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May/June 2018 Issues
I thought I’d done everything right: breastfeeding my children, a careful diet, plenty of exercise. I wasn’t overweight and didn’t have a family history. I bought BPA-free bottles for my filtered water. But on a visit to the radiology department last spring, a pair of red brackets highlighted something worrisome on the ultrasound monitor.
April 12, 2018
Amanda Boxtel was 24 years old when she lay in a hospital bed, unable to move her legs. A doctor came in to tell her she would never walk again—that her skiing accident had shattered four vertebrae and she was paralyzed from the waist down. Despite her injury, Boxtel didn’t stop living life. In the 26 years since, she’s had many adventures: skiing, mountain biking, parasailing, traveling the world.
March 24, 2018
Diane Woodford peppers the meal delivery driver at her front door with an urgent question: “Did you bring my tomato soup?” It’s there in her bag, along with a week’s worth of low-sugar, low-salt meals to ensure Woodford will eat well, even though her diabetes, kidney disease, and congestive heart failure make it hard for her to get to the grocery store.
March 23, 2017
The patient was dying. Valerie Hobbs, 53, was in the throes of sepsis – an infection coursing through her veins that was causing her blood pressure to tank, her organs to fail and her breathing to flag. “When you have a person that young who’s going to die, you start thinking, ‘What else can we pull out of the bag?’ ” said Dr. Paul Marik, who was on duty that day in the intensive care unit of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. In this case, he reached for Vitamin C.
Kaiser Health News
March 22, 2018
Americans fill about 4.5 billion prescriptions each year, at a cost of more than $323 billion. But what are we actually buying? In 10 states, the top prescriptions are opioid pain pills that are mixtures of acetaminophen and hydrocodone (brand names Vicodin and Norco), according to new data from GoodRx, an online prescription cost service.
March 21, 2018
In mid-August 2016, Cabell County, in the southwestern part of the state, made headlines when public health officials reported 20 opioid overdose cases in a 53-hour period. For years, opiates flowed unabated into the county of some 96 000 residents. A lawsuit filed last year charged that 9 distributors, including CVS Indiana and Walgreen Eastern Co Inc, failed to investigate and stop 40 million prescription hydrocodone and oxycodone pills from flooding the county between 2007 and 2012.