February 16, 2018

An Out-Of-Network Lab, An Elaborate Urine Test And Then A Surprise Bill

Source: NPR Urine testing to diagnose illness or to detect the presence of drugs is generally routine. But a woman who gave her doctor a urine sample months after back surgery got socked with a huge bill. SPL/Science Source After Elizabeth Moreno had back surgery in late 2015, her surgeon prescribed an opioid painkiller and […]

February 13, 2018

Doctors In Maine Say Halt In OxyContin Marketing Comes ’20 Years Late’

Source: NPR Bottles of Purdue Pharma L.P. OxyContin medication sit on a pharmacy shelf in Provo, Utah, in 2016. George Frey/Bloomberg via Getty Images The maker of OxyContin, one of the most prescribed and aggressively marketed opioid painkillers, will no longer tout the drug or any other opioids to doctors. The announcement, made Saturday, came […]

February 13, 2018

Your Besotted Brain: A Neuroscience Love Song

Source: NPR [embedded content] NPR’s Skunk Bear YouTube Love is complicated, scientifically speaking. There’s no single, specific “love chemical” that surges through our bodies when we see our beloved, and we can’t point to a specific corner of the brain where love resides. Still, scientists have measured real changes in our bodies when we fall […]

February 12, 2018

Opioid maker backs off aggressive marketing amid lawsuits

Source: CBS News NEW YORK — Monday marked a change of culture for Purdue Pharma, the drug company that makes OxyContin and other opioids. The company will no longer market those drugs to doctors and is laying off half its sales force.    After years of marketing testimonial videos and handing doctor’s pamphlets claiming only […]

February 12, 2018

Smartphone Detox: How To Power Down In A Wired World

Source: NPR If the Russian psychologist Ivan Pavlov were alive today, what would he say about smartphones? He might not think of them as phones at all, but instead as remarkable tools for understanding how technology can manipulate our brains. Pavlov’s own findings — from experiments he did more than a century ago, involving food, […]

February 8, 2018

Family accuses doctor of fueling guitarist’s opioid addiction before he died

Source: CBS News RALEIGH, NC – JANUARY 30: Singer Brad Arnold (L), guitarist Matt Roberts (C) and 3 Doors Down perform after the first period of the 58th NHL All-Star Game between Team Lidstrom and Team Staal at RBC Center on January 30, 2011 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Bruce Bennett / Getty Images ATLANTA – […]

February 8, 2018

Senate Budget Deal Would Give A Boost To Health Programs

Source: NPR “This bill represents a significant bipartisan step forward,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday. Alex Wong/Getty Images In a rare show of congressional cooperation, Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate announced a two-year budget deal Wednesday that would increase federal spending for defense as well as key domestic priorities, including many […]

February 7, 2018

Trump Says He Will Focus On Opioid Law Enforcement, Not Treatment

Source: NPR On Jan. 10, President Trump signed into law the bipartisan Interdict Act, to give federal agents more tools to curtail opioid trafficking. But, after declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency last fall, Trump has been slow to request money for treatment, critics note. The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images More than […]

February 7, 2018

Opioid “alternative” kratom actually contains opioids, FDA says

Source: CBS News Kratom capsules are displayed in a 2017 photo. Mary Esch / AP WASHINGTON — U.S. health authorities say the herbal supplement kratom, which is often promoted as a natural alternative pain remedy, actually contains the same chemicals found in opioids, the addictive family of drugs at the center of a national addiction […]

February 6, 2018

Fetal alcohol cases “not uncommon,” study finds

Source: CBS News More U.S. children may be living with brain damage from prenatal drinking than experts have thought, a new study suggests. The study of four U.S. communities found that at least 1 percent to 5 percent of first-graders had a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD. The prevalence ranged depending on the community. […]