10 Jul 2017
Posted by Andrew Kantor
Here comes “snortable chocolate” — yes, it’s exactly what you think (assuming you think it’s a chocolate powder you sniff like snuff that’s marketed as a stimulant). And here comes the first legislator to say that the FDA really needs to get involved.
Congrats to Georgia’s Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, officially named to head the CDC (as if you didn’t know by now). You know her, of course, as the head of the Department of Public Health. She’s got a combination of medical chops, Republican connections, and a reputation as a moderate.
“Dr. Fitzgerald is more than prepared to face the health challenges of our time, including climate change, Zika, Ebola, and our growing burden of chronic disease,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.
If you’re looking to treat stomach acid, H2 blockers look to be a better choice than proton-pump inhibitors. Why? A study of 275,00 people found that PPIs lead to an increased risk of death.
“No matter how we sliced and diced the data from this large data set, we saw the same thing: There’s an increased risk of death among PPI users.”
A shocking study finds that handwritten prescriptions — notably for opioids — have more errors than electronic ones.
“Overall, the investigators found that 92 percent of handwritten prescriptions either failed to meet ideal practice standards, contained such errors as the absence of at least two patient identifiers, or failed to comply with federal opioid prescription rules.”
Could be worse, though. Could be a Russian prescription:
CDC: When you cook walrus, please make sure it’s well done.
The potential overhaul/replacement of the ACA is still up in the air. The Senate is back from its July recess no closer to an agreement — and it only has a few weeks before its August recess.