Press Release: Smartphone app can detect opioid overdoses using sonar

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a cellphone app, called Second Chance, that uses sonar to monitor someone's breathing rate and sense when an opioid overdose has occurred. The app accurately detects overdose-related symptoms about 90 percent of the time and can track someone's breathing from up to 3 feet away. The team will publish its results Jan. 9 in Science Translational Medicine.

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Arna Ionescu Stoll
HHS Publishes Guidelines on Best Practices in Pain Management

In response to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016 Health and Human Services (HHS) created the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, whose mission is to determine whether gaps in or inconsistencies between best practices for acute and chronic pain management exist and to propose updates and recommendations to those best practices. 29 experts came together to release a draft report with preliminary recommendations.

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Arna Ionescu Stoll