February 28, 2014

Addiction Experts Freaking Out

1 FDA Approves New "Super OxyContin” Drug

The FDA has approved for sale a new chronic pain reliever, Zohydro, a hydrocodone-based opioid analgesic that has so alarmed a number of organizations involved with public health, consumer rights or addiction treatment that 40 of them have asked the agency to revoke its approval of the drug. So have almost 30 state attorneys general. Zohydro is 5 to 10 times more potent than such addictive pain relief drugs as OxyContin, and it is feared that it will simply become a new and more dangerous source of addiction. One leading opioid expert calls it, "a whopping dose of hydrocodone packed in an easy-to-crush capsule…It will kill people as soon as it's released." The issue is complicated by the fact that the drug would genuinely benefit some chronic and debilitating pain sufferers.

More at Cnn.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Oxycontin Increases Fracture Risk

Tags: Oxycontin, Zohydro, Addictive Pain Medications, Opioid Drugs, Hydrocodone Drugs, Prescription Drug Addiction

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Unhealthy Food but Lots of It

2 Global Food Index: US Scores High, Low

Oxfam, the global anti-poverty confederation, has released an index of the current state of food consumption in 125 countries worldwide, and while the United States scores well on food abundance and availability, it comes up terribly short in eating wisely and well. On the plus side, the U.S. ranks first overall in food affordability and fourth in the diversity of foods available to us. On the minus side, Americans are evidently not making healthy food choices, as reflected by our ranking in obesity and diabetes rates: 120th, ahead of just Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Fiji and Mexico. And although food is inexpensive compared to our other needs and purchases, we rank only 35th in having "enough to eat." Also unnerving, we're just 41st in having access to fresh, clean water.

More at Nytimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Americans Throw Away Nearly Half Their Food

Tags: US Eating Patterns, OxFam Global Food Index, Goodd Enough to Eat, USUS Worldwide Food Rankings, Index of Global Food Consumption

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More Germs Than on Docs’ Palms

3 Stethoscopes May Spread Disease

Stethoscopes may contain more bacteria and germs, including the superbug MRSA, than are found on doctors’ palms, say Swiss researchers who warn that the instruments, which are typically cleaned less than once a month, if at all, are as likely to contaminate the next patient as unwashed hands. Researchers measured bacteria collected after exams and tested four spots on doctors’ hands and two sites on stethoscopes. They found that doctors’ fingertips were the most contaminated followed by stethoscope diaphragms which contained more germs and bacteria than doctors’ palms. Researchers say that while it’s hard to prove that bacteria present on stethoscopes caused infections, the study adds evidence to the fact that health workers should clean their tools regularly.

More at NBCNews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Proper Cleaning Better Than Antibiotics for MRSA

Tags: Bacteria, MRSA, Stethoscopes, Germy Stethoscopes, Risk of Infection from Medical Instruments, Medical Instruments

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