Written by Diane Wild, Senior Consultant, Communications and Public Affairs

Check out this week's collection of links and animated videos on topics in the news.

Peer to Peer Health Advice

Dr. Mike Evans’ new whiteboard video focuses on the value of support from people who have shared a similar health experience. 

This is what happens to your brain on opioids

Susan’s Brain is part of an online course produced by HarvardX and Harvard Health Publications. The course, The Opioid Crisis in America, challenges preconceptions about addiction and about who can become addicted to opioids, and this animation illustrates changes in the brain that lead to addiction.

An Overlooked Epidemic: Older Americans Taking Too Many Unneeded Drugs

At least 15 percent of seniors in the U.S. seeking care annually from doctors or hospitals have suffered a medication problem; in half of these cases, the problem is believed to be potentially preventable. 

Rabble-rousing surgical staff wear their names on their caps to stop mix-ups and improve patient safety

A group of Australian surgeons believes the name labels could reduce the chances of delays and misidentification when clinicians can't recognize or can't remember the names of their colleagues in the operating theatre.

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