CBD sales are soaring, but evidence is still slim that the cannabis derivative makes a difference for anxiety or pain

The jury's still out on whether or not CBD relieves stress and anxiety.

Hilary A. Marusak, Assistant Professor, Wayne State University • conversation
Nov. 17, 2020 ~10 min

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CBD sales soaring, but evidence still slim that the cannabis derivative makes a difference for anxiety or pain

The jury's still out on whether or not CBD relieves stress and anxiety.

Hilary A. Marusak, Assistant Professor, Wayne State University • conversation
Nov. 17, 2020 ~10 min

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7 things President-elect Biden can achieve on health care

From expanding children's coverage to reducing surprise bills, Biden and lawmakers may be able to broaden health care access.

Simon F. Haeder, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Penn State • conversation
Nov. 16, 2020 ~8 min

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OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma may settle legal claims with a new 'public trust' that would still be dedicated to profit

The government has tried to harness profit-driven drugmaking to serve public health before. The results were underwhelming.

David Herzberg, Associate Professor of History, University at Buffalo • conversation
Oct. 21, 2020 ~10 min

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SARS-CoV-2 infection can relieve pain

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, relieves pain. That may explain COVID's unrelenting spread—and could lead to new non-opioid pain therapies.

Stacy Pigott-Arizona • futurity
Oct. 5, 2020 ~6 min

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A researcher reflects on progress fighting hepatitis C – and a path forward

The 2020 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine goes to the discoverers of the hepatitis C virus. There's an effective cure but homelessness and the opioid epidemic are driving a surge in infections.

Anna Suk-Fong Lok, Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan • conversation
Oct. 5, 2020 ~11 min

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Opioids after knee surgery are stronger in some states

The opioid prescription you get after knee surgery depends on where you live. Many are at strength levels linked to a risk of overdose death.

Rae Lynn Mitchell-Texas A&M • futurity
Sept. 9, 2020 ~4 min

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Addiction treatment shrinks during the pandemic, leaving people with nowhere to turn

COVID-19 plagues an overtaxed opioid addiction treatment system.

Elizabeth Chiarello, Associate Professor of Sociology, Saint Louis University • conversation
Sept. 3, 2020 ~9 min

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Opioids during pregnancy may disrupt the placenta

Opioid use during pregnancy can affect the placenta's structure, harming cells key for normal brain development, a study with mice suggests.

Jeff Sossamon-U. Missouri • futurity
Aug. 28, 2020 ~6 min

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Opioids during pregnancy may disrupt the placenta

Opioid use during pregnancy can affect the placenta's structure, harming cells key for normal brain development, a study with mice suggests.

Jeff Sossamon-U. Missouri • futurity
Aug. 28, 2020 ~6 min

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