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The health risks of marijuana, according to the US surgeon general

September 3, 2019

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Thursday issued an advisory warning pregnant women and youth against using marijuana, saying the substance can pose risks to developing brains.

DEA says it will license more marijuana producers for research

August 28, 2019

The Drug Enforcement Administration on Monday announced that it will move forward with a years-delayed expansion of the agency's marijuana research program, meaning the agency soon could permit more growers to produce marijuana for use in medical studies and other research.

Before surgery, don't eat. Don't drink. And ... don't use marijuana?

August 26, 2019

Health care providers have long recommended that patients avoid food and drink in the hours before they undergo anesthesia, and now, with the rising popularity of cannabis, doctors also are telling patients to avoid marijuana before surgery—and to tell their doctors if they use the substance.

HHS proposes changes to privacy rules aimed at combating substance use disorders

August 23, 2019

HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on Thursday released a proposed rule intended to make it easier for providers to share the medical records of patients being treated for substance use disorders.

Weekly Line: The drug epidemic that's largely flown under the radar

August 16, 2019

The U.S. opioid epidemic has received widespread attention as public health officials direct more resources to combat the drugs' deadly outcomes.

In the states: AMA leaves group that opposes 'Medicare for All,' shots fired at an Illinois VA hospital, and more

August 16, 2019

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

USPSTF for the first time proposes that providers screen all adults for illicit drug use

August 14, 2019

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Tuesday issued a draft recommendation that providers screen all adult patients for illicit drug use, marking the first time the task force has proposed such a recommendation.

In the states: Arizona brings opioid case to US Supreme Court, California reaches largest 'pay-for-delay' settlements, and more

August 2, 2019

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

More seniors want to try medical marijuana. This startup wants to help.

July 15, 2019

In the United States, the cannabis industry exists in a grey area that has made it difficult for researchers to examine the plant's potential medical benefits, but one Israel-based company is seeking to bridge the gap by providing evidence-based medical cannabis treatment plans.

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