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 […]

December 10, 2017

Rehab that puts alcoholic pilots back in the cockpit

Source: CBS News The words CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF are welcomed by air travelers in a hurry. They’re even more welcomed by airline pilots who once feared they’d never fly again. Our Cover Story is reported by Tony Dokoupil: Many alcoholics can tell you the exact moment they hit rock bottom. Former airline Captain Lyle Prouse […]

December 6, 2017

Surgeons Try Prescribing Fewer Opioids To Lower Addiction Risk

Source: NPR Surgeons at the University of Michigan are prescribing fewer opioids to reduce the risk of addiction. John Moore/Getty Images It may not be rocket science, but a group of surgeons at the University of Michigan has devised an approach to help curb the nation’s opioid epidemic — starting at their own hospital. Opioid […]

December 6, 2017

New medical implant the answer to chronic pain?

Source: CBS News A promising new high-tech medical device the FDA recently gave the go-ahead to could help some people move away from prescription painkillers. Twenty-six percent of Americans who are 20 and older report some type of chronic pain and every day, more than 650,000 prescriptions for opioids are filled. Two million Americans are […]

December 4, 2017

Teenagers Embrace JUUL, Saying It’s Discreet Enough To Vape In Class

Source: NPR A JUUL e-cigarette for sale at Fast Eddie’s Smoke Shop in Boston. The sleek devices are easy to conceal, which makes them popular with teenagers. Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images Mil Schooley, an 18-year-old student in Denver, Colo., says most of her friends have a JUUL — an e-cigarette that can […]

December 3, 2017

GOP Medicaid work rules imperil care for opioid abusers

Source: Politico Red states ravaged by the opioid crisis are pushing for Medicaid work requirements that could push people out of treatment as they try to get off drugs. Kentucky, New Hampshire, Maine and Indiana are among at least eight GOP-led states seeking federal approval to require Medicaid enrollees to work as a precondition of […]

December 1, 2017

What We’ve Learned Treating People With HIV Can Make Care Better For Us All

Source: NPR A memorial honoring victims of the AIDS epidemic sits across the street from the former St. Vincent’s Hospital site in New York City, where many of the early victims of AIDS were diagnosed. Spencer Platt/Getty Images It’s been two decades since we established effective treatment against HIV, rendering what was nearly always a […]