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International-Day-of-Older-Persons-Preventing-suicide-in-older-adults
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It was just another day in Oct. 2004 when Noel Braun’s wife Maris told him of her plans to meet a friend to exchange some books. Noel instinctively knew that his wife was lying; the first time in 42 years of their marriage. When Maris left home, Noel had a “dreadful apprehension” of the impending […]

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In what could be a major tool in the war against the opioid epidemic in the United States, researchers at the FIU International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) have discovered a distinctive component of heroin, which holds the potential to direct law enforcement authorities to its source of origin. Once validated for its effectiveness, this new […]

Can-a-vaccine-cure-America’s-heroin-epidemic
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The United States is battling a severe heroin crisis. It is a full-blown epidemic that threatens the achievements of modern medicine, leaving public health officials and law enforcement authorities in a dilemma. Experts wonder if such a major drug crisis could have a chemical answer. Recently, researchers in California claimed to have discovered a treatment […]

Researchers-identify-protein-which-links-alcohol-abuse-to-structural-brain-changes
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Despite alcohol being a legal and easily obtainable substance with several negative consequences, the scientific community has not yet fully understood how ethanol produces changes in brain function to promote habitual, uncontrolled use of alcohol and its cravings. A recent discovery by a team of researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) sheds […]

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Though more than half of the U.S. states now allow the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, a new study suggests that marijuana is a rarely discussed topic in medical schools across the country. A team of researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, sent surveys to deans in-charge of the […]

National-Suicide-Prevention-Month-Can-social-media-posts-predict-suicide-risk-of-users
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While scrolling through different posts on social media platforms, one can see a variety of emoticons in action. Angry faces, ghosts, doughnuts, cigarettes, grumpy faces, broken hearts and numerous others, which are sprinkled liberally all over as people use updates to speak their mind. Generally, these colorful little shapes are stark reminders of an individual’s […]

Decoding-dual-diagnosis-to-treat-patients-effectively
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Dual diagnosis is a broad category in which a person suffers from both a substance abuse problem and mental health issues such as depression or anxiety. Often termed as co-morbidity, co-occurring illnesses or comorbid disorders, dual diagnosis may affect an individual physically, psychologically and socially. An individual with a mental disorder may go for drugs […]

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As American fiction writer Jay Bylsma once said, “Ignorance is a lot like alcohol: the more you have of it, the less you are able to see its effect on you.” These words proved to be true for Ric Flair, the one-time king of the ring who couldn’t rule over his own life. Decades of […]

Graham-Cassidy-repeal-bill-seems-to-be-a-potential-disaster
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The proposed legislation put forward by Republican Senators — Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana – to repeal Obamacare is likely to face a tough challenge in the Congress. Recently, Louisiana State Health Secretary Rebekah Gee wrote to Cassidy expressing her deep concerns about the impact of the bill on her […]

Study-finds-fentanyl-mixtures-behind-New-Hampshire’s-opioid-epidemic
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The U.S. opioid crisis seems to be getting worse with each passing day. Fueled by the influx of illicit drugs in the country, overdose deaths showed an increase of 21 percent between January 2016 and January 2017. Significantly, fatalities involving synthetic opioids such as fentanyl jumped 100 percent during the same period. Though almost every […]