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2018 Demystifying Medicine: The opioid epidemic: how, where, and what can be done?

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2018 Demystifying Medicine: The opioid epidemic: how, where, and what can be done?

Air date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 4:00:00 PM

Category: Demystifying Medicine

Runtime: 01:49:03

Description: Demystifying Medicine

Overdose deaths from opioid use have nearly quadrupled since the year 2000, and opioids now kill more people each year in the United States than guns or car accidents. We know how the opioid crisis came to be; we know what opioids do to the brain. Now we must put our heads together to curb the epidemic fast.

Two of the most prominent figures in the national opioid discussion — NIDA Director Nora Volkow, M.D., Ph.D., and NINDS Director Walter Koroshetz, M.D. — describe in detail the state of the opioid crisis and what NIH is doing about it. Come to the lecture to get plugged in to one of the most pressing public health emergencies of our times.

Every day, more than 115 Americans die after overdosing on opioids, a four-fold increase since 2000, and the numbers continue to climb. Toward this effort, NIH has nearly doubled funding for research on pain and on opioid misuse and addiction from approximately $600 million in fiscal year 2016 to $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2018, made possible from a funding boost by Congress. The focus of NIH’s efforts centers on ways to reduce the over prescription of opioids, accelerate development of effective non-opioid therapies for pain, and provide more flexible options for treating opioid addiction. This lecture describes the state of the crisis, the state of our efforts, and how you can be a part of the solution.

The Demystifying Medicine Lecture Series is designed to help bridge the gap between advances in biology and their applications to major human diseases. The lectures include presentations of patients, pathology, diagnosis, and therapy in the context of major diseases and current research. All clinicians, trainees including fellows, medical students, Ph.D. students, and other healthcare and research professionals are welcome to attend.

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Author: Nora Volkow, MD PhD, NIDA, NIH and Walter Koroshetz, MD, NINDS, NIH

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Ronald Richardson went from 290 pounds to around 190 pounds. Many of his medical problems have gone away after bariatric surgery performed by Dr. Franchell Hamilton of A Better Weigh Center in Keller, TX.

Watch his story and discovery why he has a new lease on life.

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Lester Kobzik, M.D., professor of Pathology, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women’s Hospital presents preliminary data using the DriverMap Targeted Expression Profiling assay for discovery of biomarkers for sepsis at a Cellecta event at the 2017 American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG) annual meeting.

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New Model for Alzheimer’s, pt 2 – FORD BREWER MD MPH

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FORD BREWER MD MPH PrevMedHeartRisk.com
To prevent disability, heart attack, stroke, dementia – visit my Youtube Channel at

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The NIA (National Institute of Aging) and AA (Alzheimer’s Association) recently formed another policy group. The purpose is to include the biomarkers and new biological models in research and disease development.

This is the citation for the NIH announcement of the new group.

This is the editorial describing the impact of the new group.

Recognized biomarkers include beta amyloid and tau. It’s recognized now that these happen 20 years earlier than the dementia.

Comorbidities or related diseases include PART (Primary Age Related Taupathy), ARTAG (Age Related Tau Astroglipathy), and CART (Cerebral Age Related TDP-43 with Sclerosis)( also known as hippocampal sclerosis).

About Dr. Brewer – Dr. Brewer started as an Emergency Doctor. After seeing too many patients coming in dead from early heart attacks, he went to Johns Hopkins to learn Preventive Medicine. He went on to run the post-graduate training program (residency) in Preventive Medicine at Hopkins. From there, he made a career of practicing and managing preventive medicine and primary care clinics. His later role in this area was Chief Medical Officer for Premise, which has over 500 primary care/ prevention clinics. He was also the Chief Medical Officer for MDLIVE, the second largest telemedicine company. More recently, he founded PrevMed, a heart attack, stroke, and diabetes prevention clinic.
At PrevMed, we focus on heart attack, stroke, disability, cancer and Alzheimer’s prevention. We find a lot of undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes. Treating unrecognized risk factors like diabetes allows reduction of risk. We provide state-of-the-art genetic testing, imaging, labs and telemedicine options. We serve patients who have already experienced an event as well as those have not developed a diagnosis or event. Our team of senior clinicians includes internationally recognized leaders in the research and treatment of cardiovascular disease, preventive medicine and wellness. We also provide preventive medicine by telemedicine technology to over 30 states. Contact Dr. Brewer at info@prevmedheartrisk.com or visit

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