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Child Homicides Llinked To Intimate Partner Violence

Approximately 20% of homicides of children 2 to 14 years of age in the United States may be related to intimate partner violence (IPV), a fact that is currently underreported by the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), according to a new study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Fake Drugs Put The Life At Risk

In late 2012, 60 people died in two cities in Pakistan after drinking cough syrup to get high. Syrups from two separate manufacturers were involved. It was found that both were using an active ingredient dextromethorphan, a synthetic morphine-like compound imported from the same manufacturer in India. Indian drug authorities put a halt to production while they investigated.

Opioid Use Linked to Increased AF Risk

Even relatively short-term use of opioids can increase the risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients in their mid 30s, new research suggests. A retrospective analysis of more than 850,000 veterans in the United States (mean age, 38 years) showed that 29% of the 3000 participants with AF had been prescribed an opioid, whereas only 15% of those without AF had.