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Senate to act on Indian Health Service funding

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Washington — The Senate is poised to vote on new funding for the Indian Health Service that includes plans to combat a doctor shortage. But President Bush says he would veto it over cost and Medicaid documentation concerns.

The Indian Health Care Improvement Act of 2007 would authorize $35 billion from 2008 through 2017 for the IHS. The bill would establish doctor retention and recruitment bonuses of up to $25,000 and fund demonstration programs to recruit new physicians to the IHS. The agency’s physician vacancy rate is currently 13%. The measure also would:

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Abuse Worsens IBS Pain

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Women with a history of physical and/or sexual abuse may be more susceptible to the pain and suffering associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

According to researchers from UCLA and the University of North Carolina who conducted brain imaging studies on women with IBS, those with abuse in their backgrounds were less likely to be able to “turn off” a specific pain mechanism in the brain as women who also had IBS but didn’t have a history of abuse.

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Ramstad Reconsidering Retirement

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Addiction recovery and parity advocate Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-Minn.) is reconsidering his decision to retire at the end of his current term in Congress, Roll Call reported Dec. 19.

Ramstad,  a rare Republican moderate in the House of Representatives, announced his intention to retire in September, but has been pressured by GOP leaders — who fear the loss of his seat to the Democrats — to run for a 10th term in Congress. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, praised Ramstad’s ability to work with Democratic and GOP colleagues and said he would be “delighted” if Ramstad ran again.

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Legislation to End Student Aid Penalty Stumbles

Monday, December 17th, 2007

By Bob Curley

 A bid to end federal student-aid penalties for those with drug convictions was launched with high hopes earlier this year, but now appears to be in deep trouble in Congress.

A broad coalition of drug-reform, educational, and addiction-related organizations  threw its weight behind a plan to amend the federal Higher Education Act (HEA) and overturn a policy of denying federal financial aid to students convicted of drug offenses. The policy, devised by Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) and passed by Congress in 1999, requires students to divulge information about convictions for drug offenses — but not any other crimes — on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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Researchers Say Drug Use Akin to Traumatic Brain Injury

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Users of ecstasy and methamphetamine exhibit signs of brain damage similar to that suffered by victims of traumatic brain injuries, according to researchers at the University of Florida (UF).

A five-year study found that using these drugs can cause a chemical chain reaction leading to cell death in the brain, memory loss, and other potentially permanent problems.

“Using methamphetamine is like inflicting a traumatic brain injury on yourself,” said Firas Kobeissy of the UF College of Medicine, who studied the brains of rats exposed to drugs and found that the damage they cause to certain proteins in the brain could lead to cell death and brain inflammation.

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Addiction Causes Homelessness, Most Believe

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

A new Gallup poll finds that most Americans think homelessness is largely caused by alcohol and other drug abuse, but still think more should be done to address the problem, the Associated Press reported Nov. 14.

The poll, funded by mortgage company Fannie Mae, found that more than 80 percent of the 1,000 people polled blamed addiction for causing homelessness, while about 70 percent cited mental illness. By comparison, only 67 percent thought homelessness was caused by insufficient income, and 65 percent cited job loss.

Ninety-two percent of those polled said more effort is needed to prevent homelessness.

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Trasylol Sales In U.S. And Canada Suspended Temporarily By Bayer In Early November 2007

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Market Withdrawal Or Recall Of Trasylol Seems Possible As Bayer Waits For Final Data From Halted BART Study

(Posted by Tom Lamb at DrugInjuryWatch.com)

In early November 2007 Bayer AG together with the FDA and Men’s health Canada announced that sales of its anti-bleeding drug Trasylol (aprotinin) would be suspended temporarily in the U.S. and Canada while investigations continued about whether Trayslol is linked to a higher risk of death than competing heart surgery drugs.

As we had reported previously, the FDA has been reviewing the safety of Trasylol since early 2006:

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Most Kids Disapprove of Meth Use, Survey Finds

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

About a third of teens surveyed say they see only a slight risk — or no risk at all — in trying methamphetamine, the Associated Press reported Sept. 18. However, 76 percent of teens said they strongly disapproved of using the drug even once or twice.

The study by The Meth Project also found that around a quarter of the 2,602 teens surveyed said they believed that meth use could have some benefits, such as providing feelings of happiness or euphoria (24 percent), helping with weight loss (22 percent), and relieving boredom (22 percent).

Similar numbers said they think it would be “very easy” or “somewhat easy” to get the drug. “What this survey shows us is that we have more work to do,” said White House drug czar John Walters. “These attitudes are troubling. We still have too many kids who say they can get their hands on this poison.”

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Canadian Parents Tolerate Teen Drinking

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

A new study finds that while most Canadian parents are accepting of the fact that their children will drink alcohol, they are unaware of many of the risks of teen drinking, the CanWest News Service reported Sept. 12.

The Ekos Research report also found that some parents buy alcohol or host drinking parties for their kids.

Researchers found that most parents of older teens saw drinking as a normal part of adolescence, but did express concern about drinking that occurs prior to age 15. Few of the parents knew much about the risks of binge drinking among underage youth, however, even though many admitted having binged themselves in the past, as youths and/or adults.

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War Breeds Drinking, Violence in U.S. Military Towns

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Alcohol-fueled violence has increased at bars and restaurants in towns near military bases and hospitals as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have worn on, the Washington Post reported Sept. 2.

Some of the fights arise from interservice rivalries, and involve veterans recovering from combat wounds. Experts see the rising violence as a byproduct of repeated, extended tours of duty and unresolved mental and addiction issues. Binge drinking also has skyrocketed among service members in recent years, Pentagon surveys show, and more vets are returning with traumatic brain injury, a condition that leaves them prone to violent outbursts.

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