Drugs alone won't fix our epidemic of depression | James S Gordon
To fight a rising tide of depression and suicide, psychiatrists need to do more than just fill patients up with pillsThe New York Times recently published an important investigative reportshining a long-overdue light on the painful, sometimes disabling experience of withdrawing from antidepressants – drugs that millions of Americans have been taking, sometimes for decadesThe recent deaths ofKate Spade andAnthony Bourdain threw into stark relief the human toll that depression can take. But the problem is complex, with multiple factors. We are seeing a striking increase in the number of Americans diagnosed with depress...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 19, 2018 Category: Science Authors: James S Gordon Tags: Depression Science Mental health Medicine Source Type: news

Terrorist learning: a look at the adoption of political kidnappings in six countries, 1968-1990 - Rasmussen M.
This article studies the epidemic of kidnappings across six countries between 1968 and 1990. The goal is to identify those factors that determine the operational decisions made by terrorists. Why and how do terrorists decide to engage in certain types of a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Violence and Weapons Issues Source Type: news

More Dangerous Outbreaks Are Happening. Why Aren't We Worried About The Next Epidemic?
Ebola. MERS. Zika. Nipah virus. Lassa fever. Rift Valley fever. All were in active outbreaks in June. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 18, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

What a Trade War Could Mean for Opioid Epidemic What a Trade War Could Mean for Opioid Epidemic
The nation ’ s effort to combat this public health crisis could get caught in the crossfire of the Trump administration ’ s trade policies.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

‘For Me, It’s Personal.’ CDC Chief Reveals Fentanyl Almost Killed His Son
(NEW YORK) — The head of the nation’s top public health agency says the opioid epidemic will be one of his priorities, and he revealed a personal reason for it: His son almost died from taking cocaine contaminated with the powerful painkiller fentanyl. “For me, it’s personal. I almost lost one of my children from it,” Dr. Robert Redfield Jr. told the annual conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials. The AP viewed a video of his speech, which he delivered Thursday in New Orleans. Redfield declined to speak about it Monday, except to say in a statement: “It...
Source: TIME: Health - July 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mike Stobbe / AP Tags: Uncategorized onetime Opioid Source Type: news

U.N. says global fight against AIDS is at 'precarious point'
Complacency is starting to stall the fight against the global AIDS epidemic, with the pace of progress not matching what is needed, the United Nations warned on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Low-dose ketamine may be an effective alternative to opioids
(Wiley) Opioids are commonly prescribed in the emergency department (ED) for the treatment of acute pain, but due to the epidemic of opioid misuse, analgesic alternatives are being explored. A new Academic Emergency Medicine analysis of relevant studies found that low-dose ketamine is as effective as opioids for the control of acute pain in the ED. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Voluntary medical male circumcision may cost-effectively prevent HIV in Zimbabwe
(PLOS) Voluntary medical male circumcision could impact Zimbabwe's HIV epidemic in the coming years, and this investment may save costs in the longer term. These findings were reported by Jessica McGillen of Imperial College London and colleagues on July 18 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Amid Obesity Epidemic, Liver Cancer Deaths Surge
(MedPage Today) -- Across 17-year period, men twice as likely as women to die from the disease (Source: MedPage Today Nephrology)
Source: MedPage Today Nephrology - July 17, 2018 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

Head of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fentanyl almost killed his son
CDC director says the opioid epidemic is 'the public health crisis of our time' and a top priority for the health agency. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

CDC director reveals his son was almost killed by cocaine laced with fentanyl
Dr Robert Redfield revealed the incident in a speech on Thursday and said that the opioid epidemic is one of the top priorities of the CDC, calling it 'the public health crisis of our time'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC director reveals fentanyl almost killed his son
The head of the nation's top public health agency says the opioid epidemic ​ will be one of his priorities, and he revealed a personal reason for it (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Liver Cancer Death Rate In US Surged 43% In 16 Years
(CNN) — Death rates from liver cancer increased 43% for American adults from 2000 to 2016, according to a report released Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. The increase comes even as mortality for all cancers combined has declined. Liver cancer death rates increased for both men and women 25 and older, as well as white, black and Hispanic people. Only Asians and Pacific Islanders saw a decrease in mortality from liver cancer. The rise in mortality doesn’t mean that liver cancer is deadlier than before, according to Dr. Jiaquan Xu, the aut...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Cancer Liver Cancer Source Type: news

Tackling Stigma
Sadly, stigma around health conditions remains a part of many patients ’ lives. Many will not disclose a diagnosis for fear of being judged by peers, employers, health professionals, colleagues and wider society. In fact, there is clear evidence that such negative societal attitudes impact health outcomes, resulting in diagnosis delays and impaired treatment.Some diseases are heavily stigmatized – including mental health, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and some skin conditions – leading people to restrict their participation in society, impairing their chances of living happy, healthy lives.However, to one extent or...
Source: EyeForPharma - July 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Lucy Fulford Source Type: news

The natural painkiller growing in your backyard: Wild lettuce is similar to morphine
(Natural News) Pain is one of the most common symptoms of an injury or disease, and prescription drugs such as opioids that are used for pain relief are now being used so excessively that they’re causing a major epidemic with opioid dependence. Turns out there is a modest plant growing in your backyard that can provide pain-relieving benefits similar... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Within Opioid Abuse Epidemic, Infectious Disease Epidemic Emerges Within Opioid Abuse Epidemic, Infectious Disease Epidemic Emerges
There is a new epidemic of hepatitis C, HIV, and other infections within the opioid abuse epidemic, according to participants in a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

US health official reveals fentanyl almost killed his son
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there's a personal reason for his focus on the opioid epidemic: His son almost died from taking fentanyl-laced cocaine (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Lagos Wastewater Plants Pack Up, Spark Epidemic Concerns
[Guardian] Fears that the planned new dawn for Lagos wastewater plants will remain an illusion heightened last week with information that the needed funds are yet to be released for the revamping of the moribund plants. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Despite detente, sanctions on North Korea fan TB epidemic
Despite post-summit detente, ongoing sanctions are keeping lifesaving medicines from North Korean tuberculosis patients and could fan a regional epidemic (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

New Jersey ’s EMS Response to the Opioid Epidemic
Similar to many states around the country, New Jersey continues to experience a growing opioid epidemic.Among many professionals battling this epidemic on the frontline are New Jersey’s 32,000 EMS providers. Compounding the problem with illicit opioid use is the high incidence of fentanyl-related overdoses within the state. The opioid epidemic is so severe that, according to New Jersey's real-time dashboard of opioid-related data, it has already claimed 1,562 lives in the state from January 1 through July 7, placing us on track to exceed previous annual state opioid overdose death statistics. New Jersey’s EMS B...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - July 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Timothy Seplaki, EMT-P Tags: Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Within opioid abuse epidemic, infectious disease epidemic emerges
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - There is a new epidemic of hepatitis C, HIV, and other infections within the opioid abuse epidemic, according to participants in a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Dr. Sandra Springer: On the other epidemic fueled by the opioid crisis
Hospitals nationwide are being overwhelmed with a rise in diseases caused by opioid addiction, including Hepatitis C, HIV, and invasive bacterial infections. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - July 13, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

From Ebola to Nipah: are we ready for the next epidemic? – Science Weekly podcast
The 2014 Ebola outbreak killed over 10,000 people before it was eventually brought under control. As new infectious diseases appear around the world, what can we learn from past outbreaks to better prepare ourselves?Subscribe and review onAcast,Apple Podcasts,Soundcloud,Audioboom andMixcloud. Join the discussion onFacebook andTwitterSomewhere in the world there ’s a bat, a monkey or a pig with a virus that could jump into humans and become the next major epidemic, or even pandemic. This is what happened with Ebola, a disease first detected in humans in the 1970s. When the 2014 west Africa outbreak finally ended in 20...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 13, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Ian Sample and produced by Graihagh Jackson Tags: Science Health Ebola Epidemics Society World news Source Type: news

Routine, coordinated treatment of opioid abuse can stem national epidemic
(Oregon Health& Science University) To help stem the nationwide opioid epidemic and related increases in HIV, hepatitis C and other infections, health care providers should routinely screen and treat patients for opioid abuse when they come to clinics and hospitals seeking other services. That's one of five recommendationsin a paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine that supplements a document that outlines the proceedings of a March 12, 2018, workshop convened on the topic by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Expert panel compares opioid epidemic to early days of HIV epidemic
(American College of Physicians) Experts are drawing on lessons learned from the early days of the HIV epidemic to address the current opioid epidemic. As a result of widespread opioid abuse, new epidemics of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HIV infection have arisen and hospitalizations for related infections have increased. An expert panel convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) recommends five crucial steps for clinicians treating patients affected by opioid addiction and these intersecting infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Highmark sees early results in war on opioid epidemic
Highmark last February announced a three-pronged approach to do its part to stem the opioid epidemic. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - July 12, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Highmark sees early results in war on opioid epidemic
Highmark last February announced a three-pronged approach to do its part to stem the opioid epidemic. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 12, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

CVS looks to prevent prescription opioid misuse with disposal kiosks in Md.
CVS Health has installed safe medication disposal units in 19 of its pharmacies across Maryland, in an effort to help prevent opioid abuse and misuse. Maryland is among states across the U.S. that have been ravaged by the deadly ongoing opioid epidemic. Tom Davis, vice president of professional services for CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), said CVS is seeking to support communities that have been affected by the crisis with its medication disposal kiosks . The units will allow patients to drop off unused… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 12, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Morgan Eichensehr Source Type: news

Rising Numbers of Deaths Involving Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogs, Including Carfentanil, and Increased Usage and Mixing with Non-opioids
This Health Alert Network (HAN) Update is to alert public health departments, health care professionals, first responders, and medical examiners and coroners to important new developments in the evolving opioid overdose epidemic, which increasingly involves illicitly manufactured fentanyl and an array of potent fentanyl analogs (i.e., compounds that are chemically related to fentanyl). (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - July 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Trauma trainees' multiple competing goals in opioid prescription communication - Adams ET, Cohen EL, Bernard A, Darnell W, Helme DW.
Prescription opioids and heroin account for more than half of all drug overdose fatalities, costing an estimated 115 American lives every day. The ongoing opioid epidemic devastates communities and represents a tremendous burden to the national economy and... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Hepatitis C vaccine could dramatically reduce transmission in people who inject drugs
(Loyola University Health System) Among the most serious consequences of the opioid epidemic is the spread of hepatitis C among injecting drug users. A study published in Science Translational Medicine shows that if a hepatitis C vaccine were successfully developed, it would dramatically reduce transmission of hepatitis C among drug users -- even though it's unlikely such a vaccine would provide complete immunity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Authors See Crucial Role for Primary Care in Opioid Epidemic
Three new articles inThe New England Journal of Medicine advocate for a greater role for primary care physicians in treating opioid use disorder. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 10, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Scientists aim to predict the next Ebola outbreak by tracking the migration patterns of BATS
(Natural News) The next time an Ebola epidemic breaks out in Africa, we may be warned in advance by bats. A Science Daily article reports how Pennsylvania-based researchers created a computer model that predicts the migratory movements of the airborne mammals that carry the virus. Bats are considered to be a primary carrier of the Ebola virus.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Drops Zika Testing for Blood Donors
MONDAY, July 9, 2018 -- Individual blood donations will no longer need to be tested for the Zika virus, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. " When Zika virus first emerged, the unknown course of the epidemic and the observed severe... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 9, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

At Yale ’s first HIV/AIDS symposium, memories of a mysterious epidemic
At the symposium, clinicians, basic science researchers, and public health workers came together to track their progress fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - July 9, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Partnering to Bring Hope to Rural Communities in Crisis
Discussion of takeaways from the recent rural opioid misuse roundtables by Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development (RD) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), who traveled to a number of states to facilitate these conversations. Includes impacts of the opioid epidemic as well as resources to help rural communities address the crisis. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 9, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FDA Drops Zika Testing for Blood Donors
FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 -- Individual blood donations will no longer need to be tested for the Zika virus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday. " When Zika virus first emerged, the unknown course of the epidemic and the observed severe... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 6, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Weekly Postings
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight The MAReport: Check out the Spring 2018 issue of the MAReport newsletter! This quarter, our Spring intern Sheryl R. Simon, MD, wrote about the importance of precision medicine in cancer research and treatment. Call for Applicants for the Sewell Stipend to Attend the 2018 APHA Annual Meeting – Is your position related to public health? Would you like an opportunity to immerse yourself in the public health field for a few days? Apply for the Sewell Travel Award for Public Health and attend the 2018 American Public ...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - July 6, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

Toward 90-90-90: identifying those who have never been tested for HIV and differences by sex in Lesotho - Carrasco MA, Fleming P, Wagman J, Wong V.
To reach HIV epidemic control it is important to ensure that those who have never been tested access HIV testing and counseling (HTC) particularly in the context of a generalized HIV epidemic. Using data from the 2014 Lesotho Demographic Health Survey biva... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Violence and Weapons Issues Source Type: news

How is opioid use associated with health, other substance use, involvement in criminal justice system?
This study examined that using data from the 2015-2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Opioid epidemic responses overlook gender
Yale health experts warn that current efforts to confront the opioid crisis must better incorporate an understanding of how women fit into this epidemic. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - July 5, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

WHO Calls for Renewed Effort to Combat Chronic Disease
THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) Independent High-Level Commission has proposed six recommendations to address the growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), according to a report published online June 1 in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

850 Million People Worldwide Have Kidney Disease
THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 -- Kidney disease is a " hidden epidemic " affecting more than 850 million people worldwide, renal experts say. That's twice the number of diabetics (422 million) and more than 20 times the number of people with cancer (42... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 5, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Emergency Preparedness Against Infectious Diseases on Public Transit
August 14, 2018, 2:00-3:30 EST. This webinar will examine legal issues that transit agencies may face when an infectious disease epidemic arises. Presenters will provide an overview of federal and state laws and available court decisions affecting transit agencies'responses to infectious disease outbreaks, including potential cohesiveness among transit agencies'procedures and federal and state guidance. Presenters will also discuss developments in infectious disease response that affects transit agencies, such as the CDC's recently revised Quarantinable Communicable Disease rule. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - July 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Data-sharing website may speed the response to new illegal drugs
The drug overdose epidemic currently gripping the nation is so tenacious in part because it's being driven by fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that comes in many forms. Each form has a slightly different chemical structure, and clandestine chemists are constantly cooking up new ones. From a law-enforcement perspective, this makes fentanyl a moving target and very difficult to control. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - July 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Keep on moving: the bizarre dance epidemic of summer 1518
Five centuries ago, the world ’s longest rave took place in Strasbourg – a ‘plague’ of dancing that was fatal for some. What caused it? Art, poetry and music of the time can provide some cluesIt started with just a few people dancing outdoors in the summer heat. Arms flailing, bodies swaying and clothes soaked with sweat, they danced through the night and into the next day. Seldom stopping to eat or drink, and seemingly oblivious to mounting fatigue and the pain of bruised feet, they were still going days later. By the time the authorities intervened, hundreds more were dancing in the same frenetic ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 5, 2018 Category: Science Authors: John Waller Tags: Dance Art and design Music Culture History books Mental health Society Psychology Science Exhibitions Source Type: news

Opioid epidemic responses overlook gender
(Yale University) Yale health experts warn that current efforts to confront the growth of opioid addiction and overdose deaths must better incorporate an understanding of how women fit into this epidemic. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ending the opioid epidemic by changing the culture - Sederer LI, Marino LA.
The opioid epidemic continues to take thousands of lives each year in the United States, more than motor vehicle accidents and suicides combined. Real solutions, based on science, will require a culture shift in the way that we think about and respond to s... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

To Fight Childhood Obesity, Moms to the Rescue
WEDNESDAY, July 4, 2018 -- Moms can play a big role in combating America's childhood obesity epidemic, researchers contend. The key: kids are less likely to be obese if their mothers follow five healthy habits, according to the report from... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 4, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news