The Opioid Crisis — A Case of Mass Homicide?

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  • The inappropriate treatment approach to back pain and post-surgical pain from tonsillectomies and wisdom teeth removal are driving forces behind the opioid epidemic
  • Insurance claims data reveal 60% of children between the ages of 1 and 18 with private insurance fill one or more opioid prescriptions after surgical tonsil removal. Dentists wrote 18.1 million prescriptions for opioids in 2017
  • Research shows opioids (including morphine, Vicodin, oxycodone and fentanyl) fail to control moderate to severe pain any better than over-the-counter drugs such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen
  • The American College of Physicians’ guideline for low back pain call for the use of heat, massage, acupuncture or chiropractic adjustments as first-line treatments. When drugs are desired, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or muscle relaxants should be used
  • While clinical practice guidelines call for nonpharmacological intervention for back pain, most insurance plans avoid paying for such treatments, favoring opioid treatment instead

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What broke American health care and how to fix it

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  • “The Price We Pay Dr. Marty Makary’s book, : What Broke American Health Care — and How to Fix It,” reveals the money games in the U.S. health care system, and what every American should know
  • New science is revealing that indications to treat should be narrower then previously recognized. Overall 21% of medical treatments have been deemed unnecessary, contributing to our cost crisis
  • Over the past 150 years, the focus of most hospitals has shifted from serving the community to generating profits, and these two aims are frequently at odds
  • Predatory pricing practices are crushing everyday Americans. Some hospitals will charge five to 10 times the going rate for services and then sue patients who cannot afford the padded bills
  • Investigations reveal there’s no correlation between high prices and quality of care. Nor is there a correlation between high prices and charity care
  • Another egregious example of predatory pricing is that of ambulance transport. Unless you’re seriously injured, consider taking an Uber to the hospital as the bill for an ambulance transport can run into the thousands. For helicopter transport, it could be as high as half a million dollars 

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New research into age-related immune failure, Alzheimer’s treatment also benefits autistic children, a stable vaccine for malaria, and more!

New research into age-related immune failure, Alzheimer’s treatment also benefits autistic children, a stable vaccine for malaria, and more!  Continue reading

World’s oldest mom’ gives birth to twins at age 74 after IVF, hospital claims

A 74-year-old woman now holds the record for “world’s oldest mom” after she reportedly gave birth to twins on Thursday following a round of in vitro fertilization using donor eggs. The woman, identified as Erramatti Mangayamma, and her husband, 80-year-old Rajarao, hail from a small Indian village in the Eastern Godavari district, SWNS reported. Continue reading

America’s aging population is leading to a doctor shortage crisis

As America’s population ages and demand outpaces supply, a physician shortage is intensifying.  Continue reading

Biopsies Are Risky Why Do Them?

Doctors routinely recommend biopsies to diagnose cancer. PET and CT scans usually follow if a biopsy shows a positive result. Biopsies can harm the patient. Biopsies do occasionally provoke metastasis. All cells are surrounded by interstitial fluid. This fluid drains into the lymph system through lymph channels, to the upper left chest, where the major lymphatic channel drains directly into a blood vessel. Continue reading

Cleveland Clinic Unveils Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2019

Alternate therapies for pain. The use of artificial intelligence in healthcare.  Expanded window to treat stroke patients. These are some of the innovations that will enhance healing and change healthcare in the coming year, according to a distinguished panel of doctors and researchers. Continue reading

Oklahoma court orders Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for helping fuel opioid epidemic

For the part it played in helping to fuel our nation’s opioid epidemic, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has been ordered to pay $572.1 million to the state of Oklahoma, an amount far lower than what the state’s attorney general had originally anticipated. Continue reading

New virtual emergency consultation program for eye patients speeds up treatment times

A trial virtual emergency consultation program for eye patients has led to quicker treatment times and removed the need for follow up hospital appointments in more than half of cases, according to researchers. Continue reading

RESEARCH SHOWS ISRAEL’S MEDAWARE CAN REDUCE PRESCRIPTION ERRORS, SAVE LIVES

Medication errors account for a $21 billion drain on the American healthcare system alone, not including the cost of legal action taken when such errors occur, explained MedAware CEO and co-founder Dr. Gidi Stein. Continue reading

Legal eagle goes after opioid wholesale distributors Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

 

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  • While the opioid crisis has received a significant amount of attention, and strategies have been put into place to try to curb the epidemic of overuse and misuse, few of the responsible parties have been held to account
  • One West Virginia attorney has sued opioid wholesale distributors using a state nuisance statute. Distributors should have reported suspicious activity, yet didn’t. Farrell charges that this unlawful conduct is what has given rise to the public nuisance of rampant opioid addiction
  • Cardinal Health, one of the three largest opioid distributors in the U.S., denies accountability, blaming the opioid crisis on doctors, pharmacists, regulators and the Drug Enforcement Agency
  • However, there’s ample evidence showing Cardinal Health ignored suspiciously large orders, shipping an alarming number of pills into areas that should have raised big red warning flags
  • Wholesale distributors shipped 76 billion opioid pills across the U.S. between 2006 and 2012, more than 10 billion of which came through Cardinal Health

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An Israeli medical tech company is poised to revolutionize blood tests

An Israeli medical tech company is poised to revolutionize blood tests by using a machine to analyze samples and generate results in mere minutes. Continue reading

Children Herded Like Cattle Into Maryland Courthouse for Forced Vaccinations as Armed Police and Attack Dogs Stand Guard

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Following the State of Maryland’s threats against parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated, children were herded into a Price George County courthouse being guarded by armed personnel with attack dogs. Inside, the children were forcibly vaccinated, many against their will, under orders from the State Attorney General, Continue reading

Vaccines—Are They Still Contributing to the Greater Good?

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To ensure the safety of as many children as possible, we need to have an open rational discussion about vaccine safety Continue reading

Bicarbonate and CO2

Bicarbonate and CO2 are profoundly important for human health. Both are necessary for the successful practice of medicine and the treatment of cancer yet few understand the importance of both. Even a so-called health expert like Sang Whang, Continue reading