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February 26 2014


January 03 2014


Snapchat and the Future of an Erasable Internet

Apps like Snapchat, Whisper and Telegram let you send photos and messages that erase themselves after they’re opened. Are they models for the future of the http://www.kcrw.com/news/programs/tp/tp140103snapchat_and_the_fut
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October 31 2013


Spying, International Relations and Reeling In the NSA

America's National Security Agency has built a massive, online intelligence apparatus in the name of protecting the nation. Is it too successful for America's http://www.kcrw.com/news/programs/tp/tp131031spying_international

October 30 2013


F.D.A. Moves To Rein In Pain Killers

The F.D.A. moves to rein in America’s huge usage of powerful painkillers. We’ll look at where they’re drawing the line.


Barry Meier, health policy and business reporter for the New York Times. Author of “A World of Hurt: Fixing Pain Medicine’s Biggest Mistake” and “Pain Killer: A ‘Wonder’ Drug’s Trail of Addiction and Death.” (@BarryMeier)

Dr. Josiah Rich, professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Brown University School of Medicine. Director and co-founder of the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at the Miriam Hospital Immunology Center.

Dr. Brian Bruel, assistant professor, Department of Pain Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

From The Reading List

New York Times: F.D.A. Urging a Tighter Rein on Painkillers — “The drugs at issue contain a combination of hydrocodone and an over-the-counter painkiller like acetaminophen or aspirin and are sold either as generics or under brand names like Vicodin or Lortab. Doctors use the medications to treat pain from injuries, arthritis, dental extractions and other problems. The change would reduce the number of refills patients could get before going back to see their doctor. Patients would also be required to take a prescription to a pharmacy, rather than have a doctor call it in.”

Wall Street Journal: FDA Recommends New Limits on Pain Drugs — “The decision by the federal agency follows a recommendation given to it by an advisory committee earlier this year, which voted 19-10 to limit the amount of such medicines that can be prescribed without a new prescription. The move covers pills containing hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is more widely dispensed in the U.S. than even cholesterol and blood pressure medications. But since it is commonly sold as a generic drug, hydrocodone makes up just a fraction of the fast-growing $7.3 billion pain market.”

Huffington Post: The New Panic Over Prescription Painkillers – “Over the last year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has put out several similaralarming reports using the same term, epidemic, claiming a three-fold increase in opioid painkiller overdose deaths across the country since 1999. The agency has compared overdose deaths to traffic fatalities (which have been falling steadily for several decades). The CDC believes the significant increase in opioid painkiller prescriptions over the last 10 years is to blame for these deaths, writing in one report, ‘The unprecedented rise in overdose deaths in the US parallels a 300% increase since 1999 in the sale of these strong painkillers.’”

July 15 2011


RPR Interview - Robb Wolf

Robb Wolf talks about how the government food guidelines have ruined American's health. http://www.rationalpublicradio.com/rpr-interview-robb-wolf.html

July 06 2011


OSCon preview: Shahid N. Shah on medical devices and open source - O'Reilly Radar

Connecting medical devices to electronic health record systems, and the roles of open source software, regulation, and clinical improvement. http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/07/oscon-preview-shahid-n-shah-on.html?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed
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