The American Medical Association (AMA), the Rhode Island Medical Society (RIMS), and officials from the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals announced today a partnership to develop and distribute a statewide educational toolbox for healthcare providers to help reverse the state's opioid epidemic. Rhode Island and Alabama are the first two states participating in this pilot program with the AMA.

An international research team has linked rare variations in a cell membrane protein to the wide variation in symptom severity that is a hallmark of porphyria, a rare disorder that often affects the skin, liver and nervous system. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital helped to lead the research, which appears today in the journal Nature Communications and suggests possible new treatment strategies.

175,000 deaths are reported each year around the world, due to aortic aneurysms. When the largest blood vessel in the body, the aorta, dilates like an overstretched balloon it can be life-threatening.

Imagine a device that could transport drugs to any diseased site in the body with the help of a small magnet. Researchers at the University of California San Diego have taken a step toward that goal by developing nano-sized vessels, called nanobowls, that could be filled with drug molecules and controlled with magnets for guided delivery to specific tissues and organs, including cancer tissue, small organs such as the pancreas and hard to access areas like the brain.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a revised draft guidance to improve dietary supplement companies’ new dietary ingredient (NDI) premarket safety notifications to the agency. These notifications help the agency identify safety concerns before products reach consumers.

U.S. Navy Cmdr. Erick Bacho, Expeditionary Medical Facility Behavior Health and Ancillary Services director, hit the ground running upon arriving to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, resulting in increased mental health resilience for approximately 300 Soldiers from the East African Response Force (EARF).