Study: Even with private insurance, black overdose patients are half as likely as whites to get addiction treatment
Opioid overdose patients with private insurance are rarely connected to addiction treatment after visiting the emergency department, a new national study from the University of Pennsylvania has found.And the problem is particularly severe among black and Hispanic patients, more evidence of deep racial disparities in health care generally and addiction treatment in particular.Private insurance — which most Americans get through employers — is a marker of relative affluence. So this study finds, as others have, that race and not poverty can spell the difference in getting needed care.The study, ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
San Diego real estate deals raise questions about property values, disclosures
SAN DIEGO — In the early days of 2017, as a new president was set to take office and the U.S. stock market began a historic rise that would only be felled years later by a deadly virus, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer went real estate shopping.He and his staff reached a 20-year lease-to-own deal for the longtime headquarters of Sempra Energy, one of the region’s two Fortune 500 companies.Two months later, at Faulconer’s request, the City Council agreed to lease property in Kearny Mesa, where officials planned to open a second maintenance yard strictly for the city’s fleet of firetrucks.By mid-...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
COVID-19 is crushing black communities. Some states are paying attention
WASHINGTON — As states begin to ease quarantine restrictions, epidemiologists caution that success in conquering the next wave of the pandemic largely will depend on taking extra precautions to protect the most vulnerable — the elderly and people of color.African Americans are at much higher risk of contracting COVID-19 than the rest of the population, and they are much more likely than white people to die from the virus.That means that unless state and local governments redouble COVID-19 prevention campaigns in predominantly black counties and neighborhoods, the disease will continue to sprea...
Tens of billions of dollars on the line as pro and college sports look to return, with or without fans
PHILADELPHIA — At some point, the conversations turn to money. Talks about restarting sports may start with public health, and maybe finish there. In the middle, somewhere in all these conversations, somebody is in charge of talking about the economics of the coronavirus crisis.These are not short conversations.All over the landscape, the professional sports and big-time college sports, the dollar figures on the line are into the billions. Not just overall, most separate sectors. The NFL has billions of dollars on the line. So does Major League Baseball. Even the Power 5 college leagues — bill...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Study: Exercise improves memory, boosts blood flow to brain
Researchers at the University of Texas, Southwestern mapped brain changes after a year of aerobic workouts and uncovered a potentially critical process: Exercise boosts blood flow into two key regions of the brain associated with memory.The study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, showed “this blood flow can help even older people with memory issues improve cognition, a finding that scientists say could guide future Alzheimer’s disease research,” according to UT Southwestern Medical Center.In the study, researchers followed 30 participants who were 60 or older and had memory pro...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Seahawks OL Duane Brown staying in the moment as he prepares for 13th NFL season
Duane Brown is the second-oldest Seahawk at 34, entering his 13th NFL season in a career in which he has established himself as one of the best left tackles of his generation but also coming off a season in which injuries took their toll, and with a contract situation that puts him at risk of being a salary-cap casualty a year from now.But if any of that seems like a harsh way of viewing things, Brown long ago accepted what everyone in the NFL learns eventually.“It’s a business,” Brown said. “.. I’ve been in this long enough to know that. I don’t take anything personal.”That’s how he views the...
The Seattle Times
Childhood obesity rates could increase if schools stay closed through December, study finds
ST. LOUIS — The past few years have shown signs that alarmingly high childhood obesity rates in the U.S. may finally be stabilizing. But that may change if school closures continue into December, according to a new study by Washington University.The childhood obesity rate may increase 2.4% — equal to 1.27 million children — if school closures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus continue into December, according to the study recently published in the Journal of Sport and Health Science.“The harsh reality is, for the coming months or longer, the majority of children in the U.S. may not full...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Kathy Griffin suggests Trump use a 'syringe with nothing but air' for diabetes, doesn't back down from outcry
When it comes to whether President Trump should take insulin for diabetes, Kathy Griffin has the answer.The Emmy and Grammy Award-winning comedian took to social media to suggest a potentially lethal procedure in reaction to CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s tweet about Trump asking whether he should be given an insulin regimen at a White House diabetes event Tuesday.“Syringe with nothing but air inside it would do the trick,” Griffin wrote, adding, “F — — TRUMP.”Air injected into the body’s bloodstream through syringes or IVs can cause air embolisms and be fatal.Almost instantly, use...
New York Daily News
New Jets QB Joe Flacco says he won't be ready by 'Day One' after offseason neck surgery
NEW YORK — Don’t count on Joe Flacco to be ready for your season opener, Jets fans.Flacco, 35, who had surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck last month, told Sirius XM NFL radio on Tuesday he feels “normal right now,” but he definitely won’t be ready come the Jets’ first game of the regular season on Sept. 13.“I can’t speak to exactly when I’m going to be ready, but it will not be Day One,” Flacco said in his first comments with his new team. “Obviously, we’ll get with the doctors and I have another checkup come August, so we’ll see where that goes.”The Jets signed Flacco to a one-yea...
New York Daily News
Authorities say COVID-19 scams spreading
MINNEAPOLIS — The claim was at least unique. A Minnesota chiropractic practice said it had a way to help patients fight off COVID-19 infection.No long after he heard about it, state Attorney General Keith Ellison sent a letter ordering the spine adjusting business to stop advertising the coronavirus treatment or face court action.Then, he moved on to the next get-rich-quick scam.Suspect cures and price gouging on short supplies have become a game of Whac-A-Mole for state and federal regulators and some businesses during the pandemic.From Jan. 1 to May 18, the Federal Trade Commission fielded m...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)