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New Report Says Drug Testing Market to be Worth $6.3 Billion by 2019

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The drug testing industry is set to be worth an estimated $6.3 billion by 2019, up from $4 billion in 2014, growing at a CAGR of 9.5% from 2014 to 2019, according to a recently released report.

The “Drug Screening Market by Products and Services (Immunoassay Analyzers, Chromatography, Breath Analyzers, Rapid Testing Devices, Assay Kits and Reagents), Sample Type (Urine, Breath, Saliva, Hair, Blood, Skin, Sweat) – Global Forecast to 2019″ report takes an in-depth look at the drug testing market. It explores the major drivers, restraints, challenges, opportunities, current market trends, and strategies impacting the drug and alcohol testing market along with estimates and forecasts of the revenue and share analysis.

The report segments the drug and alcohol testing market on the basis of

  • products and services,
  • sample types,
  • end users, and
  • regions.

Some highlights from the report include:

  • Urine samples accounted for the largest share in 2014.
  • The breath sample segment will grow at the highest CAGR in the forecast period.
  • Breath testing is the most common test performed for driving under influence (DUI) cases.
  • Factors such as the rise in the number of roadside accidents due to DUI and government initiatives to curb DUI are the factors driving the growth of drug and alcohol testing market for breath testing.
  • The oral fluid testing segment has also gained prominence in the market due to the noninvasive nature of this test where samples can be collected under direct observation, which prevents adulteration of the sample.
  • With oral fluid testing, the concentrations of many drugs can be closely correlated with blood concentrations.

Based on region, the market is dominated by North America, followed by Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World (RoW). North America is estimated to account for the largest share of the market in 2014, while Asia-Pacific is likely to witness the highest growth in this market.

Click here to download the pdf of the report.

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Medical Marijuana

Tennessee Medical Marijuana Bill Arrives In State House

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Another state is poised to be added to the roster of places where medical marijuana is legal.

The Jackson Sun recently reported that the House at Tennessee is gearing up to discuss a newly proposed bill to legalize medical marijuana in the state. Republican Sen. Steven Dickerson sponsored the bill, which is now in the House due for deliberation.

As with other states, not everyone is supportive of this latest proposal. Giles County Rep. Barry Doss, also a Republican, voted negative during discussions in the Health Committee. Meanwhile, many others have not yet come up with a concrete decision due to the need for further study. This sentiment was echoed by Speaker of the House Beth Harwell, who said that it may be impossible to have the medical marijuana legislation approved this year.

The bill, like similar ones from other states, allows medical marijuana to be prescribed to patients diagnosed with cancer, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, seizures, and many others. Cannabis will be made available not as a product that can be smoked, but rather something that can be vaporized or applied topically. Patients need to obtain a recommendation from their physicians, as well as an access card issued by the state after approval by the health department.

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Health & Wellness

B.B. King Sent To Hospital, Dehydrated Due To Diabetes

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The King of Blues was reported by the Los Angeles Times to have been hospitalized recently.

B.B. King, the 89-year-old blues legend behind the hits “When Love Comes To Town” and “The Thrill Is Gone”, was rushed to the hospital after experiencing dehydration, which was traced to his long bout with Type 2 Diabetes. The legendary guitarist’s daughter, Claudette, said that his father was already doing “much better”.

King also experienced dehydration in October 2014, prompting him to cancel the remainder of his concert tour at the time. However, this hasn’t stopped the blues guitar icon to perform in roughly 100 shows each year.

He was regarded by Rolling Stone as number 6 in the magazine’s 2011 list of the Top 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

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Substance Abuse

FDA Shifts Focus On Manufacturers To Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

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In a move to prevent the growing issue on prescription drug abuse, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed a new set of guidelines aimed at helping drug manufacturers formulate abuse-deterrent medication. According to the FDA News Release, the document is entitled “Guidance for Industry: Abuse-Deterrent Opioids – Evaluation and Labeling,” which delineates the appropriate study methods in ensuring that manufactured drugs prevent potential abuse.

FDA chief Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. said that this latest initiative aims to help both drug companies and consumers to make drugs safer. “The science of abuse-deterrent medication is rapidly evolving, and the FDA is eager to engage with manufacturers to help make these medications available to patients who need them… We feel this is a key part of combating opioid abuse. We have to work hard with industry to support the development of new formulations that are difficult to abuse but are effective and available when needed,” Hamburg said.

The latest statement from FDA also includes several recommendations on the method of conducting studies about abuse-deterrent drugs, the correct way of evaluating these studies, and the appropriate claims placed on labels. Despite the newness of the concept, abuse-deterrent medication is being envisioned by the FDA as a good sign of things to come, especially in defeating the rising problem of prescription opioid abuse. “Development of abuse-deterrent products is a priority for the FDA, and we hope this guidance will lead to more approved drugs with meaningful abuse-deterrent properties,” according to FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research director Janet Woodcock, M.D.

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Health & Wellness Home Health Hazards

CDC Warns of Drug Resistant Bug

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning about a particularly nasty stomach bug that has made its way to the United States and has caused more than 200 people to become ill since last May. Many of those cases were traced back to people who had just returned from abroad, particularly from India or the Dominican Republic.

Although outbreaks of the shigella bug aren’t uncommon, what makes this bug worse than usual is that it is resistant to the antibiotics that are usually prescribed to deal with it.

In its report on the bug, the CDC says it has sickened at least 243 people in 23 states and Puerto Rico. Shigella is a common cause of diarrhea and antibiotics can be prescribed for more serious cases.

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Health & Wellness

Using Small Plates To Eat Less Doesn’t Work In Overweight Teenage Girls

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Many dieters have found it helpful to eat in smaller portions by using smaller plates, but a new study discovered that this scheme might not work for teenagers who are overweight.

Study co-author Lance Bauer of the University of Connecticut acknowledged the impact of smaller-sized portions to reduce food intake. “It has been assumed that overweight or obese consumers are more likely than others to underestimate the size of a food serving and accordingly overeat–particularly when the food is presented on a large dinner plate or in a large container… For this reason and others, it is frequently recommended that these consumers use smaller plates to defeat the illusion,” Bauer said in a news item.

However, the study revealed that teenage girls who were overweight or obese revealed might not be able to use the technique due to lack of attention. “The study found that, on average, overweight or obese adolescent girls were less attentive than normal weight girls to visual cues of different types… This finding suggests that changing the size of their dinnerware may be less effective than we thought. It also suggests that presenting them with detailed charts summarizing diet rules or calorie counts might also be less effective than we would like,” Bauer expressed.

The study involved more than 160 female teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 who were asked to assess food portion sizes in relation to the size of the plate.

“In diet education, one size might not fit all,” Bauer added.

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Health & Wellness

Study: Active Lifestyle During Midlife Lowers Risk of Cancer Death in Men

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A recent study might be just the thing to motivate men to spend more time at the gym.

Researchers from the University of Vermont discovered that males who engage in fitness activities during their midlife may find themselves with less risk of dying from certain cancers beyond 65 years old. The study involved data from more than 14,000 males between 1971 and 2009. The comprehensive analysis revealed a 44 percent reduction in risk of drying from colorectal cancer, and a significant 55 percent decrease from lung cancer death.”These findings provide further support for the effectiveness of cardiorespiratory fitness assessment in preventive health care settings,” the authors said via a news release.

However, the study proponents were dumbfounded as to the effect of increased midlife fitness to prostate cancer mortality. Results showed that engaging in more activity during midlife was linked to a higher risk of prostate cancer. The researchers believe that one possible reason behind this surprising discovery was that men who keep an active lifestyle are more likely to subject themselves to medical diagnosis, which might have captured many cases of prostate cancer.

Still, the researchers believe there is much to learn about the circumstances and underlying factors involved in their study. “Future studies are required to determine the absolute level of cardiorespiratory fitness necessary to prevent site-specific cancer as well as evaluating the long-term effect of cancer diagnosis and mortality in women,” the researchers added.

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Addiction Substance Abuse

Nicotine Spray Passed Around 20 U.K. Students, Caused Vomiting

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Students at the Wolstanton High School in Staffordshire, U.K. suffered signs of toxicity after inadvertently trying out a nicotine spray prescribed to a 12-year-old female student. According to a news report, the prescription nicotine spray was passed around students from Years Seven and Eight, causing 20 of them to experience nausea, vomiting, and headache. One of the students was rushed to the hospital due to severe sickness.

High school principal Alan Aston said that the unfortunate incident was a one-time slip. “The spray was shared with other pupils and they became nauseous. We have dealt with the pupil involved using our own sanctions,” Aston said. As soon as the situation was discovered, school teachers immediately informed the parents of affected pupils.”We already have procedures in place to protect pupils but unfortunately this was a prank that went wrong,” the school principal added.

The student who distributed the Nicorette spray to her fellow pupils was prescribed the medication through the National Health Service (NHS) program called Time To Quit. Program service manager Ian Saberton said the school did not violate any procedures to help kids quit smoking. “All pupils who request support receive an appointment after which they are required to do some preparation for a quit attempt, medication is only recommended at the following appointment… All protocols for stop smoking support had been followed in this case,” Saberton said.

School officials have already disciplined the erring student.

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Health & Wellness Medical Marijuana

Marijuana in Colorado Found With Fungus and Foreign Materials

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Have you tried taking fungus with your pot? Marijuana users in Colorado may be in for a surprise.

Denver medical lab company Charas Scientific discovered traces of fungus, butane, and heavy metals in samples of recreational marijuana sold in Colorado. Andy LaFrate, who works as president and director of research at the lab facility, was surprised with the presence of foreign matter in cannabis samples. “You’ll see a marijuana bud that looks beautiful. And then we run it through a biological assay and we see that it’s covered in fungi,” LaFrate shared in a news report.

The findings were part of voluntary tests by lab facilities accredited by the state to conduct potency analysis on marijuana samples, with Charas Scientific one of those companies. Testing for contaminants has not been mandated by state law, although some lab firms have conducted their own tests. Charas business development chief Mary Meek said that the importance of product purity could bear a significant impact to the health of users. “Right now [the testing] is not in effect for marijuana, so you don’t really know how dirty or clean your product is right now,” Meek said. “The problem is it’s not been tracked. You may just think you’re getting a cold and it may look like allergies, when in reality it could be something else going on.”

The company, however, is quick to dismiss the notion that the revelation of this startling finding is meant to scare people from buying pot. “We want to label your marijuana like we would label your liquor or your beer. You want to know your items have been tested and they’re safe,” Meek added.

State law requires potency and consistency tests on recreational marijuana sold in retail shops.

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