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Reducing Tobacco Use Through Withdrawal Policies: When Should We Ban the Use of a Harmful Product?

06/14/2016

Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD

In the first-year clinical skills course at our medical school, we offer a session on tobacco cessation. In this part of our course, we emphasize to our medical students the significant costs tobacco use incurs. The costs to health are now well documented. The financial costs are substantial as well. We teach our students that they can have a positive impact upon their patients’ health by utilizing motivational interviewing techniques and applying the 5 A’s of change (ask, advise, assess, assist, arrange).…

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06/24/2016
First CRISPR Human Clinical Trial Gets a Green Light from the U.S. Scientific American

CRISPR, the genome-editing technology that has taken biomedical science by storm, is finally nearing human trials.

06/23/2016
Birth Control via App Finds Footing Under Political Radar New York Times

A quiet shift is taking place in how women obtain birth control. A growing assortment of new apps and websites now make it possible to get prescription contraceptives without going to the doctor.

06/22/2016
Colorado’s Teen Marijuana Usage Dips after Legalization Scientific American

Marijuana consumption by Colorado high school students has dipped slightly since the state first permitted recreational cannabis use by adults, a new survey showed on Monday, contrary to concerns that legalization would increase pot use by teens.

06/21/2016
Even Cheap Meals Influence Doctors’ Drug Prescriptions, Study Suggests Wall Street Journal

It doesn’t take much to get a doctor to prescribe a brand-name medication, a new study suggests. The study found that U.S. doctors who received a single free meal from a drug company were more likely to prescribe the drug the company was promoting than doctors who received no such meals. Meals paid for by drug companies cost less than $20 on average.