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It’s Not Just Opioids

Overdoses are happening at an increasingly fast rate. Mixing opioids with alcohol and sleeping pills is probably making it worse.

Nov. 15 2017 1:47 PMThe Power of the PlaceboA recent study revealed that stents are likely ineffective at relieving chest pain. Why didn’t we know that?
Nov. 6 2017 6:04 PMTrump Blames Shooting on “Mental Health,” a Policy Area He Is Also Actively UnderminingEven if mental illness was the problem, the president’s record on helping Americans access care is embarrassing.
Nov. 1 2017 11:37 AMTherapy Is Great, but I Still Need MedicationPlease don’t tell me I just need to try cognitive behavioral therapy.
Oct. 29 2017 8:00 PMWhere Are the Opioid Recovery Activists?Just as with the AIDS crisis, the government won’t do what’s necessary unless we make it.
Oct. 26 2017 4:59 PMIf Trump Wants to Understand the Opioid Epidemic, He Needs to Watch Some Reality TVThe president clearly doesn’t get it. Maybe watching Intervention could help.
Oct. 13 2017 3:38 PMWe Have to Ration Health CareMedicare for all would be a much better plan if it acknowledged that simple reality.
Oct. 11 2017 9:26 PMIf Harvey Weinstein Were Serious About Getting Help, He Wouldn’t Call Himself a Sex AddictHe needs to accept that he’s responsible for his actions.   
Oct. 9 2017 5:50 AMThe Fight for the Right to Eat Seal BlubberIn Alaskan nursing homes and hospitals, tight federal regulations have meant that the most comforting foods for natives have been labeled illegal. That’s slowly changing.
Oct. 2 2017 6:29 PMHospitals Aren’t Fully Prepared for Mass Shootings, and It’s the Gun Lobby’s FaultEmergency responders and doctors are reduced to sharing anecdotes when they should be compiling evidence.
Sept. 22 2017 9:30 AMCan You Cure Autism?For this non-evidence-based treatment center, the answer to that depends on how much you’re willing to pay.
Sept. 11 2017 4:34 PMBig Pharma’s Attempt to Ghostwrite for Stat Ended Badly—but Not Badly EnoughStat retracted the story, but for the wrong reasons and without addressing the real problem.
Sept. 6 2017 4:19 PMYou Don’t Need to Do a Prolonged Fast Before SurgeryThe recommendation is outdated, but many hospitals still mistakenly encourage it. Why?
Aug. 28 2017 5:50 AMCould Your Next Doctor Be Your Dentist?A two-step plan could help address the physician shortage and lack of access to dental care.
Aug. 22 2017 10:53 AMAre You at Risk of Alzheimer’s?An online quiz, promoted by a legitimate neurological institute, purports to tell you. But if the answer is almost invariably “yes,” is it a service or a scam?
Aug. 11 2017 5:54 AMSearching for My Summer Sole MateI love sandals, but they make my feet ache. So I went shoe shopping with a podiatrist and learned some things about commitment.
Nov. 14 2017 10:30 AMHow to Listen to and Support Victims of Sexual TraumaBearing witness to trauma is so hard that it has historically impeded our ability to help. We must change that.
Nov. 6 2017 11:01 AMStock Photos Are Terrible at Depicting Illness, Mental or PhysicalBut stock photographers are working hard to make them better.
Oct. 30 2017 2:21 PMThe Wait Can Kill YouYes, Jane Doe got her abortion. But the wait put her at greater risk.
Oct. 26 2017 6:39 PMTrump Wants to Bring Back “Just Say No” to Fix the Opioid EpidemicThe evidence is clear that this is not an effective strategy.
Oct. 23 2017 5:35 PMIn Puerto Rico, Surgery by Flashlight Is Just the BeginningA month after Hurricane Maria hit, the island is still facing a public health crisis of epic proportions.
Oct. 12 2017 8:20 PMThe Data Are Clear: Access to Contraception Improves Health and Saves MoneyFor every dollar spent on contraception, $7 is saved on health care costs.
Oct. 10 2017 1:14 PMDeVos-Backed Neurofeedback Company Has Escaped Government ScrutinyThe company, Neurocore, markets the brain training as an autism cure. The problem is, there’s no data to support that claim.
Oct. 3 2017 7:45 AMWhy Do We Keep Resurrecting the Cautionary Medical Tale?In the nearly three decades since the last Flatliners film, medicine has moved forward, but our conflicted feelings about it have not.
Sept. 29 2017 7:42 AMWe Don’t Want to Know What Will Kill UsYears of data on genetic testing reveal that when given the option, most people want less information, not more.
Sept. 13 2017 5:10 PMThe Trump Administration Is Quietly Undermining the ACA’s Plan to Innovate Health CareLeft alone, the plan could help Americans pay less for better health outcomes. But Trump’s team is rolling back a bipartisan idea.
Sept. 7 2017 12:14 PMA New Strategy to Undermine Big Pharma’s Price Gouging Actually WorkedA little-known disease called Chagas is much more prevalent than Zika. Here’s how advocates fought an uphill battle, and won.
Sept. 4 2017 5:57 AMWhy Does High School Still Start So Early?Research shows that unreasonable start times lead to chronic sleep deprivation in teens. Why are schools so slow to make changes?
Aug. 25 2017 7:33 AMTrump Is Making Truckers’ Regulation Problems Much WorseRather than siding with the workers, his unique fixation on ending regulation will harm his base.
Aug. 17 2017 3:53 PMSome People Still Need OpioidsThe crackdown on pain medication prescribing is intended to help the addiction crisis—but it’s leaving chronic pain patients in untenable situations.
Aug. 3 2017 3:24 PMAre We Experimenting on Our Children With Soy Formula?More and more parents are embracing soy-based formula, but we don’t have good data on how it might be affecting our children’s hormones.