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Trump declares opioid crisis a 'national emergency'

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will officially declare the opioid crisis a 'national emergency' and pledged to ramp up government efforts to combat the epidemic. 'The opioid crisis is an emergency. And I am saying officially right now: It is an emergency, it's a national emergency. 'We're going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis,' Trump told reporters during a brief question-and-answer session ahead of a security briefing Thursday at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Researchers from Boston Medical Center found that payments worth $46,158,388 were paid to 68,177 doctors during a 28-month study. They are concerned this could influence prescriptions.


Professor Jean-Marc Schwartz at Touro University in California found that removing fructose can improve your health in only eight days.

Sara FL Kirk and Jessie-Lee McIsaac are professors in health research at Canada's Dalhousie University. Here, they explain how marketing is pushing us into an obesity crisis.

How do you know if 'happy hour' has turned into a concerning issue? Take this 10-step test, made in association with the World Health Organization, to find out.

The state of New Hampshire sued Purdue Pharma for deceptive marketing of OxyContin on Tuesday. Many local governments have filed similar suits against drug companies this year.

Groundbreaking drug could treat childhood Alzheimer's

Scientists believe they have found a drug that could treat a rare disease that is often referred to as childhood Alzheimer's.  Results of a small clinical trial have shown promise to treat the neurogenerative condition that typically kills those afflicted before they turn 20.  The disease is called Niemann-Pick type C (NPC) and causes cholesterol build up in the neurons. That buildup causes enlarged organs, lung damage, muscle stiffness, seizures, dementia and difficulty speaking. In the trial, researchers have shown that a sugar molecule called cyclodextrin slows the diseases progression. Three young girls, Brynne (far left), Kendall (center left), and Marian (far right), all have the disease and are participating in other clinical trials for the drug.

Data showed 3.83 million patients on the waiting list for non-urgent hospital care in June - an increase of 20,000 on May. Experts have slammed the 'terrible' NHS England statistics.

Healthcare spending amounted to 9.8 per cent of Britain's GDP in 2014 - a similar figure to that in other EU nations, according to an in-depth analysis by two economists.

The number of middle-aged British men who are taking up cycling is growing. The men said that they enjoy it because it makes them feel connected to others and celebrate mastering tasks.

Butylhydroxytoluene, often added to cereals to protect nutrients, was one of three endocrine disruptors tested by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center researchers.

Conjoined twin sisters subjected to medical 'experiments'

As children, sisters Masha and Dasha Krivoshlyopova from Russia were burnt, starved, electrocuted and injected with radioactive substances. Yet despite sharing the same genetics and childhood, their personalities were very different. Masha was 'emotionally abusive' to her sister and forced her to get drunk, denied her a chance of love and refused to allow them to be separated. Yet when Masha died, Dasha wouldn't have the surgery and did not survive long.

Does your partner mock you, ignore you or even control what you wear? Sally Brown, a British psychologist, reveals 14 signs of emotional abuse in a relationship that you can't ignore.

Researchers at Harvard and a private company used the precision gene editing tool Crispr-Cas9 and gene repair technology to deactivate 100 percent of the virus in a line of pig cells.

Man plagued by maggots through breathing tube in New York

Steven Wenger was left disabled after a car accident 26 years ago. His breathing tube while at a New York state group home was invaded twice by maggots. A state investigation found that neglect of care was the reason why the maggots invested his tube. No employee was fired for the infestation.

The CDC's first ever report on the disorder reveals the rate of epilepsy cases in both adults and children increased by almost a million between 2010 and 2015, with upticks seen nationwide.

Researchers from Seattle Children’s Hospital advise adults encourage youngsters to ask questions about such events, but keep answers basic and avoid speculating on what may happen.

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, analyzed how aging affects our circadian rhythm - the body's 'clock' - and slowly derails metabolism over time.

Brazilian researchers found yoga-loving pensioners had a thicker prefrontal cortex - the region of the brain involved in complex cognition.

Woman bedridden for 14 YEARS had lyme disease

Lisa Vallo, 49, from Bradford, would fall asleep anywhere and moving left her gasping for breath. She first became 'fluey' after a bite from deer tick brought home by her cat in 2002 and begged nine doctors in total for help. She was told she had depression then ME - it took whole 14 years for a correct diagnosis after she persuading her GP to send a blood sample off to a private clinic in Germany. She has recovered after trying a holistic treatment from America,

Following the success of a landmark new trial, King's College London and Cardiff University experts found injecting patients with tiny protein fragments stopped immune cells attacking insulin.

Even children as young as two are 50 percent more likely to have thickened arteries if they grew up in the poorest quarter of society, according to data from the American Heart Association.

The compulsory tie wasn't mentioned in the Department of Health's announcement on the future of medical training. Training a doctor currently costs the taxpayer around £230,000.

Research led by the University of Utah Health found that by manipulating a single gene in mice, the brain's ability to adapt was rejuvenated, specifically in the visual cortex.

Georgia woman disabled after putting feet on dashboard

Audra Tatum, her husband and her 10-year-old daughter were driving down a back road in Chickamauga, Georgia at 45 miles an hour in August 2015. The then-31-year-old was sitting in the passenger seat with her right leg crossed over her left, which she had a habit of doing despite her husband's protestations. Suddenly, a car pulled out in front of them. Audra's husband, Nick, smashed head-on into the driver's side of the other car. The impact of the crash was on Nick's side. But while he and their daughter survived with scratches and bruises, the air bag threw Audra's foot into her face, breaking her nose, ankle, and four parts of her femur. Today, she lives with two screws in her ankle, two in her hip, and two in her knee, and she cannot stand for more than four hours a day. Pictured: Audra in the car crash (left), in hospital (right), and more recently (inset).

One cause can be a condition called FNAIT. Canadian scientists now understand how this happens following a study on mice. We may now see a new treatment to prevent the condition.

Researchers from yhe Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in New South Wales, Australia, found vitamin B3 corrects a deficiency in mice, leading to them all having healthy offspring.

Work-life balances are often shaped in the earliest parts of life, as young children are easily influenced, Queen Mary University of London experts said.

Anthony Warner slams clean eating fads and mocks Goop

British chef Anthony Warner has criticised clean eating gurus such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Ella Woodward and the Hemsley sisters. He questions the belief all processed foods are bad. He also hits out at trendy detoxes as unnecessary.

Richard Clothier, from Dunstable, says his 'world came crashing down' when he found out he can't have children. Research shows sperm counts are declining at a terrifying rate.

Countless beauty experts say the brows are the key to the woman's face. But how to knock years off? Benefit Global Brow Expert, Jared Bailey, shared his tips and tricks.

Dr Luke Cronin reveals the dental trends that work

Whiter-looking teeth without resorting to expensive dental procedures? Sign us up. There's a catch though. Some toothpaste 'alternatives', touted on the Internet as effective stain removers, might not be quite as great as their sometimes famous fans would have us to believe. Charcoal toothpaste, oil-pulling and fruit peel rubs (stock images) are all doing the rounds right now as simpler ways to a whiter, brighter, bacteria free smile, but are they actually effective?

More than 500 patients are now surviving heart failure thanks to major improvements in the NHS, researchers from University College London found.

Midwives are having to care for up to 16 women at a time in overstretched maternity units, an audit has found. And 90 per cent of units have no consultants present at the weekend.

Experts at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism say that the rise could constitute a public health crisis that is being overshadowed by the opioid epidemic and marijuana legalization.

Certain proteins in your muscle fibers help regulate sleep duration and quality, Texan researchers found. This challenges the widely accepted notion that the brain controls sleep.

Scientists discovered a non-intrusive way to study sleep. It lives in a device that analyzes the radio signals around a person, translating those to measurements to track the stages of sleep.

University of Winchester found attractive hair and lips is also an important factor in the beauty stakes. The least important facial feature seems to be someone's nose, researchers said.

Jennifer Aniston's yogi reveals her top health tips

Mandy Ingber has been Jennifer Aniston's yoga teacher in LA for 15 years (pictured together, left, in 2013). Her style of yoga, Yogalosophy, aims to give clientele a more vigorous workout. But Mandy, the survivor of attempted rape and anorexia, explains self-love is the most important thing. Here she explains diet and health tips to feel your best all the time...

It's long been suggested that growing up with an animal in the home boosts the developing body's immune system. The RAND Corporation study involved a total of 5,200 children.

A study conducted at the Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre in Norway, found music therapy plus standard care didn't improve symptoms any more than standard care alone.

NHS U-turn to say it will fund youngster's life-saving op

Health bosses had earlier refused to fund the operation for Oliver Cameron’s extremely rare heart condition as it is not available in the UK. But they have now changed their mind and agreed to meet the £150,000 cost. Six-month-old Oliver has cardiac fibroma, a large tumour in the heart. His is one of only three known cases in the UK and 200 around the world. His parents Lydia and Tim were told it was ‘near impossible’ that the NHS would pay for surgery abroad. Last night the couple, from Wantage, Oxfordshire, told of their relief at the U-turn. They wrote on social media: ‘It appears due to generous public support... and the persistent support of Oliver’s consultant that this change of decision has been confirmed.’

Some 78 per cent of Bulgarians say they don't exercise at all, according to a new survey. But at the other end of the spectrum, the cold landscape of Sweden was found to be the move active.

The data from the University of Iowa show black patients now have a 21.4 percent chance of surviving, compared to whites' 23.2 percent. That is up from 11 percent and 16 percent in 2000.

Damning studies showing complication rates of vaginal mesh

EXCLUSIVE: In recent years, evidence suggests side effects from the scandal-hit vaginal mesh surgery (inset) strikes up to 40 per cent of women. But currently, the NHS state only 1 to 3 per cent report side effects. Outraged women have consistently argued for UK health bodies to adopt a similar stance as thousands of British women have been left suicidal and unable to have sex as a result of the controversial procedure. These include a 41-year-old mother-of-five who had a vaginal mesh implant fitted for mild stress incontinence who now has to rush to the toilet because the procedure didn't work. Julie Gilsenan (left and right), from Liverpool, has been left with an overactive bladder that makes her desperate for the toilet.

Blood-flow restriction training (BFR) is an increasingly popular technique to build muscle. A University of Mississippi professor says its rehabilitation potential is 'exciting'.

Researchers from the University of Maryland found such people aged 21 to 25 are also more at risk of taking prescription drugs for non-medical reasons and having alcohol problems at an older age.

By shopping for food online, adults avoid the impulse purchases of junk-food and stick solely to the goals of maintaining a healthy diet, University at Albany scientists claim.

Skin condition has turned woman's hands into mittens

Myra Ali (left), 29, from Solihull, West Midland, suffers from a genetic complaint known as epidermolysis bullosa – also called the 'butterfly condition' – where skin is so delicate it tears constantly. Although she has had surgery to correct her 'mittens', her constantly blistering skin means scar tissue continues to form, fusing her fingers (right). Determined to lead a normal life, Ms Ali makes an effort to look feminine every day (inset).

Some 28 per cent of Britons say they have cut back on meat consumption over the past six months. Another 14 per cent are interested in limiting their consumption of meat or poultry in the future.

Researchers from Georgia State University found the risk of dying from high blood pressure increases by more than one times for every year of cannabis use. This is more risky than smoking tobacco.

ANW contestant reveals he and his wife lost a baby

Josh Butler (left), of Nashville, Tennessee, competed in the Daytona Beach finals on Monday. While the dad, who works as a bus driver for a non-profit, stopped short of completing the obstacle race, his participation came as an emotional moment for his family. His wife Katie and their two-year-old son Braxtel (right) watched and encouraged him from the side, with little Braxtel communicating with his father in sign language from a distance. Katie and Josh fostered and adopted Braxtel, who is now two years old, after losing their firstborn Dewey (inset) to a rare genetic disorder in 2015.

Youtube channel AsapSCIENCE has revealed in two hit videos what can kill you if you eat or drink enough of it. It would take 1,000 oranges to kill you, but only two teaspoons of nutmeg.

Lucy Mountain compares 'healthy' snacks to naughty treats

Lucy Mountain, aka The Fitness Fashion Foodie, has a 'no BS' approach to life. The 25-year-old, from London, educates 65,000 followers about portion sizes and how to eat what you want in a healthy way. Her motto is 'everything in moderation' and she shows how to live a balanced life. Her photos reveal that many 'healthy' treats are as calorific as 'naughty' ones, including (clockwise from top left) crisps and vegetable crisps; almonds and Fruit Pastilles; Belvita breakfast biscuits and McVitie's Digestives; and Green&Black;'s chocolate and Free-From chocolate.

Researchers from Brigham Young University found social connections reduce the risk of dying early by 50 percent. Being isolated and living alone significantly increases the chance of a early death.

A study by the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland, found that we grab each other out of self-protection when we are scared.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found mothers who were malnourished in the womb tend to have smaller babies, while fathers have shorter toddlers.

Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new imaging technique that can take images of thick multicellular samples.

Seeing someone run their hands under hot water helps control impulsive action. The findings, from Cambridge University, could lead to video-based apps designed as therapy for sufferers.

How Big Pharma is hindering treatment of opioid addiction

The percentage of people in the U.S. dying of drug overdoses has effectively quadrupled since 1999, and drug overdoses now rank as the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. Robin Feldman, a professor in pharmaceutical law at the University of California, explains how companies are blocking low-priced generic versions of addiction medication - including Martin Shkreli (pictured), the infamous CEO responsible for hiking the cost of his company's lifesaving epilepsy drug from $13.50 to $750 overnight.

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 11, 2011, file photo, a man prepares heroin he bought on the street to be injected at the Insite safe injection clinic in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The facility is promoted by its founders as a safe, humane facility for drug abusers. A report released Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine revealed that a safe haven for drug users to inject themselves with heroin and other drugs has been quietly operating in the United States for the past three years. Researchers didn't disclose the location of the site. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

The researchers at University of California, San Diego, didn't disclose the location of the facility - which is unsanctioned and potentially illegal - or the social service agency running it.

Angela Dowden on guilt-free petrol station food

Grabbing a snack from the corner shop is never going to be the healthiest option, but it’s still possible to hunt down something that will provide a decent amount of nutrients. ‘Some of the better options you’ll find include a bag of (preferably unsalted) peanuts, or an egg, chicken or tuna sandwich,’ says registered dietitian Helen Bond. But there are some surprising saviours to be found too — from milkshakes to instant noodles. Here ANGELA DOWDEN provides a guide to picking the best of a bad bunch . . .

The fatigue-inducing disorder, which affects roughly one in five Americans, has been blamed for deadly rail crashes in New York City and New Jersey and several highway crashes.

E-cigarettes have been hailed as a safer product that may discourage children from smoking tobacco products, which carry a host of health risks including cancer. But some fear it is a 'gateway'.

Experts admit they are baffled by the sharp rise in rates in this group, since risk factors (such as obesity) have increased universally, as have preventative measures (such as screening).

Papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm tested positive for five different strains of salmonella bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and fever.

Public Health England will restrict the jab to only the most vulnerable, meaning UK travellers may not be able to get it before they leave for higher-risk countries. Babies will still be given it.

The unidentified Scottish patient used four tubes of denture fixative containing zinc each week to glue them down, he told doctors at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.

Celebrities’ post-baby bodies do affect women’s confidence

Researchers from the University of Illinois found 46 percent of women feel self-conscious and depressed when seeing celebrities recover their pre-baby physique. The researchers believe high-profile mothers including Halle Berry, Abbey Clancy, Alex Gerrard and Kate Middleton (pictured) set unrealistic expectations for 'real women' and do not account for the stress of caring for a baby.

Lead author Joseph Dunsmoor from the University of Texas, said: 'The mind uses cues to danger learned over time, but circumstances can cause people to misidentify those cues.'

Sandy Millington, from Stockton-on-Tees, Durham, met Mr Horner, 31, but was unable to properly hear her son's heart through a stethoscope. Mr Horner therefore held Ms Millington against his chest.

Researchers from the University of Kansas delved into one of the greyest areas of friendship and found staying in touch with ex partners is 'very persuasive phenomenon' (stock image).

Babies can differentiate between words in the two different languages and at the moment they hear the switch their pupils dilate, researchers from Princeton University found (stock image)

Sydney woman welcomes baby with the help of her 2 sisters

Samantha Brand, 40, from Sydney, was left infertile after battling late stage three ovarian cancer in her twenties. But with the help of her younger sisters, Rachel, 36, and Nikkita, 24, she and her husband Ben were able to start the family they'd always wanted. The couple welcomed baby girl Starla in October after Rachel offered to be a surrogate and Nikkita donated an egg. 'They are her special aunties. They are great role models... Starla is lucky to have them and so am I,' Sam said.

Aldi and Lidl stores in Germany have already taken millions of eggs off shelves amid fears they are tainted with traces of the pesticide Fipronil, with infected eggs believed to have reached Britain.

Simple hack for getting children to eat more vegetables

Making sure children eat their recommended intake of fresh vegetables is a battle most families face every day. But now, thanks to science, there a proven way to get kids to eat their greens - and it couldn't be simpler. Findings from a new Australian study showed children will eat vegetables without too much fuss, but it all comes down to the way they're served (stock images)

Researchers at Aston University in Birmingham have transformed skin cells into neurons, which they then 3D-printed into structures that resemble the brain to test treatment methods for dementia.

Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, said to taste more like Classic Coca-Cola, contains sodium citrate, which isn't in Diet Coke. Diet Coke contains citric acid, which can't be found in Coca-Cola Zero Sugar.

Does the controversial Ketogenic Diet really work?

Favoured by the likes of Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow for its rapid results, the Ketogenic Diet has been making headlines non-stop over the past 12 months. The low carbohydrate, high fat program sees participants eat moderate protein and receive the majority of their energy intake from fat. But does it really work? The Dietitians Association of Australia recently weighed in on the controversial diet and revealed the three things people need to consider before jumping on board the Keto bandwagon.

Dorset Cereals, Rude Health and Eat Natural have no nutrition labels on the front of their packs, while Kellogg’s, Nestle and Jordans do not use colour coded labels.

Woman lost 10 kilos after learning to love vegetables

Natasha Bevilacqua, 24, from Victoria, had always hated vegetables until she found a programme which helped her to overhaul her attitude (pictured left, before and right, after). One year down the track, Ms Bevilacqua is just over ten kilos lighter (right). Not only this, but she has completely shifted her attitude and taken control of her cravings. The 24-year-old shared her story with FEMAIL.


The danger lies in what sleep scientists at the University of Arizona in Tucson, in the U.S., call ‘social jet lag’.

EXCLUSIVE: The Modius headset device sends a signal to the brain to suppress appetite, boost fat burning and activate metabolic hormones, claim its British neuroscientist inventors.

Toby (pictured) died after suffering SUDEP, sudden unexplained death in epilepsy, thought to be caused by an interruption with the autonomic nervous system.

A study by the University of Montreal has shown that habitual players of action games have fewer neurons in their hippocampus, a key memory center in the brain.

Chemo side effects can destroy quality of life

At first glance, some might think Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood foolish for saying that he would decline chemotherapy, despite his lung cancer diagnosis, writes DR MARTIN SCURR. After all, for many, chemotherapy is a lifeline, a way to ensure the cancer cells that might otherwise prove fatal are firmly, albeit brutally, exterminated. And lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death worldwide.

Sweating deliberately costs money in the age of spin classes and Tough Mudder. But psychologists suggest there is something deeper at play driving six-figure earners into grueling workouts.

Why are babies dying needlessly in NHS hospitals?

May 17, 2011, should have been the happiest day of Michelle Hemmington’s life. Nine days after the due date, her baby had decided to make an appearance. When Michelle then 33, was admitted to Northampton General Hospital shortly after 9am, accompanied by her partner Paul Buckley, a teacher, and her twin sister Donna, mother and child seemed set for a normal labour. But by 11.46 that evening, 33 desperate minutes after he was born, Louie Hemmington Buckley (inset) had been declared dead, the 7lb 7oz victim of a shocking catalogue of incompetence and technical failures that starved him of oxygen. (pictured left and right: Michelle with her partner Paul and children Kitty, one and five-year-old Lulah),

The consequences of sleep deprivation on the brain are more severe than previously thought, according to research from Quebec-based health company Medisys (stock image).

Sheriff's wife was addicted to heroin in Ohio city

Sheriff Robert Leahy (pictured left) filed for divorce from his wife in 2005 after she relapsed on heroin, At the time, the opioid epidemic was in its early stages, with addiction having yet to truly ravage rural America. When Leahy's wife, Gretchen (pictured center with her arms around Leahy and their son) walked through their front door around 10pm that day, clearly high on the drug, he said that was the breaking point.

Gabrielle Beltz and Cyril Seillet, molecular immunology researchers at Australia's Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, explain how gender affects your risk of catching the pesky flu.

The study, conducted at the Amen Clinics in Newport Beach, California, compared more than 45,000 brain imaging studies to show the differences between brain activity in men and women.

Tissue Nanotransfection is a nanochip the size of a penny made by Ohio scientists. Within a second it injects genetic code into skin cells, turning them into cells needed to restore blood vessels.

1 in 5 individuals suffer from paranoia, according to a King's College expert. Professor Philippa Garety said increasing use of social media is to blame. Young people in particular are at risk.

The robot that could cure your prostate cancer

The Mail On Sunday speaks to four experts who discuss the new developments every patient should be aware of and the treatments that really do make a difference. They include more accurate screening, less invasive diagnosis techniques, robotic surgery and targeted drugs. Pictured is a graphic explaining how the da Vinci Xi surgical robot, which is used to perform robotic prostatectomies at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London, works.

Health service bosses clawed back a staggering £23 million in the past year alone in fines and unpaid bills as a result of the drive to penalise those who wrongly claimed free prescriptions in England.

The grandmother and Labour peer, once dubbed ‘the thinking man’s crumpet’, has admitted that even she isn’t immune to the odd age-related illness, having had a hip replacement.

A new study at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto found that the group is being ignored despite being a key part of the opioid addiction epidemic.

The drug closthioamide has been found to be effective against drug-resistent super-gonorrhoea - which is rapidly spreading globally because of oral sex and condom use decline.

The latest Diet and Nutrition Survey which assesses the dietary habits of the UK annually found women are eating an average of just 47 grams of red meat a day (stock image).

People in their 20s are unfaithful for interdependence and independence, found Tennessee researchers. Attachment styles, alcohol and seeking a thrill were also reasons.


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