Health

Jury holds pharmacies responsible for role in opioid crisis

Jury holds pharmacies responsible for role in opioid crisis

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #Health CLEVELAND — Three retail pharmacy chains recklessly distributed massive amounts of pain pills in two Ohio counties, a federal jury said Tuesday in a verdict that could set the tone for U.S. city and county governments that want to hold pharmacies accountable for their roles in the opioid crisis. The counties blamed pharmacies operated by CVS, Walgreens and Walmart for not stopping the flood of pills that caused hundreds of overdose deaths and cost each of the two counties about $1 billion, their attorney said. This was the first time pharmacy…
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5 reasons to become a nurse entrepreneur

5 reasons to become a nurse entrepreneur

By Nancy Clanton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Health If you’re looking for a career change, this might be the right decision for you A recent survey by Hospital IQ, a provider of predictive hospital operations and communications software, found 90% of respondents said they’re considering leaving the nursing profession in the next year. Additionally, 71% of RNs with more than 15 years of experience were considering leaving as soon as possible or in the next few months. If this sounds like you, consider taking the nurse entrepreneur route. “From working as a consultant for medical malpractice law firms to…
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Vaccines making Thanksgiving easier, but hot spots remain

Vaccines making Thanksgiving easier, but hot spots remain

By ED WHITE, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19  #Health The U.S. is facing its second Thanksgiving of the pandemic in better shape than the first time around, thanks to the vaccine, though some regions are seeing surges of COVID-19 cases that could get worse as families travel the country for gatherings that were impossible a year ago. Nearly 200 million Americans are fully vaccinated. That leaves tens of millions who have yet to get a shot in the arm, some of them out of defiance. Hospitals in the cold Upper Midwest, especially Michigan and Minnesota, are filled with COVID-19…
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The challenges of diabetes and menopause

The challenges of diabetes and menopause

Troy Warren for CNT #Health Two hormones affect how your cells respond to insulin November is National Diabetes Month, which makes this a good time to learn about the particular challenges of diabetes and menopause. More than 34 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and more than 88 million adults in the U.S. — over one-third — have prediabetes, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes mellitus refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood sugar. The underlying cause of diabetes varies by type. But no matter what type of diabetes you have,…
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University of Maryland nurses to graduate early, aid with pandemic

University of Maryland nurses to graduate early, aid with pandemic

By Kiersten Willis, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Health  #COVID-19 As the coronavirus pandemic continues, hospitals around the nation have experienced staffing shortages. But one school in Maryland is about to help with that. Nursing students at the University of Maryland have been allowed to graduate early to head into the field, according to the Baltimore Sun. It’s the fourth time that this has been allowed. This time, it affects students expected to graduate on Dec. 23. Students are urged to take positions in the state’s health care system, which has been strained by the number of COVID-19 cases. Data…
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Should people with heart disease exercise? Expert weighs in

Should people with heart disease exercise? Expert weighs in

By Sharon Theimer, Mayo Clinic News Network Troy Warren for CNT #Health Staying active is essential for the heart and overall health, Mayo Clinic doctor says LONDON — It might seem that a steady regimen of rest and relaxation is the best course of action for someone with heart disease, but staying active is essential for the heart and overall health. Elijah Behr, M.D., a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic Healthcare in London, explains why and how even people whose conditions put them at higher risk of cardiac arrest can exercise safely. “Even in patients with quite damaged hearts that are causing heart failure, exercise…
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Nursing organizations unite to tackle COVID-19 misinformation

Nursing organizations unite to tackle COVID-19 misinformation

By Avery Newmark, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19  #Health False information about COVID-19 masking, vaccines and medications continues to spread, and health care providers are contributing to the confusion. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing and several other leading nursing organizations issued a policy brief this week to address the inaccuracies and falsehoods being disseminated about COVID-19 by members of the health care field. The organizations hope to educate and inform nurses about the importance of upholding the highest ethical standards and being held accountable for the information they provide to the public. “Misinformation, which is not grounded in…
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Why a ‘sleep divorce’ could benefit your health and maybe your relationship

Why a ‘sleep divorce’ could benefit your health and maybe your relationship

By Nancy Clanton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Health Sharing a bed with someone can cause  disturbances that prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep Television shows in the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s often depicted married couples sleeping separately. While the image of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz sleeping in twin beds may seem extreme now, the trope that was once a TV necessity may be onto something. And the idea of couples sleeping in separate beds, or even separate rooms, is gaining acceptance in modern times. A 2019 survey of 3,000 Americans on a mattress review site found nearly a third…
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How to avoid packing on the pounds this holiday season

How to avoid packing on the pounds this holiday season

By Gracie Bonds Staples, For the AJC Troy Warren for CNT #Health To this day, Vershelle Frazier remembers the moment she looked in the mirror and barely recognized herself. Like the rest of us, COVID-19 had forced her and her husband Arvin to hunker down at home. After nearly a year of isolation, she’d packed on 16 additional pounds. “I looked in the mirror and said ‘oh my God’,” Frazier recalled recently. Whether she realized it at that moment or not she was hardly alone. According to an American Psychological Association Stress in America survey conducted in February, 42 percent of…
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Consumer Health: What do you know about seasonal affective disorder?

Consumer Health: What do you know about seasonal affective disorder?

By Laurel Kelly, Mayo Clinic News Network Troy Warren for CNT #Health Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression related to changes in seasons. Millions of adults in the U.S. may suffer from seasonal affective disorder, although many may not know they have the condition, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Seasonal affective disorder is diagnosed more often in women than men, and it occurs more frequently in younger adults than in older adults. Seasonal affective disorder is more common among people who live far north or south of the equator, perhaps due to decreased sunlight during the…
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