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Politicians Trade Blame on Flint, Bystanders Learn To Help Gunshot Victims, And More: Weekly Roundup

Temple RN Amanda McMacken shows community members how to slow bleeding in trauma victims.
Temple RN Amanda McMacken shows community members how to slow bleeding in trauma victims.

This week: CPR is taught all over, but how many of us know what to do if someone has been shot? A program in Philly aims to fill the knowledge gap. In Kansas, midwives want to deliver babies without agreements from doctors. Congress members want answers to what went wrong in Flint. The CDC wants primary care doctors to ease up on prescribing opioids, and a couple of doctors want to convince you that some drug prices should be high.
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Bystander First Aid Turns Inner City Residents Into First Responders

In Philadelphia, shootings account for more than half of deaths among young black men. Doctors and nurses are training everyday people to stop the bleeding before the professionals arrive. WHYY's The Pulse reports.

CDC Issues New Opioid Prescribing Guidelines For Primary Care, Urges Cautious Approach

Non-opioid painkillers, physical therapy, even behavioral therapy should be considered before prescribing opoiods, says the CDC. And if you must prescribe them, start low, and go slow. NPR's Robert Siegel spoke with one of the guidelines' developers.

Congress Grills Michigan Governor, EPA Head Over Flint Water Crisis

While Governor Snyder and EPA administrator Gina McCarthy accepted partial responsibility for the Flint lead crisis at Thursday's hearing, some lawmakers called for their resignations. Flint residents made their own demands. Powerful stuff. 

Opinion: Some Drug Prices Should Be High

In an editorial in STAT News, two physicians argue that the way we value new prescription drugs is wrong. We should, they say, factor in the value of things like additional years of life, and the burdens of care-giving that medications can help alleviate. Read the piece

Kansas Midwives Push For Independence From Doctors

According to a new study, there are fewer pre-term births, low birthweight babies, and c-sections in states where midwives do more deliveries. In Kansas, midwives say the law requiring them to have signed agreements with physicians is holding them back. Heartland Health Monitor has the story