How the VA Fueled the National Opioid Crisis

A key role in spreading opiate use was played by Purdue Pharma, the OxyContin manufacturer convicted of hiding the drug’s addictive properties. It gave $200,000 to the VA pain management team that essentially turned the VA into its propaganda arm, according to secret corporate documents obtained by Newsweek. The team helped develop the initial VA–Department of Defense guidelines that concluded opiates “rarely” cause addiction. A 2001 budget plan outlining Purdue’s marketing schemes hailed “additional corporate initiatives and partnering efforts [that] were very successful with the Veterans Administration” and other major health organizations in promoting the phony campaign, “Pain: The 5th Vital Sign.”

Source: How the VA Fueled the National Opioid Crisis and Is Killing Thousands of Veterans

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Bug Burgers and Bug Balls!

The Swiss supermarket chain Coop, to a bit of domestic hoopla, has begun selling burgers and balls made from insects. It’s being billed as a legal first in Europe, a continent more accustomed to steak, sausage, poultry and fish as a source of protein. The goal is to convince leery consumers to try a nutritious, if unusual food that “preserves the planet’s resources,” Coop says. About one-third of the burger is mealworm larvae. A burger weighing 100 grams (3.5 ounces) has about 10 grams of protein in it — about the same amount found in a child’s-size beef burger.

Source: Yuck or yum? Swiss offer insect burgers of mealworm larvae. Associated Press

Statins reduce deaths from coronary heart disease by 28 per cent in men, according to longest ever study — ScienceDaily

Source: Statins reduce deaths from coronary heart disease by 28 per cent in men, according to longest ever study — ScienceDaily

The researchers found that giving pravastatin to men with ‘very high’ LDL reduced twenty year mortality rates by 18 per cent. Statins also reduced the overall risk of death by coronary heart disease by 28 per cent, and reduced the risk of death by other cardiovascular disease by 25 per cent among those with very high LDL cholesterol.