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Fentanyl-related overdose deaths up 1,000 percent, CDC says

(Gray News) – A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report draws a gruesomely clear picture of America's opioid epidemic. In the five years from 2011 to 2016, the number of deaths linked to fentanyl grew. more than 1,000 percent, from fewer than 1,700 to more than 18,000. "From 2011 through the third quarter of 2013, there were fewer …

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First heart contractility modulation unit approved by FDA

Most heart implants, such as pacemakers and AICD, are designed to correct the rhythm of the underlying heart and synchronize atrial and ventricular contractions. Thus, these devices can improve the heart surface of persons with heart failure. They do nothing to enhance the heart's internal myocardial contractility. Now, the FDA has just approved the first implant that actually uses electrical …

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Another Rockdale elementary school was closed after hundreds became ill

Another Rockdale County elementary school is closed Friday after dozens more students came down with suspected norovirus. Shoal Creek Elementary in the central part of the county is called by classes after two days with a large number of absences. On Wednesday, 90 students and one employee were ill and on Thursday the number grew to 120 students and five …

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CDC seeks people who may have wrist rabid bat in Bangor – Bangor – Bangor Daily News – BDN Maine

Several people in the Bangor area handled a rabid bat with their bare hands last weekend, and public health authorities are seeking the public's help in identifying those who might have handled it. They likely need rabies post-exposure shots. The live bat was found in the vicinity of the Shaw House, the youth shelter located at Union and First streets, …

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Temple University reports 93 cases related to ejection of furrows

ABINGTON, Pa. (WPVI) – Temple University said there are now 93 cases associated with the cap outbreak, with 16 confirmed cases and 77 likely cases. A total of 88 are in Philadelphia, while the other five are from surrounding counties, officials said. Even before Friday's new issue was released, temple students told Action News that they are seriously considering bringing …

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CDC: Flu season to be "relatively long"

It's likely to be a "relatively long" flu season. This is what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports have in their latest weekly flu summary that shows it received eight reports of flu-related pediatric deaths for the week ending March 16; influenza-related activity to be widespread in 44 states and 26 states with high proportions of medical visits …

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Fentanyl overdosed deaths increased after 2013, new federal data show

Drug overdose fentanyl-related deaths saw a sharp increase from 2013 to 2016, which doubles every year, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While the number of fentanyl-related overdoses was about the same, slightly more than 1600, in 2011 and 2012, they rose to nearly 2000 in 2013 and by 2016 had reached …

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