Naltrexone use decreases the risk of hospitalization in persons with alcohol use disorder

Naltrexone, used either alone or together with disulfiram or acamprosate, is associated with a decreased risk of hospitalization due to alcohol use disorder (AUD) when compared with non-use of AUD drugs, a new register-based study shows. The same associations were noticed for hospitalization due to any cause. Disulfiram use and polytherapy with two or more […]

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Analysis: Yellen-backed policies set to aid risk assets, raise longer-term worries

Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen’s unequivocal support for a pandemic rescue plan cuts both ways for investors, fueling optimism that the rally in risk assets will continue while bolstering concerns over a massive runup in government debt. In her Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, the former Federal Reserve chair urged lawmakers to “act big” on […]

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More health inequality: Black people are 3 times more likely to experience pulse oximeter errors

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have purchased small devices called pulse oximeters for use in their home—based on well-intentioned recommendations from health care providers and the media. Pulse oximeters are devices, usually placed on a person’s finger, used to noninvasively measure oxygen levels in the blood. Clinics and hospitals, for example, use them regularly […]

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Act big’ now to save economy, worry about debt later, Yellen says in Treasury testimony

Janet Yellen, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Treasury Secretary, urged lawmakers on Tuesday to “act big” on coronavirus relief spending, arguing that the economic benefits far outweigh the risks of a higher debt burden. In more than three hours of confirmation hearing testimony, the former Federal Reserve chair laid out a vision of a […]

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