January 9, 2018

Hospitals Brace Patients For Pain To Reduce Risk Of Opioid Addiction

Source: NPR Michelle Leavy surrounded by her three sons. She became addicted to opioids when she was discharged from the hospital with doctors’ advice to use them for her pain after a cesarean section. She is now in recovery. Courtesy of Michelle Leavy Doctors at some of the country’s largest hospital chains admit they went […]

January 9, 2018

Trump’s HHS nominee, a former pharma exec, sets sights on drug prices

Source: Politico Share on Facebook Share on Twitter President Donald Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Services secretary on Tuesday tried to assure lawmakers his experience as a drug executive — an industry the president has often vilified — makes him uniquely qualified to rein in soaring drug costs. But Senate Democrats, during a Finance […]

January 8, 2018

Is Alcohol A Problem? Online Tool Helps Assess Risk And Find Help

Source: NPR The thinking about problem drinking and alcoholism has changed. It’s no longer considered a black-and-white, you have it or you don’t condition. “We now know that there’s a full spectrum in alcohol use disorder,” says George Koob, the director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcohohlism, part of the National Institutes […]

January 6, 2018

Measuring Colorado’s “great experiment” with marijuana

Source: CBS News We’re far from CLEARING THE SMOKE over recreational marijuana use. A new federal policy announced this past week takes a tough line. It’s a challenge to states that have legalized use, including, most recently, the biggest state of all. Our Cover Story is reported by Barry Petersen: “I’ve never experienced the spectrum […]

January 5, 2018

Pulse Check: What FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is planning for 2018

Source: Politico FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb was tapped by President Donald Trump to reform an agency the president had criticized as ‘slow and burdensome.’ | Micaela Rodriguez/POLITICO Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Helping foster gene therapies; overhauling medical device reviews; using nutrition to fight disease: They’re all priorities for FDA in 2018, Commissioner Scott […]

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 […]