Deaths from prescription and illicit opioid drugs have quadrupled since 1999. A drug safety researcher explains the must-do’s to stop these deaths and curb addiction nationwide.
As Research & Policy Media Relations Manager at the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI), Kara Gavin draws on 25 years of experience in communicating about science, medicine and health policy. Her responsibilities include creating compelling stories about discoveries made by the U-M Medical School's primary care, biomedical and mental health researchers, and the findings and opinions of the 600 healthcare wonks at the U-M IHPI.
A long-term study of young marijuana users shows measurable changes in the brain’s reward system, shifts that may put them at risk for addiction.
Global health funding helps get more than 300 “essential medicines” to developing nations. A group of experts compiled a parallel list of tests it says could help doctors best use these medicines to improve health worldwide.
For the first time, researchers show how much patients with private insurance actually pay for hospital stays. Costs are high, and rising fast, depending on plan design.
Multidisciplinary collaborations can promote a new understanding of microbes’ human and ecological impacts.
Nearly all Michigan hospitals saw a drop in uninsured patients after Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, a finding that may hold lessons for states that haven’t launched similar programs.