Megan’s Recent Stories
Nation Aug 04Poison control calls spike for unapproved drug that produces opioid-like highs
Calls to U.S. poison control centers about an unapproved antidepressant that has opioid-like effects have climbed dramatically since 2015, according to a new analysis published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Health Mar 03This scientist is testing a marijuana ingredient as a way to prevent relapse. It’s a daunting task
A neurobiologist at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York thinks cannabidiol -- one of the two main compounds plucked from the marijuana plant -- might hold the potential to curb cravings for heroin and other opioids.
Nation Jul 09In pain and with nowhere to go, homeless patients find respite in a writing group
At McInnis House in Boston, one of around 80 medical respite facilitates for homeless individuals in the U.S., a writing group provide patients with something less tangible than medical care.
Health May 11FDA proposes that doctors learn about acupuncture for pain management
The Food and Drug Administration released proposed changes Wednesday to its blueprint on educating health care providers about treating pain.
Health Apr 22Cherokee Nation files lawsuit targeting CVS and other pharmacies in opioid crisis
“These drug wholesalers and retailers have profited greatly by allowing the Cherokee Nation to become flooded with prescription opioids,” the lawsuit alleges.
Science Mar 04Step inside a wired nursery: Lots of tech — and not much evidence it’s helpful
A flurry of high-tech baby products has hit the market in recent months, but experts say there hasn’t been thorough research on many of those products and warn that they can sometimes do more harm than good.
Health Mar 01Skin cancer from tanning beds costs U.S. $343 million per year
Indoor tanning has long been tied to skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the US.
Health Feb 23Q&A: Scientists work to regenerate the cells lost after loud noises
Humans are born with around 15,000 hair cells — think tiny, sound-sensing fibers — in each ear.
Health Jan 07From vibrating pillowcases to smart pajama belts, sleep tech is flooding the market
From shaking pillowcases to cooling mattress pads to smart belts for your pajamas, sleep technology has arrived. But not all of it's scientifically valid.
Nation Jan 04Gun violence spreads like an infectious disease, new research finds
Gun violence in Chicago spreads like an infectious disease — and now, researchers have figured out a way to predict who’s most likely get sick next.