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Heroin Use Increased Five-Fold Over Past Decade, Researchers Say.

Reuters (3/29, Reaney) reports that “heroin use in the United States has risen five-fold” over the past 10 years, while heroin addiction “has more than tripled, with the biggest jumps among whites and men with low incomes and little education,” researchers say. They found “no differences in heroin use or addiction among the major regions of the country.” Their findings were published online in JAMA Psychiatry.

CNN (3/29, Kounang) reports that “more people die from drug overdoses than from guns or car accidents.” Now, more people die of drug overdoses than died from AIDS during the “peak” of the epidemic in 1995.

TIME (3/29, Sifferlin) reports that heroin use increased among white Americans “increased from 0.34% in the earlier years to 1.90% in the later years,” compared to “0.32% in 2001-2002 and 1.05% in 2012-2013” among non-whites.

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— “Heroin use, addiction up sharply among U.S. whites: study,” Patricia Reaney, Reuters, March 29, 2017.

Increase In Premature Deaths Among 25- to 44-Year-Olds Driven By Drug Overdoses

USA Today (3/29, O’Donnell) reports “premature deaths among those aged 25-44 were way up in 2015,” driven primarily by “a surge of drug overdoses in suburban areas,” a report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation revealed Wednesday. The report also found “a rural and urban divide, along with racial differences.”

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— “Ranking of healthiest counties revealed as suburban overdoses soar,” Jayne O’Donnell, Frank Gluck and Darla Carter, USA Today, March 29, 2017.

Elevated Blood-Lead Levels In Childhood May Be Linked To Lower IQ Later In Life

The Washington Post (3/28, Dennis) reports that research (3/28) published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicated kids “with elevated blood-lead levels at age 11 ended up as adults with lower cognitive function and lower-status occupations than their parents.”

TIME (3/28, Sifferlin) reports that for the study, investigators “followed 565 people in New Zealand who were part of a study of people born between 1972 and 1973.” Study participants “had their blood lead levels measured when they were 11 years old, and the researchers followed up with blood tests about decades later, when they were 38.”

Reuters (3/28, Rapaport) reports that study “participants with childhood blood lead levels above 10 micrograms/dl had average adult IQ test scores 4.25 points lower than their peers with lower blood lead levels.” The investigators, “after accounting for factors that can influence adult IQ and earnings such as childhood IQ and socioeconomic status as well as mothers’ IQ…still found that higher lead levels in childhood were” linked to “downward social mobility.”

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— “Lead exposure alters the trajectory of children’s lives decades later, study finds,” Brady Dennis, Washington Post, March 28, 2017.

Researchers Working With Public School Nurses To Curb Suicide Among LGBT Teenagers

The AP (3/28) reports researchers in California, Maryland, and New Mexico “are working with public school nurses” to curb suicide rates among LGBT teenagers “by making school grounds safer.” The article reports that suicide rates “are three to four times higher for lesbian, gay and transgender students than their peers.”

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— “Project aims to help school nurses tackle suicide rates,” Associated Press, Washington Times, March 28, 2017.

Breastfeeding Appears To Have Little Impact On Long-Term Cognitive Development, Behavior

In “Science Now,” the Los Angeles Times (3/27, Kaplan) reports, “The longer a mother nurses – and the longer she does so exclusively – the bigger the benefits,” research indicates. One “perceived benefit of breastfeeding is the possibility that it boosts a baby’s brain.”

CNN (3/27, Kounang) reports a study published in Pediatrics, however, indicates “breastfeeding has little impact on long-term cognitive development and behavior.” Researchers arrived at this conclusion after following “7,478 Irish children born full term, from the time they were nine months old,” then evaluating them “at three years and again at five years of age.”

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— “For babies, breastfeeding is still best, even if it doesn’t make them smarter (though it might),” Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, March 27, 2017.

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