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5 things to know for November 25: Covid-19, Biden, immigration, China, opioids

Here's what you need to know to get up to speed and on with your day

1. Coronavirus "The mother of all superspreader events." That's what CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner said Thanksgiving could potentially turn into as millions of people prepare to gather for the holiday despite suggestions to avoid travel and group events.…

Pharmaceutical executive convictions overturned

The convictions of four former top executives of Insys Therapeutics, an Arizona-based pharmaceutical company which made the powerful opioid Subsys, have been partially overturned by a federal judge in Boston.

These sports injuries cause the most ER visits among youth

While sports are an important part of a healthy lifestyle for young people, injuries can happen too -- and a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics reveals which activities are most likely to send a young athlete to the emergency room.

Middle-aged black adults see rise in opioid deaths

About 48,000 people lost their lives to opioids in 2017, the latest year for which complete data is available, according to a new study. Synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, accounted for almost two-thirds of those deaths.

It's not just opioids: What doctors want you to know about benzos

There's no understating the extent of America's opioid crisis. In 2017, the same year it became a public health emergency, an estimated 1.7 million people in the US had substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioids. And this year, the National Safety Council found that the odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose are greater than those of dying in a car crash.

Purdue Pharma allowed bonus payout in bankruptcy case

The judge overseeing the bankruptcy case for opioid-maker Purdue Pharma issued an interim order late Wednesday allowing the company and its subsidiaries to continue paying its employees, former employees and retirees.