Andrea Hsu

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Doctor Who Wrote 1980 Letter On Painkillers Regrets That It Fed The Opioid Crisis

Friday, June 16, 2017

In 1980, Dr. Hershel Jick wrote a one-paragraph letter about low rates of addiction among hospitalized patients given narcotics. It was later cited as evidence that long-term opioid use was safe.


The Soprano And The Scientist: A Conversation About Music And Medicine

Friday, June 02, 2017

NIH Director Francis Collins and Renée Fleming, who is Artistic Advisor at Large for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., discuss music and medicine. They also sing a duet.


Using Music And Rhythm To Help Kids With Grammar And Language

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are studying how music and rhythm activities could help children who struggle with grammar and language development.


'Like Brain Boot Camp': Using Music To Ease Hearing Loss

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Researchers in Toronto are studying whether singing in a choir and practicing pitch can help hearing-impaired people function better in noisy environments.


In America's Heartland, A Power Company Leads Charge For Electric Cars

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Kansas City Power & Light is building an ambitious, $20 million network of 1,000 charging stations. It's turning its service area into one of the fastest-growing electric vehicle markets in the U.S.


Rollout Of Chevy Bolt May Mark Turning Point For Electric Car Market

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Chevy Bolt can go 238 miles on a single charge and costs about $30,000, after a federal tax credit. But the clean-car industry needs government support to thrive, and that's far from certain.


Treating Opioid Addiction With A Drug Raises Hope And Controversy

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Medication-assisted treatment uses one of several drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration to control cravings and reduce relapses. Despite the evidence, the approach is underused.


Baltimore Sees Hospitals As Key To Breaking A Cycle Of Violence

Friday, April 08, 2016

The city's health department wants to send ex-offenders who are trained to be "violence interrupters" to hospitals to talk with victims. Chicago has found such a program prevents repeat injuries.


Baltimore's Leana Wen: A Doctor For The City

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

The 33-year-old health commissioner in Baltimore says that heading the city's health department is the fastest paced job she's had. Dr. Wen is an emergency physician by training.


Can Baltimore Provide Addiction Treatment On Demand?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Andrea Towson, who has used heroin off and on for 30 years, is eager to get treatment. "I just want to wake up and eat breakfast and be normal, no matter what that might be," she says.


Budget Switch For Maryland Hospitals Is Starting To Pay Off

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Results are in from the first year of a bold change to the way hospitals get paid in Maryland, and so far the experiment seems to be working.

We recently reported on the unique system the state is trying to rein in health care costs. Maryland phased out fee-for-service ...


Pitching Health Care In Baltimore's Red Light District

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Nathan Fields, a health outreach worker, has a knack for building trust with some of the people who distrust public officials the most.


In Maryland, A Change In How Hospitals Are Paid Boosts Public Health

Friday, October 23, 2015

Baltimore Health Commissioner Leana Wen has big dreams for her city, but finding the money to achieve them is a challenge. Putting Maryland hospitals on fixed budgets may be the key.


Baltimore Fights Heroin Overdoses With Antidote Outreach

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Fatal overdoses are rising among an estimated 19,000 people who use heroin in Baltimore. To curb deaths, the city's health commissioner aims to make an antidote widely available to drug users.


Crime Interrupts A Baltimore Doctor's Reform Efforts

Friday, August 07, 2015

Dr. Leana Wen came to Baltimore as health commissioner to combat the city's longstanding problems with violence, drug addiction and health disparities. She finds that solutions don't come easy.


Can A 32-Year-Old Doctor Cure Baltimore's Ills?

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Leana Wen, Baltimore's new health commissioner, is trying to apply public health approaches to ameliorate the city's deep-seated problems with poverty, violence and disease.


What The Odds Fail To Capture When A Health Crisis Hits

Monday, July 21, 2014

Making health decisions based on the odds can be an extremely difficult thing to do when you're a patient, even for people who study the science of how we make decisions.


For The Poor, Warmth In The Winter Comes At A Steep Price

Friday, March 14, 2014

Record-cold temperatures in Knoxville, Tenn., have brought with them high utility bills, squeezing wallets. And while there are some assistance programs, there's not enough money to go around.


Midcentury Furniture + Grandkid Nostalgia = Modern Trend

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Open a design magazine or turn on a home decorating show these days, and it's clear: Midcentury modern is hot. It first showed up in the 1950s and '60s — think low-slung sofas, egg-shaped chairs and the set of Mad Men. My first midcentury modern find was a dining set ...


Iowa Town Braces For New Reality In Factory Closure's Wake

Monday, April 08, 2013

What becomes of a city of 8,000 people when its main employer leaves town? What does it look like, and what does it feel like? I set out to answer those questions on a trip to Webster City, Iowa, last month, as part of my report on the ...