FDA Warns of Deaths Tied to Tainted Synthetic Pot

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Synthetic marijuana products contaminated with an ingredient found in rat poison have caused several deaths and hundreds of hospitalizations in the United States recently, federal health officials report. The contaminant — a blood thinner called brodifacoum — can cause severe bleeding and has been found in synthetic marijuana…

Could Botox Cousin Combat the Opioid Epidemic?

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A modified type of botulinum toxin — botox — gave mice long-term pain relief and may someday be a safer alternative to opioids as a treatment for chronic pain, according to British researchers. They “deconstructed” the botulinum molecule and reassembled it with an opioid called dermorphin. The resulting…

Money Matters

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Money can’t buy you love, but it can come between you and your spouse if you don’t have open conversations about it. According to a poll of more than 1,300 Americans, couples who regularly talk about money — as often as once a week — are happier in…

Where Are Opioid Painkillers Prescribed the Most?

THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A close look at U.S. congressional districts has yielded new information about the opioid crisis: The highest rates of prescriptions for opioid painkillers are in the Southeast, Appalachia and the rural West. Focusing on prescribing rates for opioids like Oxycontin in congressional districts could help improve efforts to…