Liz Cohen was a popular athlete before an injury introduced her to painkillers. (iStock)
Liz Cohen remembers the exact moment she gave in to heroin. Sitting in a rundown motel room with her boyfriend and starting to feel the intense pains of withdrawal, she says she begged him to get her more drugs. But when he told her that all he could give her was heroin, she balked. Up until that point she’d stuck to prescription painkillers like Vicodin and Oxycontin, uppers like cocaine and speed, and drinking—heroin, she says, was the line she wouldn’t cross.
“In my mind, I wasn’t really a drug addict, I was just a girl who liked to party. But heroin was serious, heroin was for junkies on the street,” she says. “So I told my boyfriend, ‘No, anything but that. We promised we’d never do that.’”
His reply shocked her. “You’ve already been doing heroin for months,” he said bluntly, explaining that while she’d thought the powder she was snorting was crushed-up painkillers it
The United States is in the middle of an opioid crisis, so it’s easy to assume that all opioids can be equally detrimental to people’s health. But now, the Food and Drug Administration says one in particular is especially contributing to the opioid epidemic.
The FDA has asked Irish pharmaceutical company Endo International to take one of its pain medications, Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride), off the market because of its potential for abuse. “After careful consideration, the agency is seeking removal based on its concern that the benefits of the drug may no longer outweigh its risks,” the FDA said in a press release. “This is the first time the agency has taken steps to remove a currently marketed opioid pain medication from sale due to the public health consequences of abuse.”
The FDA says its decision is based on a review of data that shows a “significant shift” in the abuse of Opana ER, with more people moving from crushing and snorting the drug to injecting it after the product was reformulated. (Opana ER was first approved by
The company behind rawhide dog chew products has issued a recall for multiple brands of its products over concerns of potential chemical contamination. The move comes after United Pet Group said it received reports of pet illnesses involving diarrhea and vomiting, Fox 13 reported.
The Illinois-based company, which uses manufacturing facilities in Mexico, Columbia and Brazil, said it has identified the source of contamination but is issuing a nationwide recall for products including American Beefhide, Digest-eeze, Healthy Hide, Petco or “Good Lovin” Hill Country Fare, Priority Pet, Exer-Hides, Essential Everyday, Enzadent or Dentalhex, Dentley’s and Companion.
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In a press release, the company said the facilities were using a quaternary ammonium compound mixture as a processing aid, which is not approved in the U.S. Exposure to the compound could cause pets to experience reduced appetite and gastric irritation, Fox 13 reported.
The affected products have an expiration date ranging from 6/01/2019 through 5/31/2020. Consumers are urged to dispose of the product or return it for a full refund.
Some people don’t like to eat their vegetables , but for obese people with type 2 diabetes , broccoli could hold the key to slowing, and potentially reversing, the disease, according to a new study.
Scientists used both computational and experimental research to zero in on a network of 50 genes that cause symptoms associated with type 2 diabetes. They also located a compound called sulforaphane — which is found naturally in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli , Brussels sprouts and cabbages — that could turn down the expression of those genes, according to the findings, published today (June 14) in the journal Science Translational Medicine.
In the study, the scientists gave sulforaphane to obese patients , in the form of a concentrated broccoli sprout extract. They found that it improved the patients’ systems’ ability to control their glucose levels and reduced their glucose production — two symptoms of diabetes that can lead to other health problems, including coronary artery disease , nerve damage and blindness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .
“It’s very exciting and opens up new possibilities for the treatment of type 2 diabetes ,” Anders Rosengren, an assistant professor at the University of Gothenburg in
Parkinson’s disease, which involves the malfunction and death of nerve cells in the brain , may originate in the gut, new research suggests, adding to a growing body of evidence supporting the idea.
The new study shows that a protein in nerve cells that becomes corrupted and then forms clumps in the brains of people with Parkinson’s can also be found in cells that line the small intestine. The research was done in both mice and human cells.
The finding supports the idea that this protein first becomes altered in the gut and then travels to the brain, where it causes the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease .
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive movement disorder, affecting as many as 1 million people in the United States and 7 million to 10 million people worldwide, according to the Parkinson’s Disease FoundationThe protein, called alpha-synuclein, is abundant in the brain . And in healthy nerve cells, it dissolves in the fluid within the cell. But in Parkinson’s patients, alpha-synuclein folds abnormally. The misfolded protein can then spread through the nervous system to the brain as a prion, or infectious protein. In the brain, the misfolded protein molecules stick to each other and clump up, damaging neurons.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Kentucky-based food distributor has issued a recall on more than 22,000 pounds of ground beef and other beef products due to possible E. coli bacteria contamination.
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says the Creation Gardens Inc. products subject to the recall were shipped to food service locations in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.
The department says the problem was discovered Monday when plant management at the Louisville-based company notified Food Safety and Inspection Service officials of positive test results for E.coli.
Officials say the raw ground beef and beef primal cut products affected by the recall were produced from May 31 to June 2. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 7914” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
Like their U.S. cohorts, British sex education advocates attributed the decline to increased government investment through the 1999 Teenage Pregnancy Strategy, which boosted funding to initiatives that expanded access to birth control and sex education courses.
“If the programs which were cut had been successful in delaying sex, this would likely have fed through to pregnancy rates. So our findings suggest that they were not doing so and, by implication, that cutting some of these programs led to
A 17-year-old girl from Bowling Green, Ohio, is speaking out about her experience with ovarian cancer to let women know that the disease can happen to young people, too.
Caly Bevier tells People that she first developed symptoms in 2015 when her stomach became bloated, she started vomiting, and just felt lousy. At first, her doctor thought she was pregnant. “She said the only other thing it could be is a tumor on your ovaries, and I said, ‘That’s what it has to be then,’” Caly said.
She spent three months in and out of the hospital and had 21 chemo infusions. She’s now been in remission for two years.
“I kept telling myself to just be positive,” she said of her health battle. “I knew everything would be okay in the end. When you’re going through something so hard you realize how important all the little things in life really are. It has changed me”
Now, Caly wants to make people more aware of the signs of ovarian cancer. “I had a lump growing in my stomach for a year and I just ignored it. I didn’t really think anything of it because it wasn’t a problem,” she told People.
It seems crazy that someone Caly’s age
Dede Carraway was getting ready to give birth to her third child in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, when her doctor, Walter Wolfe, noticed the mom’s oldest child, 12-year-old daughter Jacee, eagerly watching the process in the delivery room, right next to her mother.
Dr. Wolfe then asked if Jacee wanted to join in – and help him deliver her new baby brother. Jacee, eager and excited, agreed.
The doctor helped Jacee throughout the entire birth and even allowed her to cut the umbilical cord.
Carraway said Jacee wanted to help deliver her mom’s middle son 18 months ago, who Carraway noted her daughter has “such an emotional connection with.” But at that point, Carraway and her husband Zack thought their daughter was too young.
Knowing her third-born would be her last, Carraway said they decided it was time for Jacee to experience the miracle of childbirth.
“I don’t even know if there are words to describe how it felt,” Carraway told Fox News. “Never in a million years, if you would have told me 12 years ago she [Jacee] would be delivering my last born, I would have told you – you’re crazy!”
To prevent serious arm injuries, young baseball pitchers should pitch no more than 100 innings a year, researchers said.
In a 10-year prospective study, boys who pitched more than 100 innings were almost four times more likely to undergo elbow or shoulder surgery or to retire because of injury, according to Dr. Glenn Fleisig, of the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Ala., and colleagues.
The cumulative rate of serious injury was 14 percent in those who exceeded that number and 4 percent in those who did not, the researchers reported in the February issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine.
“On the basis of these findings and review of the literature, we recommend that pitchers in high school and younger pitch no more than 100 innings in competition in any calendar year,” Fleisig and his colleagues wrote.
“Young pitchers who have not developed should be limited to even less, and no pitcher should continue to pitch when fatigued.”
In recent years, researchers have detected an increase in the numbers of younger pitchers who require shoulder and elbow surgery, including ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, or Tommy John surgery.
Many doctors believe that the trend is related to the growth of year-round baseball leagues and