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In the U.S., Opioid-Related Death Prevalence is One is Five

One out of every five deaths among young adults in the United States is related to opioids, suggests a study led by researchers in Canada.  The study, published today in JAMA Network Open and led by St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, ON, found that the percentage of deaths attributable to opioids in the U.S. increased by 292% from 2001 to 2016, with one in every 65 deaths related to opioid use by 2016.

This number varied by age group and sex. Men represented nearly 70% of all opioid deaths by 2016, and the highest burden was among young adults aged 24 to 35 years. This study expands on research in Canadian populations.

Effectiveness of Ring Vaccination Against Ebola

The deployment of an experimental Ebola vaccine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is an important development in the fight against the disease. If the vaccine proves effective, it will spare many people from sickness and death. However, according to the analysis by the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) this approach may not be able to stop the outbreak itself.

Rising Awareness of Asthma

Millions of people in the United States, regardless of age, gender, race and ethnicity, are impacted by asthma, and the number of asthma sufferers is only projected to grow. To raise awareness about this disease, May is recognized as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.