medicine http://wnpr.org en Pot Smoke And Mirrors: Vaporizer Pens Hide Marijuana Use http://wnpr.org/post/pot-smoke-and-mirrors-vaporizer-pens-hide-marijuana-use It's a sunny afternoon at Kelly's Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, and Nikki Esquibel is getting stoned. But you wouldn't know it.<p>The 19-year-old, who has a medical prescription for marijuana, is "smoking" pot with a handheld vaporizer, or a vape pen. It's sleek, black, and virtually indistinguishable from a high-end e-cigarette.<p>That's the point, says Esquibel. "I use it mostly around my neighborhood. It's easy to hide." The vapor coming from the device doesn't even have much of an odor.<p>Discretion, it turns out, makes for good money. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:12:00 +0000 editor 20381 at http://wnpr.org Pot Smoke And Mirrors: Vaporizer Pens Hide Marijuana Use DCF's Handling of a Transgender Teen; Updates on a Heroin Epidemic http://wnpr.org/post/dcfs-handling-transgender-teen-updates-heroin-epidemic <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. is in the middle of a heroin epidemic. It’s something that has become increasingly problematic in northeastern states like Connecticut. This hour, a panel of local reporters and health experts from Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts share their stories.&nbsp;</span></p><p>We also hear about a controversial decision by the state Department of Children and Families to transfer a transgender teenager to one of Connecticut’s adult prisons, even though, as we’ve discussed on the show, the state now has a “locked” facility for girls like her. WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil joins us with more on that story.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:42:49 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 19964 at http://wnpr.org DCF's Handling of a Transgender Teen; Updates on a Heroin Epidemic For Connecticut's DPH, a Big-Picture Snapshot of State Health http://wnpr.org/post/connecticuts-dph-big-picture-snapshot-state-health <p>A new report called "Healthy Connecticut 2020," from the state Department of Public Health, outlines some of the challenges facing Connecticut health care professionals in the coming decade.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:47:20 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19767 at http://wnpr.org For Connecticut's DPH, a Big-Picture Snapshot of State Health Involuntary Shaking Can Be Caused By Essential Tremors http://wnpr.org/post/involuntary-shaking-could-be-caused-essential-tremors Katharine Hepburn had it. So did playwright Eugene O'Neill and Sen. Robert Byrd. <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000762.htm">Essential tremor</a> is a condition that causes involuntary shaking.<p>While it usually develops in middle age, it can start much earlier. <a href="http://essentialtremor.org/about-the-ietf/spirit-of-hope-shari-finsilver/">Shari Finsilver</a> was aware of her hands shaking as a child.<p>"When I was about 11 years old, I noticed in art class that I was never able to draw a straight line," she says. "I really didn't know why. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Michelle Trudeau 19685 at http://wnpr.org Involuntary Shaking Can Be Caused By Essential Tremors Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Refugee Students http://wnpr.org/post/meeting-mental-health-needs-refugee-students <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Refugees face many challenges after resettling in a new country and it can be especially hard for children. On Saturday&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">at Luce Hall Auditorium</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;Yale School of Medicine and Yale's MacMillan Center are hosting a conference for educators to learn about ways to help refugee students adjust.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:41:57 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 19566 at http://wnpr.org Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Refugee Students State Picks Six Medical Marijuana Dispensaries http://wnpr.org/post/state-picks-six-medical-marijuana-dispensaries <p>Connecticut's consumer chief has picked six medical marijuana dispensaries that will be the first in the state operating in Branford, Bridgeport, Bristol, Hartford, South Windsor and Uncasville.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:59:53 +0000 Associated Press 19538 at http://wnpr.org State Picks Six Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Orthotic Brace Takes Soldiers From Limping To Leaping http://wnpr.org/post/orthotic-brace-takes-soldiers-limping-leaping A deceptively simple leg brace is changing the lives of hundreds of wounded service members. Soldiers with badly injured legs who thought they'd have to live with terrible pain can walk and run again, pain-free.<p>Earlier this month, Army Spc. Joey McElroy took his first steps in the Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis, or IDEO (pronounced: eye-DAY-oh). The device squeaked a bit as he stepped briskly on an indoor track.<p>McElroy was hit by a car and thrown from his motorcycle on Dec. 5, 2012.<p>"I knew that when I looked down there was bones comin' out of the leg that didn't look correct. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:57:00 +0000 Melissa Block 19331 at http://wnpr.org Orthotic Brace Takes Soldiers From Limping To Leaping Rethinking Fat: The Case For Adding Some Into Your Diet http://wnpr.org/post/rethinking-fat-case-adding-some-your-diet Remember the fat-free boom that swept the country in the 1990s? Yes, we know from the Salt readers who took our informal <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/03/22/292389447/remember-fat-free-mania-take-our-survey">survey</a> that lots of you tried to follow it. And gave up.<p>"I definitely remember eating fat-free cookies, fat–free pudding, fat-free cheese, which was awful," Elizabeth Stafford, an attorney from North Carolina, told us in the survey.<p>Back then, she avoided all kinds of foods with fat: cheese, eggs, meat, even nuts and avocados. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:31:00 +0000 editor 19306 at http://wnpr.org Rethinking Fat: The Case For Adding Some Into Your Diet Hearing Voices http://wnpr.org/post/hearing-voices <p></p><p>Teresa of Avila very unambiguously reported hearing voices. She's a saint. John Forbes Nash heard voices. He won a Nobel prize. Robert Schumann heard voices that spurred him to write great music.</p><p>Philip K. Dick was guided by one inner voice, specifically female, that he would hear for much of his life. He probably holds the record for most film adaptations for words written of any author ever.</p><p>Mahatma&nbsp;Gandhi&nbsp;described a voice he could hear; not a metaphorical inner conversation, but a voice.</p><p>I could go on. Hearing voices is not that unusual.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:38:40 +0000 Betsy Kaplan, Chion Wolf & Colin McEnroe 18996 at http://wnpr.org Hearing Voices Kids Benefit From Counseling At The Pediatrician's Office http://wnpr.org/post/kids-benefit-counseling-pediatricians-office Pediatricians often recommend some mental health counseling for children who have behavior problems like defiance and tantrums. But counseling can be hard to find. Children are much more likely to get help if the counselor is right there in the doctor's office, a study finds.<p>The children in the study had behavior problems, and many also had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or anxiety. They were 8 years old, on average, and two-thirds were boys.<p>Half of the 321 children were referred to outside counselors who took the family's insurance. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:03:00 +0000 editor 18936 at http://wnpr.org Kids Benefit From Counseling At The Pediatrician's Office Hospital Mergers in Connecticut Raise Concerns Over Patient Costs http://wnpr.org/post/hospital-mergers-connecticut-raise-concerns-over-patient-costs <p>Hospital administrators in Connecticut who have been involved in the unprecedented streak of mergers and consolidations often tout the financial benefits and efficiencies of such moves.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:58:28 +0000 Jennifer Kaylin & Lisa Chedekel 18926 at http://wnpr.org Hospital Mergers in Connecticut Raise Concerns Over Patient Costs Exercise Cuts Breast Cancer Risk For All Women Everywhere http://wnpr.org/post/exercise-cuts-breast-cancer-risk-all-women-everywhere This could be the simplest bit of health advice ever: Exercise reduces women's risk of breast cancer, no matter what kind of exercise they do, how old they are, how much they weigh, or when they get started.<p>Researchers in France looked at studies that involved more than 4 million women around the world who participated in prospective studies from 1987 to 2013. They found that the more active a woman is, the better her odds of avoiding breast cancer. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:59:00 +0000 editor 18751 at http://wnpr.org Exercise Cuts Breast Cancer Risk For All Women Everywhere Doctors Say Obamacare Rule Will Stick Them With Unpaid Bills http://wnpr.org/post/doctors-say-obamacare-rule-will-stick-them-unpaid-bills Doctors worry they won't get paid by some patients because of an unusual 90-day grace period for <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/11/07/243584170/how-the-affordable-care-act-pays-for-insurance-subsidies">government-subsidized health plans</a>.<p>So several professional groups for doctors are urging their members to check patients' insurance status before every visit. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:49:00 +0000 editor 18685 at http://wnpr.org Doctors Say Obamacare Rule Will Stick Them With Unpaid Bills Cancer Treatments Could Hurt Your Heart http://wnpr.org/post/cancer-treatments-could-hurt-your-heart <p>Heart disease is the leading cause of death for cancer survivors. A relatively new scientific field called "cardio-oncology" is working to change that.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chemotherapy and radiation may save you from cancer, but they can also do a lot of damage to your heart.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18653 at http://wnpr.org Cancer Treatments Could Hurt Your Heart The Scramble on Agunuah, Vaccinations, and More http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-agunuah-vaccinations-and-more <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://markoppenheimer.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Mark Oppenheimer&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">writes about religion and a whole bunch of other things. Today, he'll be talking about the difficulty&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/516/stuck-in-the-middle?act=2" style="line-height: 1.5;">Orthodox Jewish women</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;face in obtaining a certain form of cooperation from their husbands and how that difficulty spawned a black market in coercion and violence.</span></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:44:30 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 18551 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble on Agunuah, Vaccinations, and More Legislature Hears Testimony on "Aid in Dying" http://wnpr.org/post/legislature-hears-testimony-aid-dying <p>The legislature's Public Health Committee is slated to hear testimony Monday on a bill which would allow physicians to help terminally ill patients to end their lives.</p><p>The so called aid-in-dying legislation is likely to draw impassioned advocates on both sides.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:40:43 +0000 Harriet Jones 18549 at http://wnpr.org Legislature Hears Testimony on "Aid in Dying" State Lawmakers Consider Requiring Providers to Offer Some Hepatitis C Screenings http://wnpr.org/post/state-lawmakers-consider-requiring-providers-offer-some-hepatitis-c-screenings <p>Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill on Friday that would require primary health care providers to offer baby boomers a screening test for Hepatitis C, a contagious liver disease.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The proposed legislation would affect patients born between 1945 and 1965.</span></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:25:11 +0000 Heather Brandon 18424 at http://wnpr.org State Lawmakers Consider Requiring Providers to Offer Some Hepatitis C Screenings The Unfolding Evolution of Origami http://wnpr.org/post/unfolding-evolution-origami <p>How do you make a 100 meter telescope that folds down to 3 meters so you can tuck it inside a space vehicle? How do you make a heart stent that folds out inside the human body? In each case, researchers have turned to masters of origami, the thousand year-old art of paper folding. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:19:14 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 18313 at http://wnpr.org The Unfolding Evolution of Origami Statins Might Not Cause Aching Muscles, But Diabetes Risk Is Real http://wnpr.org/post/statins-might-not-cause-aching-muscles-diabetes-risk-real People taking cholesterol-lowering statins often report having muscle pain and other side effects. Many quit taking the pills as a result.<p>But the statins aren't to blame, according to an analysis that found muscle problems no more likely with statins than with a placebo pill.<p>Diabetes is the only harmful side effect linked to statins, the study found, with 3 percent of people on statins being newly diagnosed with diabetes, compared with 2.4 percent of people taking placebos. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:00:00 +0000 editor 18375 at http://wnpr.org Statins Might Not Cause Aching Muscles, But Diabetes Risk Is Real Healthier Patients May Have To Wait For Costly Hepatitis C Drugs http://wnpr.org/post/healthier-patients-may-have-wait-costly-hepatitis-c-drugs Expensive new drugs for hepatitis C may work better than older treatments, but their high cost undermines their value, a panel of experts said Monday during a daylong forum in San Francisco.<p>"The price makes it very hard for the health care system," said Steve Pearson, who oversaw the meeting for the <a href="http://www.ctaf.org/">California Technology Assessment Forum</a>, a group affiliated with health insurers that holds public meetings to weigh evidence on new treatments.<p>The 15-member panel, which included representatives of hospitals, insurers and patient advocates, didn't recommend Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:24:00 +0000 Julie Appleby 18315 at http://wnpr.org Healthier Patients May Have To Wait For Costly Hepatitis C Drugs Measles Is Back in Connecticut, New York and Other States http://wnpr.org/post/measles-back-connecticut-new-york-and-other-states <p>Connecticut's Department of Public Health reported two cases of measles in Fairfield County on Tuesday. This follows <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/pr2014/pr007-14.shtml">several cases in New York City,</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/09/12/221737535/big-measles-outbreaks-worry-federal-health-officials">a spike in the number of cases last year</a>, even though the disease has already been virtually eliminated from the U.S. since 2000. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:13:00 +0000 Alan Yu 18264 at http://wnpr.org Measles Is Back in Connecticut, New York and Other States Colorado Collected $2.1 Million In January Taxes On Recreational Pot http://wnpr.org/post/colorado-collected-21-million-january-taxes-recreational-pot For the first time since it legalized recreational marijuana, Colorado is releasing revenue figures: The state made $3.5 million in taxes and fees in January.<p><a href="http://www.9news.com/story/news/local/2014/03/10/first-month-of-marijuana-taxes/6257687/">As KUSA-TV reports</a>, $2.1 million of that came from the sale of recreational pot and $1.4 million came from medical marijuana.<p>KUSA adds:<p><blockquote><p>"The figures from the state Department of Revenue also give a preliminary idea of the size of the marijuana trade in the state, showing $14 million worth of marijuana was sold in t Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:43:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 18194 at http://wnpr.org Colorado Collected $2.1 Million In January Taxes On Recreational Pot Poll Shows Support for Bill to Aid Suicide for Terminally Ill http://wnpr.org/post/poll-shows-support-bill-aid-suicide-terminally-ill <p>A <a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-and-centers/polling-institute/connecticut/release-detail?ReleaseID=2016" target="_blank">new poll shows Connecticut voters strongly support</a> legislation allowing doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients.</p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:20:54 +0000 Jeff Cohen 18006 at http://wnpr.org Poll Shows Support for Bill to Aid Suicide for Terminally Ill Remembering Dr. Sherwin Nuland, Author of "How We Die" http://wnpr.org/post/remembering-dr-sherwin-nuland-author-how-we-die <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Best-selling author Dr. Sherwin </span>Nuland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has died. His 1994 book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">How We Die</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, took on the medical establishment and its unwinnable fight with death.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">How We Die</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> describes the messy, often harrowing process of dying.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:10:34 +0000 Diane Orson 17931 at http://wnpr.org Remembering Dr. Sherwin Nuland, Author of "How We Die" Could Tarantula Venom Cure Your Aches and Pains? http://wnpr.org/post/could-tarantula-venom-cure-your-aches-and-pains <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Spider venom could be the next big thing to cure pain, according to research reported in the March issue of </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Current Biology&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">from Yale University.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are a lot of different components in venom. And here’s a cheery thought: not every part is out to kill you.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:43:55 +0000 Patrick Skahill 17924 at http://wnpr.org Could Tarantula Venom Cure Your Aches and Pains? Potassium Iodide Pills to Be Distributed Near Millstone Nuclear Plant http://wnpr.org/post/potassium-iodide-pills-be-distributed-near-millstone-nuclear-plant <p>Connecticut is about to receive about 1.3 million potassium iodide pills to be distributed to towns in a ten-mile emergency planning zone around Millstone Power Station in Waterford. The pills protect against radiation in a severe nuclear plant accident.</p><p> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 23:22:34 +0000 Associated Press 17783 at http://wnpr.org Potassium Iodide Pills to Be Distributed Near Millstone Nuclear Plant Dr. Yogi: Physicians Integrate Yoga Into Medical Practice http://wnpr.org/post/dr-yogi-physicians-integrate-yoga-medical-practice Rajan Narayanan isn't your average yoga instructor. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:55:33 +0000 editor 17649 at http://wnpr.org Dr. Yogi: Physicians Integrate Yoga Into Medical Practice Mammogram Uncertainty Gives Patients, Doctors More Reason To Talk http://wnpr.org/post/mammogram-uncertainty-gives-patients-doctors-more-reason-talk I am 51 years old and have had a yearly mammogram, more or less, since the age of 40.<p>I got them despite the fact that there is no history of breast cancer in my family. I did it because that was what my doctor and others, including the American Cancer Society, recommended.<p>Three years ago, I was diagnosed with invasive <a href="http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/breast/healthprofessional/page4">ductal carcinoma in situ</a> breast cancer after a screening mammogram. I underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:46:00 +0000 Madhulika Sikka 17485 at http://wnpr.org Mammogram Uncertainty Gives Patients, Doctors More Reason To Talk Ads Focused On A Few Drug Risks Might Make Them Memorable http://wnpr.org/post/ads-focused-few-drug-risks-might-make-them-memorable The way that prescription drugs are advertised on TV could be better, especially when it comes to communicating the risks and side effects of medicines. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:18:00 +0000 editor 17322 at http://wnpr.org Ads Focused On A Few Drug Risks Might Make Them Memorable Doctors Urge Patience, And Longer Labor, To Reduce C-Sections http://wnpr.org/post/doctors-urge-patience-and-longer-labor-reduce-c-sections Women with low-risk pregnancies should be allowed to spend more time in labor, to reduce the risk of having an unnecessary C-section, the nation's obstetricians say.<p>The new guidelines on reducing cesarean deliveries are aimed at first-time mothers, according to the American College of Obstetricians and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, which released the <a href="http://www.acog.org/Resources_And_Publications/Obstetric_Care_Consensus_Series/Safe_Prevention_of_the_Primary_Cesarean_Delivery">guidelines </a>Wednesday online and in <a href="http://journals.lww.com/greenjournal/Abstract/2 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:23:49 +0000 Nancy Shute 17293 at http://wnpr.org Doctors Urge Patience, And Longer Labor, To Reduce C-Sections