Medicare Could Do More to Stem Opioid Epidemic

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Medicare places few limits on opioid painkiller prescriptions, even in the face of recent U.S. government guidelines, researchers report. Yale University scientists say Medicare plans for people 65 and older are untapped resources for curbing the unnecessary use and abuse of drugs such as oxycodone (OxyContin) and hydrocodone…

Did Your Urinary Infection Come From a Chicken Coop?

MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Could ingesting undercooked poultry give you a urinary tract infection? Maybe. Although exactly how it might happen isn’t clear, say researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who investigated a possible foodborne source of these common infections. Their interest…