Public Health : Shots - Health News When the neighborhood, town or nation is the patient, we're on the case. Find out about health in the community and around the globe. We round up the latest on prevention, disease outbreaks and the world's response to health crises.
Shots - Health News

Shots

Health News From NPR

Public Health

A highly potent synthetic opioid, fentanyl is often mixed into other drugs sold on the street, including pills, heroin and even cocaine. Towfiqu Photography/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Towfiqu Photography/Getty Images

Located in Northern Wisconsin along the shores of Lake Superior, Ashland, Wis. has had enough of substance abuse issue. NorthLakes Community Clinic brought in Dr. Mark Lim to start a team providing substance abuse and mental health services. Derek Montgomery for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Derek Montgomery for NPR

For One Rural Community, Fighting Addiction Started With Recruiting The Right Doctor

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/674329075/675070467" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

In several European countries and Canada, patients with longterm opioid addiction are prescribed pharmaceutical grade heroin which they inject in clinics like the Patrida Medical Clinic in Berlin. Some addiction specialists want to pilot similar programs in the U.S. picture alliance/picture alliance via Getty Image hide caption

toggle caption
picture alliance/picture alliance via Getty Image

Offering therapy to children in need at school makes sense, says Sarah Nadeau, who adopted two girls from a family that struggled with addiction, because sometimes school is the only stable place they have. Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Getty Images

Kristen Philman first tried methamphetamine in her early 20s, as an alternative to heroin and other opioids. When she discovered she was pregnant, she says, it was a wake-up call, and she did what she needed to do to stop using all those drugs. Theo Stroomer for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Theo Stroomer for NPR

Another Drug Crisis: Methamphetamine Use By Pregnant Women

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/668487475/671996814" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Sakran, a Johns Hopkins trauma surgeon, created the Twitter account @ThisIsOurLane and encouraged other doctors to share their experiences treating victims of gun violence. Courtesy of Joseph Sakran hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of Joseph Sakran

A Trauma Surgeon Who Survived Gun Violence Is Taking On The NRA

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/671519701/671629460" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Dr. Emmy Betz, a co-founder of the Colorado Firearm Safety Coalition, led a meeting of the group at the Centennial Gun Club. "If you want to reduce suicide deaths, you have to talk about firearms," Betz says. "And if you want to reduce firearm deaths, you have to talk about suicide." Theo Stroomer for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Theo Stroomer for NPR

Gun Shops Work With Doctors To Prevent Suicide By Firearm

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/668800660/670142288" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A view inside Rhode Island's John J. Moran Medium Security Prison, in Cranston. Rhode Island is the only state to screen every individual who comes into the correctional system for opioid use disorder, and to offer, in conjunction with with counseling, all three medically effective treatments. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Rhode Island Prisons Push To Get Inmates The Best Treatment For Opioid Addiction

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/668340844/669361644" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Sara Wong for NPR

Migrant Kids Survive Hardship To Reunite With Parents. Then What?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/660593391/668856521" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he wants to ban menthol cigarettes because teenagers often become addicted to nicotine by smoking them. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

FDA Seeks Ban On Menthol Cigarettes To Fight Teen Smoking

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/668192356/668380527" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Chase Kulakowski, 3, contracted the polio-like condition known as acute flaccid myelitis in 2016. Two years later, his mother isn't sure he will ever recover. He's seen on his bed at home in Dyer, Ind., in October. Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images

Cases Of Mysterious Paralyzing Condition Continue To Increase, CDC Says

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/667377572/667544895" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Helping a spouse or parent who has dementia steer clear of hazards can include ridding the home of all guns. Nicole Xu for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Nicole Xu for NPR

Firearms And Dementia: How Do You Convince A Loved One To Give Up Their Guns?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/660052285/667313928" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

There's been an increase in vaping in teens, but e-cigarette manufacturers say it's a safer alternative to smoking. Martina Paraninfi/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Martina Paraninfi/Getty Images

FDA Cracks Down On E-Cigarette Sales To Curb Teen Vaping

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/666295593/666345227" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Mourners comfort each other Thursday during a vigil at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza for the victims of the mass shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Another Mass Shooting? 'Compassion Fatigue' Is A Natural Reaction

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/666150361/666345239" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Join us for a webcast on life and health in rural America. From The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Courtesy of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Getting people of different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds into clinical trials is not only a question of equity, doctors say. It's also a scientific imperative to make sure candidate drugs work and are safe in a broad cross-section of people. Richard Bailey/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Richard Bailey/Getty Images

A Philadelphia police officer holds a package of the overdose antidote naloxone while on patrol in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia in April 2017. Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images

Opioid Antidote Can Save Lives, But Deciding When To Use It Can Be Challenging

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/660640838/663359338" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Shots - Health News

Shots

Health News From NPR

About