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This E.R. Treats Opioid Addiction on Demand. That's Very Rare
One of three medications approved in the United States to treat opioid addiction, it works by easing withdrawal symptoms and cravings. It can be this revelatory moment for people - even in the depth of crisis, in the middle of the night. She added that since ER visits like Angelica's are usually brief and uncomplicated, they aren't as expensive as many other types of ER care.
Prediabetes: Being a 'night owl' may lead to weight gain
New research has revealed that having a preference for evening activities, going to bed late, and not getting enough sleep may lead to weight gain among people with prediabetes. In prediabetes, blood sugar levels are higher than what is considered normal, but not high enough to warrant a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes is a serious condition in its own right, putting people at risk of not only type 2 diabetes, but also stroke and heart disease.
China sacks six senior officials at food and drug regulator over vaccine scandal
China said on Saturday it has sacked six senior officials at its food and drug regulator after a safety scandal at vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Co Ltd revealed failings at the government body including inadequate supervision. In a posting on its website, the State Administration for Market Regulation said that among officials dismissed were Ding Jianhua, who headed two departments at the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA).
Art tours tied to easing of chronic pain
Art museums may have an analgesic effect on chronic pain, a small study suggests. Chronic pain sufferers who took guided tours of art museums felt less discomfort and unpleasantness related to their pain shortly afterward, researchers found. The researchers invited 54 visitors to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California, who reported experiencing chronic pain to participate in private hour-long tours led by gallery staff.
Many people take drugs that interfere with their blood pressure pills
People who take pills to lower their blood pressure often take other drugs that reduce the pills' effectiveness, a recent study suggests. Researchers studied data on 521,028 adults prescribed blood pressure pills for the first time and 131,764 people taking at least four different pills to lower their blood pressure. Roughly 18 percent were also taking drugs that make blood pressure pills less effective, the study found.
Japan's Eisai sets price tag of about $17,000 on liver cancer drug (Aug. 16)
Japan's Eisai Co Ltd said on Thursday it would price its cancer drug Lenvima at about $17,000 for a month's supply before discounts, after the US Food and Drug Administration approved its use in patients with a common form of liver cancer. The price will be in parity with the prices of available doses, Chief Operating Officer Shaji Procida said. Lenvima is expected to bring in revenue of $3.46 billion by 2022, according to Thomson Reuters data.
Rosy cheeks: Causes and what to do
Many people associate rosy cheeks with good health, and cosmetic and fashion trends often encourage the use of makeup and other techniques to achieve this appearance. Rosy cheeks occur as a result of blood vessels widening near the surface of the skin. It is important for a person to know the potential causes of rosy cheeks and the other symptoms that may occur alongside them. In most cases, people do not need to seek medical attention at the first sign of rosy cheeks.
For Babies, Solid Food at 3 Months May Lead to Sounder Sleep
Parenting experts typically say six months of exclusive breast-feeding is ideal, but many new mothers also suspect that offering some solid food after about three months can assure a good night's sleep for both themselves and their babies. British researchers randomized 1,303 mother-infant pairs to either exclusive breast-feeding for six months or the introduction of solid foods starting at three months. The early food group continued to breast-feed while introducing both allergenic and nonallergenic solid foods.
What to know about brain hypoxia
Brain hypoxia is a form of hypoxia or oxygen deficiency affecting the brain. Brain hypoxia is a medical emergency because the brain needs a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients to function properly. Read on to learn more about brain hypoxia, also known as cerebral hypoxia. The symptoms of a lack of oxygen to the brain, or brain hypoxia, may be mild or severe and depend on the level and duration of oxygen deprivation.
Multiple sclerosis: Healthful diet tied to lower risk
Eating a healthful diet that is rich in vegetables, fish, legumes, eggs, and poultry is tied to a lower risk of multiple sclerosis, a long-term disease that affects the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerve in the eyes. They report their findings in a paper now published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal. Dr Black and her colleagues investigated links between dietary patterns and risk of a first clinical diagnosis of CNS demyelination.
Transgender veterans don't have worse health
Transgender military veterans do not have worse health than cisgender veterans, a recent US study suggests. The total included 66,677 cisgender veterans, 320 transgender veterans, 448,644 cisgender civilians, and 1,898 transgender civilians. Reporting in Health Affairs, the authors say they expected transgender veterans to have worse health than cisgender veterans. The only significant difference was that transgender veterans were more likely to have at least one disability compared to cisgender veterans, despite similar access to health care.
Dementia patients may benefit from music therapy
Music therapy may improve depression and anxiety in dementia patients, a new analysis suggests. Music therapy might also improve emotional well-being among those with dementia, researchers found. For the analysis, van der Steen and colleagues pooled data from 21 smaller randomized trials involving a total of 1097 patients. It's not surprising that music therapy could help those with dementia, Pantelyat said. Bonakdarpour also believes that music therapy might allow some patients to skip powerful and risky medications.
Synesthesia: Hearing colors and tasting sounds
This may be sounds automatically coupled with tastes, sounds with colors, or written letters with colors. There are actually various different types of synesthesia, and people who have one type might often also experience another. The most commonly reported types of synesthesia, however, are color-graphemic, in which letters, numbers, or geometric shapes are linked to colors or patterns, and color-auditory synesthesia, in which various sounds immediately recall specific colors, shapes, or textures.
Militia threat hampers Ebola fight in Congo as disease kills 44
Militia violence in Democratic Republic of Congo has prevented aid workers from reaching some potential cases in an outbreak of Ebola that has so far killed 44 people, the World Health Organization said on Friday. The WHO, using figures compiled with Congo's Health Ministry, said confirmed and probable cases numbered 78 in total, including 44 deaths. About 1,500 people have been identified as contacts of people infected with the disease, which causes fever, vomiting and diarrhea.
How your mouth bacteria can harm your lungs
The new study was carried out by a team of Japanese-based scientists affiliated with the Kyushu University in Fukuoka. As Dr Yamashita and his colleagues explain in their paper, the oral microbiota is important for overall health because the bacteria we ingest affect every aspect of our health. Problems such as difficulty swallowing and cough reflux may cause the elderly to accidentally inhale bacteria that could lead to pulmonary infections such as pneumonia.
Scotland's Ayrshire to give free tampons to tackle period poverty
Scotland's North Ayrshire Council has become the first local authority in Britain to provide free sanitary provision in public buildings, hoping to tackle period poverty. Studies show period poverty is a particularly acute problem in Scotland. It's a human rights issue too, because some girls are unable to attend school because they can't manage their periods, she said.
Staying fit might cut glaucoma risk
Meeting physical activity guidelines and being physically fit may reduce the risk of developing glaucoma by 40 percent to 50 percent, recent research suggests. People who met physical activity guidelines had a 50 percent lower risk of glaucoma than those who logged no leisure time physical activity during the week. Being both physically active and highly fit was tied to the lowest risk for glaucoma.
FDA approves Bristol-Myers' Opdivo for small cell lung cancer
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said on Friday the US Food and Drug Administration approved its treatment, Opdivo, for patients whose lung cancer had progressed even after undergoing chemotherapy and at least one other therapy. Both treatments have racked up approvals for indications, including melanoma, lung cancer and head and neck cancer. Sales of both the drugs are neck and neck, with Opdivo generating $1.63 billion in the second quarter and Keytruda $1.67 billion.
China think tank slammed for 'procreation fund' idea
Births in mainland China fell by 3.5 percent last year due to fewer women of fertile age and the growing number of people delaying marriage and pregnancy. The suggestion of a fund to subsidize large families, out of annual contributions from people younger than 40 who have fewer than two children, or none, was widely panned. I'm really upset by its stupidity, 21-year-old Ranny Lou responded to the suggestion of the procreation fund after it went viral on social media.

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