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October 21, 2016

The SIU School of Medicine and the Illinois Public Health Association have created a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) partnership to focus on topics of importance to both medicine and public health. “Where Medicine Meets Public Health: WIC” is available to the public in an online format and through several live presentations in conjunction with local public health departments. Sessions will be held in 10 different locations in central and southern Illinois. Registration is free to participants but RSVPs are required.  A meal will be served 15-30 minutes before the start of each session. The sessions are scheduled to last one hour. Visit www.siumed.edu/cpd (Click on ‘Calendar/Registration’) to register for these events or to view the final schedule of regional presentations.
 

 

Problems surrounding prescription opioid use far outstrip the capacity of psychiatrists and addiction specialists to treat them. But some health professionals, as well as the federal government, think technology could offer a solution — by using video chat to connect patients with physicians who know how to treat addiction. Their telemedicine effort is part of a larger initiative to fight the opioid epidemic in rural areas. This summer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture directed $1.4 million to five pilot projects in southwest Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky. “This is an obvious potential direction to move in,” said Colleen Barry, a professor of health policy at Johns Hopkins University and co-director of its Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy Research. “There are some real opportunities and some pretty significant challenges.” The initiative comes as the nation’s addiction to prescription painkillers remains at epidemic levels. In 2014, the most recent year for which data is available, 14,838 Americans died from overdoses that involved drugs such as oxycodone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kudzu, often referred to as The Vine That Ate the South, can cover trees, abandoned houses, rusted cars, and other junk. Now, an extensive cottage industry has sprung up around products that can be made from the plant, from medicine (the Chinese traditionally used the roots for a variety of ailments) to crafts such as basketry, to foods such as kudzu honey and kudzu flower jelly. Some folks have tried grinding the vines into a pulp to make cardboard. In cities, goats are used to control kudzu on vacant lots as part of urban agriculture initiatives. And in 2009, the Japanese kudzu bug showed up in an Atlanta garden. Like the boll weevil, it is slowly spreading throughout the South, and once ominous kudzu patches—the ones you see strangling whole forests on the side of the road—are starting to lose their grip on the landscape. Nature has a way of bringing things into balance.

 
UPCOMING EVENTS

November 2, 2016 - Where Medicine Meets Public Health: WIC - SIU, Carbondale, IL
November 15, 2016 - Local and Regional Food Conference - Marion, IL
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