• NEW YORK Nov 25, 2019

    Federal Opioid Addiction Treatment Dollars Off-Limits for Some Medical Marijuana States

    The U.S. government is barring federal dollars meant for opioid addiction treatment to be used on medical marijuana.

  • NBC Oct 5, 2019

    Singer Sia Reveals She Has a Neurological Disorder, Suffers From Chronic Pain

    Singer Sia revealed in a Twitter post on Friday that she suffers from chronic pain and a neurological disease, NBC News reports. “I just wanted to say to those of you suffering from pain, whether physical or emotional, I love you, keep going,” the “Cheap Thrills” songstress wrote in a post. Sia, whose real name is Sia Kate Isobelle Furler,...

  • Massachusetts Aug 31, 2019

    Too Old for President? Health and Fitness a Better Question

    Science says age is only a number, not a proxy for physical and mental fitness. But with three Democrats in their 70s vying to challenge the oldest first-term president in American history, age’s importance will be tested as never before. Only a few years separate President Donald Trump, 73, from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, 77, and former Vice President Joe...

  • Massachusetts Jul 25, 2019

    FDA Warns Massachusetts-Based Marijuana Company for Making CBD Health Claims

    U.S. regulators warned a leading marijuana company for making unproven health claims about CBD, the trendy ingredient that’s turning up in lotions, foods and pet treats. The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday it warned Curaleaf Inc., of Wakefield, Massachusetts, for illegally selling unapproved products. Curaleaf’s claims could lead people to delay medical care for serious conditions like cancer, the...

  • NBCUniversal Inc. Jun 18, 2019

    Opioid-Free Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain

    One in five Americans suffer from chronic pain. And with the danger of opioid use, many are looking for alternative treatments that are both safe and effective.

  • energy May 17, 2019

    Doctors Missed Her Lyme Disease for 15 Years — Now This Woman Is Chronically Ill

    During a recent walk in the woods, Stephanie Tait moved slowly, leaning into her cane when necessary, and pausing to take a break every few steps. She is 34 years old. Tait, a mother of two in Salem, Oregon, was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2016. Since she was a teenager, she’s struggled with multiple health issues that she now...

  • New York City Apr 8, 2019

    Smoking Pot vs. Tobacco: What Science Says About Lighting Up

    As more states make it legal to smoke marijuana, some government officials, researchers and others worry what that might mean for one of the country’s biggest public health successes: curbing cigarette smoking. Though there are notable differences in health research findings on tobacco and marijuana, the juxtaposition strikes some as jarring after generations of Americans have gotten the message that...

  • disease Mar 26, 2019

    US Experts: Too Soon to Pull Breast Implants Tied to Cancer

    Government medical advisers said Monday it’s too soon to ban a type of breast implant that has recently been linked to a rare form of cancer, saying more information is needed to understand the problem. The Food and Drug Administration panel didn’t recommend any immediate restrictions on breast implants after a day reviewing the latest research on the risks...

  • Donald Trump Jan 25, 2019

    Families Hoping for Justice From Prescription Bribes Trial

    Drug company executives weren’t satisfied with sales for their powerful painkiller, so they devised a plan, prosecutors say: Offer cash to doctors in exchange for prescriptions. Soon, the highly addictive fentanyl spray was flourishing, and executives were raking in millions. Now, the company’s wealthy founder is heading to trial in a case that’s putting a spotlight on the federal government’s...

  • Massachusetts Nov 26, 2018

    FDA Says It Will Overhaul Criticized Medical Device System

    U.S. health officials said Monday they plan to overhaul the nation’s decades-old system for approving most medical devices, which has long been criticized by experts for failing to catch problems with risky implants and related products. The Food and Drug Administration announced plans aimed at making sure new medical devices reflect up-to-date safety and effectiveness features. The system targeted by...

  • NBC News Jul 10, 2018

    Pain Patients Beg FDA for More Options, More Access to Opioids

    The Food and Drug Agency Administration says it wants to be accommodating to chronic pain patients so it held a meeting this week to hear people’s stories about pain, NBC News reported. Several dozen people traveled to FDA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, and the room was full of very unhappy people. One lay on the floor, another eased her...

  • United States May 10, 2018

    Cancer Docs Feel Unprepared, But Recommend Marijuana Anyway

    Nearly half of U.S. cancer doctors who responded to a survey say they’ve recently recommended medical marijuana to patients, although most say they don’t know enough about medicinal use. The results reflect how marijuana policy in some states has outpaced research, the study authors said. All 29 states with medical marijuana programs allow doctors to recommend it to cancer...

  • Governor Apr 27, 2018

    John Boehner Joins Marijuana Firm Advisory Board, Says Views on Cannabis Have ‘Evolved'

    Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner announced Wednesday that he has joined the advisory board of a marijuana firm, saying that his “thinking on cannabis has evolved.” In a joint statement with former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, who is also joining the Acreage Holdings board, Boehner said it was time for “serious considerations of a shift in federal marijuana...

  • Liz Lane Feb 10, 2018

    OxyContin Maker Will Stop Promoting Opioids to Doctors

    The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, bowing to a key demand of lawsuits that blame the company for helping trigger the current drug abuse epidemic. OxyContin has long been the world’s top-selling opioid painkiller, bringing in billions in sales for privately-held Purdue, which also sells a newer and longer-lasting opioid...

  • Attorney Nov 8, 2017

    New York Doctor Charged With Killing 6 Patients Through Opiate Prescriptions

    A New York doctor has been charged in the deaths of a half-dozen patients who overdosed on opioids prescribed by his pain management clinic, according to a 166-count superseding indictment unsealed Wednesday.

  • Donald Trump Nov 8, 2017

    Trump Declares Opioids Public Health Emergency, But Doesn't Devote New Funding

    In ringing and personal terms, President Donald Trump on Thursday pledged that “we will overcome addiction in America,” declaring opioid abuse a national public health emergency and announcing new steps to combat what he described as the worst drug crisis in U.S. history. Trump’s declaration, which will be effective for 90 days and can be renewed, will allow the government...

  • China Nov 8, 2017

    Trump Readies Opioid Plan, But Some Worry It Won't Be Enough

    President Donald Trump’s long-awaited declaration that the opioid epidemic is a national emergency finally arrives this week, but some advocates are worried that it won’t be backed with the money and commitment to make much difference. Trump is expected to make the formal declaration and deliver a major speech on the topic Thursday, more than two months after he first...

  • head Nov 8, 2017

    Painful Words: How a 1980 Letter Fueled the Opioid Epidemic

    Nearly 40 years ago, a respected doctor wrote a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine with some very good news: Out of nearly 40,000 patients given powerful pain drugs in a Boston hospital, only four addictions were documented. Doctors had been wary of opioids, fearing patients would get hooked. Reassured by the letter, which called this “rare” in...

  • Governor Nov 8, 2017

    Top US Drug Middleman Express Scripts to Limit Opioids; Doctors Concerned

    The nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager will soon limit the number and strength of opioid drugs prescribed to first-time users as part of a wide-ranging effort to curb an epidemic affecting millions of Americans. But the new program from Express Scripts is drawing criticism from the American Medical Association, the largest association of physicians and medical students in the U.S.,...

  • China Nov 8, 2017

    Millions Die Suffering Amid Global Opioid Gap: Report

    Nearly 26 million people around the world die each year with serious suffering in part because of a huge gap in pain relief: The U.S. may be awash in opioid painkillers, but they’re rare or unavailable in dozens of poor countries, says a new report. The challenge is to improve palliative care in low-income countries while avoiding mistakes that led...

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