Epidemics - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Epidemics Appalachia's approach to drugs at odds with AG policy LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In Appalachian states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic, the tough-on-crime policy announced Friday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions runs counter to a recent emphasis on treatment and less prison time for low-level drug offenders. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul strongly opposed the Department of Justice directive, which reverses an ... Sat, 13 May 2017 07:59:00 GMT 2017-05-13T07:59:00Z Heroin epidemic pushing up hepatitis C infections in US NEW YORK (AP) — The heroin epidemic is driving up hepatitis C infections, with the biggest increase in people in their 20s, U.S. health officials said Thursday. The number of new infections nearly tripled in five years, to about 2,400 in 2015. The virus is spread by sharing needles to inject drugs, and the increase coincided with a surge in heroin use. ... Thu, 11 May 2017 21:15:00 GMT 2017-05-11T21:15:00Z Lawyer, CEO want charge dropped against journalist CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia journalist arrested after repeatedly asking U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price a question said he did nothing wrong, and his attorney and the media outlet's founder want the charge dropped. Reporter Daniel Ralph Heyman, who works for the independent Public News Service, was arrested by police at the... Thu, 11 May 2017 08:11:00 GMT 2017-05-11T08:11:00Z Reporter arrested while trying to question Cabinet member CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia's Capitol arrested a journalist who they said was trying "aggressively" to get past Secret Service agents and yelling questions at U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. It happened as Price and senior White House aide Kellyanne Conway came to the state Capitol in Charleston on Tuesday to learn... Wed, 10 May 2017 21:43:00 GMT 2017-05-10T21:43:00Z Trump moving to slash budget for White House 'drug czar" WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to gut the office of the White House "drug czar" according to a preliminary budget document and an email message that its acting director has circulated to agency staff. The Office of National Drug Control Policy, or ONDCP, is the lead White House office shaping policy on the nation's opioid crisis, amo... Fri, 05 May 2017 20:15:00 GMT 2017-05-05T20:15:00Z WHO chief praises Guineans for help with Ebola vaccine CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization praised Guineans on Thursday for their role in helping to develop a vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus, as Guinea's president said he hoped the vaccine eventually could be produced in Africa. During a visit to the country where the deadliest Ebola epidemic ever first emerged, Dr. Margare... Thu, 04 May 2017 16:49:00 GMT 2017-05-04T16:49:00Z Trump pick for mental health agency doesn't fit his pattern WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to marshal the government's response to the opioid epidemic and assist people with mental illness doesn't quite fit the mold of some of his other nominees. Psychiatrist Elinore McCance-Katz isn't an outsider bent on disrupting the system. Instead, she's an academic expert on addiction with extensive state go... Thu, 04 May 2017 07:53:00 GMT 2017-05-04T07:53:00Z Overcoming Opioids: Special schools help teens stay clean INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Logan Snyder got hooked on pills after a prescription to treat pain from a kidney stone, she joined the millions already swept up in the nation's grim wave of addiction to opioid painkillers. She was just 14. Youth is a drawback when it comes to kicking drugs. Only half of U.S. treatment centers accept teenagers and even fewer off... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:17:00 GMT 2017-04-25T14:17:00Z Overcoming Opioids: The quest for less addictive drugs Tummy tucks really hurt. Doctors carve from hip to hip, slicing off skin, tightening muscles, tugging at innards. Patients often need strong painkillers for days or even weeks, but Mary Hernandez went home on just over-the-counter ibuprofen. The reason may be the yellowish goo smeared on her 18-inch wound as she lay on the operating table. The Houston wom... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 07:30:00 GMT 2017-04-17T07:30:00Z Report says cost of Zika estimated at up to $18 billion SAO PAULO (AP) — A new international report says the Zika virus epidemic may be imposing billions of dollars of costs on nations across the Americas. The report issued in New York Thursday by the U.N. Development Program and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says the costs through 2017 alone are likely to total $7 billion to $18 billion. ... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 18:18:00 GMT 2017-04-06T18:18:00Z Lawsuit dismissed over Ebola quarantines in Connecticut HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state health officials over quarantines imposed on several people returning from West Africa during the 2014 Ebola epidemic. U.S. District Judge Alfred Covello in Hartford said the state's public health commissioner was protected from the lawsuit and the p... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 18:29:00 GMT 2017-04-03T18:29:00Z Can't afford to bury loved ones? Often, states can't help CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When Belinda Crookshanks' son and daughter-in-law died of drug overdoses on the same day in April 2015 at age 35, her grief was compounded by a stark financial fact: Despite the family's limited resources, the state's indigent burial fund wasn't going to help pay to bury them. In another part of West Virginia that month, Carol Nay... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 15:52:00 GMT 2017-04-01T15:52:00Z Drought-stricken Somalia battles hunger and cholera BAIDOA, Somalia (AP) — An emaciated woman writhes on her hospital bed, weakly waving her bony hand to create a current of air. Cholera patient Zeinab Hussein, a 50-year-old farmer, is one of thousands of desperate Somalis who have streamed into Baidoa in southwestern Somalia seeking food and medical care as a result the country's prolonged drought. The influx has overwhelmed... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:07:00 GMT 2017-03-26T16:07:00Z Some of the youngest opioid victims are curious toddlers MILWAUKEE (AP) — Curious toddlers find the drugs in a mother's purse or accidentally dropped on the floor. Sometimes a parent fails to secure the child-resistant cap on a bottle of painkillers. No matter how it happens, if a 35-pound toddler grabs just one opioid pill, chews it and releases the full concentration of a time-released adult drug into their small bodies, death c... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:49:00 GMT 2017-03-23T15:49:00Z 'Inferno' brings insight and humanity to Ebola outbreak "Inferno" (St. Martin's Press), by Steven Hatch In 2014, Dr. Steven Hatch, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, flew into a Liberian airport in the midst of the largest Ebola outbreak in history, donned multiple layers of protective gear and stepped into an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU). There, he served as a physician (and at times... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:14:00 GMT 2017-03-20T17:14:00Z Winners and losers in Trump's first budget plan WASHINGTON (AP) — Military spending would get the biggest boost in President Donald Trump's proposed budget. Environmental programs, medical research, Amtrak and an array of international and cultural programs — from Appalachia to the arts — would take big hits, among the many parts of the government he'd put on a crash diet. The budget proposal out Thurs... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:23:00 GMT 2017-03-16T20:23:00Z City alleges drugmaker let OxyContin flood black market EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — As deaths from painkillers and heroin abuse spiked and street crimes increased, the mayor of Everett took major steps to tackle the opioid epidemic devastating this working-class city north of Seattle. Mayor Ray Stephanson stepped up patrols, hired social workers to ride with officers and pushed for more permanent housing for chronic... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 18:09:00 GMT 2017-03-14T18:09:00Z Doctors tie Zika virus to heart problems in some adults For the first time, doctors have tied infection with the Zika virus to possible new heart problems in adults. The evidence so far is only in eight people in Venezuela, and is not enough to prove a link. It's also too soon to know how often this might be happening. The biggest trouble the mosquito-borne virus has been causing is for pregnant women and their fetuses. ... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 19:06:00 GMT 2017-03-09T19:06:00Z California lawmakers want to repeal HIV criminalization laws SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Exposing a person to HIV is treated more seriously under California law than infecting someone with any other communicable disease, a policy some lawmakers say is a relic of the decades-old AIDS scare that unfairly punishes HIV-positive people based on outdated science. Several lawmakers are promoting a bill by state Sen. Scott W... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 09:37:00 GMT 2017-03-09T09:37:00Z UN sees bird flu changes but calls risk of people spread low LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says it has noticed changes in the bird flu virus now spreading in China, but says the risk of the disease spreading easily between people remains low. The genetic mutations have been seen from birds and infected people, but because flu viruses change constantly, experts aren't exactly sure how significant the differences may be. ... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:04:00 GMT 2017-03-01T16:04:00Z Trump vows to fight 'epidemic' of human trafficking WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will bring the "full force and weight" of the U.S. government to combat an "epidemic" of human trafficking. The president is meeting at the White House with senior advisers and representatives of organizations that deal with trafficking. His daughter, Ivanka Trump, is among those in attendance. ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:59:00 GMT 2017-02-23T19:59:00Z State lawmakers channel grief into 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 n... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:38:00 GMT 2017-02-22T01:38:00Z China carfentanil ban a 'game-changer' for opioid epidemic SHANGHAI (AP) — So deadly it's considered a terrorist threat, carfentanil has been legal in China— until now. Beijing is banning carfentanil and three similar drugs as of March 1, China's Ministry of Public Security said Thursday, closing a major regulatory loophole in the fight to end America's opioid epidemic. "It shows China's attitude as a responsible... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:30:00 GMT 2017-02-16T18:30:00Z Revised US tally: HIV infections fell 18 percent in 6 years NEW YORK (AP) — New calculations to better track HIV infections confirm that the U.S. is seeing a strong and steady decline. The number of new cases has been falling for years. But health officials wanted a clearer picture of how the epidemic was behaving. They count people when they were diagnosed with the AIDS virus — not when they actually contracted it, which can be mont... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 01:30:00 GMT 2017-02-15T01:30:00Z Correction: Pence Needle Exchanges story INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In a story Jan. 5 about an Indiana proposal that would allow local officials to establish needle exchange programs, The Associated Press, relying on outdated information on a state-run needle exchange website, reported erroneously that three of the state's counties have active programs. The Indiana State Department of Health says seven counties have activ... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 21:22:00 GMT 2017-01-10T21:22:00Z Rural New Mexico exports mentoring model for physicians ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — The heart of an unborn child beat strong and steady through an amplified monitor, as physician Leslie Hayes examined a pregnant 40-year-old who recently was weaned from heroin with help from anti-craving medication. Hayes and her colleagues treat more than 200 patients for drug-use disorders involving heroin and prescription opioid p... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 18:41:00 GMT 2016-12-31T18:41:00Z 5 things to know about America's synthetic-opioid epidemic WASHINGTON (AP) — Government scientists say they're seeing the emergence of a new class of deadly drugs built to mimic the potent prescription painkiller fentanyl. What you need to know: DOZENS OF VARIANTS The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Special Testing and Research Laboratory has around 50 fentanyl-relate... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:46:00 GMT 2016-12-21T16:46:00Z Clinton decries rise of fake news in Capitol speech WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton decried the rise of fake news as an "epidemic" during a speech on Capitol Hill. Clinton addressed fake news during a speech for retiring Nevada Sen. Harry Reid at the Capitol Thursday. Clinton warned that "it's now clear that so-called fake news can have real-world consequences," an apparent reference t... Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:30:00 GMT 2016-12-09T16:30:00Z The Latest: Hillary Clinton calls fake news a 'danger' WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the final days of the congressional session (all times EST): 4:40 p.m. Hillary Clinton says fake news is an "epidemic" and "a danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly." Clinton is on Capitol Hill for a portrait unveiling in honor of retiring Senate Minori... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:52:00 GMT 2016-12-08T21:52:00Z Rights group, worried about HIV, urges Philippines action MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A human rights watchdog says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including access to condoms by men who have sex with men. Human Rights Watch said in a report released Thursday that HIV prevalence among men who have s... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:40:00 GMT 2016-12-08T03:40:00Z