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Many on Medicare Get Painkillers from Multiple Doctors

Source: Boston Globe | Posted on February 21, 2014

With the steep rise in prescription narcotics and deaths from unintentional overdose of these drugs, a Harvard Medical School study found a wide-scale problem that could be contributing to the dangerous trend: One in three Medicare patients who fill prescriptions for narcotics like opioids get them from multiple doctors who… continue reading »

With the steep rise in prescription narcotics and deaths from unintentional overdose of these drugs, a Harvard Medical School study found a wide-scale problem that could be contributing to the dangerous trend: One in three Medicare patients who fill prescriptions for narcotics like opioids get them from multiple doctors who were unaware that their patients were already prescribed these drugs.

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E-cig Industry on Tenterhooks Ahead of U.S. Regulation

Source: Reuters | Posted on February 21, 2014

Lobbyists for electronic cigarette companies have been beating a path to the White House, hoping to prevent the administration from imposing strict, and possibly costly, rules on the burgeoning $2 billion industry. The White House’s Office of Management and Budget has been reviewing a rule proposed by the Food and… continue reading »

Lobbyists for electronic cigarette companies have been beating a path to the White House, hoping to prevent the administration from imposing strict, and possibly costly, rules on the burgeoning $2 billion industry. The White House’s Office of Management and Budget has been reviewing a rule proposed by the Food and Drug Administration that would bring e-cigarettes under its jurisdiction and could potentially require companies to register and pay fees, list the ingredients in their products, obtain prior approval for new products and restrict online sales and marketing to children.

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FDA Issues First Orders to Stop Sale, Distribution of Tobacco Products

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration | Posted on February 21, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued orders today to stop the further sale and distribution of four tobacco products currently on the market. The action marks the first time the FDA has used its authority under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act to order a manufacturer of… continue reading »

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued orders today to stop the further sale and distribution of four tobacco products currently on the market. The action marks the first time the FDA has used its authority under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act to order a manufacturer of currently available tobacco products to stop selling and distributing them.

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California Lawmaker Proposes Adding Health Warning Labels to Sodas

Source: Los Angeles Times | Posted on February 14, 2014

Citing studies linking soda to obesity, a state lawmaker and medical experts proposed a first-in-the-nation bill Thursday that sugary drinks sold in California carry health warning labels similar to those on cigarette packs.

Citing studies linking soda to obesity, a state lawmaker and medical experts proposed a first-in-the-nation bill Thursday that sugary drinks sold in California carry health warning labels similar to those on cigarette packs.

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Quitting Smoking Linked to Better Mental Health

Source: WebMD | Posted on February 12, 2014

Quitting smoking may be as good for your mental health as it is for your physical health, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from 4,800 daily smokers in the United States who took part in two surveys conducted three years apart. Those who had an addiction or other mental… continue reading »

Quitting smoking may be as good for your mental health as it is for your physical health, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from 4,800 daily smokers in the United States who took part in two surveys conducted three years apart. Those who had an addiction or other mental health problems in the first survey were less likely to have those issues in the second survey if they’d quit smoking, the investigators said.

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Drug Czar R. Gil Kerlikowske Calls for More Access to Heroin Antidote

Source: Los Angeles Times | Posted on February 12, 2014

White House drug czar R. Gil Kerlikowske on Tuesday called for making naloxone, a drug that has been highly effective at reversing heroin overdoses, more widely available to emergency-care providers and other first responders.

White House drug czar R. Gil Kerlikowske on Tuesday called for making naloxone, a drug that has been highly effective at reversing heroin overdoses, more widely available to emergency-care providers and other first responders.

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Nearly 75% of American Kids and Teens Consume Caffeine Daily

Source: Health.com | Posted on February 12, 2014

For today’s kids, caffeine in coffee, soda and energy drinks is easier to get than ever before, a new U.S. government study finds. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that children and teens are now getting less caffeine from soda, but more from caffeine-heavy energy… continue reading »

For today’s kids, caffeine in coffee, soda and energy drinks is easier to get than ever before, a new U.S. government study finds. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that children and teens are now getting less caffeine from soda, but more from caffeine-heavy energy drinks and coffee.

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