Pancreatic and bowel cancer soars by 10% across the world since 1990

Cases of pancreatic and bowel cancer have soared by 10% across the world since 1990, finds review of 195 countries as scientists blame obesity Experts say spiralling obesity and type 2 diabetes rates fuelling rise in cancers  Were 1.8million new cases of bowel cancer in 2017, up by 9.5 per cent since 1990 Pancreatic cancer struck 195,000 people in 1990, […]

Read more

Q&A: Deadly opioid crisis sparks lawsuits across the US

The first judgment is expected Monday in a lawsuit from a state government seeking to hold a drug company accountable for a U.S. opioid crisis that has ripped apart lives and communities. More trials and legal settlements are likely to follow the ruling in Oklahoma as the nation looks for answers and solutions to a massive societal and legal problem. […]

Read more

Data shows flood of opioids across US, many of them generics

The maker of OxyContin has been cast as the chief villain in the nation’s opioid crisis. But newly released government figures suggest Purdue Pharma had plenty of help in flooding the U.S. with billions of pills even as overdose deaths were accelerating. Records kept by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration show that 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pills—the vast majority […]

Read more

Study reveals patterns of drug intoxication deaths, organ donors across the US

Drug intoxication deaths have risen dramatically over the past several decades. From 1999 to 2016, the number of deaths due to drug intoxication more than tripled. Over the same period, the number of hearts recovered for heart transplantation has dramatically increased, with the proportion of hearts from drug-intoxication-related donors now making up 17.6 percent of available organs. Transplantation and cardiology […]

Read more