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Report: Opioid prescription volume declined 12% last year

Report: Opioid prescription volume declined 12% last year

Health
April 19 (UPI) -- Prescription opioid dosage volume declined 12 percent in 2017, the largest annual drop in more than 25 years of measurement, according to a report released Thursday by a healthcare consulting company.IQVIA's Institute for Human Data Science conducted the study examining last year's overall drug use and looked forward four years to 2022.The opioid prescription volume includes the number of pills dispensed as well as units of dosage.The number of dispensed opioid prescriptions decreased 10.2 percent and patients receiving high doses declined by 16.1 percent, researchers report. The dosage volume is determined by Morphine Milligram Equivalents, with a standard Vicodin pill the equivalent of 5 milligrams of morphine. A high dosage in the study was considered to be more than 9...
Amy Schumer, Tina Fey to host last episodes of 'SNL' Season 43

Amy Schumer, Tina Fey to host last episodes of 'SNL' Season 43

Entertainment
April 18 (UPI) --Amy Schumer and Tina Fey will guest host the final two episodes of Saturday Night Live Season 43, NBC announced Wednesday.Schumer will return May 12 for her second time on the sketch-comedy show when singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves will provide the evening's musical entertainment.SNL alum Fey will return for her sixth time as host for the season finale on May 19, while hip-hop star Nicki Minaj will be the musical guest that night.Actor and rapper Donald Glover was previously announced as the guest host and musical guest for the May 5 episode. This will mark his SNL debut.Let's block ads! (Why?) Entertainment News - UPI.com
Rising temperatures enabled peatland formation at the end of the last ice age

Rising temperatures enabled peatland formation at the end of the last ice age

Science
April 16 (UPI) -- New research suggests periods of global warming during the last ice age encouraged the formation of peatlands.Researchers began by designing a computer model to simulate local climate patterns during the last 26,000 years. The last ice age reached its glacial maximum between 26,000 and 22,000 years ago, after which glaciers began to retreat.Scientists also created a timeline of peatland formation using radiocarbon dating peat samples collected in North America, northern Europe and Patagonia. When they compared their timeline with their model's simulations, they found higher local summer temperatures, not increased rainfall, accurately predicted peatland formation."This work helps explain the genesis of one of the world's most important ecosystem types and its potentially ...
Consumer confidence now worse than in December last year: RBI survey

Consumer confidence now worse than in December last year: RBI survey

Finance
MUMBAI: Consumer confidence has waned since December 2017 with respondents to an RBI survey being more pessimistic about the current economic situation and employment opportunities compared to a year ago. The only area where sentiment is in the optimistic zone is in spending on essential and non-essential items. However, here too people are less positive than they were a year ago. The bimonthly RBI consumer confidence survey has two components — the current situation index (CSI) and the future expectations index (FEI). The CSI — or perception of current prices, jobs and overall economy — has remained in the pessimistic zone since March 2017, while the FEI followed the same trend but was not in pessimist territory. “Households’ current perceptions on the general economic situation dived sha
World's last male northern white rhino, Sudan, dies

World's last male northern white rhino, Sudan, dies

Technology
The world's last male northern white rhino, Sudan, has died after "age-related complications," researchers announced Tuesday, saying he "stole the heart of many with his dignity and strength." A statement from the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya said the 45-year-old rhino was euthanized on Monday after his condition "worsened significantly" and he was no longer able to stand. His muscles and bones had degenerated and his skin had extensive wounds, with a deep infection on his back right leg. The rhino had been part of an ambitious effort to save the subspecies from extinction after decades of decimation by poachers, with the help of the two surviving females. One is his daughter, Najin, and the other is her daughter, Fatu. His death won't have an impact on the efforts to save the subspecie...