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“My heart goes out to everyone in that struggle, but that’s not who our drug would impact,” said Dr. Pamela Palmer, co-founder of the AcelRx which produces Dsuvia.
A new opioid tablet that is 1,000 times more potent than morphine and 10 times stronger than fentanyl was approved by the Food and Drug Administration Friday as a fast-acting alternative to IV painkillers used in hospitals. 

The painkiller Dsuvia will be restricted to limited use only in health care settings, such as hospitals, surgery centers and emergency rooms, but critics worry the opioid will fuel an already grim opioid epidemic. 

Also on Friday, the Drug Enforcement Administration released a report showing that prescription drugs were responsible for the  most overdose deaths of any illicit drugs since 2001 .

Democratic Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts urged the FDA not to approve Dsuvia last month,  saying  “an opioid that is a thousand times more powerful than morphine is a thousand times more likely to be abused, and a thousand times more likely to kill."

To that, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in   statement  that "very tight restrictions" will be placed on Dsuvia.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the FDA's decision.

CLICK HERE to see the DEA's 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment released the same day which found that Controlled Prescription Drug (CPD) abuse, specifically of opioid analgesics, has been linked to the largest number of overdose deaths in the United States every year since 2001
Gene variant tied to less-severe CTE
Scientists have zeroed in our genetic code to better determine why some people develop chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the Alzheimer's-like disease associated with repeated hits to the head. In a new study, researchers at Boston University's CTE Center say that a variant of the gene TMEM106B may influence why some people experience more severe forms of the disease than others.

"Among people who have CTE, people with this [genetic] variation are 2.5 times more likely to develop dementia," said Dr. Jesse Mez, assistant professor of neurology at Boston University's School of Medicine. Mez was a co-author of the study, published Saturday in the journal Acta Neuropathologica Communications.

Mez said the findings, though early, are a step toward better understanding of the disease. "It helps us better understand biologically, mechanistically, what is going on in the brain in CTE.

"In understanding the mechanism and in identifying this genetic risk factor, we have new potential targets to develop therapies," he said.

The authors point out that their findings need to be further investigated in a larger group and replicated to make any definitive conclusions.

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Most cases of Alzheimer’s and dementia cases are avoidable. On the Greek island of Ikaria, there is a population of 10,000 people living eight to ten years longer than Americans with half the rate of heart disease, much less cancer, and most extraordinarily, also no cases of dementia.

If you are living in America and you hit 85 years, there’s a high chance you have Alzheimer’s disease. On Ikaria, you have a less than 10 percent chance. People are staying sharp and healthy until the end.

Ikarians eat the strictest version of the Mediterranean diet in the world. Like other people that eat the Mediterranean diet, they eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes, red wine, and olive oil. But the Ikarian diet varies in that they eat a lot less fish and meat and a lot more greens. They regularly eat a hundred or so wild greens and garden greens like mustard, chicory, fennel, and greens that we weed-whack in the States. These wild greens have ten times the artery scrubbing antioxidants that red wine does.

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It's written by a young person, in a young person's language, however it will still hold appeal across the board to people who have been affected by brain injury, and should be a must read for all professionals involved in the care and support of children and young people.'- Encephalitis Society Newsletter`This is a remarkable and unique narrative by a woman who has suffered a brain injury when she was 14 years old, and covers an 8-year post-concussion time span. She has lost all childhood memories, and her new learning is limited and inconsistentThe stigma and lack of understanding associated with having a hidden disability is conveyed evocatively. Nevertheless, the book is not intended to elicit sympathy but to allow her expression of both the frustration and the ironies of coping with a brain injury.

At the age of 14, Lynsey Calderwood suffered a traumatic brain injury that left her physically unmarked but destroyed her memory. Thrust back into an apparently nonsensical world of which she had no recollection, Lynsey spiralled downwards into depression and eating disorders as she became socially ostracized.This is the story, in her own words, of Lynsey's quest to discover her identity and, eventually, to come to terms with her disability.
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“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”

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