Posted in CDC Health Alert Network Chronic Pain News

Rising Numbers of Deaths Involving Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogs, Including Carfentanil, and Increased Usage and Mixing with Non-opioids – Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 413

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).

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Posted in Chronic Pain News Science Daily Health News

Choosing common pain relievers: It's complicated

About 29 million Americans use over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat pain. Every year in the United States, NSAID use is attributed to approximately 100,000 hospitalizations and 17,000 deaths.

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Posted in NBC News Privacy

Lawmakers kick the can down the road on discussing contentious privacy legislation issues

As California’s digital privacy bill hurtles toward the first day of enforcement on July 1, federal lawmakers are under pressure to establish a national standard.

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Posted in Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs TV 10 Columbus Who are the bad actors? Government, Healthcare or Patients?

Gambling addictions in Ohio have doubled since 2012

In the last seven years gambling in Ohio has skyrocketed.

“There’s more gambling availability now in Ohio than there’s ever been before,” Bruce Jones said.

Jones, with the Maryhaven Gambling Intervention Program, says that’s because of more accessibility like casinos, gaming and online betting.

“It’s right there with alcohol, cocaine, cannabis, opioids, hypnotics,” he said. “A behavioral addiction of gambling disorder.”

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Posted in Law Enforcement NBC News

Silicon Valley health-tech start-up took kickbacks to push doctors to prescribe opioids, DOJ finds

In the middle of the opiate crisis, a Silicon Valley start-up called Practice Fusion saw an opportunity.

The company developed an electronic medical record system for doctors. Instead of charging for the software, like its competitors, the company generated the bulk of its revenue by advertising to doctors.

And it used that advertising system to encourage physicians to prescribe opiates, according to the Department of Justice.

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Posted in CDC Health Alert Network Chronic Pain News

Increases in Fentanyl Drug Confiscations and Fentanyl-related Overdose Fatalities – Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 384

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are investigating recent increases in fentanyl-related unintentional overdose fatalities in multiple states across the U.S. The purpose of this HAN advisory is to: (1) alert public health departments, health care providers, first responders, and medical examiners and coroners to the possibility of additional increases in other jurisdictions, (2) provide recommendations for improving detection of fentanyl-related overdose outbreaks and (3) encourage states to expand access to naloxone and training for administering naloxone to reduce opioid overdose deaths.

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Posted in Chronic Pain News Science Daily Health News

First treatment for pain using human stem cells a success

Researchers have used human stem cells to make pain-killing neurons that provide lasting relief in mice, without side effects, in a single treatment. The next step is to perform extensive safety tests in rodents and pigs, and then move to human patients suffering chronic pain within the next five years.

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Posted in Chronic Pain News Science Daily Health News

Edible 'security tag' to protect drugs from counterfeit

Purdue University researchers have come up with a way of digitally encrypting drugs to stump counterfeiters, an edible “security tag” embedded into medicine. To imitate the drug, a counterfeiter would have to uncrack a complicated puzzle of patterns not fully visible to the naked eye.

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Posted in NBC News Privacy

Major medical records vendor Epic Systems warns it will stop working with Google Cloud

Google, in partnership with Ascension, a healthcare provider operating in more than 20 states, is planning to build a search tool for medical professionals that will employ machine learning algorithms to process data and make suggestions about prescriptions, diagnoses, and even which doctors to assign to, or remove from, a patient’s team. In other words, eliminating personal choice from healthcare decision making by reducing choice to an algorithm.

In running this program, neither the affected patients nor Ascension doctors were made aware of the project. And again, all parties assert that HIPAA, the package of privacy regulations protecting patient data, allows for the use of this data in this manner. Clearly Google attorney’s believe they have found a loophole in HIPAA which allows this. Otherwise, Google would not have invested billions of dollars into this program. See https://cergm.carter-brothers.com/2019/11/14/google-healthcare-personal-healthcare-reduced-to-an-algorithm/

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Posted in NBC News Politics

Supreme Court to rule whether Electoral College voters can differ from state popular vote

The Supreme Court will decide whether Electoral College voters have a constitutional right to cast ballots for candidates who didn’t win their state’s popular vote, the justices announced in an order on Friday.

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