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Esophageal risk by race and gender


Date: November 24th, 2016

A recent study estimates that the incidences of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) are more pronounced in the black men population. This is compared to other diseases like esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) among the white non-Hispanic. The researchers thus arrived at the conclusion that screening may be a necessity.

Opioid Misuse a rising concern for the U.S. population


Date: November 22nd, 2016

The research warns that such a huge number of unused prescribed narcotic painkillers may lead to an opioid epidemic in the United States. Dr. Brandon Maughan said that translating this to the U.S. population means that over 100 million opioid pills are not used by patients as intended. This opens ways for the possibility of patients misusing or abusing the pills.

Past studies have indicated that most painkillers abusers source them from friends and families who did not finish their dose. Maughan and his colleagues noted this during news release at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine.

Why So Many Babies Are Born Addicted


Date: November 20th, 2016

The study done by researchers from the University of Michigan and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found out the rates of children being born addicted to opiate-based painkillers such as morphine or heroin has increased. The study noted that Florida is much worse with some people already referring to the state as the home of “Oxy-Express.”

Sick children live with medication error threat


Date: November 18th, 2016

Jamie Harris, a former nurse at Boston Children’s Hospital, says that some of the things that always occupied her thoughts included medication error. She says that most of her young patients depended on potent drugs. Upon being discharged, they would be left at the hands of their parents to handle everything pertaining to their health.

The time for giving a dose, the quantity of the dosage needed, and the tools to be used in administering the drug are some of the things the parents have to do. That is quite a challenge, especially for parents with tight schedules and gets back home exhausted. The most dangerous part arises when the drug turns lethal, when administered incorrectly.

Peanuts May Cut Kids’ Allergy Risk


Date: November 16th, 2016

When it comes to eggs, letting the babies enjoy a teaspoon at the age of 4 or 6 months indicates a reduction in allergy levels by 46 percent. This is suggested to be better than waiting for to do so later on in their lives. With peanuts, infants tasting it at 4 months to 11 months were linked with a 71 percent reduction in the development of allergies.

Dr. Robert Boyle said that the suggestion posted by these findings is that eggs and peanut should be among the first foods a baby encounters. He is from Imperial College London where he works as a pediatric allergy researcher. He did not shy away from adding that most doctors wouldn’t recommend this.

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