This month’s quote is paraphrased from a statement made by William ‘Bill” Ramsey, MD, associate vice president for coordination and logistics and chief collaboration officer at West Virginia University. I was visiting WVU as the director of the Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (dvcipm.org), an organization under the Uniformed Services University as part of a pain research partnership between the two medical universities.
WVU had reached out to USU/DVCIPM under the leadership of Clay B. Marsh, MD, vice president and executive dean for health sciences to inquire about the military’s experience with pain and opioids after 19 years of continuous conflict.
Scientists and bacteria are locked in an arms race. Over time, bacteria can evolve to resist today’s powerful vaccines. Bordetella pertussis—which causes pertussis, or whooping cough—is no different. Although the current vaccines that protect against it are highly effective—plunging the annual death rate from around 9,000 in the early 1940s to 13 in 2017—there’s no guarantee they will stay that way.
Kids need to drink plenty of water all year long -- and especially in the summer -- to stay healthy, hydrated, and active. But a recent study finds that on any given day, a staggering 20% of the children in the U.S. don’t drink a drop of water from tap or bottled sources.
Naloxone prescription rates have improved, but there were many “missed opportunities” to potentially avoid opioid-overdose related deaths, new CDC data show.