Where marijuana is legal, opioid prescriptions fall, studies find

As more states legalize medical and recreational marijuana, doctors may be replacing opioid prescriptions with suggestions to visit a local marijuana dispensary. Two papers published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine analyzing more than five years of Medicare Part D and Medicaid prescription data found that after states legalized weed, the number of opioid prescriptions and the daily dose of opioids went way down.

Government rejected a study of alcohol advertising while pursuing alcoholic beverage industry funding for other research

It's rare for officials at the National Institutes of Health to summon university scientists from hundreds of miles away. So when Dr. Michael Siegel of Boston University and a colleague got the call to meet with the director of NIH's Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, he said, "I knew we were in trouble."

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The government wants to free your health data. Will that unleash innovation?

In health care, breakthrough cures are no longer just hidden in the innumerable mysteries of biology and chemistry. Increasingly, they are locked away in a place even harder to access: electronic patient records.

Trump opioid plan writes in favoritism to single company's addiction medication

WASHINGTON - The White House's national strategy to combat the opioid crisis, unveiled last week, would expand a particular kind of addiction treatment in federal criminal justice settings: a single drug, manufactured by a single company, with mixed views on the evidence regarding its use.

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House approves ‘right-to-try' bill, sending legislation to Senate

WASHINGTON - House Republicans easily passed a controversial bill aimed at helping some dying patients get new access to experimental therapies Wednesday, resurrecting legislation that suffered a major setback just a week ago.

How a society gala was used to sell young-blood transfusions to baby boomers desperate to cheat death

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - For the crowd of mostly baby boomers, who'd just finished their healthy lunch of salmon fillet on a bed of grains and vegetables, the warning could not have been more dire: You're running out of time. ... deaths he believes the agency has caused to those caused by the Nazis, and a "Church of Perpetual Life" to proselytize his gospel of everlasting life on earth. He doesn't...

This scientist is testing a marijuana ingredient as a way to prevent relapse. It's a daunting task

NEW YORK - When she started collecting brains, neuroscientist Yasmin Hurd's peers wondered what she could possibly be thinking. Studying animals made way more sense as a way to trace how chronic drug use changes the brain, they thought - after all, how was Hurd going to parse the long-term effects from the trauma of the overdoses that killed the brain donors?

Bacterial sex: the promiscuous process driving antibiotic resistance

Formidable sexual promiscuity. That's not the teaser for a pornographic video but a serious health threat that humans face. It's the term microbiologists use to describe bacterial sex, the ancient process that contributes to the very modern scourge of antibiotic resistance, which could account for 10 million deaths a year by 2050.

Alex Azar defends Trump drug pricing proposals, pushing back against criticism

WASHINGTON - Alex Azar defended the drug pricing proposals in the Trump administration's latest budget request Thursday, pushing back on criticism that none of the ideas would lower the list prices ...

What the US can learn from the UK's National Health Service

Hours-long waits in the emergency department, patients treated in hallways in the midst of an intense flu season, and canceled elective surgeries are only a few of the problems the National Health ...

Three-quarters of people who got flu shot this year weren't protected against most common strain

Three-quarters of people who got a flu shot this year were not protected against H3N2 flu, the viruses that have caused the lion's share of disease in what has been one of the most difficult flu seasons in years in the United States, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

End of an era: Purdue to stop marketing opioids to doctors

Purdue Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the opioid painkiller OxyContin, said it would no longer actively market opioid products - a major about-face for a company increasingly viewed as a principal culprit in the country's addiction and overdose crisis.

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Flu vaccine provided dismal protection against this winter's virus, early data suggest

As the country battles an especially fierce flu season, experts have struggled to explain why one family of virus - the influenza A virus H3N2 - that has infected a lot of people in recent years ...

Trump's 49 seconds on the opioid epidemic: 5 questions from the front lines

President Trump's State of the Union address was 80 minutes long. He spent just 49 seconds on the opioid epidemic, something he has declared to be a public health emergency. The brevity of his ...

How to determine Trump's mental fitness for office? Experts point to reliable cognitive tests

When President Trump has his physical exam on Friday, there is little chance he will repeat the same story within a span of 10 minutes or fail to recognize old friends, as the explosive new book "Fire and Fury" by Michael Wolff asserts he has done in the past.

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