U.S. News & World Report – Controlling prescriptions isn’t enough to stop West Virginia’s opioid crisis

As experts and policymakers struggle to combat the nationwide opioid crisis, which President Donald Trump declared a public health emergency last month, there has been an increasing effort to control opioid prescriptions. But in West Virginia, the poster child for the epidemic, new research reveals that prescription drug regulations have not led to a decrease in opioid-related hospitalizations.

Associated Press – Big tobacco’s anti-smoking ads begin after decade of delay

Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television this weekend – but not by choice. Under court order, the tobacco industry for the first time will be forced to advertise the deadly, addictive effects of smoking, more than 11 years after a judge ruled that the companies had misled the public about the dangers of cigarettes.

CNN – Spit test may diagnose, predict duration of concussion in kids

A saliva test may someday be able to diagnose a concussion and predict how long symptoms last, according to a study published Monday in the JAMA Pediatrics.

The New York Times – Skin cancers rise, along with questionable treatments

The Times analysis found a marked increase in the number of skin biopsies per Medicare beneficiary in the past decade; a sharp rise in the number of physician assistants, mostly unsupervised, performing dermatologic procedures; and large numbers of invasive dermatologic procedures performed on elderly patients near the end of life.