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Vaping-related lung transplant performed at Detroit hospital

Vaping-related lung transplant performed at Detroit hospital

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Doctors at a Detroit hospital have performed what could be the first double lung transplant on a man whose lungs were damaged from vapingBy COREY WILLIAMS Associated PressNovember 12, 2019, 3:19 AM3 min read Doctors at a Detroit hospital have performed what could be the first double lung transplant on a man whose lungs were damaged from vaping. No other details of the transplant were released Monday by Henry Ford Health System, which has scheduled a news conference Tuesday. The patient has asked his medical team to share photographs and an update to warn others about vaping. The team of medical experts that performed the procedure believes it is "the first double lung transplant in the world for a patient whose lungs were irreparably damaged from vaping," the health system said in a news r...
Cannabis-based medicines: Two drugs approved for NHS

Cannabis-based medicines: Two drugs approved for NHS

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Two cannabis-based medicines, used to treat epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, have been approved for use by the NHS in England. It follows new guidelines from the drugs advisory body NICE, which looked at products for several conditions.Charities have welcomed the move, although some campaigners who have been fighting for access to the drugs have said it does not go far enough.Both medicines were developed in the UK, where they are also grown.Doctors will be able to prescribe Epidyolex, for children with two types of severe epilepsy - Lennox Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome - which can cause multiple seizures a day. Clinical trials have shown the oral solution, which contains cannabidiol (CBD), could reduce the number of seizures by up to 40% in some...
Illicit fentanyl, carfentanil could be fueling opioid deaths

Illicit fentanyl, carfentanil could be fueling opioid deaths

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Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The ongoing opioid abuse crisis in the U.S. has been fueled by a combination of prescription drugs like fentanyl and "street" drugs like heroin. A new analysis of law enforcement drug seizures and overdose deaths in Ohio highlights just how dangerous these cocktails can be. In findings published Friday by the Journal of the American Medical Association, the team from Harm Reduction Ohio, a non-profit drug policy advocacy group, and Ohio Department of Health identified increasing levels of prescription opioid painkillers fentanyl and carfentanil in drug seizures conducted by law enforcement in the state between 2014 and 2017. The trend corresponded with an increase in the number of overdose deaths in the state during the same period, researchers said. Supplies of the presc...
Two cases of deadly diphtheria detected in Lothian area

Two cases of deadly diphtheria detected in Lothian area

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Two people are being treated in Scotland for the potentially deadly diphtheria infection.NHS Lothian has confirmed the two cases are related and both patients are thought to be in hospital in Edinburgh.The health board said those involved had recently returned from overseas.Public health experts said the likelihood of any additional cases was very small, as most people were protected by immunisation given in childhood. In Lothian, 98% of children are vaccinated against diphtheria by the age of 24 months.Alison McCallum, director of public health for NHS Lothian, said: "All close contacts of these patients have been identified, contacted and followed up in line with nationally agreed guidelines. "We encourage people travelling ab...