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Another circle of hell: Surviving 0pioids in the fentanyl era

Another circle of hell: Surviving 0pioids in the fentanyl era

About 75 percent of the state’s men and women who died after an unintentional overdose last year had fentanyl in their system, up from 57 percent in 2015.

April 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
In pain? Many doctors say opioids are not the answer

In pain? Many doctors say opioids are not the answer

By Emily Bazar Kaiser Health News Those of you who have experienced pain, especially gnawing, chronic pain, know that it affects your happiness, outlook and ability to function. In the past couple of years, the treatment of chronic pain has undergone an earthshaking transformation as opioid addiction continues to claim — and ruin — lives. Many […]

April 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
States seek Medicaid dollars for addiction treatment beds

States seek Medicaid dollars for addiction treatment beds

By Christine Vestal Stateline BALTIMORE — Anthony Green says he woke up one morning in January and decided to quit drinking. “I said to myself, ‘If I want something better, I’ve got to do better.’ ” That’s what landed him at Gaudenzia, a residential drug and alcohol treatment center here in North Baltimore. Green, 38, […]

April 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Next health reform battleground: subsidies for out-of-pocket  costs

Next health reform battleground: subsidies for out-of-pocket costs

By Ana B. Ibarra Kaiser Health News When Republicans pulled their Affordable Care Act replacement bill last Friday, Lauren Lake’s primary reaction was relief. But like a lot of people who depend on state exchanges for coverage, the 51-year-old consultant also was wary. That’s because she knows the Trump administration could still undo an important […]

April 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
New vaccine recommendation cuts number of HPV shots children need

New vaccine recommendation cuts number of HPV shots children need

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News You’d think that a vaccine that protects people against more than a half-dozen types of cancer would have people lining up to get it. But the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which can prevent roughly 90 percent of all cervical cancers as well as other cancers and sexually transmitted infections […]

March 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Sticker shock forces thousands of cancer patients to skip drugs, skimp on treatment

Sticker shock forces thousands of cancer patients to skip drugs, skimp on treatment

By Liz Szabo Kaiser Health News John Krahne received alarming news from his doctor last December. His brain tumors were stable, but his lung tumors had grown noticeably larger. The doctor recommended a drug called Alecensa, which sells for more than $159,000 a year. Medicare would charge Krahne a $3,200 copay in December, then another […]

March 15, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
As legal marijuana spreads, worries about teen addiction grow

As legal marijuana spreads, worries about teen addiction grow

By Christine Vestal Stateline DENVER — At Bruce Randolph School, a majority Hispanic high school in a gang-plagued neighborhood in north Denver, there’s always a waiting list to see Amanda Ingram and her therapy dog, Pauletta. Students sign up to visit Ingram during breaks in classes to talk about family and social troubles while they […]

March 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
To save on drug costs, insurer wants to steer you to ‘preferred’ pharmacies.

To save on drug costs, insurer wants to steer you to ‘preferred’ pharmacies.

By Pauline Bartolone Kaiser Health News One of California’s largest insurers has proposed a change in the benefits of commercial plans next year that would require consumers to pay more for drugs at pharmacies outside an established network. Blue Shield of California wants to create “a tiered pharmacy network” in its 2018 small- and large-group plans, […]

March 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Right-to-try’ laws expose dying patients to exploitation, ethicists warn

‘Right-to-try’ laws expose dying patients to exploitation, ethicists warn

By Carrie Feibel, KQED Kaiser Health News In the past three years, 33 U.S. states have passed laws aimed at helping dying people get easier access to experimental treatments. Supporters say these patients are just looking for the “right to try” these treatments. Such laws may sound compassionate, but medical ethicists warn they pose worrisome […]

March 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Patient advocacy groups rake in donations from pharma

Patient advocacy groups rake in donations from pharma

By Emily Kopp Kaiser Health News High-profile advocacy groups for patients with cancer, Alzheimer’s, HIV and other diseases almost always accept funding from pharmaceutical firms, and many fail to report any contributions, new research shows. At least 83 percent of the nation’s 104 largest patient advocacy groups take contributions from the drug, medical device and […]

March 1, 2017 | By | Reply More