Medicare Drug Plans Favor Generic Opioids Over Those Designed To Avoid Abuse, Study Finds

The abuse of prescription painkillers is a growing problem for seniors, as it is for other age groups. But Medicare drug plans are cutting back on coverage for a specially designated type of painkiller that deters abuse in favor of cheaper generics that don’t have the same deterrent qualities, a new study found. Overall, Medicare […]

First Edition: June 12, 2015

The New York Times: A Chinese Ebola Drug Raises Hopes, And Rancor After a nurse who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone was discharged Wednesday from a Rome hospital, a doctor there described the experimental treatments the patient had received as “absolutely miraculous.” They included MIL77, a product from China that was also given to a […]

Too Soon To Deride High Obamacare Rate Hikes

Some health insurance companies are asking for big price increases next year and that has again riled critics of the federal health care law. The numbers released last week came out of an Affordable Care Act requirement that insurance companies tell government regulators by June 1 if they’re requesting price hikes of more than 10 percent. […]

Sandra Bullock enjoys villainous debut in ‘Minions’

LONDON Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock said she enjoyed playing evil in a debut appearance as a villain in the animated film “Minions”. The movie, a spin-off of the “Despicable Me” franchise, focuses on the small yellow minions before they met Gru in the original film. Here the minions find themselves at a loss after accidentally […]

Rockers Motley Crue plan to go out on a high in last European tour

LONDON After 30 years together and over 80 million album sales, heavy metal rock band Motley Crue say they are going out in style in their last European live concerts — with plenty of pyrotechnics and a huge drum rollercoaster. The band this week announced the dates for their farewell European shows, having just completed […]

Marilyn Manson honored with Kerrang! lifetime achievement award

LONDON American shock rocker Marilyn Manson has been honored with a lifetime achievement prize at Britain’s Kerrang! Awards for a musical career spanning over two decades. The four-time Grammy nominee, whose real name is Brian Warner, is known for his controversial stage persona, gothic-inspired black outfits and heavy makeup. Asked if, at the age of […]

Tug of war, bridge among 26 sports bidding for Tokyo spot

TOKYO Tug of war, sumo wrestling, surfing and frisbee throwing are among 26 sports leading the charge for an Olympic place after Games officials opened the door for new attractions at the 2020 Tokyo Games. The 26, which also include korfball, billiards, orienteering, bridge and chess, have applied for inclusion in the Games, Tokyo organizers […]

Interpol suspends 20 million euros Integrity in Sport agreement with FIFA

LONDON Interpol is suspending its “sports integrity” agreement with FIFA in light of the ongoing investigations into corruption against world soccer’s governing body. The international police body received 20 million euros from FIFA under a 2011 deal to create a 10-year Integrity in Sport program, which combats match-rigging and illegal gambling. Interpol is freezing the […]