After years of aggressively promoting OxyContin as a safe and effective way to combat pain, the company is – equally aggressively – recasting itself as a fundamental player in the response to a crisis that many experts say it helped to create. Such efforts come amid hundreds of lawsuits claiming that Purdue fueled the opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing OxyContin, as well as new government efforts to regulate opioids. A report from Kaiser Health News and PBS NewsHour's health blog.
Childhood obesity in America is on the rise, and at rates higher than previous studies suggested, according to a study published Feb. 26 in the journal Pediatrics. According to this survey, more than a quarter – about 29 percent – of children ages 2 to 19 were overweight. By 2016, that figure rose to 35 percent, according to the latest analysis, and about one in five children are obese. A report from PBS NewsHour's Health blog.
Dr. Mohammad Bashar Mourad, a nephrologist at Pennyrile Nephrology Associates, and Dr. David Kabithe, a general surgeon at Jennie Stuart Medical Group discuss kidney function and renal disease.
Dr. Tuckson speaks with Dr. Eric Burton, a neuro-oncologist with University of Louisville Physicians and Dr. Brian J. Williams, assistant professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Louisville.
Amid several lawsuits that accuse manufacturing giant Purdue Pharma of contributing to the country’s opioid epidemic, the company announced Saturday it will cut sales staff by more than half and stop marketing opioids to doctors. Reporter Lev Facher, who wrote for STAT that it marked the end of an aggressive, opioid marketing era that Purdue created, joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington, D.C.
Dr. Tuckson discusses GI health with Dr. Thomas Abell, a professor in the Department of Medicine and the Arthur M. Schoen, MD chair of Gastroenterology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
Dr. Tuckson speaks with Dr. Christian Furman, a specialist in geriatric medicine with University of Louisville Physicians.
Officials from the Bevin Administration discuss the Medicaid overhaul called Kentucky HEALTH, and detail the goals of the reforms as well as community engagement requirements, premium payments, and other changes coming to the program.
Local law enforcement in Chillicothe, Ohio, have found their own way to respond to a slew of fatal opioid overdoses in their community. The Post Overdose Response Team (PORT) sets out each week to find every person in their county who overdosed the week before and try to get them into treatment. Special correspondent Esther Honig of Side Effects Public Media has the story.
Dr. Tuckson's guests are Dr. Frank R. Burns, an ophthalmologist and eye surgeon in Louisville, Kentucky and State Rep. Jason Nemes. Rep. Nemes shadowed Dr. Burns as part of the Greater Louisville Medical Society's "Wear the White Coat" program.