How One Woman Vaped And Wound Up In A Coma

Oct 10, 2019
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Rashelle Bernal never expected to end up in the hospital because she vaped. But she could be part of a nationwide outbreak of a severe lung illness that’s sickened more than 1,000 people. Researchers suspect those illnesses, and some deaths, are linked to vaping. Now, they're trying to find the precise cause.

Communities React To E-Cigarette Use Among Teens

Jun 3, 2019
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In the past year the number of teens using e-cigarettes has increased by 78 percent and experts are worried. Side Effects Public Media’s Araceli Gomez-Aldana spoke with WFYI’s All Things Considered Host Matt Pelsor about the rising numbers.

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Alaska plans to use federal grant money to purchase a controversial device used in opioid addiction treatment.

Last week, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced it will use part of a $1.3 million federal grant to purchase the Bridge device, which is made in Indiana. The Bridge is a nerve stimulator that attaches around a patient's ear to reduce nausea, aches and other symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal.

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To the untrained, the evidence looks promising for a new medical device to ease opioid withdrawal. A small study shows that people feel better when the device, an electronic nerve stimulator called the Bridge, is placed behind their ear.


The company that markets the Bridge is using the study results to promote its use to anyone who will listen: policymakers, criminal justice officials and health care providers.


The message is working.


The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday they will take steps to crack down on the sale of e-cigarette products to children and teenagers. More than two million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in 2016 and that number has continued to grow.

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Health officials in Indiana's Scott County--the epicenter of Indiana's HIV outbreak--aren’t confident a recent move by the FDA to pull a powerful painkiller from market will have an effect on addiction in the historically drug-ravaged county.

FDA Requests Drug That Helped Spark HIV Outbreak Be Pulled

Jun 9, 2017
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For the first time ever, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking a pharmaceutical company to remove an opioid from the market due to the dangers of abuse. The drug is linked to Indiana’s HIV outbreak.

Notorious FDA? Feds Turn To Hip-Hop To Tamp Down Teen Smoking

May 10, 2016

The federal government is getting into hip-hop — well, sort of.

 Reporting the results of trials on humans to the federal government's public-access website  ClinicalTrials.gov  has been mandatory since 2008. But universities, drug companies and nonprofit research institutions routinely skirt the law, and neither the NIH or FDA has levied any fines, according to an investigation by STAT News. 

Blue Bell Creameries voluntarily recalled its products in April after they were linked to listeria cases in four states.
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You may have noticed the periodic recalls at your local supermarket, warning of listeria, e. coli or salmonella in recent shipments of produce or frozen goods. According to the CDC, 1 in 6 Americans get sick annually from food-borne diseases.