Shooting galleries on the NHS: First ‘fixed rooms’ to allow addicts to inject themselves und er supervision : Daily Mail. – @AceHealthNews

Shooting galleries on the NHS: First ‘fixed rooms’ to allow addicts to inject themselves under supervision : Daily Mail.
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  • Plans to create a unit in Glasgow for drug addicts have been approved
  • It hopes to tackle drug-related deaths and the spread of infections
  • There have been three trials across Britain that provided free heroin
  • But this will be the first state-sanctioned injecting facility in the country

Drug addicts are set to get heroin on the NHS, in Britain’s first ‘shooting gallery’.

For the first time the health service will prescribe pharmaceutical-grade heroin for free and provide a place to take it.

Plans were approved yesterday for the facility in Glasgow city centre, raising fear more will follow across the country.

Already, there have been three trials in London, Darlington and Brighton, providing free heroin, although this will be the first state-sanctioned injecting facility.

Plans were approved yesterday for Britain's first 'shooting gallery' in Glasgow city centre, raising fears more will follow across the country

Plans were approved yesterday for Britain’s first ‘shooting gallery’ in Glasgow city centre, raising fears more will follow across the country

Lucy Dawe, from charity Cannabis Skunk Sense, said: ‘This is tantamount to drug dealing by the state. I can’t see it’s going to reduce the number of addicts, it just gives them somewhere to go.’

Calls to follow the Netherlands and Belgium in bringing ‘shooting galleries’ to Britain have previously been rejected by government ministers.

But the plans have been justified in Scotland as a bid to cut drug deaths. Addicts will not be prosecuted and the unit could even have a crèche, laundry facilities or somewhere for them to tie up their pets.

It comes despite previous UK trials showing people given heroin on the NHS still take street drugs and that it has no impact on crime or their health.

The health board insists only a small number of drug users would be allowed heroin on the NHS, although officials admit as many as 500 drug users who inject in public places within Glasgow city centre would fall within the remit of its plans.

For the first time the health service will prescribe pharmaceutical-grade heroin for free and provide a place to take it

For the first time the health service will prescribe pharmaceutical-grade heroin for free and provide a place to take it

Members of the Glasgow City Integration Joint Board – made up of councillors, police and health providers – agreed to develop a business case for the unit. Full details will be returned to a board meeting next February.

Glasgow Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins said: ‘This concept will not sit easily with many people, particularly those who think we should be making it more difficult for addicts to source drugs, rather than facilitate it.

‘Some will believe this is merely waving the white flag in the face of the war on drugs.

‘But what’s key now, if this does go ahead, is that there is irrefutable proof within a year that the scheme is saving lives, and reducing the number of people dependent on heroin in Glasgow. If not, it has to be abandoned at once.’

A similar facility is being considered by councillors in Dundee.

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HIV Testing and Outcomes Among Hispanics/Latinos — United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Vir gin Islands, 2014 – @AceHealthNews

#AceHealthNews – Oct.29: Despite representing 16 percent of the population, Latinos account for almost 25 percent of all newly diagnosed HIV infections in the United States.

According to a new CDC analysis, Latinos accounted for nearly 23 percent of people reached by CDC-funded HIV testing efforts.

Additionally, approximately 60 percent of Latinos were linked to HIV medical care within 90 days of diagnosis, which is below the 85 percent goal of the updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

Regional disparities persist as the percentage of Latinos referred and linked to HIV medical care, interviewed for partner services, and referred to HIV prevention services were lower in the South compared to other geographic regions. Among Latinos tested, gay and bisexual men had the highest percentage of HIV diagnosed (2 percent). If current HIV diagnosis trends persist, the estimated lifetime risk of diagnosis is 1 in 48 among Latino men and 1 in 227 among Latina women.

In 2014, the rate of HIV diagnosis among Latinos was approximately three times that of non-Hispanic whites (18.4 vs. 6.1 per 100,000 population). The data illustrate the need for improved prevention strategies that address the cultural factors and diversity of Latinos in order to reduce the impact of HIV among the population.

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Unmet Needs for Ancillary Services Among Hispanics/Latinos Receiving HIV Medical Care — United State s, 2013-2014 – @AceHealthNews

#AceHealthNews – Oct.14: In the United States from 2013-2014 there were substantial unmet needs for ancillary services among Latinos receiving outpatient HIV medical care. The most common unmet needs were for services that support retention in HIV medical care and assist with day-to-day living, including dental and vision care, food and nutrition services, transportation, and shelter or housing.

Ancillary services – such as non-HIV medical care, subsistence services, and HIV support services – can improve the health of people living with HIV and help them achieve viral suppression. An analysis of Medical Monitoring Project data found an estimated 24 percent of Latinos receiving outpatient HIV medical care reported unmet needs for dental care and 21 percent reported unmet needs for eye or vision care.

Additionally, 15 percent of Latinos reported unmet needs for food or nutrition services; 9 percent had an unmet need for transportation assistance; and 8 percent reported unmet needs for shelter or housing services. The analysis also identified the highest prevalence of unmet needs of Latinos by age group, with some unmet needs, such as shelter and housing services and HIV peer group support, being higher for those age 18-39 than those age 50 or older.

Many of the reasons Latinos have unmet needs for ancillary services reflect not knowing how to get the services, perceived ineligibility for obtaining services, and denial of services. HIV case managers can play an important role in connecting Latinos living with HIV to needed services and resources.

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Top surgeon says doctors are complicit in mesh scandal and it stains reputation of whole medical profession – Daily Record – @AceHealthNews

#AceHealthNews – Oct.13: Top surgeon says doctors are complicit in mesh scandal and it stains reputation of whole medical profession : Daily Record.
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Mark Slack says doctors are as much to blame as greedy multinationals for mesh scandal.

A LEADING surgeon has warned doctors’ reputations will be ruined over the mesh scandal.

Mark Slack, one of the most eminent consultants in his field, said “history will judge harshly” surgeons involved in the treatment which ruined the lives of hundreds of thousands of women.

Slack, head of gynaecology at ­Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, ­condemned mesh ­manufacturers for what he has called a “tragedy created by greed”.

And he claimed the fallout from the ­scandal, which has wrecked the health of more than 400 women in Scotland alone, will “stain” doctors who championed treatments which the Scottish Government have now virtually banned after a Sunday Mail campaign.

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Scottish Mesh Survivors protest at the Scottish Parliament in 2014

The NHS in Scotland now faces multi-million pound lawsuits to compensate for the lives ruined by mesh while in the US, state prosecutors are pursuing mesh manufacturers in the civil courts, accusing them of deliberately risking the health of thousands of women.

Revealing that ­manufacturers rushed products – used to treat conditions such as incontinence – to ­market without proving safety and effectiveness, Slack told surgeons at a conference in England: “We should have been saying to those companies, ‘Take your tape and go away because you have no evidence.’ But we didn’t.”

Mesh scandal: Multinational accused of making mesh with resin smuggled from China

Slack yesterday claimed medical watchdogs approved procedures before proper testing had been carried out on the long-term effects.

He also claimed doctors were too slow to report complications which led to Scottish sufferers suing the NHS and mesh manufacturers in Scotland’s ­biggest medical legal action.

Slack said: “The mesh scandal will remain as a stain on our behaviour.”

He is one of the few surgeons to voice concern over the marketing and ­widespread use of plastic polypropylene mesh implants to treat pelvic organ prolapse and bladder problems.

The surgeon admitted he had taken a lot of “flak” for being so outspoken. He warned: “Doctors need to take back control or this sort of scandal will ­happen again.”

The consultant insisted that some mesh procedures have been beneficial for carefully selected patients when the appropriate product was used by ­surgeons with the proper skills.

He said: “Not all mesh is bad. ­Conditions such as stress incontinence can ruin lives and, in many cases, women have been helped.” But, he added, with billions in profits at stake, “insanity prevailed”, with makers ­bringing out more and more products without studies to back up claims.


The Sunday Mail led the campaign to highlight the mesh scandal

He warned the huge cost of litigation would mean “manufacturers withdrawing good products with the bad”.

Slack said surgeons will have to return to old methods “which carry their own risk of complications”.

He believes doctors were too easily seduced by claims that mesh was a wonder treatment for every patient.

Slack said: “I’ve seen court documents which show manufacturers were ­targeting what they described as ‘low-hanging fruit’ – surgeons in the US who had small practices but wanted to be part of the game.

“Insanity prevailed and we soon had every man and his dog putting ­something (mesh) in, often for the wrong indications, often the wrong tape for the wrong operation.

“Doctors should have been far more proactive over complications. We now have patients with intractable pain and terrible injuries.

“Patient welfare is our ­responsibility. When we see things that aren’t right, we must speak up for patients. We must never forget – we are their voice.”

Campaigners praised Slack and called on the NHS to concede defeat in Scotland’s biggest medical claim – to save taxpayers at least £30million.

Elaine Holmes of Scottish Mesh ­Survivors said: “Mr Slack’s comments have made us even more determined for the fight ahead.”

More than 400 Scottish women, many crippled by mesh implants, have lodged civil claims at the Court of Session against the NHS with medical manufacturers named as co-defendants.

Because of events in the US, where women have won £1.5billion in ­compensation, campaigners believe Scottish victims will win their cases.

Lawyer Cameron Fyfe of Drummond Miller said: “If patients win and costs are awarded, the sums could reach £60million.

“Legal costs on each side of the 400 cases would be around £50,000, as well as settlements of over six ­figures for many victims.

“Given the level of settlements already seen in America and the actions taken by the growing number of US state legislators, I believe the NHS could save taxpayers £30million by settling now and claiming against medical suppliers.”

Patrick McGuire of Thompsons Solicitors agreed.

He said: “We believe this would be the responsible thing to do, for patients already suffering injury, as well as ­taxpayers.

“There’s nothing to prevent the NHS settling with patients and allowing the court to determine the culpability of manufacturers.

“This scandal happened on the NHS’s watch so they do have a level of ­culpability, but we believe primary responsibility lies with mesh ­manufacturers.

“The alternative is an expensive court battle lasting years.”

Scottish health committee convener Neil Findlay MSP said: “Someone has to be held to account for the failings of these products.

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Breast Cancer Incidence and Mortality Among Black and White Women — United States, 1999–2013 – @AceHealthNews

#AceHealthNews – Oct.13: Breast cancer death rates are decreasing among all women, but racial differences remain that need to be addressed and prioritized. Access to quality care and the best available treatments for all women diagnosed with breast cancer can help to address the disparities.

Newly released data show that while overall breast cancer death rates are decreasing, there are racial differences – particularly among women over age 50. There was a faster decrease in breast cancer death rates for white women (-1.9 percent per year) than for black women (-1.5 percent per year) between 2010 and 2014. However, among women under age 50, -death rates decreased at the same rate.

We are hopeful that this indicates that white and black women under 50 are beginning to benefit equally from appropriate and timely breast cancer treatments and will continue to assess if these differences can also improve for women over 50.

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CANADA: Health agency is imposing new labels for pain and fever reliever acetaminophen to reduce the potential for liver damage – CBC – @AceHealthNews

#AceHealthNews – Sept.16: Why acetaminophen is the ‘most common cause of liver injury’ in Canada
Acetaminophen products

Health Canada is imposing new label rules for pain and fever reliever acetaminophen to reduce the potential for liver damage, but some doctors say the rules don’t go far enough….

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WASHINGTON: CDC: Press Release: Seven out of 10 U.S. adults ages 65 and older have high blood pressure (140/90mmHg or higher), but nearly half do not have their blood pressure under control – @AceHealthNews

#AceHealthNews – Sept.14: Poor blood-pressure control puts 5 million older Americans at risk

Some 5 million Medicare Part D enrollees age 65 and older are not taking their blood pressure medicine properly, increasing their risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and death, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Medicare Part D is a federal program that helps Medicare beneficiaries with the costs of prescription drugs and prescription drug insurance premiums.

Seven out of 10 U.S. adults ages 65 and older have high blood pressure (140/90mmHg or higher), but nearly half do not have their blood pressure under control. The report outlines the dangers of high blood pressure and the important role health care systems play in helping patients take blood pressure medicines as directed.

A simple action can avoid potentially deadly consequences: take your blood pressure medicine as prescribed,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Health care providers can make treatment easier to help people keep their blood pressure controlled.”

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