December 31, 2017

Researchers Gather Health Data For ‘All Of Us’

Source: NPR Mine Cicek, an assistant professor at the Mayo Clinic, processes samples for the All of Us program. Richard Harris/NPR Federal taxpayers are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into a quest for blood samples, medical information and fitness readouts from a million Americans. It’s called the All of Us precision medicine initiative, and […]

December 30, 2017

A 1960s ‘Hippie Clinic’ In San Francisco Inspired A Medical Philosophy

Source: NPR Inside the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic in its earliest days. The clinic opened on June 7, 1967, and treated 250 patients that day. It’s motto, then and now: “Health care is a right, not a privilege.” Courtesy of Gene Anthony/David Smith Archives Unlike many things from the 1967 “Summer of Love,” the […]

December 29, 2017

Pain Management Program Offers An Alternative To Opioids

Source: NPR Robert Kerley is recovering from an opioid addiction with help from Kaiser Permanente’s pain management program in Colorado. John Daley / Colorado Public Radio Seven years ago, Robert Kerley, who makes his living as a truck driver, was loading drywall onto his trailer when a gust of wind knocked him off. He fell […]

December 20, 2017

Life Expectancy Drops Again As Opioid Deaths Surge In U.S.

Source: NPR A report released Thursday found more than 42,200 people died of opioid overdoses in 2016. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Life expectancy in the U.S. fell for the second year in a row in 2016, nudged down again by a surge in fatal opioid overdoses, federal officials report Thursday. “I’m not prone to dramatic statements,” […]

December 19, 2017

Fight The Opioid Epidemic, All Agree. But Strategies Vary Widely

Source: NPR The rising number of opioid-linked deaths led Arizona to declare a public health emergency in 2017. Needle exchange programs are not explicitly permitted in Arizona, but one such service operates underground, giving out clean needles and naloxone, a medicine widely used to counter effects of an opioid overdose. Will Stone / KJZZ It’s […]

December 18, 2017

Could A Zap To The Brain Derail Destructive Impulses?

Source: NPR A brain implant already used to treat severe epilepsy might also help fend off impulses to abuse drugs or overeat before they happen, researchers say. But so far it’s been tested mostly in mice.(Image credit: Marco Jeurissen/Collection Mix: Sub/Getty Images)

December 16, 2017

VIDEO: For LSD, What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been

Source: NPR [embedded content] NPR YouTube Psychedelic drugs are getting a makeover, with scientists exploring their potential in treating debilitating conditions like cluster headaches, addiction or anxiety, with promising results. That’s despite the fact that very few researchers are legally allowed to study psychedelics, largely because of LSD’s decades-old reputation as a counterculture drug that […]

December 14, 2017

More teens vaping as cigarette smoking declines

Source: CBS News While fewer American teens are lighting up cigarettes, more of them are vaping instead, a new report shows. At the same time, marijuana use has held steady as it remains more popular than cigarettes and, in a piece of good news, misuse of opioid painkillers like OxyContin has actually dropped among adolescents. […]

December 14, 2017

Teens: Pretty Sober, Except For Marijuana And Vaping

Source: NPR Teens’ use of vape devices is increasing, and they’re not always aware if nicotine is in the mix. Jane Khomi/Getty Images The number of teens abusing drugs is lower than it’s been since the 1990s, according to a national survey. “In particular, we see a tremendous decline in the portion of young people […]

December 14, 2017

Heading North: American Doctors Report Back From Canada

Source: NPR Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, joined protesters outside the U.S. Capitol in late November, as Republicans in the Senate worked to pass a sweeping tax bill. J. Scott Applewhite/AP For Peter Cram, an American internist who spent most of his career practicing in Iowa City, Iowa, moving to Toronto in 2014 was […]