Bowling for Boobs event helps women get life-saving screenings they need

RICHMOND, Va. — For the fourth year in a row, Bowling for Boobs is helping area women, who are low income or underinsured, get the life-saving screenings they need. “Reach Out For Life stays connected with where can people can get free mammograms if they’re turned down from programs, we pay for them to ensure everyone has the opportunity for early detection,” said Norah Lind, Executive Director of Reach Out For Life. The money raised from the Bowling for Boobs event February 23 at the Bowl America in Short Pump,…

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New knee replacement technology uses CT scans to create the perfect artificial joint

RICHMOND, Va. — 60-year-old Mike Haudricourt is recovering from his second total knee replacement. His first surgery in 2017 at Parham Doctor’s Hospital, using state-of-the-art robotic technology, convinced him to have his second knee replacement last month. “I was doing injections and physical therapy, I even had a brace at one point,” Haudricourt says. “I just got to the point where it was time to do it.” Haudricourt turned to Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. William Nordt for both surgeries to help him find relief from the degenerative and painful knee condition…

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Your kid spends too much time on their phone and not getting enough sleep or exercise

If you have teenagers, you probably won’t be surprised to hear that a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found that only five percent of them are getting enough sleep or exercise and are limiting their screen time to what’s recommended by experts. The researchers analyzed data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey. Of the almost 60,000 teens who completed the survey between 2011 and 2017, only 5% followed the recommendations for sleep, exercise and screen time, according to the…

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Purdue Pharma sought secret plan to become ‘end-to-end pain provider,’ lawsuit alleges

Pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma LP secretly pursued a plan, dubbed “Project Tango,” to become “an end-to-end pain provider” by selling both opioids and drugs to treat opioid addiction, all while owners on the board — members of one of America’s richest families — reaped more than $4 billion in opioid profits, according to a lawsuit newly unredacted on Thursday. The suit says the company and its owners, the Sackler family, whose name adorns some of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the country, engaged in a decade of deception to…

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Trump proposal would upend drug industry by overhauling rebates in Medicare

The Trump administration unveiled a proposal Thursday that could radically change the way many drugs are priced and paid for in Medicare and Medicaid. The plan calls for effectively banning drug makers from providing rebates to pharmacy benefit managers and insurers in Medicare Part D- and Medicaid-managed care plans. Instead, drug companies would be encouraged to pass the discounts directly to patients at the pharmacy counter and would pay pharmacy benefit managers a fixed fee. The move, which was immediately praised by pharmaceutical companies but panned by insurers and pharmacy…

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US customs announces largest fentanyl seizure in its history

US Customs and Border Protection made the largest seizure of fentanyl in the agency’s history on Saturday at the Nogales port of entry on the US-Mexico border, Port Director Michael Humphries announced Thursday. Officers uncovered 100 packages of fentanyl weighing nearly 254 pounds and with an estimated value of $3.5 million, Humphries said. The fentanyl was mostly in powder form, with some in pill form. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid. Unlike morphine or heroin, which are derived from the opium poppy, synthetics such as oxycodone and the extremely potent fentanyl…

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Recall of infant ibuprofen sold at Walmart, CVS expanded over dosage concerns

MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J. – A New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company has expanded a November 2018 recall of lots of liquid infant ibuprofen that might be more concentrated than advertised. Tris Pharma’s voluntary recall covers Infants’ Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) 50 mg per 1.25 ml. Three lots have been added to the original recall. The company says there is a “remote possibility” that infants more susceptible to medication with a higher potency of ibuprofen might suffer permanent renal injury. “Adverse effects that may be experienced are nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain,…

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Why food tastes better when your team is winning

Super fans could have more to look forward to during Sunday’s Super Bowl than an exciting game of football. For those whose team takes home the trophy, several side effects could make the day even better, including how your food tastes and how you think about yourself. The more you care about a team, the more you could feel these effects. “So much of your identity gets wrapped up in the team,” said Daniel Wann, a professor of psychology at Murray State University. “When the team does well or poorly…

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What to know about frostbite

It’s COLD. We’re talking dangerous cold. Cold that might rob you of the tips of your nose, ears, chin, fingers or toes if you’re not careful. Called frostbite, it happens when the skin and tissue under it freezes, which can happen much more quickly than you might imagine. Cold and wind chill Frostbite is not only dependent on the outside temperature; it’s also affected by the wind chill factor. As the speed of the wind increases, our bodies cool at a faster rate, causing the skin temperature to drop. Higher…

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