Doctors often underestimate the addictiveness of opioids

first_imgPhysicians often underestimate the addictiveness of opioids when writing prescriptions for patients, Atul Gawande, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of Ariadne Labs, said at a forum on “The State of Public Health.” He discussed current public health issues, ranging from gun violence to unaffordable health coverage, at the March 7 John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics.Gawande said he and other physicians have probably unknowingly had a role in the opioid crisis when prescribing the medications by not realizing how addictive the drugs are, according to a March 8, 2018 Harvard Crimson article. “I had no idea. And I was handing it out with prescriptions which were giving people 50 pills when they would use three,” he said, and the remaining pills could end up on the black market, the article stated.His frankness was lauded by others at the program. Theodore “Ted” Strickland, former Ohio governor, said, “He talks about [these issues] as a problem solver, and we need to listen to him, as a country and as a society. I think he has a voice that can lead us to making better decisions if we listen to his sage advice.”Read the Harvard Crimson article: Gawande Speaks on Addictiveness of Opioids at IOP: ‘I Had No Idea’Learn morePhysicians’ opioid prescribing patterns linked to patients’ risk for long-term drug use (Harvard Chan School press release)Overcoming the opioid crisis (Harvard Chan School news)Recent Massachusetts effort to curb opioid prescriptions may not be effective (Harvard Chan School news)President Trump’s opioid declaration unlikely to address root causes of epidemic (Harvard Chan School feature)How to address opioid epidemic? The public is unsure. (Harvard Chan School news)The Opioid Crisis (The Forum at Harvard Chan School)Opioid Painkiller Abuse: Ending the Crisis (The Forum at Harvard Chan School) Read Full Storylast_img read more

Viva Las Vegas: Converged Platforms at EMC World 2016

first_imgIn a few days’ time thousands of IT practitioners, IT professionals, subject matter experts and technology enthusiasts will descend upon the Venetian in Las Vegas to learn about the latest in converged platforms, software defined, all flash technologies, and hybrid cloud at EMC World 2016. The Converged Platforms Division will be out in full force with the intention of demonstrating how converged solutions can reduce IT complexity and drive business value.We pride ourselves on the constant evolution and development of our portfolio to better meet our customers’ current and future technology needs. With every product, solution or platform announced we have accelerated our customers’ journey towards a simplified and faster IT environment, whilst also offering more choice than ever before to meet a diverse range of workloads, applications and use cases.At EMC World 2016 we will reveal how the journey towards a modern data center supported by a scalable and robust infrastructure can be expedited with two significant announcements to our converged platforms portfolio. Chad Sakac, President, Converged Platforms Division, will be unveiling the details in a keynote session on Tuesday, 3 May, 10-00 – 11:30am. In another general session on Wednesday, 4 May, 10:00 – 11:30am, Chad Sakac will do product demonstration, showcasing the latest additions to our portfolio.Another not-to-be-missed highlight of the event will be Chad Sakac’s IT Leadership Session on “Platforms Are the New End Game” on Tuesday, 3 May, 12:00 – 1:00pm. In his inimitable style, Chad will reveal why customers should shift from a build to a buy consumption model and how they can benefit from flexibility in infrastructure. He’ll also elaborate on the impact of the software defined data center and cloud native applications on the ability of businesses to innovate and deliver unique and new opportunities. De-mystifying hyper-converged as never before, Chad will answer any questions you might have on converged platforms.Satisfied customers are the best proof that our products and solutions are delivering what we are promising they will. With this in mind, we will host several “Customer Experiences with VCE Converged Infrastructure” sessions where VCE customers will discuss how they’ve used Vblock and VxRack Systems to modernize their data centers and become more agile and flexible. Customers that have partnered with VCE such as Fujifilm Medical Systems and University of San Diego will explain how they have driven IT transformation strategies that simplified IT operations while lowering operational costs and reducing risk. A must see session for anyone considering embarking on their own IT and business transformational journey.A technology enthusiasts’ delight, the Converged Platforms Division booth (#739) will feature the full range of our converged platforms portfolio spanning Blocks, Rack and Appliances, and key platforms and solutions. Our booth  will be a hive of activity where we will be hosting in-theatre demos, presentations, and most importantly hands-on labs where you can experience and explore VCE Vision Intelligent Operations for VCE Systems, VCE VxRack Manager and VxRail Manager either in a guided or self-paced environment.If you are attending the show be sure to wear your VCE goodies (stickers, bag tags, hats), as you may be spotted by our prize patrol for a chance to win prizes. Don’t forget to drop by our booth where we will be handing out personalized IT Action Hero picture frames to go along with your photo. Pictures can be taken at the VCE booth and tweeted with #ITActionHero for a chance to win a 3D Printer!For those who are not attending the event – you can catch the keynotes and highlight session via the virtual event. You can also get involved with our Ask the Experts session in the Converged Platforms Community and join our day 2 CrowdChat.  Join the community and follow along with @EMCworld and @VCE for more details on these events.Plus our roving ambassadors will be blogging important takeaways and summaries from the key sessions on the Vblog. Be sure to actively follow it. Our social media team will live tweet from the Converged Platforms keynote, main booth sessions and breakout sessions. Get real time updates with our designated live tweeters including @JayCuthrell, @YoungP2, @dresnic, and @H2Ohs.The glittering lights of Las Vegas beckon. Tighten your seatbelts as it promises to be a superb event.last_img read more

Auto lending industry: The top 5 things happening now

first_imgWhat’s been going on this year in the auto lending industry? In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the top five things that have been happening in 2020 in the auto lending industry, and give you tips to help your financial institution thrive in 2021.1. Global Consumer Confidence Index Declines SharplyAccording to The Conference Board, “In 2020 Q2, The Global Consumer Confidence Index fell sharply from a near historic high of 106 in Q1 to 92, indicating there were more pessimistic consumers than optimistic ones globally for the first time since 2016 (a reading below 100 is considered negative). The 14-point drop is the largest quarterly decline since the index began in 2005 Q1 and is double the largest drop in the index during the global financial crisis in 2008-09.”2. Longer Loan Terms Could Be a Troubling Sign for LendersFinancial institutions typically offer auto loan terms that range anywhere from 24 to 72 months. However, one trend that the industry has seen in recent years has been financial institutions issuing loans over much longer periods. In fact, 84 months is not an uncommon term length for borrowers. This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more

O.J. Simpson makes bizarre Twitter introduction, saying he has ‘getting even to do’

first_imgSimpson’s first tweet was a video of him explaining that his is the real O.J. account, not one of those fake accounts that have surfaced all over Twitter. He also goes on to say he’s “got a little getting even to do.” The “getting even” really left viewers curious — and a little rattled as to what he meant. When OJ Simpson post his 1st Twitter video and ends it with’ “I got a lot of getting even to do.”— Pierre (@pwee31) June 15, 2019Simpson also mentioned that viewers will get to read his “thoughts and opinions on just about everything.” A lot of the Twitter world isn’t so sure they want that. O.J. Simpson has joined Twitter, and it sure is shaking up the social media site — probably due, in part, that this week marks the 25th anniversary of the murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.MORE: Simpson enjoying life in Las Vegas 25 years after double murderlast_img read more

Assemblyman Wars Against Red Light Cameras

first_imgBy John BurtonState Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon is not letting up on his battle against the red light camera program and wants the program eliminated.“I’m not going to stop. As long as people’s lives are in danger and people are unjustly being punished I will be unrelenting,” he vowed.O’Scanlon, R-13, made those comments while discussing his recent criticism leveled at the state Depart­ment of Transportation (DOT) report on the program which analyzed two year’s worth of data from two Newark intersections and 12 months of information from 24 other locations.O’Scanlon contends the state report offers a skewed take on the findings to put the program in a positive light.“In order to say something positive about the pilot program here in New Jersey, you have to torture the data to the point it’s irrelevant,” he said.The report concluded that the safety data were promising and it showed a decrease in right-angle crashes.Scanlon has been waging this war for a while now, voicing his objections to the traffic safety pilot program, approved by the Legislature in 2009. It is slated to run for five years.“For me it’s a justice thing,” he said last month. “Govern­ment shouldn’t be designing rules to rip people off.”He charges that the program is unjustly issuing violations for cars traveling through the camera-manned intersections. This may be being done with the government acting – perhaps unintentionally – in collusion with the private industry managing the cameras, according to O’Scanlon.The assemblyman has also alleged yellow lights are incorrectly calibrated, shorter than the law allows, so motorists are being photographed running red lights and are therefore subject to unwarranted summons. The result, he said, is the program is failing to make intersections any safer and might actually be making some even less safe.The pilot program has been operating in 25 municipalities throughout the state at roughly 100 intersections that DOT spokesman Joe Dee said, “have proven to be problematic in terms of crashes and severe crashes.”None of those intersections are in Monmouth County, where O’Scanlon lives and his legislative district represents 16 of the county’s towns. The closest intersections to the area are in Woodbridge in Middlesex County and Brick, located in Ocean County.While the issue doesn’t directly affect his district, O’Scanlon said there is a bigger issue at hand. “If we’re not going to have rational regional traffic laws,” he said, “people are going to lose respect for law on every level.”American Traffic Solu­tions, with its U.S. headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz., installed the cameras and operates them. The system works when the traffic signal turns red, not yellow, with the cameras photographing motorists driving through an intersection or making an illegal right turn on red. Traffic citations are then mailed to the car owners, said Charles Territo, vice president of communications for American Traffic Solutions.“The bottom line is that cities and municipalities using red light setting cameras have seen a significant reduction in the number of violations being captured and the number of crashes and injuries,” Territo said in response to O’Scanlon’s allegations.Local governments have been using the devices for about 20 years. Currently there are about 7,000 of them in operation around the U.S., he said.O’Scanlon’s most recent criticism is leveled at the newest DOT report that O’Scanlon called “wholly statistically invalid.”The report found the pilot program should continue until it sunsets in 2014, giving the Legislature sufficient data to debate continuing and expanding or canceling the program, the DOT’s Dee said.While O’Scanlon contended “there’s an agenda on someone’s part,” given the “unwarranted positive spin” in the report to support the program, he wouldn’t offer any hints as to who was behind the agenda. However, he said he didn’t think it was on the “commissioner level.”O’Scanlon said the program “cannot go on (until 2014) in its present form. It should be killed right now.”last_img read more

UPDATE: Beaver Valley forward Brandon Butlin back home resting after night in hospital

first_imgIt appears Beaver Valley forward Brandon Butlin suffered a severe concussion after being checked near the boards during Saturday night’s Kootenay International Junior Hockey League at the NDCC Arena between the Leafs and Nitehawks.The hit, happening with 2:45 remaining in the third period, silenced the more than 300 people in attendance.“When (Beaver Valley head coach) Terry (Jones) got to the hospital last night (Brandon) was talking,” said assistant coach Jeremy Cominotto told The Nelson Daily Sunday.“He couldn’t remember the hit but he remembers scoring his goal . . . and that was pretty much it.”Cominotto said Butlin wanted to go home from the hospital Saturday, but doctors kept the Trail native overnight for observation.“(Hospital staff) kept him for observation just to make sure . . .. They were a little worried about his neck but apparently he’s okay,” Cominotto.At the time of the injury, Nelson was holding a 5-2 lead.Butlin had the puck near the Nelson blueline when Leaf winger Dustin Reimer hit the Hawks’ forward with a clean check.Butlin collided with the boards and immediately went into convulsions with his legs flailing.Training staff from both teams rushed to the injured player and without hesitation called for an ambulance.Rink staff quickly ran to fetch the AED (automated external defibrillator) for training staff as a precaution in case the Hawks’ player went into cardiac arrest.At no time did Butlin stop breathing.Cominotto said there was an uneasy feeling on the Hawks as everyone in the arena watched medical staff deal with the Beaver Valley player.But the coaching staff kept the players informed from the moment the BC Ambulance left the NDCC Arena with updates on Butlin’s condition. “We have a lot of guys on the team that have known Brandon for a lone time so it was definitely a quiet bus ride (back to Fruitvale),” Cominotto explained.“Guys were a little worried and really upset. So we just put hockey aside and dealt with what was important which was Brandon’s heath and making sure everyone was able to deal with it in a proper manner.”Now that Butlin is resting comfortably at home, the Hawks players can now move on to get ready for the next game, Friday at home against the Chase Heat.To make the transition easier the coaching staff held a meeting with the players Sunday morning.Team practice resumes Monday.“Right now we’re trying to deal with Brandon and the way we’re playing hockey right now,” said Cominotto. “Obviously guys are worried about their teammate and now that we know Brandon is going to be fine we can move on with the hockey and try to move forward and get better.”As for Butlin, Cominotto said there would be no rush to get the 17-year-old forward back into the lineup.“It’s a little too soon say what happened to Brandon . . . he’s definitely concussed,” said Cominotto.“So he’ll probably be out for a while. But we’re going to take every precautionary measure to make sure he’s okay. We’re not going to rush him back and do what’s best for Brandon.”Hockey is a violent game with players moving at lightning quick speeds.Injuries are bound to happen.However, anytime a player leaves the ice on a stretcher there’s cause for concern.“It’s the game of hockey,” Cominotto said.“Injuries happen unfortunately but at any time players get hurt. It was just unfortunate for Brandon (Saturday) night.”OVERTIME: Beaver Valley assistant coach Jeremy Cominotto believes there would be no efforts made to play out the final 2:45 of the game. The remaining time was left on the clock as both coaches felt it would be in the best interest not to play out the game, instead sending both teams to the dressing room.See previous story: read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 16, 2015)–Under aggressive handling from Rafael Bejarano, Bob Baffert’s Fantastic Style cruised to a 3 ¼ length win in Saturday’s $75,000 Angels Flight Stakes at Santa Anita. Sent from the gate in a field of five 3-year-old fillies, Fantastic Style set fractions of 22.39, 44.70 and 1:08.10 en route to a final clocking of 1:20.38.“I knew we were the speed in the race and it looked like the track was pretty fast in the first race,” said Bejarano. “We had a clean break and I decided to take advantage of it and take care of business. She likes to run this way and she gave me a big kick.”The second choice at 2-1, Fantastic Style paid $6.40, $2.60 and $2.10. Owned by Kaleem Shah, who along with Baffert, is at Pimlico Race Course today to see Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund run in the Preakness, Fantastic Style returned to Southern California following a third place finish in the Grade II, seven furlong Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland April 12 to register her third win from five starts. With the winner’s share of $47,400, she increased her earnings to $152,000.“I didn’t necessarily think she would ‘romp’ in here, but I did think she would run well,” said Baffert assistant Mike Marlow. “She made a nice lead and the fast track today just kind of carried her. She ran very well.”Ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, favored Tara’s Tango sat second down the backside and around the turn but could never get on terms with the winner and had to settle for second money, finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of Ben’s Duchess. Off at 3-5, Tara’s Tango paid $2.40 and $2.10.Ben’s Duchess, who was ridden by Joe Talamo, broke from the far outside and pressured the favorite around the turn but was third best. Off at 9-2, she paid $2.10 to show.The Angels Flight was carded as the second race on an 11-race Preakness Day card.last_img read more


first_imgZENYATTA IS ONE OF FIVE GRADE I BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACES ON 11-RACE OPENING DAY CARD AT SANTA ANITA “Then I thought if I scratch her something else could come up, then everything would be messed up,” he said, “so I stuck with it and I’m glad I did.” “She knows what her job is and she enjoys it,” Stevens said. “That big brain between her ears is what makes her different and special.” In her previous start, Beholder won the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar, beating colts by 8 1/4 lengths. She has won 15 of 20 career starts, including 11 of 12 at Santa Anita. The victory, worth $180,000, increased her earnings to $4,436,600. In other Grade 1 races:_Smooth Roller overtook pacesetter Bayern to win the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes by 5 ½ lengths. Ridden by Tyler Baze, Smooth Roller ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.08 and paid $13 to win. Land Over Sea was second and Right There third. The other seven fillies and mares in the Zenyatta were running for second-place money, and all of them went off at double-digit odds. The Zenyatta was one of five Grade 1 races on the card, with winners earning automatic berths in various Breeders’ Cup races. “That stretch run was probably a treadmill test for the cardiologist,” O’Neill said. “That was truly so exciting.” “I hate to say easy, but it really did look easy,” Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella said. “She’s good. She’s really, really good.” “I’d like to see what happens when that takes place,” said B. Wayne Hughes, who owns Beholder and lives in Lexington, Kentucky. “He’s a very good horse. He’s one of a kind. But he’s a colt, that’s his disadvantage.” The Ireland-bred filly ran 1 1/4 miles on turf in 2:00.76 and paid $19.40, $10.80 and $7.60 at 8-1 odds for trainer Graham Motion. Photo Call earned a berth in the BC Filly & Mare Turf. ARCADIA, Calif. _ Bring on American Pharoah. American Pharoah was expected to work out at Santa Anita on Sunday. He hasn’t run since finishing second in the Travers last month. My Sweet Addiction returned $5.40 and $3.40, while Savings Account was another 5 1/2 lengths back in third and paid $5.60 to show. “To run second to that mare is really a good thing,” said Mike Smith, who rode My Sweet Addiction. “She just did everything right, but we ran against Beholder.” _Photo Call scored a 2 ¼-length upset in the $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes under Drayden Van Dyke.center_img She ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.79 and paid $2.40 to win as the 1-5 favorite for Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Songbird earned a berth in the BC Juvenile Fillies. _Nyquist outlasted Swipe in a stretch duel to win the $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes by three-quarters of a length. Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Nyquist ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.89 and paid $3 to win as the 1-2 favorite. By BETH HARRISAP Racing Writer Elektrum, another Ireland-bred, was second. Stormy Lucy was third. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert went 2-3, with Hoppertunity and Bayern, whose loss likely sent him into retirement. The 93-degree heat was a concern to Mandella, who briefly considered scratching Beholder. There was a stewards’ inquiry into the stretch run, when Nyquist came over on rail-hugging Swipe twice and appeared to brush him, but no changes were made.Swipe was second and Hollywood Don third. “I’m not going to make any predictions, but I can’t wait to get to Keeneland,” said Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who rides Beholder. “I just hope everybody shows up like they did today. I’ll probably feel less pressure going into the Classic than what I felt today. I knew we had to get through this one as easy as possible and it was.” The 5-year-old mare and the Triple Crown winner are headed for a highly anticipated match-up in the $5 million Classic at Keeneland in Kentucky. _Songbird won the $300,000 Chandelier Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by 4 1/2 lengths under Smith to improve to 3-0. Trained by Doug O’Neill, Nyquist earned an automatic berth into the BC Juvenile. The 2-year-old colt improved to 4-0. Beholder beat up on the competition again, winning the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes for the third consecutive year at Santa Anita on Saturday in her final prep for the Breeders’ Cup Classic next month. Beholder earned her sixth straight victory, this time by 3 1/4 lengths. She ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.83 and paid $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10 as the 1-9 favorite. Beholder broke on the far outside in the No. 9 post and settled just off the pace. She overtook leader My Sweet Addiction near the quarter-pole and pulled away through the stretch, with Stevens not needing his whip. He patted her mane as she crossed the finish line. Bayern won last year’s BC Classic, but he is 0-5 this year, finishing last twice. His third-place result equaled his best showing this season. Hard Not to Like, the 8-5 favorite, finished eighth.last_img read more


first_img            FLAVIEN PRAT, ILLUMINANT, WINNER: “Yes, I expected to be that close to the pace. Fanticola was the only speed in the race so I knew I needed to be right there. My filly has speed too, so I knew it would be ok.“I think she improved off her Jenny Wiley (Grade I, 1 1/16 at Keeneland April 16) third place finish in her last out. The turf is a bit softer here and that’s maybe better for her, especially going a mile and an eighth. And here at Santa Anita I feel it’s better if you’re closer to the lead. At Keeneland, it’s a bigger turf course and when you come from off the pace there, it’s easier.“We work every day to win a race like this so I’ll really enjoy it and have to thank Michael McCarthy and all the connections.” ARON WELLMAN, ECLIPSE THOROUGHBRED PARTNERS, ILLUMINANT, WINNER: “First of all, all the credit has to go to this man, Michael McCarthy. This filly is high maintenance and he’s done a great job. She ran her heart out last time at Keeneland (when third, behind winner, Tepin and runner-up, Weekela). Winning big races like this at Santa Anita and other tracks around the country is what it’s all about. Without our partners we wouldn’t be able to do this.“We’re a Todd Pletcher organization, he’s our main man. As a disciple of Todd’s it just made all the sense in the world for us to support Michael when he hung up his shingle to go out on his own and I couldn’t be happier for him and his family. He’s got about five or six for us now.“Gary (Young) and I are a two man team at the two year old sales and we found her at the sale down in Ocala, FL together.”             MICHAEL MCCARTHY, ILLUMINANT, WINNER: “It’s pretty exciting to win a race like this. I thought she would run well today. She’s a very honest filly, tries hard and I thought the mile and an eighth would be right up her alley.“Fanticola is a very tough mare and I was just kinda hoping we would have enough to get to her. Luckily today, we did.”“I didn’t give Flavien a whole of instructions before the race. I didn’t think he needed it.” TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: Winning Owners, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and west coast representative, Aron Wellman operate out of Del Mar, CA.center_img JOCKEY QUOTES JAVIER CASTELLANO, WEKEELA, SECOND: “We had a perfect trip and we were in a good position the whole way. The pace was slow, but we were right behind the winner turning for home and that filly never stopped.” -30-last_img read more