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January 16, 2021

The COVID Opioid Crisis, Living Liver Donations, Breakthrough Treat Swelling of the Brain
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The COVID Opioid Crisis, Living Liver Donations, Breakthrough Treat Swelling of the Brain
While COVID-19 has been the focus of so much attention over the past year, the opioid crisis has continued, as more than 40 states have reported increases in opioid related deaths. Dr. Tyler Oesterle, a psychiatrist and addiction expert at Mayo Clinic, discusses opioid use disorders and treatment options, including virtual medicine available during the pandemic.

Then, more than 12,000 Americans are on the waiting list for a liver transplant. And, 1 in 5 of those on the national waiting list will die or become too sick before an organ becomes available. Dr. Timucin Taner, a Mayo Clinic transplant surgeon, discusses Mayo Clinic efforts to expand living liver donation program, and how you can become an organ donor.

Plus, a look at a fascinating breakthrough from Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers to treat dangerous swelling of the brain. Dr. Chad Gordon, Director of Neuroplastic and Reconstructive Surgery at johns Hopkins, says there are nearly 70,000 hydrocephalus operations performed annually.

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