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Former Players Say NFL Teams Gave Pain Pills ‘Like Candy’

Posted on 05/21/2014 by |General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Jim Litke, AP Sports Writer Former NFL lineman Jeremy Newberry says he often hobbled into the San Francisco 49ers locker room using a walking boot and crutches, then lined up behind as many as two dozen teammates for treatment — in his case, a shot of the painkiller Toradol. Ten minutes later, he sprinted onto the field to play. The toughness of pro football players is part of the league’s image, but a lawsuit filed on May 20 on …

Does Your Doctor Prescribe Too Many Risky Drugs?

Posted on 05/13/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMedicare’s popular prescription drug program, Part D, covers more than 35 million people and a billion prescriptions annually, but Medicare has never monitored which doctors may be overprescribing medications that are risky for older adults — namely, drugs that are disorienting, addictive or harmful. The investigative journalism group ProPublica, together with the Washington Post, has now launched a database called Prescriber Checkup, which allows users to search doctors’ names and see which ones are frequently prescribing potentially dangerous drugs, such …