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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Live From D.C.: A Look Ahead At Health Policy In 2019 31 Jan

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Live From D.C.: A Look Ahead At Health Policy In 2019

(From left) Tom Miller, Kimberly Leonard, Anna Edney, Joanne Kenen and Julie Rovner(Lynne Shallcross/KHN) Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News @jrovner Read Julie's Stories Anna Edney Bloomberg @annaedney Read Anna's Stories Joanne Kenen Politico @JoanneKenen Read Joanne's Stories Kimberly Leonard Washington Examiner @leonardkl Read Kimberly's Stories The 2020 presidential campaign has begun and health is a…

Higher rates of NAS linked with economic conditions 29 Jan

Higher rates of NAS linked with economic conditions

©iStock/brebca A NIDA-funded analysis of eight states showed a significant association between rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and poor economic conditions. NAS is a series of uncomfortable symptoms experienced by newborns suffering from opioid withdrawal after their mothers… Source link

A whole new view of CB2 25 Jan

A whole new view of CB2

The cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 are key components of the human endocannabinoid system, a biological network involved in regulating physiological and cognitive processes. NIDA-funded scientists have recently identified the crystal structure of the CB1 receptor and have some… Source link

Cascade of Care model recommended for opioid crisis 25 Jan

Cascade of Care model recommended for opioid crisis

Courtesy of NIDA A team of NIDA-funded scientists has offered a critical look at how to build an improved framework of care for the identification and treatment of people with opioid use disorder (OUD). Building upon the successful Cascade of Care model developed in 2017 to manage… Source link

Listen: ‘Death Certificate Project’ Aims At Opioid Crisis, But Doctors Cry Foul 23 Jan

Listen: ‘Death Certificate Project’ Aims At Opioid Crisis, But Doctors Cry Foul

On “All Things Considered” Thursday, KQED’s April Dembosky reports on the California medical board’s Death Certificate Project, which collected almost 3,000 death certificates of people who died of opioid overdoses, then cross-referenced those with the state’s drug prescription database. The board then sent letters to more than 500 doctors throughout the state who had prescribed the drugs to…

Doctors Call California’s Probe Of Opioid Deaths A ‘Witch Hunt’ 23 Jan

Doctors Call California’s Probe Of Opioid Deaths A ‘Witch Hunt’

The Medical Board of California has launched investigations into doctors who prescribed opioids to patients who, perhaps months or years later, fatally overdosed. The effort, dubbed “the Death Certificate Project,” has sparked a conflict with physicians in California and beyond, in part because the doctors being investigated did not necessarily write the prescriptions leading to…

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes 18 Jan

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

The Friday Breeze Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes, who reads everything on health care to compile our daily Morning Briefing, offers the best and most provocative stories for the weekend. Happy Friday, aka Day 28 of the government shutdown. We all might be getting a little shutdown-news fatigue, but this piece about the spouses of furloughed…

County By County, Researchers Link Opioid Deaths To Drugmakers’ Marketing 18 Jan

County By County, Researchers Link Opioid Deaths To Drugmakers’ Marketing

Researchers sketched a vivid line Friday linking the dollars spent by drugmakers to woo doctors around the country to a vast opioid epidemic that has led to tens of thousands of deaths. The study, published in JAMA Network Open, looked at county-specific federal data and found that the more opioid-related marketing dollars were spent in…

Scientists closer to finding inherited traits in addiction 14 Jan

Scientists closer to finding inherited traits in addiction

A computer-generated strand of DNA on a black background. Courtesy of ©Shutterstock. Scientists have concluded that the risk of addiction is a complex combination of both genes and environmental influences. Despite advances in the science of genetics, it has been extremely difficult to… Source link

Meth’s Resurgence Spotlights Lack Of Meds To Combat The Addiction 14 Jan

Meth’s Resurgence Spotlights Lack Of Meds To Combat The Addiction

In 2016, news reports warned the public of an opioid epidemic gripping the nation. But Madeline Vaughn, then a lead clinical intake coordinator at the Houston-based addiction treatment organization Council on Recovery, sensed something different was going on with the patients she checked in from the street. Their behavior, marked by twitchy suspicion, a poor…