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Venezuela first lady’s ‘narco nephews’ get jail term for drug trafficking
Venezuela first lady’s ‘narco nephews’ get jail term for drug trafficking
Dec 15, 2017

In a high-profile narcotics trial in New York, Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas (32) and Efrain Antonio Campo Flores (31), two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady Cilia Flores, were sentenced to 18 years in prison on Dec. 14, 2017, for conspiring to import cocaine into the United States. The duo was accused of smuggling 1,700

WHO calls for stringent drug control measures against carfentanil
WHO calls for stringent drug control measures against carfentanil
Dec 15, 2017

In the wake of the rising overdose deaths involving carfentanil in the United States and other North American countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed a recommendation  seeking strict drug control measures for the fentanyl analogue. The Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) had demanded inclusion of carfentanil and other fentanyl analogues into Schedules

CVS to acquire health insurance giant Aetna
CVS to acquire health insurance giant Aetna
Dec 14, 2017

The American retail pharmacy and health care company CVS Health recently announced its $69 billion acquisition plans to takeover Aetna, one of the largest health insurers in the country. However, adding the assumed value of Aetna’s debt, the total deal of the transaction would amount to $77 billion. This acquisition surpassed the $29 billion acquisition

America’s youngest generation experiencing mental health crisis
America’s youngest generation experiencing mental health crisis
Dec 13, 2017

The prosperity of any nation is directly proportional to the health of its youngest generation that grows up to take the reins in future. However, the youngest generation in the United States is staring at a grievous mental health crisis, threatening to make the country’s future wobbly. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

US facing serious public health challenges, says UHF annual report
US facing serious public health challenges, says UHF annual report
Dec 13, 2017

The United States is facing serious public health challenges – ranging from the rising rate of premature deaths to the uneven concentration of key health care providers, says the annual report, “America’s Health Rankings Annual Report,” by the United Health Foundation (UHF). Though the nation has been witnessing a decline in smoking prevalence, the rate

Opioid crisis fuels hepatitis B cases in Maine
Opioid crisis fuels hepatitis B cases in Maine
Dec 12, 2017

In the wake of the opioid epidemic, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Dec. 11, 2017, issued a public notice, reporting an unusual surge in numbers of hepatitis cases in the state. According to Maine CDC officials, the cases of hepatitis B – both chronic and acute – have exceeded more

Virginia vows $76m to fight opioid addiction, to improve mental health treatment
Virginia vows $76m to fight opioid addiction, to improve mental health treatment
Dec 12, 2017

In an effort to fight the opioid epidemic from all quarters and improve Virginia’s existing mental health treatment facilities, Governor Terry McAuliffe has allocated $76 million in his annual budget for the financial year 2019-2020. While mental health funding will cost a total of $57.8 million, the rest is reserved for prevention of opioid epidemic.

Opioid epidemic: Intermountain Healthcare to pay $1m for drug diversion
Opioid epidemic: Intermountain Healthcare to pay $1m for drug diversion
Dec 12, 2017

In what turns out to be the largest settlement related to drug diversion in the history of Utah, Intermountain Healthcare, a state-based not-for-profit health care system, has agreed to pay the United States $1 million to resolve allegations against its former medical assistant in a case of diversion of controlled substances for personal use between

Suspension of St. Norbert women’s basketball team over alcohol-related incidents sends strong message
Suspension of St. Norbert women’s basketball team over alcohol-related incidents sends strong message
Dec 08, 2017

With drinking emerging as a ritual religiously practiced in the American colleges, a large number of drinking incidents are reported on a regular basis. One such incident was recently reported from the St. Norbert College. Apparently, the women’s basketball team of the college has been disallowed to play the next 10 games following a series

Serving alcohol with pizza: Unique Pizza Hut delivery experience
Serving alcohol with pizza: Unique Pizza Hut delivery experience
Dec 08, 2017

In a move to gain an edge over competitors and give its customers a delightful experience, Pizza Hut has announced to deliver beer and wine along with pizza beginning January 2018. In an announcement made on Dec. 5, 2017, America’s largest pizza chain said that the service will begin in Phoenix, Arizona and gradually move