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Rapper DMX in hospital after heart attack

Rapper DMX in hospital after heart attack

Entertainment
EPAUS rapper and actor DMX is in serious condition in hospital following a heart attack, says his lawyer Murray Richman.Mr Richman told US media he didn't know whether the heart attack was brought on by a drug overdose, as reported by TMZ.DMX has publicly battled substance abuse for years, and spent several periods in rehab.He is seen as a hip-hop icon, and has collaborated with artists including JAY-Z, Ja Rule, Eve and LL Cool J as well as appearing in films.The 50-year-old, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was taken to hospital in White Plains, New York late on Friday evening, Mr Richman said, where he is surrounded by his family. "He was on life support," the lawyer said. "He's been taken off of life support. He is breathing on his own but there is a little brain activity."The father-of...
Hospital costs for substance use patients exceed $13B annually, study finds

Hospital costs for substance use patients exceed $13B annually, study finds

Health
March 5 (UPI) -- The diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorder, as well as the management of related health complications, including overdoses, results in more than $ 13 billion in medical costs annually, an analysis published Friday by JAMA Network Open found. More than half of these costs -- $ 7.6 billion -- were tied to caring for patients with alcohol-related disorders, the data showed. Advertisement Just over $ 2.2 billion was spent on treating patients with health issues related to opioid use, the researchers said. Examples of opioids include "street" drugs such as heroin, as well as prescription pain medications used illegally or inappropriately, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. "U.S. hospitals are seeing a big increase in patients seeking acute treatment...
Jo Whiley: My sister has finally been offered a vaccine but it’s too late – she’s in hospital fighting for her life

Jo Whiley: My sister has finally been offered a vaccine but it’s too late – she’s in hospital fighting for her life

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Radio broadcaster Jo Whiley says her younger sister has finally been offered a coronavirus vaccine but it could be too late, as she is already "fighting for her life" after catching the virus in her care home.Whiley's sister Frances, 53, has diabetes and learning difficulties, which both put her at higher risk from COVID-19. But last week, Whiley said she had been offered a vaccination before Frances, saying she "desperately" wished her sibling had been offered one first. Image: Frances is 'fighting for her life' against COVID-19. Pic: Twitter/Jo Whiley Whiley, a radio DJ and TV presenter, said it had been "the worst week of our lives" after Frances tested positive for COVID-19 following an outbreak at her care home in Northamptonshir...
Study: Mandating flu shots for hospital workers reduces viral spread, deaths

Study: Mandating flu shots for hospital workers reduces viral spread, deaths

Health
Jan. 4 (UPI) -- States with laws mandating flu shots for hospital workers saw reductions in deaths from influenza and pneumonia annually across their populations, a study published Friday by the Annals of Internal Medicine found. During the 2016-17 season alone, researchers estimate that nearly 2,000 deaths were averted in the 15 U.S. states that had implemented mandatory vaccination laws at that time, the data showed. Advertisement The findings suggest that health-worker vaccination laws may be a good way to protect the country's most vulnerable populations. This includes the elderly and those who are chronically ill, as they are at increased risk for exposure to these viruses when visiting healthcare facilities, according to the researchers. It's possible that similar benefits could al...