By: ted333k | August 21, 2017

A recently published study shows a 34% increase in opioid related ICU admissions, nearly a doubling of opioid ICU deaths and an average cost of care in the ICU increasing from $59,000 in 2009 to $92,000 in 2015. A 58% increase in ICU cost over a seven-year period. The study period was from 2009 through 2015. It included nearly 23 million adult admissions at 162 hospitals in 44 states.

The press release accompanying the online release of this study quoted the study’s lead author, Jennifer P. Stevens, MD, associate director of the medical intensive care unit at BIDMC and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “This study tells us that the opioid epidemic has made people sicker and killed more people, in spite of all the ca...

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By: ted333k | August 17, 2017

August 20 is World Mosquito Day, an annual public health commemoration of British doctor Sir Ronald Ross's discovery in 1897 that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans. As its part in the effort, the CDC and its partners have scheduled a "thunderclap" social media blitz that Sunday, at 10 a.m. Eastern (7 a.m. Pacific). Mosquitoes are carriers of Zika, West Nile, malaria, dengue, chickengunya and other diseases. A "thunderclap" helps amplify social media messages by connecting partners and friends to share the same message at the same time through Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Click here to sign up for the thunderclap.

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By: ted333k | May 18, 2017

Edited by Ted Krafczyk

As the summer swim season approaches, adults and children will be flocking to local pools for fun in the sun and exercise. Not only is swimming a great way to have fun with family and friends, it’s also a fun form of physical activity. Just 2.5 hours of water-based (or other forms of) physical activity per week have health benefits for everyone. However, swimming, like any form of physical activity, is not risk-free. While sunburn and injuries might be the most well-known health risks associated with swimming, diarrhea is another culprit — and outbreaks of diarrheal illness linked to swimming are on the rise.

That’s why it’s so important to stay out of the water if you have diarrhea. We all share the water we swim ...