PUBLISHED: 15:38 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:01 04 April 2018 Emma Youle Dr Claire Davies has worked in Hackney for 15 years and says she see the daily affects of inadequate housing on her patients' health. Picture: Emma Youle Archant The horror stories include cancer patients being forced to forgo treatment and terminally ill people being cared for by untrained hostel staff. As a landmark study reveals a health crisis in hostels, Hackney GP Dr Claire Davies talks to Emma Youle An empty packet of prescription drugs found outside a homeless hostel in Dalston A Hackney GP has spoken of seeing the impact of homeless hostels on patients’ mental and physical health, saying hostels are an “unacceptable way to live”. Dr Claire Davies has been at the frontline of treating health problems linked with inadequate housing in the borough and says people in hostels can easily end up on the edge of society. Speaking as part of the Gazette’s Hidden Homeless campaign, … [Read more...] about ‘Terminally ill patients are dying in hostels’: Hackney GP reveals health toll of housing crisis
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Associated Press March 26, 2018 CHERRY HILL, N.J. — The federal government will spend a record $4.6 billion this year to fight the nation’s deepening opioid crisis, which killed 42,000 Americans in 2016.But some advocates say the funding included in the spending plan the president signed Friday is not nearly enough to establish the kind of treatment system needed to reverse the crisis. A White House report last fall put the cost of the overdose epidemic at more than $500 billion a year.Former representative Patrick Kennedy, who served on President Trump’s opioid commission last year, said that there are clear solutions, but that Congress needs to devote more money to them. Advertisement ‘‘We still have lacked the insight that this is a crisis, a cataclysmic crisis,’’ he said. Get Ground Game in your inbox: Daily … [Read more...] about Federal money for opioid crisis called insufficient
Flint children's blood lead levels were nearly three times higher almost a decade before the year of the Flint water crisis, new research shows. Childhood blood lead levels in the city have been on a steady decline since 2006, with the exception of two spikes -- including between 2014 and 2015 when lead contaminated the city's drinking water -- according to the study led by Michigan Medicine and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Researchers analyzed lead concentrations of 15,817 blood samples of Flint children five years and younger over an 11-year period, including before, during and after the city's water source switch. Between 2006 and 2016, the percentage of children with blood lead levels over 5 micrograms per deciliter (the level at which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends public health actions) dropped from 11.8 to 3.2 percent. The study, which appears in the Journal of Pediatrics, found a decrease in Flint childhood blood lead levels, from 2.33 … [Read more...] about Blood lead levels of Flint children before and after water crisis
In the NewsFriday, February 16, 2018 On Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt hosted a lead summit at the agency’s headquarters. This meeting comes in the wake of the Trump administration’s proposed 2019 budget that calls for slashing EPA programs for lead abatement. Last month, during Senate testimony, Pruitt declared the agency was waging a “war on lead,” which now seems to be window dressing for the administration’s inaction. In anticipation of this summit, EWG crunched 2017 EPA lead testing data and found that more than 1,000 communities nationwide had water tainted above the lead action level. The majority of the communities affected by elevated lead levels are small and don’t have the resources to address the problem. “This widespread exposure to lead in drinking water poses a clear and present danger to the health of America’s children,” said Dr. Philip J. Landrigan, dean for global health at … [Read more...] about EWG’s News Roundup (2/16): 1,000 Communities Have Serious Lead Issues, While Flint Still Reels From Crisis
The opioid crisis is on the rise, with President Trump declaring it a full-blown public health emergency last yearResearchers are looking to CBD, a compound found in marijuana, to help reduce cravings for opioids and treat chronic painA new study this week found that opioid-addicted rats were less likely to relapse after being treated with a CBD gelCBD doesn't get you high, but it is nonetheless classified as a Schedule I drug, which makes it difficult for researchers to study its health effects Advertisement - Continue Reading Below When he was 34, Che* broke a disc in his back. His doctor prescribed OxyContin for the pain, and Che took it for about a year. But when his doctor suspected Che was abusing the drug, he cancelled his prescription. That led Che to find other ways to access the substance, including stealing money from his family.“By the time I was 37, I lost my career and my family and I was homeless,” he told MensHealth.com. “I became a full-on criminal … [Read more...] about Is Marijuana the Key to Solving the Opioid Crisis?