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U.S. Overdose Deaths Dipped In 2018, But Some States Saw 'Devastating' Increases
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:56:10 -0400
Provisional overdose data for 2018 show a note of hope in an overall bleak picture. But in some states, the numbers actually got worse. What explains the disparities?
Opioid Epidemic 'Road Map' Shows 76 Billion Pills Distributed Between 2006 And 2012
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 16:24:00 -0400
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Washington Post reporter Scott Higham about federal data that shows the scope of the opioid crisis: 76 billion pills distributed between 2006 through 2012.
How Does Drug Pricing Work? Hint: It's More Like Designer Handbags Than Cars
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 15:10:00 -0400
The Trump administration compares drug list prices to car sticker prices. But drugmakers can price medicines as high as the market will bear. And consumers have little bargaining power.
Pain Meds As Public Nuisance? Oklahoma Tests A Legal Strategy For Opioid Addiction
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:49:00 -0400
The first civil trial against an opioid manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, has ended in Oklahoma. The verdict could affect lawsuits filed by other local and state governments coping with addiction.
Regulations That Mandate Sepsis Care Appear To Have Worked In New York
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:14:00 -0400
Sepsis, the body's overreaction to infection, strikes more than a million Americans a year and kills more than 250,000. Evidence suggests that regulations can improve its diagnosis and patient care.
Medicare Advantage Plans Overbill Taxpayers By Billions Annually, Records Show
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 05:00:00 -0400
The federal government wants to deploy several new tools for catching insurers that have overcharged Medicare $30 billion in the past three years alone. But the insurance industry is balking.
Oklahoma Opioid Trial Ends
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:08:37 -0400
Monday was the last day in a widely-watched trial about opioid addiction in Oklahoma. The state sued opioid manufacturers, but only Johnson & Johnson fought it in court after others settled.
Overhauling Kidney Care
Sat, 13 Jul 2019 08:26:00 -0400
This week, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at improving the care of kidney patients. Nephrologist Amaka Eneanya talks with Scott Simon about some of the new initiatives.
Has Your Doctor Talked To You About Climate Change?
Sat, 13 Jul 2019 08:26:00 -0400
Some physicians say connecting environmental effects of climate change — heat waves, more pollen and longer allergy seasons — to the health consequences helps them better care for patients.
A Call For More Research On Cancer's Environmental Triggers
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 09:12:45 -0400
Scientists are making progress in identifying environmental hazards that contribute to cancer. Researchers say many cases could be avoided if the work is accelerated.
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