A common belief is that opioid addiction often begins with a single prescription from a doctor: Patients seek relief from some minor problem like a toothache or back pain, leave with a prescription, and wind up hooked. But there’s not much actual evidence tying doctors’ prescription patterns with individual patients’ long-term use of opioids or complications caused by the drugs later on

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From 2012 through 2014, the number of reported deaths involving fentanyl more than doubled, from 2628 to 5544. We estimate that 41% of the roughly 7100 heroin-related deaths during this period involved fentanyl

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Nicholas Bagley: The states face two enormous obstacles to achieving near-universal coverage on their own. First, the states don’t have the same fiscal capacity as the federal government. Keep in mind that the ACA is a large, countercyclical spending program

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The latest flashpoint in the ongoing debate over high drug prices is Emflaza, an $89,000-a-year drug that treats Duchenne muscular dystrophy

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Three judges have released their decision

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Experts say replication is needed and other hurdles must be surmounted to apply findings to the clinic

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The visor-like devices need to be combined with gene therapy to work

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Jeff Kahn on WYPR Midday

February 15, 2017

Our Jeffrey Kahn regularly drops by WYPR to discuss bioethics with Midday host, Tom Hall. The latest topic: Human Genome Editing

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