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Digital pills can help doctors monitor opioid abuse

Digital pills can help doctors monitor opioid abuse

Health
Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital are testing the use of ingestible sensors to track opioid ingestion patterns.The sensor is planted in a gelatin capsule along with the medication. The digital pills can help doctors track how frequently patients are using their opioid prescription, and potentially alert healthcare officials to signs of abuse.During initial tests, researchers found opioid-naive patients actually took fewer pills over a shorter period of time while managing fracture pain.Researchers published the results of their tests in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia."As an investigational tool, the digital pill provides a direct measure of opioid ingestion and changes in medication-taking behavior," lead study author Dr. Edward Boyer said in a news relea...
Team USA's Gabby Douglas claims sexual abuse by team doctor

Team USA's Gabby Douglas claims sexual abuse by team doctor

Sports
Another member of the US Olympic gymnastics team has come forward with sexual abuse claims against former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. Gabby Douglas wrote in an Instagram post, "It would be like saying that because of the leotards we wore, it was our fault that we were abused by Larry Nassar. I didn't publicly share my experiences as well as many other things because for years we were conditioned to stay silent and honestly some things were extremely painful." Douglas, 21, is a three-time Olympic gold medalist who competed in 2012 and 2016. Earlier this month, Aly Raisman -- Douglas' teammate on the last two Olympic teams -- came forward alleging that Nassar had abused her. Prior to that, McKayla Maroney shared in an Instagram post that Nassar abused her from when she was 13. J...
Islamic schools in Pakistan plagued by cases of sex abuse

Islamic schools in Pakistan plagued by cases of sex abuse

World
Kausar Parveen struggles through tears as she remembers the blood-soaked pants of her 9-year-old son, raped by a religious cleric. Each time she begins to speak, she stops, swallows hard, wipes her tears and begins again. The boy had studied for a year at a nearby Islamic school in the town of Kehrore Pakka. In the blistering heat of late April, in the grimy two-room Islamic madrassa, he awoke one night to find his teacher lying beside him. "I didn't move. I was afraid," he says. The cleric lifted the boy's long tunic-style shirt over his head, and then pulled down his baggy pants. "I was crying. He was hurting me. He shoved my shirt in my mouth," the boy says, using his scarf to show how the cleric tried to stifle his cries. He looks over at his mother. "Did he touch you?'" He nods. "Did...
Former child stars expose Hollywood abuse

Former child stars expose Hollywood abuse

Entertainment
By Katie Spencer, Arts and Entertainment Correspondent, and Amy Hitchcock, Entertainment ProducerWhen he was five years old, Nathan Forrest Winters dreamt of being a star. By 11 he had the leading role in a film called Clownhouse.It was a low-budget horror film directed by Victor Salva and financed by Francis Ford Coppola. Behind the scenes, something truly disturbing was happening."Some of the cast and crew came to my mum and said 'Nathan and Victor's interaction on set is not ok, there's something going on'," Winters, 39, told Sky News.The former child star said Salva had been grooming him since he was six after he befriended Winters' mother who made film props.Image:Victor Salva was imprisoned for his abuse of Nathan Forrest WintersHe said: "His grooming process was developing my love a...
Hollywood sex abuse: Are the kids alright?

Hollywood sex abuse: Are the kids alright?

Entertainment
From admissions of unwanted advances towards children to jail time for abusing them, Hollywood is haunted by tales of paedophilia.The Weinstein scandal opened the floodgates to what is rapidly becoming an industry-wide revolt against the so-called casting couch culture in Hollywood, where film moguls use their power to take advantage of aspiring actors.Dozens of women have shared their alleged stories of Harvey Weinstein, ranging from sexual harassment to rape, while hundreds have taken the opportunity to join the #MeToo movement - a social network insurgency against the "dirty men" of the media industry.But while all this happens in plain sight, helped by its strength in numbers and the endorsement of several A-list celebrities, another issue seems to have been swept under the red carpet....