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Accidental overdoses killed 8 people a day in Ohio last year
25 Aug 2016 at 11:52am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ? Accidental drug overdoses killed 3,050 people in Ohio last year, an average of eight per day, as deaths blamed on the powerful painkiller fentanyl again rose sharply and pushed the total overdose fatalities to a record high, the state reported Thursday.
Walgreens clinics run by SSM to include birth control
25 Aug 2016 at 11:51am
ST. LOUIS (AP) ? The nonprofit Catholic organization SSM Health will provide birth control pills at the 26 clinics inside St. Louis-area Walgreens stores that it began operating Thursday, an SSM spokesman said.
Mylan offers discounts on EpiPen amid wave of criticism
25 Aug 2016 at 11:21am
The list price of the drug will remain the same, but the company said it would increase the maximum copay assistance program to $300 from $100 for patients who pay for the 2-pak in cash or who are covered by a commercial health insurer. The price of EpiPen has skyrocketed to $600 from $100 since it was acquired by Mylan in 2007. Mylan also said it is doubling the eligibility for its patient assistance program, which will eliminate out-of-pocket costs for uninsured and under-insured patients and families.
Deal agreed to end long siege of Damascus suburb: rebel leader, locals
25 Aug 2016 at 11:20am
Rebels and Syria's army agreed a deal on Thursday to evacuate all residents and insurgents from the besieged Damascus suburb of Daraya, a rebel leader said, ending one of the longest stand-offs in the five-year conflict. Syria's army has surrounded rebels and civilians and blocked food deliveries in Daraya since 2012, regularly bombing the area just 7km (4 miles) from President Bashar al Assad's seat of power. It was one of the first places to see peaceful protests against Assad's rule, and fought off repeated attempts to retake it by government forces as the conflict escalated into civil war.
Illinois man charged with bomb attempt ruled mentally unfit
25 Aug 2016 at 11:16am
The suspect, Adel Daoud of Hillside, Illinois, sincerely believes that his lawyers are Freemasons, U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman said. Daoud, 22, also believes the judicial system "is controlled by the Illuminati, a secret ruling class, who he repeatedly describes as reptiles in disguise," she said. "The government has not shown by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant is competent to stand trial," Coleman wrote in her decision.
U.S. pharmacies sell cigarettes for less than other stores
25 Aug 2016 at 10:58am
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Cigarettes are often cheaper at the very place that people shop for health supplies and fill medicine prescriptions, according to a new study in California. ?Compared to other types of stores, pharmacies charged customers less for cigarettes, more for bottled water,? said lead author Lisa Henriksen of the Stanford Prevention Research Center at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto. Pharmacies represent 7 percent of the 380,000 tobacco retailers nationwide, Henriksen and her colleagues write in the American Journal of Public Health, online August 23.
Italy quake toll hits 250 as rescuers search flattened towns
25 Aug 2016 at 10:51am
By Steve Scherer and Gabriele Pileri AMATRICE, Italy (Reuters) - The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy climbed to at least 250 on Thursday and could rise further with rescue teams working for a second day to try to find survivors under the rubble of flattened towns. The 6.2 magnitude quake struck a cluster of mountain communities 140 km (85 miles) east of Rome early on Wednesday as people slept, destroying hundreds of homes. "People like myself have lost everything, but at the same time the fact that we have survived means we have to move forward one minute at a time," said Alessandra Cioni, 45, who managed to crawl out of her crumpled house after the quake.
Cash may convince some smokers to quit
25 Aug 2016 at 10:43am
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Paying smokers to quit and giving them more money the longer they avoid cigarettes might help get more people to kick the habit than cessation advice on its own, a recent study suggests. To test the power of money to combat addiction, researchers in Switzerland offered about 800 low-income smokers pamphlets and online cessation guides.
Chorus grows for Clintons to shutter charitable foundation
25 Aug 2016 at 10:30am
The Clinton Foundation, the family philanthropy of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, should shut down or transfer operations to another charity despite its good work to avoid perceptions of "pay-for-play," The Washington Post and USA Today said in editorials on Wednesday. Despite plans announced earlier this week to reorganize the Clinton Foundation if Hillary Clinton wins the Nov. 8 election, USA Today said the global charity must close for the Democratic candidate to avoid any appearance of unethical ties. "The only way to eliminate the odor surrounding the foundation is to wind it down and put it in mothballs, starting today, and transfer its important charitable work to another large American charity such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation," the paper's editorial board wrote.
Factbox: Why the Clinton Foundation draws both praise and criticism
25 Aug 2016 at 10:30am
(Reuters) - Since announcing her presidential bid last year, Hillary Clinton has had to field questions about the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, her family's global philanthropy. * THE FOUNDATION'S HISTORYBill Clinton established the Clinton Foundation in 1997 to raise funds for his presidential archive in Little Rock, Arkansas, as he prepared to leave the White House.
Zika may persist in vaginal tract: study
25 Aug 2016 at 10:22am
Zika may replicate in the vagina for several days after infection, said researchers Thursday who relied on lab mice to study sexual transmission of the virus blamed for birth defects. Infection with Zika via the vaginal tract may be a robust source of infection "with potentially dire consequences," said the study by Yale University, published in the journal Cell. Pregnant mice were infected vaginally with Zika, which then amplified and spread from the genitals to the fetal brain.
'Unprecedented' overdose epidemic from fentanyl in US
25 Aug 2016 at 10:21am
Painkillers containing illegally made fentanyl, a synthetic drug up to 100 times more potent than morphine, are responsible for a surge in overdose deaths in the United States, health authorities said Thursday. Pop legend Prince, who died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl in April, is the latest high-profile victim of the addictive and often-counterfeit pills that are sweeping the nation. A new report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found "substantial increases in fatal synthetic opioid?involved overdoses, primarily driven by fentanyl-involved overdose deaths" in multiple states since 2013.
Illinois attorney general sues Insys over fentanyl drug marketing
25 Aug 2016 at 10:15am
The lawsuit, filed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan in Cook County Circuit Court, comes as Insys faces a number of state and investigations involving its drug Subsys as U.S. authorities seek to combat a national opioid abuse epidemic. "This drug company's desire for increased profits led it to disregard patients' health and push addictive opioids for non-FDA approved purposes," Madigan said in a statement. Madigan, whose office is investigating other opioid manufacturers for similar practices, said the lawsuit seeks to bar Insys from selling its products in Illinois and impose financial penalties on the company.
After backlash, EpiPen maker to help reduce patient costs
25 Aug 2016 at 9:41am
The embattled manufacturer of EpiPens said Thursday it would help extreme allergy sufferers meet the costs of the life-saving devices after a five-fold price hike sparked outrage. Mylan NV, which holds a near-monopoly on the manufacture of the epinephrine injectors, said it would expand existing programs to defray out-of-pocket costs but did not say it would lower prices. After a series of price hikes, a pack of two of the devices sells for more than $600, compared to less than $100 in 2007, when Mylan bought the rights to the technology.