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Opioid overdoses shorten US life expectancy by 2.5 months
Opioid drugs -- including both legally prescribed painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, as well as illegal drugs such as heroin or illicit fentanyl -- are not only killing Americans, but also shortening their overall life spans. Opioids take about 2.5 months off our lives, according to a new analysis published in the medical journal JAMA. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Surgery Can Be Trigger for Teen Opioid Abuse
FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 -- Teens and young adults who have surgery may be at increased risk for opioid painkiller abuse, a new study indicates. Opioids such as oxycodone (OxyContin) and hydrocodone (Vicodin) are commonly prescribed for pain after... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 15, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Percocet Vs. Hydrocodone
Title: Percocet Vs. HydrocodoneCategory: MedicationsCreated: 9/14/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/14/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Medications General)
Source: MedicineNet Medications General - September 14, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Codeine vs. Vicodin
Title: Codeine vs. VicodinCategory: MedicationsCreated: 9/13/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/13/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Medications General)
Source: MedicineNet Medications General - September 13, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Daiichi Sankyo to end agreement with Charleston Laboratories for hydrocodone products
Daiichi Sankyo has elected to terminate its existing agreement with Charleston Laboratories to forgo the development and commercialisation of hydrocodone products in the US for the treatment of moderate-to-severe acute pain and to reduce opioid-induc … (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - August 31, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Daiichi Sankyo Terminates Development and Commercialization Agreement with Charleston Laboratories Regarding Hydrocodone Products in the U.S., including CL-108
TOKYO and BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Aug. 31, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. (TSE: 4568), and its U.S. subsidiary, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. announced today that the company has elected to terminate its 2014 development an... Biopharmaceuticals Daiichi Sankyo, Charleston Laboratories, hydrocodone (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - August 31, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Given the choice, zebrafish willingly dose themselves with opioids
(University of Utah Health) Researchers at University of Utah Health devised a system that allowed zebrafish to self-administer doses of hydrocodone, an opioid commonly prescribed to people for pain, to study drug dependency behavior. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hospitals Not to Blame for Most Opioid Addiction: Study
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 -- Painkiller prescriptions that lead to prolonged opioid use tend to be written by doctors in outpatient settings, not hospitals, new research indicates. Initial use of opioids such as OxyContin (oxycodone) and Vicodin... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 16, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Study: Nearly Half Of People Who Use Cannabidiol Products Stop Taking Traditional Medicines
Forty-two percent of surveyed CBD users said they had stopped using traditional medications like Tylenol pain relievers or prescription drugs like Vicodin and had switched to using cannabis instead. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 2, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Debra Borchardt, Contributor Source Type: news

Survey: Nearly Half Of People Who Use Cannabidiol Products Stop Taking Traditional Medicines
Forty-two percent of surveyed CBD users said they had stopped using traditional medications like Tylenol pain relievers or prescription drugs like Vicodin and had switched to using cannabis instead. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 2, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Debra Borchardt, Contributor Source Type: news

Do Diuretics Interact with Vicodin?
Title: Do Diuretics Interact with Vicodin?Category: Doctor's& Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 8/2/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/2/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Medications General)
Source: MedicineNet Medications General - August 2, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Policy Changes Reduced Use of Certain Prescription Opioids: Study
TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 -- Tighter U.S. government restrictions on prescription painkillers containing hydrocodone led to reduced use of opioid medications such as Vicodin, a new study says. Between 2007 and 2014, more prescriptions were written in... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 1, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Tussionex (Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - July 7, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Opioid Crisis: Analgesic Mechanisms of Mu Opiate Drugs (Heroin, Vicodin, Morphine)
U.S. Department of Justice. 04/18/2017 This 31-minute video is a presentation from the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, held on April 17-20, 2017. The speaker provides background and understanding of the opioid crisis, and the increase in opioid use, overdoses, and deaths. She also describes the National Institutes of Health Opioid Research Initiative. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

A doctor prescribed so many painkillers, she ’ s been charged with murdering her patients, authorities say
On Nov.  21, 2012, Sheila Bartels walked out of the Sunshine Medical Center in Oklahoma with a prescription for a "horrifyingly excessive" cocktail of drugs capable of killing her several times over. A short time later, she was at a pharmacy, receiving what drug addicts call “the holy trinity” of prescription drugs: the powerful painkiller Hydrocodone, the anti-anxiety medication […]Related:Senate GOP bill would gut critical public health funding this fallOur gut talks and sometimes argues with our brain. Now we know how.Not quite half of American teens have had sex by ...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lannett Receives Approval For Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets USP, 5 mg/300 mg, 7.5 mg/300 mg And 10 mg/300 mg
PHILADELPHIA, June 22, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Lannett Company, Inc. (NYSE: LCI) today announced that it received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Hydroc... Biopharmaceuticals, Generics, FDA Lannett, Hydrocodone, Acetaminophen, Vicodin (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - June 22, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

2017 Eureka! Innovation award winner: HealthPartners/Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center
Industry category: Health Care Services Organization size: Large — revenue greater than $200 Eureka! idea: A nonopioid pain program that reduces costs and improves outcomes What the judges said:"It's all about pain intervention, reducing costs and serving patients better." Cancer-related pain is a common source of difficulty when i t comes to quality of life for these patients. While opioids like Percocet and Vicodin are often used to manage pain, they carry an addiction risk, and can even affect… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 21, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Source Type: news

2017 Eureka! Innovation award winner: HealthPartners/Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center
Industry category: Health Care Services Organization size: Large — revenue greater than $200 Eureka! idea: A nonopioid pain program that reduces costs and improves outcomes What the judges said:"It's all about pain intervention, reducing costs and serving patients better." Cancer-related pain is a common source of difficulty when i t comes to quality of life for these patients. While opioids like Percocet and Vicodin are often used to manage pain, they carry an addiction risk, and can even affect… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 21, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Characterization of the ability of diazepam to reverse prescription opioid tolerance - Gonek M, Henderson G, Dewey WL.
We are experiencing an unprecedented opioid overdose epidemic with over 120 people dying every day. Most individuals who become tolerant and dependent on opioids, including the prescription opioids oxycodone and hydrocodone, co-abuse other substances. The ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

My Experience With Vicodin Taught Me That Any Of Us Could Be Tiger Woods
(Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An advance in prescription opioid vaccines: overdose mortality reduction and extraordinary alteration of drug half-life - Kimishima A, Wenthur CJ, Zhou B, Janda KD.
Prescription opioids (POs) such as oxycodone and hydrocodone are highly effective medications for pain management, yet they also present a substantial risk for abuse and addiction. The consumption of POs has been escalating worldwide, resulting in tens of ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Tramadol vs. Vicodin
Title: Tramadol vs. VicodinCategory: MedicationsCreated: 5/9/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/9/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Medications General)
Source: MedicineNet Medications General - May 9, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

​Former Cincinnati hospital chief indicted
Dr. Barbra Temeck, former acting chief of staff of the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, has been indicted on charges of distributing the pain medication hydrocodone and the anti-anxiety drug valium in violation of federal law. The indictment handed up May 3 by a grand jury in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati didn’t specify to whom the doctor allegedly distributed the controlled substances. However, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington previously reported it had referred allegations… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - May 5, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

Tramadol vs. Hydrocodone
Title: Tramadol vs. HydrocodoneCategory: MedicationsCreated: 4/24/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/24/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Medications General)
Source: MedicineNet Medications General - April 24, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Opioid addiction raises mortality rate for those getting care in medical offices, hospitals
People who are addicted to opioids and receiving their medical care in a general health care setting were more than 10 times as likely to die during a four-year period than people without substance abuse problems, UCLA researchers have found. The new study, published in the  Journal of Addiction Medicine, suggests that health care systems should have better infrastructure and training for primary care physicians to diagnose and treat opioid use disorder, a condition that includes addiction to both prescription and illicit opioids.UCLAYih-Ing HserThe study, led by Yih-Ing Hser, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sc...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 21, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Unsealed Documents Reveal Prince's Doctor Prescribed Meds For Singer Under Another Name
Opioid painkiller were found in pop star Prince’s home after his sudden death a year ago, and investigators were told that the musician had history of withdrawals “believed to be the result of abuse of prescription medication,” according to court documents unsealed on Monday. According to a search warrant of Prince’s Paisley Park complex outside Minneapolis, investigators found several pills labeled Watson 853 - the identifier for the generic hydrocodone-acetaminophen - in various rooms. A search also turned up other “numerous narcotic controlled substance pills” in various containers, s...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Would Legalizing Medical Marijuana Help Curb The Opioid Epidemic?
This study and a few others provided some evidence regarding the potential positive benefits of legalizing marijuana to reduce opioid use and abuse, but they are still preliminary,” she said in an email. Dr. Esther Choo, a professor of emergency medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, was intrigued by the study’s suggestion that access to cannabis might reduce opioid misuse. “It is becoming increasingly clear that battling the opioid epidemic will require a multi-pronged approach and a good deal of creativity,” Choo, who was not involved in the study, said in an email. “C...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Prescription Drug Is Implicated In Almost A Third Of All Opioid Overdose Deaths
This reporting is brought to you by HuffPost’s health and science platform, The Scope. Like us on Facebook and Twitter and tell us your story: scopestories@huffingtonpost.com.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lupin launches pain relief drug in US
Lupin said it had received final approval from the US health regulator for its Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen tablets used for providing pain relief. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - March 9, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

America's Opioid Crisis: How Children Are Casualties
America is in the midst of a deadly crisis that is killing people by the thousands.The opioid epidemic in the United States claimed more than 33,000 deaths in 2015, as public health officials call it the worst drug crisis in the nation’s history. Indeed, the deaths from heroin alone have surged and have claimed more lives in 2015 than homicides by guns. These drugs, these opiods, that are used to often block out pain. Whether illegal, such as heroin, or prescribed by doctors yet are also finding their way on to the black market, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, the rise in opioid use in America is both dramatic and dis...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

State Lawmakers Push Fight against Opioids
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In statehouses across the country, lawmakers with loved ones who fell victim to drugs are leading the fight against the nation's deadly opioid-abuse crisis, drawing on tragic personal experience to attack the problem. A Minnesota state senator whose daughter died of a heroin overdose in a Burger King parking lot — a friend hid the needles instead of calling for help — spearheaded a law that grants immunity to 911 callers. In Wisconsin, a state representative has introduced more than a dozen opioid-related bills in the years since his daughter went from painkillers to heroin to pr...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - February 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

State Lawmakers Push Fight against Opioids
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In statehouses across the country, lawmakers with loved ones who fell victim to drugs are leading the fight against the nation's deadly opioid-abuse crisis, drawing on tragic personal experience to attack the problem. A Minnesota state senator whose daughter died of a heroin overdose in a Burger King parking lot — a friend hid the needles instead of calling for help — spearheaded a law that grants immunity to 911 callers. In Wisconsin, a state representative has introduced more than a dozen opioid-related bills in the years since his daughter went from painkillers to heroin to pr...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

Drugs Vanish at Some VA Hospitals
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at federal hospitals — the vast majority within the VA system — siphoned away controlled substances for their own use or street sales, or drugs intended for patients simply disappeared. Aggravating the problem is that some VA hospitals have been lax in tracking drug supplies. Co...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - February 20, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Perrigo Announces FDA Final Approval For Hydrocodone Bitartrate And Homatropine Methylbromide Oral Solution
DUBLIN, Feb. 17, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Perrigo Company plc (NYSE, TASE: PRGO) today announced it has received final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for hydrocodone bitartrate and homatropine methylbromide or... Biopharmaceuticals, Generics, FDA Perrigo Company, Hydrocodone, homatropine (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - February 17, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Lupin gets USFDA nod for generic cough relief oral solution
Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Homatropine Methylbromide is indicated for the symptomatic relief of cough in adults and children 6 years of age and older. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - February 16, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Loperamide misuse and abuse - Miller H, Panahi L, Tapia D, Tran A, Bowman JD.
OBJECTIVE: The epidemic of opioid prescription deaths in recent years resulted in the recent rescheduling of hydrocodone-containing products to restrict access to them. Opioid users have recognized that loperamide can ameliorate withdrawal symptoms and als... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 16, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Broader availability of opioid overdose drug is saving lives
America ’s opioid addiction epidemic was one of the biggest health stories of 2016, as reflected in the intense media coverage the topic received — and it is no wonder why. The number of deaths involving prescription opioid medications and heroin continues to rise, having quadrupled since 1999. Some 91 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.One key strategy in the battle to curb opioid overdose deaths has been the use of the drug naloxone, which emergency medical personnel and first responders have used for years to treat people suffering...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 9, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Oxycodone vs. Hydrocodone: Which Is Better for Pain?
Title: Oxycodone vs. Hydrocodone: Which Is Better for Pain?Category: MedicationsCreated: 11/15/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/6/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - February 6, 2017 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Charleston Laboratories, Inc. and Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. Receive Complete Response Letter from FDA for NDA for CL-108 (hydrocodone, acetaminophen, promethazine) Tablets
JUPITER, Fla., and PARSIPPANY, N.J., Feb. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Charleston Laboratories, Inc., and Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., confirmed today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Complete Response Letter (CRL) regarding the New... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Applications)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Applications - February 3, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Reprexain Tablets (hydrocodone bitartrate and ibuprofen) - new on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - February 2, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Seattle Approves Nation's First Safe Injection Sites In Fight Against Opioid Crisis
In a desperate move to curb Seattle’s deadly opioid crisis, city and county officials have approved a pair of safe sites where addicts will be able to inject heroin and other illegal narcotics under medical supervision. The sites, which are common in European countries, would be the first of their kind in the United States, The Seattle Times and The Washington Post report. Late last week, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine signed off on a list of recommendations put forward last year by a 40-member Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force. Those recommenda...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vituz (Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Chlorpheniramine Maleate) Oral Solution) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - January 31, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Vantrela ER (Hydrocodone Bitartrate Extended-release Tablets) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - January 26, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Tussigon (Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Homatropine Methylbromide Tablets) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - January 26, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

NeuroBreak: Abuse-Deterrent Hydrocodone; Neuroscience of Lying
(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the world of neurology and neuroscience (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics - January 24, 2017 Category: Geriatrics Source Type: news

Teva Receives FDA Approval for Vantrela ER (hydrocodone bitartrate) Extended-Release Tablets Formulated with Proprietary Abuse Deterrence Technology
JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 18, 2017-- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Vantrela ER (hydrocodone bitartrate) extended-release tablets [CII] formulated... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - January 18, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Another Abuse-Deterrent Opioid (Vantrela ER) Gets FDA Nod Another Abuse-Deterrent Opioid (Vantrela ER) Gets FDA Nod
The agency has approved an extended-release hydrocodone product (Vantrela ER) formulated with abuse-deterrent technology, Teva announced. 
 
FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - January 18, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Alert Source Type: news

Former NFL player discusses the league's painkiller epidemic: He was taking up to 125 Vicodin a day
(NaturalNews) For professional athletes, particularly those involved in contact sports such as football, dealing with injury pain can become a major challenge. Far too often, an attempt to manage pain leads to dependence on opioid painkillers – a situation that can destroy a promising sports career and even threaten an athlete’s life. Former NFL player... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fentanyl Overdoses Are Rising And Science Can't Keep Up
Bribery. Conspiracy. Racketeering. Those are just three of the accusations that federal prosecutors leveled against two Alabama physicians in April as part of a 22-count criminal indictment ― alleging that Drs. John Couch and Xiulu Ruan ran an opioid pill mill in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks from a pharmaceutical company. Couch and Ruan were arrested in 2015 after prescribing Medicare patients a combined $4.9 million in Subsys ― a potent form of fentanyl, taken via mouth spray and designed to treat severe cancer pain ― between 2013 and 2014. Some of those prescription...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news