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Liver Cancer Combined with Other Liver Diseases Driving Higher Death Rate and Health Care Costs

...for U.S. Seniors Newswise — SAN FRANCISCO – Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® – held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases – found that hospitalizations and death are increasing among Medicare recipients with hepatocellular carcinoma, mainly due to co-existing alcoholic liver disease, hepatitis C virus infection (commonly called HCV) and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (commonly called NAFLD). Liver cancer is the fifth most common cancer and the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Hepatocellular carcinoma, or HCC, is the primary liver cancer, and its incidence is increasing in the United States. Researchers at the Inova Fairfax Hospital and the Betty and Guy Beatty Center for Integrated Research at Inova Health System in... Read more →


Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Patients Have Higher Rates of All Non-Liver-Related Cancers

image courtesy of https://kashmirreader.com Newswise — SAN FRANCISCO – Preliminary data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® – held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases – found that rates of malignancy occurring outside of the liver were higher in adults with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease than among adults across most types of cancers. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (commonly called NAFLD or fatty liver disease) is used to describe liver complications that arise from the buildup of excess fat in the liver. NAFLD is estimated to affect more than 80 million Americans. Malignancy is among the most common causes of death in patients with NAFLD. To examine whether increased malignancy risk is similar across all types of... Read more →


Rushing Children to Specialize in One Sport May Not Be Best Path to Success

Newswise — It may be tempting for parents or coaches to urge young children to specialize in one sport early on to help maximize their chance at making it to the big leagues, but that might not be the best path to success. In a study that looked at the sports histories of professional and collegiate ice hockey players, Penn State College of Medicine researchers found that on average, the athletes played multiple sports as kids and waited until around age 14 to focus solely on ice hockey. Dr. Matthew Silvis, professor of family and community medicine and orthopedics and rehabilitation, said the results help dispel a belief that kids have to specialize in a sport at an early age in order to succeed. As... Read more →


Heart Drug Spotlights Troubling Trends In Drug Marketing

Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News At the end of September, Amarin Corp. teased some early findings for Vascepa, its preventive medicine for people at risk of heart disease. The claim was astounding: a 25 percent relative risk reduction for deaths related to heart attacks, strokes and other conditions. Headlines proclaimed a potential game changer in treating cardiovascular disease. And company shares quickly soared, from $3 a share to about $20. Vascepa is Amarin’s only product. The company wants to turn its pill made of purified fish oil into a cash cow, allowing it to staff up both in the United States and abroad so it can sell doctors and millions of consumers on its medical benefits. Although the product has been on the market for... Read more →


Mermaids Visit Young Patients at Cooper University Health Care

Sapphire and Nixie, mermaids from Adventure Aquarium in Camden stopped by Cooper University Health Care on Friday, November 2, 2018 to meet and greet with young patients, their families, and staff. The Mermaids are visiting the Adventure Aquarium for a special promotion which continues through November 11, 2018. Medical students and pediatric residents enjoyed the visit as much as the young patients! Read more →


Is it Brain Infection or Cancer?

A New Rapid Test Could Hold the Answer (PHILADELPHIA)(November 1,2018)(CNBNewsnet)-- When patients present with neurologic symptoms such as severe headaches or seizures, the symptoms could suggest anything from infection, cancer, or an autoimmune disease of the brain or spinal cord, leaving physicians scrambling to find the cause in a short amount of time. The differences in diagnosis can mean having mere hours to act or being able to take days or weeks to devise a treatment plan. Now, researchers at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) have developed a test that could rapidly parse out infections of the brain from other diseases. The diagnostic could prove particularly useful in infants and young children. “We have many tests for making diagnoses, but the ones that... Read more →


Total of 28 adenovirus cases at Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

HASKELL NJ (November 1, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--Laboratory tests have confirmed another medically fragile child with adenovirus as part of an ongoing outbreak investigation at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell. To date, a total of 28 confirmed pediatric cases have been associated with this outbreak. In addition, a staff member at the facility — who has since recovered — also became ill as part of the outbreak. There have been 10 deaths associated with this outbreak. The most recent date of illness onset was on Oct. 30. To date, the individuals associated with the outbreak became ill between Sept. 26 and Oct. 30. The affected children had severely compromised immune systems — including respiratory problems — before the outbreak began. Adenovirus has an incubation... Read more →


Adenovirus Outbreak at Voorhees Pediatric Facility

Department of Health Awaits CDC Lab Results; Preliminary Results Rule Out Type 7 The Department of Health is awaiting additional laboratory test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding four confirmed cases of adenovirus among pediatric patients at Voorhees Pediatric Facility in Voorhees. But, preliminary test results have ruled out Type 7, which caused the severe outbreak at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. “The pediatric patients in Voorhees do not have the severity of illnesses we’re seeing among residents at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation,” Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said. “While we cannot release private medical information, these patients in Voorhees are not in critical condition.” Dates of illness onset range between Oct. 20 and 27.... Read more →


DOH Investigates A. baumannii Cases at University Hospital

Department Orders Directed Plan of Correction The New Jersey Department of Health is investigating four Acinetobacter baumannii cases in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of University Hospital in Newark. The Department first became aware of this bacterial infection on Oct. 1 and two Department teams have been closely monitoring the situation. Those department teams, which have been at the facility last week and this week, have been ensuring that infection control protocols are followed and are tracking cases of the infection. The Department’s inspection revealed major infection control deficiencies. A premature baby who had been cared for at University Hospital and had the bacteria, was transferred to another facility and passed away toward the end of September, prior to the Department's notification of problems... Read more →


Public Health Alert: Measles Exposure in Ocean County

The New Jersey Department of Health is warning residents about a confirmed case of measles—a highly contagious disease— who could have possibly exposed others to the infection while in Ocean County between October 13 and October 21, 2018. Testing at CDC has confirmed the infection. The individual developed symptoms after international travel to Israel, where there has been an increase in measles cases. Anyone who visited the following locations may have been exposed to measles: Schul Satmar, 405 Forest Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701 October 13-October 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily Eat a Pita, 116 Clifton Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701 on October 15 between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. CHEMED Health Center, 1771 Madison Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701 October 17 between 3:00 p.m.... Read more →


Study: Misuse of Stimulant Medication When Snorted, Injected Has Severe Consequences

Newswise (October 29,2018)(CNBNewsnet) — A study evaluating the prevalence and clinical consequences of prescription amphetamine (AMP) misuse among adolescents and adults was presented Oct. 25 by Stephen Faraone, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience & Physiology at SUNY Upstate Medical University at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s (AACAP) 65th annual meeting in Seattle. The study evaluated data from the U.S. National Poison Data System (NPDS) to assess the impact of exposure to a prescription AMP misuse via oral and non-oral routes of administration in 6,163 adolescents (aged 12-18 years) and 9,713 adults (aged ≥ 18 years). Administration route and reason for exposure were used to define three abuse groups (IV abuse, n=164; intranasal abuse, n=598; oral abuse, n=11,161) and a non-abuse... Read more →


Health Department Confirms 9th Death at Wanaque Center for Nursing & Rehab

CNBNews graphics file HASKELL, NJ (October 28,2018)(CNBNewsnet)--Another medically fragile child with respiratory illness at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell unfortunately passed away at a hospital late last night, bringing the total deaths among facility residents to nine. This latest death was an individual who had a confirmed case of adenovirus and had become ill before Oct. 22. A total of 25 pediatric cases have been associated with this outbreak. A staff member at the facility — who has since recovered — also became ill as part of the outbreak. Among the 25 confirmed adenovirus cases among residents, there have been eight pediatric deaths confirmed with adenovirus. The Department of Health does not have laboratory confirmation of adenovirus in the individual who... Read more →


White Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Oct. 28

CNBNews graphics file STRATFORD, NJ (October 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--The annual White Mass for Healthcare Professionals will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Saint Luke’s Church in Stratford on Sun., Oct. 28 at 11:30 a.m. As caring for the sick is such an important part of our Catholic tradition, VITALity Catholic Healthcare Services of the Camden Diocese and the South Jersey Catholic Medical Association would like to honor and invite physicians, nurses, and all healthcare professionals and their families to the Mass. A reception by the SJCMA will follow the Mass, along with guest speaker Monsignor Louis Marucci, and the presentation of the Saint Luke Awards for leadership in Catholic healthcare in South Jersey. For additional information and to register, please call (856)583-6123 or email Karen... Read more →


Liver Transplant Patients Do Best With Older Donors

Newswise — BOSTON (October 2018)(CNBNewsnet)- Patients with advanced liver disease who accept liver transplants donated by people over age 70 reduce their long-term risk of death significantly compared with similar patients who decline the same offer. That survival benefit remains across the range of Model for End-stage Liver Disease (MELD) scores, according to new research findings presented at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2018. Transplant surgeons predominately use livers from donors under age 70 in order to avoid risks such as graft failure or mortality. But because there is more demand than supply for organs, many patients do not survive while on the transplant waiting list. Previous research shows that some recipients incur additional risks of graft failure with older liver donors, but... Read more →


Murphy Administration Doubles Patients Served by Medical Marijuana to 34,000

Adds 300 Doctors, Cuts Wait Time for Patient ID Cards in Half Continuing to expand patient access and reform New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program, the Murphy Administration has seen the number of patients in the program double from roughly 17,000 to 34,000 since the day Governor Murphy took office in January. The program has also added 300 doctors and reduced wait times for ID cards. Dispensaries are also now able to post prices, so patients can comparison shop. A series of other reforms have reduced by half the amount of time it takes patients to get ID cards to an average of two weeks; allowed caregivers for terminally ill patients to get provisional eligibility cards while they await background checks; and streamlined internal processes for... Read more →


Virtua Achieves Magnet® Recognition

Members of the Virtua nursing team. Magnet recognition honors nursing professionalism, teamwork, and superior patient care. Marlton, NJ – October 23, 2018: Virtua has achieved the highest honor in nursing excellence through the Magnet Recognition Program® of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Only about 8 percent of hospitals across the country earn Magnet-recognized status. “Magnet status is a testament to the hard work, energy, and enthusiasm of our nurses to be their very best and, in turn, provide the very best care to our patients. And while Magnet is nursing-focused, this achievement reflects the commitment and caring culture of every Virtua team member,” says Tracy Carlino, Virtua SVP and chief nursing officer. “I have worked in healthcare a long time, and I am convinced... Read more →


Cooper and Advanced Recovery Systems Join Forces

to Build a Facility Dedicated to Addiction Treatment and Recovery (CAMDEN, NJ) – Cooper University Health Care and Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS), which operates addiction and substance abuse treatment centers in five states, announced the joining of forces to form a partnership to provide addiction recovery services to patients in the region. Together, ARS and Cooper are building a state-of-the-art, $27 million, 90-bed inpatient treatment facility in Cherry Hill, New Jersey; the first of several planned treatment facilities in the region. “Drug addiction and deaths from drug overdoses, particularly opioids, continue to rise nationally and Cooper physicians are dealing with the results of addiction every day,” said George E. Norcross, III, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Cooper University Health Care. “There’s a clear... Read more →


As U.S. Suicide Rates Rise, Hispanics Show Relative Immunity

Charlotte Huff The young man held the medication in his hand — and considered using it to end his life. But then he “put it down and said, ‘No. I need help,’” before heading to a Laredo, Texas, emergency room, said Kimberly Gallegos, who at the time earlier this year was a mobile crisis worker for a local mental health center. Gallegos was helping evaluate whether the patient, a Latino in his early 30s, should be immediately hospitalized or could go home safely until seeing an outpatient doctor. He returned to the home he shares with his mother and a sibling. The family agreed to lock up the medication — which belonged to a family member — and watch out for any problematic behaviors and... Read more →


Elder Abuse is a Growing Concern, says AMAC

The authorities need to act but friends and families are the first line of defense WASHINGTON, DC (CNBNewsnet)--– As the population ages, incidents of elder abuse increase, according to the World Health Organization. WHOestimates that almost 17% of seniors 60 years of age and older have experienced some form of abuse over the past 12 months. “Nearly 42 million residents of the U.S. are 60 years old. That means more than seven million seniors were ill-treated by caregivers, family members and even friends last year. But, the alarming fact is that segment of the population is growing exceptionally fast. In fact, each day 10,000 more citizens turn 65. The Census Bureau estimates that by the year 2035, 78 million citizens and immigrants living in America... Read more →


Cooper Teams Up With United Way to Install a Born Learning Trail at Camden's Farnham Park

CAMDEN, N.J. – Twenty-five employee volunteers from Cooper University Health Care joined representatives from the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) and the Parkside Business and Community In Partnership, Inc. to install a new Born Learning Trail at Farnham Park in the Parkside neighborhood of Camden on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. This new park feature is the first Born Learning Trail in Camden County. Generously supported by The Cooper Foundation, a Born Learning Trail is a series of 10 signs accompanied by colorful shapes and designs painted on the walkway that enhance the learning experience. The Trail is an interactive, playful, and visible community engagement tool that gives caregivers and children opportunity to participate in outdoor learning activities that support school... Read more →


Pain disruption therapy treats source of chronic back pain

Dorsal root ganglion stimulation provides long-term relief, research shows Newswise — SAN FRANCISCO – People with treatment-resistant back pain may get significant and lasting relief with dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation therapy, an innovative treatment that short-circuits pain, suggests a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2018 annual meeting. Chronic pain – pain that lasts three months or more – occurs when nerves continue to send signals to the brain after the original source of the pain is gone. An alternative to spinal cord stimulation, DRG stimulation disrupts pain signals by specifically targeting the nerves responsible for the pain. This may avoid unnecessary stimulation of nerve fibers that come from non-painful areas, which may occur with spinal cord stimulation. It also helps to meet the need... Read more →


Eat, Toke Or Vape: Teens Not Too Picky When It Comes To Pot’s Potpourri

republished here with permission Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News There is no doubt that some high school students will try to get high. However, the ways they’re doing it might be changing. A survey of more than 3,000 10th-graders from 10 high schools in Los Angeles showed that while traditional combustible marijuana is still the most popular method, kids are turning to edible and vaporized weed, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open today. Because of L.A.’s size and diversity, the researchers said, the patterns of cannabis use they tracked provide insights about “a wide cross-section” of American teens. They found that 62 percent of students who had ever tried marijuana had used multiple kinds and around 8 percent tried all three forms.... Read more →


Public Health Alert: Potential Measles Exposure at Newark Liberty International Airport

Contact A Health Care Provider If You Suspect Exposure NEWARK, NJ (October 3, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--On September 28, 2018, an international traveler from Israel who has been confirmed to have measles—a highly contagious disease—arrived in Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport on a flight from Tel Aviv. The individual was infectious on that day and may have traveled to other areas of the airport. If you were in the airport on September 28 between 5:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., you may have been exposed to measles, and if infected could develop symptoms as late as October 19. The individual traveled on to Rockland County, NY and there were no further exposures in New Jersey. Anyone who suspects an exposure is urged to call a health care... Read more →


Teen cannabis use is not without risk to cognitive development

Newswise (October 2018)(CNBNewsnet)— Although studies have shown that alcohol and cannabis misuse are related to impaired cognition in youth, previous studies were not designed to understand this relationship and differentiate whether cannabis use was causal or consequential to cognitive impairment. A new study by researchers at CHU Sainte-Justine and Université de Montréal, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry,shows that beyond the role of cognition in vulnerability to substance use, the concurrent and lasting effects of adolescent cannabis use can be observed on important cognitive functions and appear to be more pronounced than those observed for alcohol. Beyond acute intoxicating effects, alcohol and cannabis misuse has been associated with impairments in learning, memory, attention and decision-making, as well as with lower academic performance. “While many... Read more →


October is Liver Awareness Month: A COTA Family is Celebrating Their Toddler’s Now Healthy Liver

COTA Kid Elijah Velazquez Liver Transplant Recipient October 1, 2018 -- October is Liver Awareness Month, which is the month used by the American Liver Foundation to raise public awareness of the importance of liver health. More than 30 million Americans have some form of liver disease. This October an Arizona transplant family is thrilled to be celebrating their toddler son’s now healthy liver and his second chance at life. Elijah Velazquez was born to adoring parents Shana and Miguel in June 2016. They were thrilled to welcome him into their family and for him to meet big sister, Caitlyn, who was three and a half years old. Once they started to settle into their new family-of-four lifestyle, everything seemed fine except for Baby Elijah’s... Read more →


Alzheimer’s Disease: What You Need to Know

Outside Contributor Sponsored by Puritan’s Pride There are 5 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease, a fatal brain disorder that is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States[1]. A form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease impairs cognitive abilities until it severely interferes with daily life. While this disease cannot be stopped or reversed, recognizing it in its earliest stages can help families and diagnosed individuals prepare for the future. History In 1906, Dr. Alois Alzheimer discovered brain changes in a patient who passed away from mental illness characterized by signs of confusion, memory loss, and unpredictable behavior. These brain changes included considerable neurofibrillary tangles around nerve cells[2]. In 1910, the disease was first named by Dr. Alzheimer’s colleague, psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin, in the... Read more →


AMAC Urges Seniors to Enter Into a ‘Fitness Protection Program’

John Grimaldi You’ll feel better and it can improve your health, says the senior advocacy organization WASHINGTON, DC – Americans are living longer than ever before. The average lifespan in the U.S. has doubled over the past 100 years. In 1918, you were lucky if you made it past 40 years of age. Today we’re living into our 80s and the number of people living past 100 is at an all time high. Fitness expert Jena Walther, Exercise Physiologist at the Scripps Center for Executive Health in La Jolla, CA, says more than half of us who are over 55 don’t even meet the minimum recommended guidelines for exercise. They lack confidence, are afraid they’ll hurt themselves or are just plain uninterested. And, it gets... Read more →


NJ Receives $30.6M to Fight Opioid Crisis

CNBNewsnet graphics file TRENTON, NJ (September 21,2018)(CNBNewsnet)--The Murphy Administration announced today that New Jersey will receive three federal grants totaling $30.6 million to fight the opioid crisis through initiatives aimed at preventing overdoses, and expanding treatment and recovery services. “Every day, the opioid epidemic devastates communities and families in all corners of our state. New Jersey is working diligently to develop and implement data-driven strategies that will save lives and expand treatment options for those struggling with addiction,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “This funding will help us provide expanded services to those suffering from addiction and build a healthier, safer state for all.” The three grants are: $21,566,035 from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to the New Jersey Division of... Read more →


People Who Walk Just 35 Minutes a Day May Have Less Severe Strokes 

Newswise — MINNEAPOLIS – People who participate in light to moderate physical activity, such as walking at least four hours a week or swimming two to three hours a week, may have less severe strokes than people who are physically inactive, according to a study published in the September 19, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “Stroke is a major cause of serious disability, so finding ways to prevent stroke or reduce the disability caused by stroke are important,” said study author Katharina S. Sunnerhagen, MD, PhD, of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. “While exercise benefits health in many ways, our research suggests that even simply getting in a small amount of physical activity each week... Read more →


Subaru and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Deliver ‘Gestures of Hope’ to Cancer Patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

(CAMDEN) – Executives from Subaru of America’s corporate headquarters and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) delivered messages of hope and 100 specially made blankets to outpatients at MD Anderson at Cooper to help encourage patients and keep them warm as they continue their fight against cancer. “This is such a generous and kind gesture from our friends from Subaru of America, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” said Adrienne Kirby, PhD, FACHE, Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer at Cooper University Health Care. “The blankets and the notes of encouragement will mean a lot to our patients – just as it does to us. Thank you so much for thinking of us and for your commitment to helping cancer patients.” The event was part... Read more →


Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) associated with shorter hospital stay

A new study by UNC School of Medicine researchers suggests that TAVR may lead to improved patient outcomes and lower health care costs. CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (September 14, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)– For many years, surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) has been considered the standard of care for older adults with aortic stenosis. In recent years, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has increasingly gained acceptance as a less-invasive treatment option. But how does TAVR compare to SAVR when it comes to the metrics of average length of stay (LOS) in the hospital and discharge to home versus discharge to a skilled nursing facility? A new study led by researchers in the UNC School of Medicine’s division of cardiology and published Sept. 14 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions seeks to... Read more →


Avoidable Sepsis Infections Send Thousands Of Seniors To Gruesome Deaths

By Fred Schulte and Elizabeth Lucas and Joe Mahr, Chicago Tribune September 5, 2018 republished here with permission Shana Dorsey first caught sight of the purplish wound on her father’s lower back as he lay in a suburban Chicago hospital bed a few weeks before his death. Her father, Willie Jackson, had grimaced as nursing aides turned his frail body, exposing the deep skin ulcer, also known as a pressure sore or bedsore. “That was truly the first time I saw how much pain my dad was in,” Dorsey said. The staff at Lakeview Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, she said, never told her the seriousness of the pressure sore, which led to sepsis, a severe infection that can quickly turn deadly if not cared for... Read more →


Assisted Living Kicks Out The Frail ’Cause ‘We Can’t Take Care Of You Any Longer’

By Judith Graham September 6, 2018 republished here with permission The phone call came as a shock. Your aunt can’t transfer into memory care; we have to discharge her from this facility, a nurse told Jeff Regan. You have 30 days to move her out. The next day, a legal notice was delivered. Marilou Jones, 94, who has dementia, was being evicted from Atria at Foster Square, an assisted living facility in Foster City, Calif. The reason: “You are non-weight bearing and require the assistance of two staff members for all transfers,” the notice said. Regan was taken aback: After consulting with Atria staff about his aunt’s deteriorating health, he and Jones’ husband, William, 88, had arranged for her to be transferred to a dementia... Read more →


The 3 “Very Important Philadelphians” Named in the Be Well Philly Health Hero Challenge

PHILADELPHIA, PA (September 2018) – Philadelphia magazine is back for their seventh consecutive year of seeking Philadelphia’s most passionate health and fitness advocates. The search is on for those dedicated to making their communities happier and healthier for the 2018 Be Well Philly Health Hero award presented by Independence Blue Cross. The Be Well Philly Health Hero Challenge was created to help identify and celebrate local champions dedicated to making a difference and creating a healthier city. The ongoing goal is to recognize those who are truly helping other make strides for healthier lives. Joining the Be Well Philly Health Hero Challenge are three “Very Important Philadelphians,” or VIP’s, who are using their visibility to bring recognition to worthy causes. These familiar faces are going... Read more →


Marijuana Use Continues to Grow Among Baby Boomers

Newswise — Marijuana use is becoming more prevalent among middle-aged and older adults, with 9 percent of adults aged 50-64 and nearly 3 percent of adults 65 and older reporting marijuana use in the past year, according to a study by researchers at NYU School of Medicine and the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research (CDUHR) at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. These new figures, which use data from 2015-2016, demonstrate a substantial increase in marijuana use over the past near-decade – double the percentage of adults aged 50-64 (4.5 percent) and more than seven times the percentage of adults 65 and older (0.4 percent) reporting use in 2006-2007. The new findings, published online in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, build on... Read more →


More Daytime Sleepiness, More Alzheimer’s Disease?

Newswise (September 7, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)— Analysis of data captured during a long-term study of aging adults shows that those who report being very sleepy during the day were nearly three times more likely than those who didn’t to have brain deposits of beta amyloid, a protein that’s a hallmark for Alzheimer’s disease, years later. The finding, reported Sept. 5 in the journal SLEEP, adds to a growing body of evidence that poor quality sleep could encourage this form of dementia to develop, suggesting that getting adequate nighttime sleep could be a way to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. “Factors like diet, exercise and cognitive activity have been widely recognized as important potential targets for Alzheimer’s disease prevention, but sleep hasn’t quite risen to that status—although that may... Read more →


YOUR MONEY: Stress wracks worm nerves, leaving lasting memories

National Institutes of Health--Scientists stunted the puberty of male worms by starving them before they underwent sexual maturation. In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, the scientists suggested that stress from starvation even days before sexual maturation prevented normal changes in the wiring patterns of key neuronal circuits, which caused adult male worms to act immature. “We found that environmental stress can permanently and profoundly impact the connectivity of a developing nervous system,” said Oliver Hobert, Ph.D., professor of biological sciences at Columbia University in New York City, and a senior author of the study published in Nature. Dr. Hobert’s lab studies the nervous system of tiny see-through worms called Caenorhabditis elegans, or C. elegans. Previously, scientists in his lab showed how... Read more →


Daily use of marijuana among non-college young adults at all-time high

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) announced that the latest Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey results on substance use trends as teens transition to adulthood are now available online, comparing substance use patterns of full-time college students to their non-college peers. Most notably, more than 13 percent of young adults not in college report daily, or near daily, marijuana use; alcohol use is more common among college students; some opioid use is declining in both groups; and the most sizeable difference is the higher rate of cigarette smoking in the non-college group. Below are the highlights from the 2017 MTF survey results on drug use among college students compared to their peers not attending college (ages 19-22). Daily, or near daily, marijuana use among... Read more →


Camden City Coalition of Healthcare Providers joins New Jersey Health Information Network

More than half of NJ’s hospitals now connected to data exchange network CAMDEN CITY,NJ (September 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--The Camden City Coalition of Healthcare Providers is the latest to join the New Jersey Health Information Network (NJHIN) that has seen more than half of the state’s hospitals connected since the beginning of the Murphy administration. The New Jersey Department of Health, working with the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII), aims to make health care more efficient and reduce medical errors through an interconnected data exchange network known as the NJHIN. This will make it easier for healthcare providers to have electronic access to patient information such as medical histories, medication allergies and lab test results at the point of care, even if they... Read more →


Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner Joins NJ Department of Health

TRENTON, NJ (SEPTEMBER 4, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--To better support the medical examiner system in New Jersey, the Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner joined the New Jersey Department of Health effective Sept. 1. Gov. Phil Murphy signed the Revised State Medical Examiner Act on July 3 that established the Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner in but not of the Department of Health. This law gives the Chief State Medical Examiner authority over the entire medical examiner system that is comprised of two State-administered regional offices and eight county-operated facilities. “We look forward to working closely with Dr. Andrew L. Falzon, the Chief State Medical Examiner to make rapid and effective improvements,” said New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal. “We are working closely with... Read more →


Knockdown and replace: A gene therapy twofer to treat blindness

By Katherine Unger Baillie | Kbaillie@Upenn.edu | William Beltran, Artur Cideciyan, Gustavo Aguirre, and Samuel Jacobson were part of the joint team from Penn Vet and Penn Medicine who led the work. The last year has seen milestones in the gene therapy field, with FDA approvals to treat cancer and an inherited blinding disorder. New findings from a team led by University of Pennsylvania vision scientists, who have taken gene therapies into clinical trials in the past, are proving successful, this time treating a form of retinitis pigmentosa, a disease that progressively robs people of their night and peripheral vision before blindness develops. The researchers, from Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Perelman School of Medicine, in collaboration with University of Florida scientists, developed a... Read more →


Food Safety Professionals Ensure that “What’s in Your Meat” is Safe and Wholesome

By Carmen Rottenberg, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety FSIS Office of Congressional and Public Affairs WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2018 — As the head of a public health agency that ensures the safety of meat and poultry, food safety is my number one priority. Americans depend on us to keep their food safe. When you see the USDA mark of inspection, you can have confidence that the products have been inspected and passed – meaning that every carcass has been inspected, samples have been taken by USDA inspectors and analyzed by scientists in a USDA laboratory, and the labeling is truthful and not misleading. In recent years, consumers have expressed a greater interest in knowing where their food comes from, and everything associated with... Read more →


NOMINATE YOUR PHYSICIAN FOR THE “COUNTRY DOCTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD”

DALLAS, TEXAS – The search is on once again for the national Country Doctor of the Year. Staff Care, the nation’s leading physician staffing firm and a company of AMN Healthcare, is looking for a great country doctor, the kind who still makes house calls and accepts the occasional apple pie or roast turkey for a fee. Now in its 26th year, the Country Doctor of the Year Award honors the spirit, skill and dedication of America’s rural medical practitioners. As part of the award, Staff Care will provide the Country Doctor of the Year with a temporary physician for two weeks at no charge, a service valued at $10,000. According to Staff Care President Jeff Decker, rural doctors often cannot find physicians to cover... Read more →


AMAC Foundation Working to Enrich Seniors’ Lives

The Association of Mature American Citizens AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, is the country’s fastest-growing conservative senior organization. Known for it’s mission to fight for traditional American values and restore our country’s former greatness, AMAC prides itself on strong political advocacy. But apart from its lobbying agenda, the organization has also dedicated itself to the information needs of older Americans. The AMAC Foundation was launched in 2013, created with the goal of providing American seniors with guidance through their retirement years. There was certainly high demand for such a group: AMAC members had expressed strong interest in the formation of a nonprofit organization that focused completely on the needs and concerns of America’s older citizens. This meant setting out to help protect the... Read more →


Murphy Administration commemorates Overdose Awareness Day, Recovery Month

CNBNews graphics file TRENTON, NJ--With more than 3,000 New Jersey residents expected to die from a drug overdose this year, the state is changing the way it treats opioid addiction, Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said in commemorating International Overdose Awareness Day (Aug. 31). “For 17 years, International Overdose Awareness Day has been set aside to raise awareness about the dangers of opioids, and yet the epidemic continues to skyrocket,” Commissioner Elnahal said. “We are changing the paradigm in addiction treatment. Addiction is a disease, but it does not have to be a fatal one.” The Commissioner also noted that Overdose Awareness Day falls just one day before the beginning of Recovery Month, which is commemorated nationwide every September. Gov. Phil Murphy issued... Read more →


Non-Profit Organization Delivers Toys for Young Patients at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper

(Camden) -- Former NJ State Senator Raymond Lesniak and representatives from the non-profit organization Toys for Hospitalized Children visited Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper University Health Care to brighten the day of young patients with gifts of toys and music. Toys for Hospitalized Children is a non-profit organization founded in 1953 to bring smiles and healing to sick children. Since its inception in 1953, Toys for Hospitalized Children has brought smiles to 950,000 children in 150 hospitals in 10 states with gifts and toys. Each year, it distributes more than 20,000 toys and gifts at hospitals, institutions, and special needs facilities. Senator Lesniak, president of The Lesniak Institute for American Leadership based at Kean University, has been a partner with Toys for Hospitalized Children for... Read more →


Opioid Crisis Illuminates the Need to See Pain Medicine Specialists

Newswise — CHICAGO – The opioid crisis has made physicians increasingly wary about prescribing the potentially addictive drugs to their patients in pain. But there is a silver lining – experts in pain medicine, such as physician anesthesiologists, can create individualized pain management plans that include alternatives to opioids that are not only safer, but often work better. “Opioids, or narcotics, can be helpful for short-term relief, but they are not a long-term solution for managing pain because of their many downsides, from significant side effects to a high risk of dependence or addiction,” said Greg L. Thompson, M.D., physician anesthesiologist, pain medicine specialist and member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). “Pain medicine specialists can help people in pain get relief and reduce... Read more →


More patients survive sudden cardiac arrest with new EMS technique

\ Study funded by NIH showed a change in use of breathing tube can save more lives. Tuesday, August 28, 2018 UTHealth’s Henry Wang, M.D., displays a newer type of emergency breathing tube that could save thousands of lives. Rob Cahill, UTHealth A new study showed that a change in the type of breathing tube paramedics use to resuscitate patients with sudden cardiac arrest can significantly improve the odds of survival and save thousands of lives. More than 90 percent of Americans who experience sudden cardiac arrest die before, or soon after, reaching a hospital. “During resuscitation, opening the airway and having proper access to it is a key factor for the survival of someone who goes into cardiac arrest outside of a hospital,” said... Read more →


Marijuana Found in Breast Milk Up to Six Days After Use

Newswise — With the legalization of marijuana in several states, increased use for both medicinal and recreational purposes has been documented in pregnant and breastfeeding women. Although national organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that breastfeeding mothers do not use marijuana, there has been a lack of specific data to support health or neurodevelopmental concerns in infants as a result of exposure to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or other components of marijuana via breast milk. To better understand how much marijuana or constituent compounds actually get into breast milk and how long it remains, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine conducted a study, publishing online August 27 in Pediatrics. Fifty-four samples from 50 women who used marijuana either daily, weekly or... Read more →


As Opioid Overdose Death Rates Rise, More Are Turning to “Natural High”

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE) (August 23, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--Since the late 1990’s, when what is now a full-blown opioid epidemic is believed to have taken root, tens of thousands of educators nationwide have increasingly turned toward guiding their students to cultivate “natural highs.” Natural highs are activities that naturally raise endorphins, instead of drugs or alcohol. The San Diego-based nonprofit Natural High began reaching out to young people in 1997 at school assemblies – using just a slide projector. In the decades since then, as overdose deaths have skyrocketed, nearly 36,000 educators nationwide have turned to Natural High’s free online, video and print tools, which encourage teen and pre-teen students to raise their own endorphins. And as the overdose death rate has shown a steep increase in the... Read more →