January 29, 2018

Is Smoking Pot While Pregnant Safe For The Baby?

Source: NPR Andria Smith (left) with her daughter Delilah Smith (center) and Jenna Sauter’s son, Maverick Hawkins, in Nevada City, Calif. The mothers are both members of the Facebook group “Pot Smoking Moms Who Cuss Sometimes.” Sarah Varney/Kaiser Health News Two-year old Maverick Hawkins sits on a red plastic car in his grandmother’s living room […]

January 26, 2018

An Uncle’s Overdose Spurs Medicaid Official To Change Course

Source: NPR The revelation that a favorite uncle had died from a long hidden drug habit shook Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky to his core. Last month Ostrovksy quit his job as Medicaid’s chief medical officer, and joined a group that’s working to dispel the shame of addiction. Gary Waters/Getty Images Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky’s family did not […]

January 24, 2018

What’s Next For ‘Safe Injection’ Sites In Philadelphia?

Source: NPR Philadelphia officials cleared the way for a safe injection site for drug users. But there are many details to work out before the idea can become reality. Matt Rourke/AP Philadelphia is a step closer to opening what could be the nation’s first supervised site for safe drug injection. But turning the idea into […]

January 23, 2018

Philadelphia backs safe injection sites to curb opioid overdoses

Source: CBS News PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia wants to become the first U.S. city to allow supervised drug injection sites as a way to combat the opioid epidemic, officials announced Tuesday. They said they are seeking outside operators to establish one or more in the city. Public Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said the sites could […]

January 23, 2018

Do e-cigarettes help or harm? Jury’s still out, panel says

Source: CBS News Potential harms and benefits of e-cigarettes may depend on your age, according to a report mandated by Congress. The devices can lead young people to smoke conventional tobacco, but they also appear to help adults quit smoking, the experts concluded. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report is the first […]

January 23, 2018

“Heat-not-burn” cigarette alternative faces scrutiny in the U.S.

Source: CBS News This undated image provided by Philip Morris in January 2018 shows the company’s iQOS product.  Philip Morris via AP WASHINGTON — A device that heats tobacco without burning it reduces some of the harmful chemicals in traditional cigarettes, but government scientists say it’s unclear if that translates into lower rates of disease for […]

January 17, 2018

Michael Phelps opens up about fighting depression

Source: CBS News Team USA’s Michael Phelps holds up four fingers for his fourth straight gold medal in the Rio Olympics on Aug. 11, 2016.  Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images CHICAGO — Hoping to help others who have struggled with depression, Olympic champion Michael Phelps on Tuesday spoke about how had thoughts of suicide at the height of […]

January 15, 2018

CVS promotes truth-in-advertising for beauty products

Source: CBS News CVS Health is announcing a major change in how you shop for beauty products. The nation’s leading drugstore chain will inform customers if certain advertisements for products were digitally altered. A special watermark will highlight imagery without material changes. Those products include makeup and skincare items, where photos are edited to adjust […]

January 14, 2018

Mapping How The Opioid Epidemic Sparked An HIV Outbreak

Source: NPR A needle exchange program at the Austin Community Outreach Center in Austin, Ind., is aimed at stopping spread of HIV. Darron Cummings/AP When people started to show up to Dr. William Cooke’s primary care office in Austin, Ind., in 2014 with HIV, Cooke knew it was probably related to the region’s opioid epidemic. […]

January 13, 2018

Man who aided patient left in the cold gives update on her condition

Source: CBS News BALTIMORE — The man who said he came to the aid of a visibly disoriented woman discharged from a Baltimore hospital wearing only a gown and socks on a frigid winter’s night said Friday that she’s been reunited with her family. Imamu Baraka, a psychotherapist who has an office across the street […]