Sometimes healthcare news is heartwarming; that’s the case with the piece by reporter Elizabeth Hayes and photographer Cathy Cheney of Portland Business Journal who produced a gallery of photos showing kids in local hospitals as they visit with dogs and cats who help heal the sick.

Hayes also writes about CODA’s role in a research study to determine if an experimental drug can improve marijuana abstinence. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) study is being carried out at six sites across the country.