By William JA Pinnock
Hello Link Round Up readers! I apologize for the lack of posting last week, I was on vacation in sunny and swampy Minneapolis (you may have heard of it, it’s the fraternal twin of St. Paul). While I had a wonderful week of St. Paul Saints baseball (I even bought a baseball cap like a real baseball fan!), concerts, food, drink, etc. there was this thing that was missing, and guess what….it was Link Round Up! So I am excited to be back and to give you all some fascinating articles to keep you up to date on the latest in healthcare news. So what do I have on-deck this week? An article from NPR about the opioid epidemic, more information on the opioid epidemic, and an article about how smoking electronic cigarettes is decreasing in teens.
Have you heard of Dr. Hershel Jick? What about Jane Porter? Well, if you haven’t, you have now and their names are going to be of great interest to you. Dr. Jick and Ms. Porter penned and published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1980 a short letter describing the benefit of opioids for short term hospital stays. This letter has been used by drug companies to tout the benefits of opioids for pain relief and could be considered one of the unintentional starting points of the opioid epidemic. Read Dr. Jick’s feelings about the letter here.
Looks like someone did a Link Round Up of their own! Originally published on the site The Conversation, Salon recently re-published a collection of archived articles called “The Opioid Epidemic in Six Essential Reads.”
E-Cigarettes. We see them everywhere: from weird rectangular boxes filled with amber fluid to cylinders resembling cigarettes that light up on the end. And OH the “smoke” people blow out of them, at times it puts a hookah to shame. For years there has been an increase in people using e-cigarettes (probably because of the “cool” smoke), but recently, it was found that teenage use of e-cigarettes has decreased from 3 million in 2015 to 2.2 million in 2016. That’s a lot vaping NOT going on! Read more about the decline in e-cigarette use here.