps, but No End in Sight
(MedPage Today) -- Research progress, some public health setbacks marked fight against HIV epidemic this year (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - December 1, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Past Tense: Loss and Bravery: Intimate Snapshots From the First Decade of the AIDS Crisis
Covering the tragic escalation of an epidemic (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Homosexuality and Bisexuality Estrin, Jim Krulwich, Sara Jane Gross Fred Conrad Source Type: news

Health care giant McKesson packing HQ bags for Texas
McKesson Corp., the giant health care distribution company at the center of the nation's opioid epidemic, will move its headquarters from downtown San Francisco to suburban Dallas The decision, disclosed Friday afternoon, isn't a big surprise: The low-profile company (NYSE: MCK) last year sold its high-profile headquarters building at One Post St. for more than $300 million. What's more, incoming CEO Brian Tyler lives in Las Colinas, an upscale Irving enclave, about 15 mile s northwest of Dallas,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 30, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Health care giant McKesson packing HQ bags for Texas
McKesson Corp., the giant health care distribution company at the center of the nation's opioid epidemic, will move its headquarters from downtown San Francisco to suburban Dallas The decision, disclosed Friday afternoon, isn't a big surprise: The low-profile company (NYSE: MCK) last year sold its high-profile headquarters building at One Post St. for more than $300 million. What's more, incoming CEO Brian Tyler lives in Las Colinas, an upscale Irving enclave, about 15 mile s northwest of Dallas,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 30, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Uganda: Most Successful HIV Prevention Interventions
[Monitor] Uganda has made significant progress in combating the HIV epidemic. HIV prevalence rate was 18 per cent in the 90s but has reduced to 6 per cent currently. There has been a reduction in new infections, peri-natal HIV transmissions and AIDS related deaths. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - November 30, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

NLM Introduces 1CExhibitions Connect, 1D a New Opportunity for Institutions Hosting NLM Traveling Exhibitions
Announcement features an exhibition on the history of U.S. HIV/AIDS epidemic in commemoration of World AIDS Day. (Source: NLM General Announcements)
Source: NLM General Announcements - November 30, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Bloomberg announces $50 million to fight opioid epidemic
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charity has announced a $50 million donation to help fight the nation's opioid epidemic (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news