For some, opioids aren't just painkillers; they serve as a lure into an addictive, self-destructive lifestyle. The sense of euphoria that opioids can cause proves irresistible to some addicts. For this reason, pharmaceutical companies are seeking to discover and develop non-opioid, non-addictive drugs to treat pain.
The Trump Administration has convened a panel to address America's opioid epidemic. Its first mission should be to find convincing data to identify the actual cause(s) of the problem. That will be much harder than it sounds, since ideologues are always in plentiful supply.
Since “fake news” seems to be the current buzz-worthy expression, let's point out that we don't have to look very far to find common medical falsehoods that originate in the Land of Celebrity. Like bubble-headed actresses who get attention for no good reason, here are some phony claims that lead the way.
Maternal opioid use is growing nationally. A new study reflects this, its impact on babies and regional disparities. As a result, babies are suffering withdrawal at alarming rates. Our directives must address the symbiotic relationships that perpetuate the current and intergenerational struggles of families.
And, so it begins. With The Daily Mail's story of Anthony Weiner’s reported entry into a rehab facility for sex addiction treatment, the media headlines have ignited. They blare: "Is Anthony Weiner a Sex Addict?" But that's not the right question we all should be asking. Here's what is.
http://acsh.org/news/2016/10/25/kathleen-gyllenhaal-health-meets-hollywood-qa-10351Welcome to our three part series discussing the science behind director Kathleen Gyllenhaal's latest documentary, IN UTERO. This article takes a deeper look at the health ramifications of toxic stress in prenatal life and its role in contributing to adult disease. Part I of our Q&A with Gyllenhaal emphasizes health, Hollywood, how a story gets told and the parallels between funding for film and scientific research. In the concluding Part II Q&A, we explore her insights into motherhood and the impact of her recent film.
With medical letters and the general health of the presidential candidates recently being the big topic of discussion, who's medically fit or unfit in 2016? What condition would cause you, or a major party, to disqualify someone running for President of the United States? (The answer is different for a physician.)
People prefer to ignore scientific reality in favor of politically correct myths. Specifically, we incorrectly interpret (positive) statements that describe the world as it is to be (normative) statements that prescribe the world as it ought to be. This confusion impedes scientific progress.
Maintaining abstinence from a cocaine addiction is not easy to do, and relapse rates are high. However, new insight into the neurochemical activity of the brain could help guide future treatment.
America's huge addiction problem stems from the use of opioid narcotics, such as oxycodone (Percocet) and hydrocodone (Vicodin). But attempts to limit access to these drugs have had unintended consequences. And as the pills become harder to get and more expensive, heroin use is growing. Here an overview of a big mess.
The practice of treating heroin addicts with methadone is hardly new indeed it s been common practice among addiction specialists for almost fifty years now. It is not a perfect solution, but it works pretty well. And the alternative is far worse.
We have been discussing narcotic abuse lately. It is a huge and growing problem in the US, and there is no apparent solution at this time. But, in at least one case, there is a solution. And it should involve time in jail. Not for the drug abusers/addicts, but for doctors and other officials of sports teams, especially on the college level.