Richard Knox http://wkms.org en Evidence On Marijuana's Health Effects Is Hazy At Best http://wkms.org/post/evidence-marijuanas-health-effects-hazy-best Colorado opened its first pot stores in January, and adults in Washington state will be able to walk into a store and buy marijuana this summer. But this legalization of recreational marijuana is taking place without much information on the possible health effects.<p>"We should have been doing a lot more research to find out just how useful it is, how it affects the brain, et cetera, et cetera," according to <a href="http://asp.cumc.columbia.edu/facdb/profile_list.asp?uni=hdk3&DepAffil=Psychiatry">Dr. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 19:59:37 +0000 Richard Knox 39025 at http://wkms.org Evidence On Marijuana's Health Effects Is Hazy At Best Silencing Many Hospital Alarms Leads To Better Health Care http://wkms.org/post/silencing-many-hospital-alarms-leads-better-health-care Go into almost any hospital these days and you'll hear a constant stream of beeps and boops. To most people it sounds like medical Muzak.<p>But to doctors and nurses, it's not just sonic wallpaper. Those incessant beeps contain important coded messages.<p>"The three-burst is a crisis alarm," systems engineer James Piepenbrink of Boston Medical Center explains on a tour of 7 North, the hospital's cardiac care unit. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:53:43 +0000 Richard Knox 38303 at http://wkms.org Silencing Many Hospital Alarms Leads To Better Health Care Insurance Firms Forced To Cancel Many Individual Policies http://wkms.org/post/insurance-firms-forced-cancel-many-individual-policies More than 12 million Americans buy health insurance on their own, and many are getting cancellation notices because their individual coverage does not meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act. This is causing anxiety and anger — especially since most of these people can't get onto the healthcare.gov website to figure out their options for 2014. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 09:02:00 +0000 Richard Knox 36296 at http://wkms.org Lessons For The Obamacare Rollout, Courtesy Of Massachusetts http://wkms.org/post/lessons-obamacare-rollout-courtesy-massachusetts Today marks a milestone on the nation's long march toward universal health coverage: the launch of online marketplaces, called exchanges, designed to help people find insurance they can afford.<p>It's an idea <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5330854">pioneered</a> by Massachusetts seven years ago. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 07:23:00 +0000 Richard Knox 35332 at http://wkms.org Lessons For The Obamacare Rollout, Courtesy Of Massachusetts Panel Urges Lung Cancer Screening For Millions Of Americans http://wkms.org/post/panel-urges-lung-cancer-screening-millions-americans A federal task force is planning to recommend that millions of smokers and former smokers get a CT scan annually to look for early signs of lung cancer.<p>The 16-member <a href="http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/">US Preventive Services Task Force</a> gives that lung cancer screening test a grade of B, which puts it on the same level as mammography for women between the ages of 50 and 74.<p>That grade is important, because preventive tests with a grade of A or B oblige Medicare, other federal health programs and private insurers to cover the entire cost, beginning a year after a gui Mon, 29 Jul 2013 22:09:00 +0000 Richard Knox 33517 at http://wkms.org Panel Urges Lung Cancer Screening For Millions Of Americans Vaccine Against HPV Has Cut Infections In Teenage Girls http://wkms.org/post/vaccine-against-hpv-has-cut-infections-teenage-girls A vaccine against human papillomavirus — the most common sexually transmitted infection and the cause of almost all cervical cancer — is dramatically reducing the prevalence of HPV in teenage girls.<p>The first vaccine against HPV, Merck's <a href="http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/ucm094042.htm">Gardasil</a>, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2006. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:46:00 +0000 Richard Knox 32284 at http://wkms.org Vaccine Against HPV Has Cut Infections In Teenage Girls Officials Prepare For Another Flu Pandemic — Just In Case http://wkms.org/post/officials-prepare-another-flu-pandemic-just-case There's been a buzz of activity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta since scientists <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/04/14/177087374/scientists-race-to-stay-ahead-of-new-bird-flu-virus">got their first samples</a> of a new bird flu virus from China four weeks ago.<p>Already they've prepared "seed strains" of the virus, called <a href="http://www.who.int/influenza/human_animal_interface/faq_H7N9/en/">H7N9</a>, and distributed them to vaccine manufacturers so the companies can grow them up and make them into experimental flu vaccine.<p>They've also come up Wed, 08 May 2013 06:49:00 +0000 Richard Knox 31545 at http://wkms.org Officials Prepare For Another Flu Pandemic — Just In Case Recovery Begins For Mother, Daughter Injured In Boston http://wkms.org/post/recovery-begins-mother-daughter-injured-boston The number of Boston bombing victims still in the hospital dropped to 19 as of Wednesday evening. Thu, 02 May 2013 07:03:00 +0000 Richard Knox 31290 at http://wkms.org Recovery Begins For Mother, Daughter Injured In Boston Mother And Daughter Injured In Boston Bombing Face New Future http://wkms.org/post/mother-and-daughter-injured-boston-bombing-face-new-future Forty-seven-year-old Celeste Corcoran is propped up in her hospital bed. In a nearby window is a forest of blooming white orchids from well-wishers. On the opposite wall, a big banner proclaims "Corcoran Strong."<p>She's recalling how thrilled she was to be near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, waiting for her sister Carmen Accabo to run by. "I just remember standing there, wanting to be as close as I could to catch her," Corcoran says. "I really just needed to see her face."<p>And then the first of the two bombs went off, throwing Celeste Corcoran off her feet. Wed, 01 May 2013 07:17:00 +0000 Richard Knox 31237 at http://wkms.org Mother And Daughter Injured In Boston Bombing Face New Future Failure Of Latest HIV Vaccine Test: A 'Huge Disappointment' http://wkms.org/post/failure-latest-hiv-vaccine-test-huge-disappointment The largest current study of an AIDS vaccine, involving 2,500 people, is being stopped.<p>After an oversight committee took a preliminary peek at the results this past Monday, they concluded there was no way <a href="http://www.hvtn.org/media/pr/HVTN505studyflyerFINALV1.pdf">the study</a> would show that the vaccine prevents HIV infection.<p>Nor would the vaccine suppress the wily virus among people who get infected despite being vaccinated.<p>So they <a href="http://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2013/Pages/HVTN505April2013.aspx">pulled the plug</a> on HVTN-505, as the study is called.<p Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:14:00 +0000 Richard Knox 31064 at http://wkms.org Failure Of Latest HIV Vaccine Test: A 'Huge Disappointment'