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Tackling the knife violence epidemic requires a radical upgrade in public health investment - Cattermole L, Badrinath P, Razaq A.
Torjeson asks whether public health strategies can tackle London ’s rise in fatal violence.1 Violence costs the NHS £2.9bn (€3.3bn; $3.9bn) annually. It also affects mental wellbeing and freedom to use outdoor spaces and increases the risks of obesi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Community-Based Prevention Source Type: news

Cuban epidemic neuropathy: insights into the toxic-nutritional hypothesis through international collaboration - Gonz ález-Quevedo A, Santiesteban-Freixas R, Eells JT, Lima L, Sadun AA.
From 1991 to 1993, an epidemic of optic and peripheral neuropathy-the largest of the century-broke out in Cuba, affecting more than 50,000 people. Initially the main clinical features were decreased visual acuity, central and cecocentral scotomas, impaired... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Poisoning Source Type: news

Adapting the risk environment framework to understand substance use, gender-based violence, and HIV risk behaviors among female sex workers in Tanzania - Leddy AM, Underwood C, Decker MR, Mbwambo J, Likindikoki S, Galai N, Kerrigan D.
Female sex workers (FSWs) in sub-Saharan Africa are disproportionately affected by HIV and gender-based violence (GBV). Substance use overlaps with these co-occurring epidemics to further increase FSWs' risk for negative health outcomes. We explored the re... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Violence and Weapons Issues Source Type: news

Label food risks say experts as diabetes soars
ALL food products and restaurant menus should carry compulsory traffic-light labelling to combat Type 2 diabetes, experts say. It would assist the public in making healthier choices and arrest an epidemic that threatens to cripple the NHS, says Diabetes UK. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ethiopia:Nation Aims to Stamp Out Malaria By 2030
[Ethiopian Herald] ADDIS ABABA-Ministry of Health (MoH) disclosed that Ethiopia has been vigorously working to eliminate malaria epidemic by 2030. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 20, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa:High Risk of Ebola Spreading in DR Congo and Across Its Borders
[Deutsche Welle] As Ebola makes its way from the countryside to the city in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the WHO warns of a high risk of spreading, the central African country's neighbors act fast to prevent a deadly epidemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

U.S. plans to provide several million dollars for Ebola outbreak in Congo
The United States is planning to provide several million dollars to support the global response to the growing Ebola outbreak in Congo, officials said Friday. Details are being finalized, and an announcement is expected early next week. The outbreak, the most serious since the 2014 West Africa epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people, does […]Related:Trump administration will pull funds from groups that perform abortions or provide referralsNIH halts $100 million study of moderate drinking that is funded by alcohol industryEgg-freezing regrets: Half of women who undergo the procedure have some remorse (Source: W...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

House Panels Approve Another Batch of Opioid-Epidemic Bills House Panels Approve Another Batch of Opioid-Epidemic Bills
A measure to allow broader sharing of substance-abuse records in the healthcare community sparked fierce debate at a Thursday markup, whereas most bills moved through easily on voice votes.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Funding Awarded to Ixodes Outreach Project
  We at the GMR office are pleased to announce that the University of Minnesota-Duluth has been granted a Health Information Outreach award to support their research into Lyme disease. Project Description – The Ixodes Outreach Project is a concerted effort to tackle the emerging epidemic of Lyme disease in the upper Midwest.  Dr. Ben Clarke and his team at the University of Minnesota-Duluth will be promoting awareness of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through educational outreach activities, a citizen-science program, and an undergraduate research experience.   The primary component of this re...
Source: The Cornflower - May 18, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Sam Watson Tags: Funding News from the Region Source Type: news

Ebola Outbreak in Congo Is Not Yet a Global Emergency, WHO Says
World health leaders met on Friday to discuss the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and concluded that for the time being, while the outbreak is serious, it is not a public health emergency of international concern. The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, convened the meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee in Geneva. Tedros, as he prefers to be called, previously visited an affected area of the country and said he’s impressed by the local response. “We were encouraged by what we have seen despite the cha...
Source: TIME: Health - May 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized healthytime public health Source Type: news

California's Deadly STD Epidemic Sets Record California's Deadly STD Epidemic Sets Record
Rates of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia in California have shot up 45 percent over five years, resulting in 30 syphilis-related stillbirths in 2017 alone, new state data show.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Proportion of Drug-Intoxicated Organ Donors on the Rise in U.S.
FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 -- The drug abuse epidemic in the United States has been associated with an increase in the recovery of organs from brain-dead donors, according to a research letter published in the May 17 issue of the New England Journal of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Africa:Providing Healthcare to Men Who Have Sex With Men Is Complex but Possible
[The Conversation Africa] Research has shown that addressing HIV in certain key populations is a priority in order to end the epidemic in the general population. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 18, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa:Ebola Outbreak Spreads
[VOA] The World Health Organization says the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo has spread to a city, raising fears of a new epidemic of the deadly virus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 18, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Local Response to Public Health Emergencies: Focus On the Opioid Epidemic
National Association of County and City Health Officials. 03/2018 This one-page fact sheet provides information about a project that aims to increase the capacity of local health departments to respond effectively to the opioid epidemic by working more closely with state and local partners (e.g., law enforcement, healthcare providers, local/state health departments) and rolling out evidence-based strategies at the local level. The project strives to address issues arising from high rates of opioid-related fatal and non-fatal overdoses that are prevalent in many communities due to high prescribing rates and diversion of pre...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Opioid Epidemic
National Association of County and City Health Officials. 01/2018 This Web page provides resources to support local health departments in their efforts to respond to the opioid epidemic through the implementation of evidence-based policies and programs for the prevention and treatment of opioid use disorder and its related health consequences. They include guidelines, case studies, and resources for building a local response. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Infectious Diseases and the Opioid Epidemic
National Association of County and City Health Officials. 01/2018 This Web page provides resources for health departments about the opioid epidemic and the increased the risk of transmission of blood-borne viruses, including HIV, hepatitis C virus (HCV), and hepatitis B virus (HBV) through unsafe injection practices. The resources will help health departments assess local vulnerability to the spread of hepatitis and HIV among people who inject drugs, and determine what actions are needed to prepare for and respond to this vulnerability. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Report faults response to San Diego's Hepatitis A outbreak
A San Diego County grand jury report faults local response to a recent hepatitis A epidemic and recommends improving lines of communication to prepare for future health emergencies (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Tampa Rehab Facility Ground Zero for Attorney General Pam Bondi ’s...
In the midst of a national opioid epidemic that claims the lives of 15 Floridians every day, Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed “the most comprehensive lawsuit in the country” against the nation’s...(PRWeb May 18, 2018)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/05/prweb15495367.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - May 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Latest: San Diego mayor sees lessons from hepatitis outbreak
San Diego's mayor said he agrees with a county grand jury report that found lines of communication among authorities were lacking during the recent Hepatitis A epidemic (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Grand jury faults response to San Diego's hepatitis outbreak
A San Diego County grand jury report faults local response to a recent hepatitis A epidemic and recommends improving lines of communication to prepare for future health emergencies (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Fears of Larger Contagion as Ebola Spreads to Major Congo City
The arrival of the disease in Mbandaka, a bustling port city, is “ a game changer, ” a World Health Organization official said. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICK CUMMING-BRUCE Tags: Ebola Virus Epidemics World Health Organization Congo, Democratic Republic of (Congo-Kinshasa) Source Type: news

Ebola Spreads to Major Congo City, Raising Risk of Larger Contagion
The arrival of the disease in Mbandaka, a bustling port city, is “ a game changer, ” a World Health Organization official said. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICK CUMMING-BRUCE Tags: Ebola Virus Epidemics World Health Organization Congo, Democratic Republic of (Congo-Kinshasa) Source Type: news

Cholera Epidemic — Lusaka, Zambia, October 2017–May 2018
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - May 17, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Celebrate love, strengthen partnerships to end AIDS epidemic by 2030 says UN agency
Marking the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the United Nations is calling for strengthened partnerships to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and their families. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ebola Spreads to Major City in Congo, Raising Threat of Contagion
The arrival of the disease in Mbandaka, a bustling port city, is “ a game changer, ” a World Health Organization official said. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICK CUMMING-BRUCE Tags: Ebola Virus Epidemics World Health Organization Congo, Democratic Republic of (Congo-Kinshasa) Source Type: news

Cholera Epidemic - Lusaka, Zambia, October 2017-May 2018
A cholera outbreak that began in October 2017 in Zambia has resulted in approximately 5,900 cases and 114 deaths. The government improved the water supply and administered oral cholera vaccine, but flooding led to a resurgence of cholera. A multisectoral and well-coordinated response was key to the control of the outbreak. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Epidemic Ready: Community Engagement Key in Fight Against Ebola
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. 01/2018 This eight-page report summarizes a project, started at the height of the Ebola virus disease epidemic in West Africa and funded by the European Union, which aimed to halt transmission and stop the disease spreading to neighboring countries in the region through community engagement and social and behavior change communication. The reportdocuments best practices and lessons learned in community engagement and accountability (CEA) to prevent epidemics in West Africa. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

U.S. Government and Global Health Security
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. 11/01/2017 This issue brief discusses how attention to global health security - efforts to help prepare for and address pandemic and epidemic diseases - has grown significantly over the past few decades, driven by the ongoing threat posed by emerging infectious diseases (EIDs), including HIV, SARS, H1N1, Ebola, and Zika. It details the U.S. Government's efforts in global health security, and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), with agency activity descriptions. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Hidden stress crisis driving women to the brink of suicide
SHOCKING new research has revealed a hidden stress epidemic in the UK. The report, from the Mental Health Foundation, surveyed 4,600 people and the results make particularly bleak reading for women. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

America's Opioid Epidemic: Youth Awareness & Prevention
May 22, 2018 8:00-10:30am ET; Washington, DC.(The Hill) (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - May 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FDA Approves First Non-opioid Drug to Ease Withdrawal Symptoms
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal regulators have approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal symptoms from quitting addictive opioids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expedited approval of Lucemyra (luc-eh-MEER'-eh) to help combat the U.S. opioid epidemic. The tablet was approved Wednesday to treat adults for up to two weeks for common withdrawal symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain and agitation. It is not an addiction treatment but can be part of a longer-term plan. People going through detox are usually given opioid medicine like methadone, which eases the cravings without an intense high....
Source: JEMS Patient Care - May 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

FDA Approves First Non-opioid Drug to Ease Withdrawal Symptoms
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal regulators have approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal symptoms from quitting addictive opioids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expedited approval of Lucemyra (luc-eh-MEER'-eh) to help combat the U.S. opioid epidemic. The tablet was approved Wednesday to treat adults for up to two weeks for common withdrawal symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain and agitation. It is not an addiction treatment but can be part of a longer-term plan. People going through detox are usually given opioid medicine like methadone, which eases the cravings without an intense high....
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Opioid epidemic has boosted number of transplant organs available
New research from the University of Utah Health has found that there has been a 17-fold increase in the number of organs available for transplant from donors who died of a drug overdose (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. State Attorneys General Sue Purdue Pharma Over Opioid Epidemic U.S. State Attorneys General Sue Purdue Pharma Over Opioid Epidemic
Six more U.S. states on Tuesday announced lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP, accusing the company of fueling a national opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing its prescription painkillers to generate billions of dollars in sales.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Experimental Ebola vaccines arriving in Democratic Republic of Congo amid outbreak
At least 20 people have died from the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The World Health Organization is sending experimental vaccines to the country in hopes of preventing prevent another epidemic like the one in 2014 that killed thousands of people. CBS News foreign correspondent Debora Patta joins CBSN from Johannesburg, South Africa to take us through the latest. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Next Wave of Addiction The Next Wave of Addiction
Dr Charles Vega cautions clinicians to be ready for an epidemic of recreational psychostimulant use.Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

Conflicting messages: Study finds junk food promoted through sports leagues is a harmful contributor to the childhood obesity epidemic
(Natural News) It’s a well-known fact that the media plays a part in the spread of potentially harmful messages to children that might be watching. Now a new study has looked even further into this, and the researchers behind it have singled out the world’s biggest sports leagues as major culprits. According to the study,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Exercise beats genetics in determining amount of body fat
(The North American Menopause Society (NAMS)) With obesity now a global epidemic, there is increased focus on risk factors that contribute to weight gain, especially in postmenopausal women. Although many women may blame genetics for their expanding waistlines, a new study shows that as women age they are more likely to overcome genetic predisposition to obesity through exercise. Study results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

U.S. state lawsuits against Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic mount
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Litigation against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP is intensifying as six more U.S. states on Tuesday announced lawsuits, accusing the company of fueling a national opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing its prescription painkillers to generate billions of dollars in sales. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

U.S. state attorneys general sue Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several U.S. state attorneys general on Tuesday announced lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP, accusing the company of fueling a national opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing prescription painkillers to generate billions of dollars in sales. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Psychiatry Residents Unprepared to Deal With Opioid Epidemic Psychiatry Residents Unprepared to Deal With Opioid Epidemic
Incoming residents in psychiatry and other fields lack experience and knowledge to address the opioid epidemic and want more training, a new survey shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Opioid-related mortality in rural America: geographic heterogeneity and intervention strategies - Rigg KK, Monnat SM, Chavez MN.
Over the last two decades, opioid-related mortality rates have increased dramatically to become a serious public health concern in the United States. Opioid-related mortality has reached epidemic levels in certain rural areas of the U.S., such as Appalachi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

'Spice epidemic in jails risk to nurses'
One nurse lost consciousness after inhaling fumes while attending an ill prisoner, her union says. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Behind the Opioid Epidemic: DOJ Intervenes In McEldrew Young...
The U.S. Department of Justice Intervenes in McEldrew Young False Claims Act Whistleblower Case Against Insys Therapeutics, Inc., Involving Allegations Of Illegal Marketing of Opioid Drug Subsys(PRWeb May 15, 2018)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/05/prweb15481164.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - May 15, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Did drug company payments to doctors help fuel the opioid epidemic?
Health officials hoping to stem the opioid crisis might want to pay attention to what doctors eat for lunch.A new research letter reports that doctors who received free meals and other kinds of payments from pharmaceutical companies tended to prescribe more opioid painkillers to their patients... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - May 14, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

Hepatitis Awareness Month 2018: Addressing Hepatitis A
The month of May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the US and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day. During this month, NACCHO will highlight the role of local health departments (LHDs) in responding to this silent epidemic and work to bring increased attention to viral hepatitis. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Vulnerability assessment of urban road network from urban flood - Singh P, Sinha VSP, Vijhani A, Pahuja N.
Flood and flood-related problems have become more rampant all over the world leading to loss of life, infrastructure damage, and epidemics every year. There are evidences in recent years where heavy precipitation events have resulted in severe detrimental ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

2018 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series
May 24, July 19,& September 6, 2018 3:00-4:30pm ET. The 2018 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series seeks to provide information and resources, on innovative approaches to address the needs and challenges of rural community behavioral health. Topics include human trafficking, the impact of the opioid epidemic on children, and addressing the needs of adolescents with serious emotional disturbance. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Opioid crisis spurs sometimes-deadly abuse of popular diarrhea medicine
Opioid epidemic leading to sometimes deadly abuse of popular diarrhea medicine (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news