More than half million people have died between 2000 and 2015 from opioids. Today, opioid deaths are considered an epidemic. To understand the struggle individuals undergo once addicted to these drugs, we take a closer look at what happens to your body on opioids.
At 8-months-old Deanna Anderson was dying from a blocked liver duct but was saved by an organ donation from Kenneth Romero, 23. On Friday, April 21, 2017, Deanna and her family met Romero's family for the first time during a National Donate Life Blue and Green Day Event at Miami-Dade Fire rescue Headquarters in Doral.
Michael and Nicole Edwards with their 3-1/2 year old daughter Makinley who is a liver transplant recipient. Patients who received a second chance at life thanks to an organ transplant shared their stories on Friday, April 14, 2017, at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital, home to the Miami Transplant Institute, one of the busiest organ transplant centers in the United States. The event aims to raise awareness about National Donate Life month.
The Worcester Polytechnic Institute research team shows spinach leaves stripped of plant cells can become a vascular network to deliver blood, oxygen and nutrients to grow human tissues like cardiac muscle to treat heart attack patients. This green solution may solve the major problem now limiting the regeneration of large section of human tissues, bone, even whole organs to treat disease or traumatic injuries.
About half of Americans still have healthcare through their employer. The Affordable Care Act impacted employer-based healthcare plans, changing rules on lifetime limits and pre-existing conditions, birth control and much more. If the Trump administration decides to replace or repeal ACA, these benefits could disappear.
Before the Affordable Care Act stopped insurers from denying coverage for a pre-existing health condition, many consumers were turned down, charged higher prices or had conditions excluded from their plans. Nancy Blitz fears that dismantling Obamacare could mean a return to those practices.
Michael Burns was a cancer patient less than a year ago. Now, this new Miami Hurricane has earned a starting position in right field. On Tuesday, Feb. 14, he talks about what he's heard about UM baseball fans.
A growing number of law and health care agencies are working to make naloxone (Narcan), available without a prescription. The drug is used to treat an opioid emergency, such as an overdose or a possible overdose of a prescription painkiller or, more commonly, heroin. Mayo Clinic addiction specialist Dr. Jon Ebbert says the new nasal form of naloxone makes it easier to administer than the injectable version.
Some people might think prescription opioids are safer than alcohol or illegal drugs, but the truth is they carry serious risks and side effects. Talk with your doctor about your concerns and make informed decisions about pain management together.
Florida will have its first needle exchange clinic, four years after University of Miami’s Dr. Hansel Tookes first asked the legislature to legalize the program. The Centers for Disease Control’s 2015 numbers show Miami at the top of the list, again, for new HIV infections.