FoxPain killer prescription practices vary widely among US states, study finds
Wide state-by-state variations in how often U.S. doctors prescribe opioid pain killers underline the need for tighter regulations for “pain clinics” that dispense the potentially deadly drugs, particularly in Southern states, a federal agency said on Tuesday. The United States has the highest per-capita consumption of opiate pain killers in the world, twice as high as number two ranked Canada, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC said Southern U.S. states, particularly Alabama, Tennessee and West Virginia, had far greater rates of pain killer prescriptions than other parts of the country, and recommended states develop databases to track pain killer prescriptions and consider tougher regulations on pain clinics.

BBC-Antibiotic resistance: Cameron warns of medical ‘dark ages’
The world could soon be “cast back into the dark ages of medicine” unless action is taken to tackle the growing threat of resistance to antibiotics, Prime Minister David Cameron has said. He has announced a review into why so few anti-microbial drugs have been introduced in recent years. Economist Jim O’Neill will lead a panel including experts from science, finance, industry, and global health. It will set out plans for encouraging the development of new antibiotics. The prime minister said: “If we fail to act, we are looking at an almost unthinkable scenario where antibiotics no longer work and we are cast back into the dark ages of medicine where treatable infections and injuries will kill once again.”

Philly.comInjuries, Violence Are Leading Causes of Death for Young Americans
Nearly 80 percent of deaths of Americans age 30 and younger result from injury or violence, U.S. health researchers reported Tuesday. More young Americans die from injury than from any other cause, according to a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These fatalities stem from automobile crashes, drowning, firearm-related injuries, falls, assault, drug overdoses and other preventable causes. “Nearly 180,000 people of all ages in the U.S. die every year from injury and violence — that’s one death every three minutes,” said lead author Tamara Haegerich, a researcher in CDC’s division of unintentional injury prevention.

TimeLess Sleep Pushes Your Brain to Age Faster
We know that sleep is important for a host of body functions, from weight control to brain activities, but the latest study hints that it may also keep aging processes in check. Scientists at the Duke-NUS Graduate School Singapore report in the journal Sleep that among a group of 66 elderly Chinese volunteers, those who reported sleeping less each night on average showed swelling of a brain region indicating faster cognitive decline. The participants had MRI brain scans every two years, and answered questions about their sleep habits as well. Other studies have suggested that adults need about seven hours of sleep a night to maintain proper brain function; future research will investigate how sleep helps to preserve cognitive functions and hold off more rapid aging.