WBEZ | medical http://www.wbez.org/tags/medical Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Medical marijuana makes its Illinois debut http://www.wbez.org/news/medical-marijuana-makes-its-illinois-debut-113693 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/marijuana%20shipping.JPG" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Marijuana continues to grow inside the greenhouse at the Pharmacannis Hillcrest facility. (WBEZ/Susie An)" /></p><p>About 3,300 patients with state-issued ID cards will be able to legally buy medical marijuana for the first time on Monday in Illinois.</p><p>Only eight dispensaries have been approved to sell, and even fewer cultivation centers will be delivering the product to those shops. But the state claims that by the end of the year, 20 to 25 dispensaries could be online.</p><p><a href="http://www.pharmacannis.com/" target="_blank">PharmaCannis</a> has licenses for four dispensaries and two cultivation centers. Its facility in Hillcrest, about 85 miles west of Chicago, is set back off the main road, among miles of cornfields.</p><p>John Leja is co-Chief Executive Officer of PharmaCannis. He said they&rsquo;re close to making their first marijuana harvest, but their crop won&rsquo;t be among the first batch.</p><p>&ldquo;I think we&rsquo;re in the final mode of testing the system and turning things on,&rdquo; Leja said.</p><p>While the company finishes up the office space of its cultivation center, Leja said plants are growing tall in its greenhouse, already in operation.</p><p>&ldquo;So within there we have plants that are being cloned in order to propagate up to sufficient quantities for reproduction,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>After marijuana is harvested and dried, a state-approved, independent lab will inspect and sign off on the product. From there, the cultivation center will package and label the product and ship it out to dispensaries for sale -- using two employees certified to transport and following required tracking regulations.</p><p>Leja said PharmaCannis isn&rsquo;t growing at full capacity at Hillcrest or its Dwight cultivation center just yet.</p><p>&ldquo;Given where the state is at with patient counts, we don&rsquo;t want to have excess capacity or inventory on hand,&rdquo; he said.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/marijuana%20shipping%202.JPG" style="height: 225px; width: 300px; float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="(WBEZ/Susie An)" />That&rsquo;s true for a number of growers in the state: At last count, about 3,300 patients had received their medical cannabis ID cards. While that&rsquo;s way below initial estimates, Illinois already has thousands more patients than its Midwest medical marijuana neighbor.</p><p>Jennifer Brooks is a reporter for the <em>Minneapolis Star Tribune</em>. She said if folks think the restrictions for Illinois&#39; are tight, they should take a look at Minnesota.</p><p>&ldquo;What I should have been paying attention to was that there only three patients waiting to get in at that time,&rdquo; said Brooks, recalling the opening of the <a href="http://www.kare11.com/story/news/health/2015/06/26/medical-marijuana-kingsley-minnesota-medical-solutions/29359657/" target="_blank">first dispensary in Minnesota this summer</a>.</p><p>Minnesota&rsquo;s program is so restrictive that only about 660 patients are approved to buy marijuana, out of an estimated 5,000 patients. Only three dispensaries have been green-lit to open their doors -- but Minnesota law allows for eight facilities.</p><p>&ldquo;Neither of these companies has been able to turn a profit at pot, which everyone would&rsquo;ve thought was impossible,&rdquo; Brooks explained.</p><p>Quite the contrast to Colorado, where legal pot is projected to be a $1 billion industry by 2016. Right now, only nine <a href="http://www.health.state.mn.us/topics/cannabis/patients/conditions.html" target="_blank">illnesses are approved for Minnesota</a>. Brooks said stakeholders in Minnesota hope the state will loosen its leash, and that more patients will enroll because, she explained anecdotally, it&rsquo;s brought physical relief and peace of mind to those who are buying bud.</p><p>&ldquo;Once they get more patients, they can bring down the price of medicine. Which at the moment is selling for anywhere from double the price of street value to eight times the price of street value, depending on the patients,&rdquo; Brooks said.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/5457588964_24bf65a9a0_b.jpg" style="height: 199px; width: 300px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;" title="Blackberry Kush, Indica. (flickr/Dank Depot)" /><a href="http://www.illinois.gov/gov/mcpp/Documents/DPH%20FAQ%20080814.pdf" target="_blank">In Illinois patients are limited</a> to buying two-and-a-half ounces of dry marijuana bud in a 14-day period. But Leja said the state still has to work out what that means for products like oils and edibles.</p><p>&ldquo;These are all new questions. They seem, not that they&rsquo;re so hard, but I think people have to make decisions as they see what the landscape looks like,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Leja and his team are putting the final touches on their dispensary in Evanston, the last of their four stores. Once it&rsquo;s up and running, product will be securely delivered to the facility. Only patients or caregivers with marijuana ID cards will be allowed to enter.</p><p>What those patients will pay is still unknown, but wholesale prices are expected to range from $3,000 to $4,500 per pound.</p><p>It could be weeks, or even months, before there&rsquo;s a more accurate picture of<a href="http://www.idfpr.com/Forms/MC/ListofLicensedDispensaries.pdf" target="_blank"> Illinois&rsquo; budding marijuana market.</a></p><p>The state&rsquo;s pilot program was implemented in 2014, but dispensaries haven&rsquo;t been able to put out their product until now. And the program is set to sunset at the end of 2017.</p><p><em>Clarification: In an earlier version of this story, WBEZ reported eight dispensaries were ready to sell. Eight have been approved by the state to sell but only five opened Monday.</em></p><p><em>Susie An is a WBEZ reporter. Follow her<a href="http://twitter.com/soosieon"> @soosieon</a>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 09:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/medical-marijuana-makes-its-illinois-debut-113693 Morning Shift: Medical marijauna 101 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-05/morning-shift-medical-marijauna-101-108283 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Marijuana 2-Flickr- it was 3 a.m.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today we school you on the ins and outs of Illinois&#39; new medical marijuana law. Still confused on what it entails? Call us with your questions. And &quot;Deal Estate&quot; columnist Dennis Rodkin breaks down the boom in Chicago&#39;s hotel industry.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-35.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-35" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Medical marijauna 101" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 08:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-05/morning-shift-medical-marijauna-101-108283 NATO Wellness Center opens its doors to treat protesters http://www.wbez.org/nato-wellness-center-opens-its-doors-treat-protesters-99174 <p><p>NATO protesters now have a place to go for anything from a bandage to a back rub.<br><br>The NATO Wellness Center, located at 637 S. Dearborn St., opened its doors on Monday. Spokespeople said the wellness center will be open to treat protesters up to and throughout the NATO summit.</p><p>The wellness center is sponsored and operated by Chicago Action Medical, an organization consisting of lay people and some medical professionals.<br><br>Scott Mechanic, an organizer with Chicago Action Medical, said the wellness center will offer typical first aid as well as holistic medicine.<br><br>"Some of the services he have lined up already include herbalists, acupuncturists and traditional Chinese medical providers," Mechanic said. "We have body workers, massage therapists, talk therapists, [and] crisis intervention workers."</p><p>Mechanic said there are around 35 volunteers to operate the center. He said volunteers are expecting to treat&nbsp; "the kinds of things you expect to see at any large gathering" like sprained ankles, dehydration and people with preexisting medical conditions.</p><p>Chicago Action Medical will also provide street medics and first aid tents at NATO protest events. Mechanic said the organization has conducted two 20-hour training sessions over the last few months to prepare volunteers for what they might encounter during the summit.</p><p>"We're prepared for wide-scale police violence even though that's not what we're expecting to see in Chicago," Mechanic said.</p><p>He said the wellness center, which is open until May 21st, will be open to anyone who wants to come in, but he said supporting protesters is the reason the center exists.</p></p> Tue, 15 May 2012 14:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/nato-wellness-center-opens-its-doors-treat-protesters-99174 Changing Gears: Health care for ailing cities? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-20/changing-gears-health-care-ailing-cities-93315 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-20/Clinic-620x414.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Detroit is the latest metro area vying to become a medical destination. The hope is that its hospital systems can draw patients from outside its region, helping the local economy. In short, Detroit wants to be more like Cleveland. But as <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/" target="_blank"><em>Changing Gears'</em></a> Dan Bobkoff learned, Cleveland could be tough to copy.</p><p>In 1975, a young cardiologist arrived in Cleveland.</p><p>“I came here in a rented truck with a Vega on the back end because it was too sick to pull,” Toby Cosgrove said. Jump ahead 36 years and that newbie with a beater of a car is now CEO of the Cleveland Clinic. Cosgrove presides over a medical empire vastly larger than when he came to town hoping to get better at heart surgery.</p><p>“We were about 140-150 doctors. We’ve grown a bit since that time. We’re now about 3000,” he said.</p><p>The Clinic has become a centerpiece of an industry that employs roughly 70,000. That includes places like University Hospitals\ next door, and Summa Health in Akron.</p><p>Growth has been rapid. University Hospitals alone has added 4000 workers in the last few years. And, expansions have been pegged at about $3 billion in construction spending.</p><p>George Rouse is a nurse who made his own transition before the rest of the region.</p><p>“My friends were like: are you crazy? Are you nuts?” he recounts.<br> About 15 years ago, Rouse was working in IT for a manufacturing company.</p><p>“I had a very good living with that company but I’m like: what if this would ever end? What would I do next?” Rouse said.<br> His premonition was right. His former employer closed up shop a few years ago. No one thinks he’s crazy now.</p><p>“When I’m driving to work, the last two years, for all of us, you know, our houses have dwindled down to nothing, our 401ks have shrunk down,” he said. “I mean, all these pieces are crumbling.”</p><p>While it worked for Rouse, healthcare is no replacement for manufacturing. Health jobs make up about 11 percent of the workforce. In its heyday—say the 50s and 60s—manufacturing jobs employed 40 percent of Clevelanders.</p><p>“Healthcare became the big generator of jobs by accident,” said Chris Seper, founder of MedCityNews.</p><p>Cleveland’s hospitals have been growing for nearly a century. It’s only been in the last decade that healthcare has become the center of economic development.</p><p>“The healthcare system here and the life sciences industry here does as much as it possibly can. But there’s a limit to what they can do,” Seper said.</p><p>Cleveland never really set out to become a healthcare capital. Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove says it’s not like some politician stood at a podium many years ago.</p><p>“No, nobody raised their hand and said they’re going to push this organization to the front,” Cosgrove said.</p><p>The Clinic’s international reputation can be traced back to advances in heart care in the 50s and 60s. Now, patients arrive from around the country and world for heart procedures. Foreign patients often pay cash. Bringing patients in is the holy grail for cities like Detroit that want to be like Cleveland. But even at the Clinic, only one percent of its patients are international. Paul Ginsburg is president of the Center for Studying Health System Change.</p><p>“But when you really look at the numbers of some places that are really strong in medical tourism, it’s not that large a part,” Ginsburg said, adding that there are other reasons why healthcare may not be a good economic driver for regions.</p><p>For one, building more hospitals often means people consume more care, which means we all pay more in taxes and insurance. Whether any city can sustain this much expansion is a big question.</p><p>And, the industry is changing, shifting more to home care and so-called telemedicine. Already, smaller hospitals are outsourcing difficult diagnoses to places like the Cleveland Clinic. Chris Seper of MedCityNews says that will make it even harder for cities trying to embrace healthcare as their future.</p><p>“I think if you’re building healthcare systems and hospitals as an idea that they’re going to be your jobs growth engine, it’s a lose-lose situation,” Seper said.</p><p>Cosgrove of the Clinic says we may end up with nationwide chains, the way banks have consolidated over the years. So, if you’re trying to copy Cleveland, good luck.</p><p><br> <strong><a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2011/10/19/magic-bullets-healthcare/" target="_blank"><em>Changing Gears</em></a> is a public media collaboration between <a href="http://michiganradio.org/" target="_blank">Michigan Radio</a>, WBEZ and <a href="http://www.ideastream.org/" target="_blank">Ideastream</a> in Cleveland. Support for <em>Changing Gears</em> comes from the <a href="http://www.cpb.org/" target="_blank">Corporation for Public Broadcasting</a>.</strong><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 14:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-20/changing-gears-health-care-ailing-cities-93315 Museum documents evolution of surgical practices http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-08/museum-documents-evolution-surgical-practices-83424 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//body-world.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>How many times have you wanted to peek inside one of the ornate mansions along Lake Shore Drive? Well, there&rsquo;s one that will give you more than a tour of the architecture.<a href="https://www.imss.org/" target="_blank"> The International Museum of Surgical Science</a> on Lake Shore Drive, just south of North Ave., surveys medical technology and surgical practices through the ages. It also gives a very intimate look at the human body in its current exhibit <em>Our Body: The Universe Within</em>.<em><br /><br />Eight Forty-Eight</em> host Alison Cuddy toured the museum with Lynnea Smith, the Director of Education and Events at the Museum.</p></p> Tue, 08 Mar 2011 14:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-08/museum-documents-evolution-surgical-practices-83424