Monday, December 12, 2022 | Kaiser Health News

Mpox infection led to myocarditis in 3 men, study finds

The men had no history of heart problems and all recovered. Other news covers mental health in the military, the opioid crisis, fibroids, menopause, and more.

CIDRAP: A report describes 3 cases of myocarditis following Mpox infections

A new case study from France has described three men who contracted mpox and then developed myocarditis days after the initial development of symptoms. The study is published in Clinical Microbiology and Infection. … The men had no history of heart problems, and all were hospitalized and later recovered. Only one patient was treated with the antiviral tecovirimat (Tpoxx). (Soucheray, 9/12)

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Stateline: As overdose deaths rise, few emergency rooms offer addiction help

Even in this laid-back subtropical town, the onset of winter and the stress of the holidays can test the courage of anyone trying to quit opioids. “As soon as the temperatures start to drop and it gets cold in the morning, we see more people coming to the emergency room seeking help,” said Dinah Collins, peer support specialist at Carolina Medical University. South to Charleston. (Vestal, 9/12)

KHN: In rural America, the deadly costs of opioids outweigh the dollars labeled to address them

Tim Buck knows by heart how many people died of drug overdoses in his North Carolina county last year: 10. The year before, it was 12 – an all-time high. Those losses reverberate deep in rural Pamlico County, a tight-knit community of 12,000 on the state’s east coast. Over the past decade, it has had the highest rate of opioid overdose deaths in North Carolina. (Pattani and Bichell, 12/12)

Stat: Ideas for anticipating a “tsunami” of chronic diseases

Chronic diseases are ubiquitous in the United States. Trillions of dollars are spent and hundreds of thousands of lives are claimed by chronic disease every year. So why do we feel like we’re going backwards, with declining life expectancy and a higher prevalence of chronic disease? (Cueto, 12/10)

The Washington Post: Fibroids are serious. Surgery isn’t the only way to stop them

When Jennifer Medina from Queens was told she had uterine fibroids, benign tumors that grow in and around the walls of the uterus, her gynecologist suggested two treatments known to work – getting a hysterectomy, surgical removal of her uterus which would make it impossible for her to get pregnant or wait for menopause when fibroids usually shrink or disappear. Neither option was attractive. (Cimons, 12/11)

The Washington Post: Menopause can mean brain fog, memory lapses

Several years ago, at the age of 51, Jeanne Chung’s memory began to crumble. “I noticed recall issues like forgetting certain words on the spot,” says Chung, CEO of a healthcare company. So to exercise her brain, she started playing word games. His spotty memory wasn’t caused by a head injury or illness; it was clearly triggered, said Chung, now 54, by the changes that accompanied her transition into menopause, a common experience for many women, experts agree. (Frag, 12/11)

Special Report: Chronic pain hits kids, adults and wallets, but can be fought

A special report in USA Today examines different aspects of chronic pain, including the cost of managing the disease. The report also looks at what treatments work for children, how drug alternatives can make a difference, if cannabis helps, and the future of treatment.

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