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02-13-18 Category: Opioid

Exposing the nexus between opioid manufacturers and patient advocacy groups, a recent Senate report has found that five pharma companies paid nearly $9 million to such groups to drive an agenda encouraging the use of prescription painkillers in the United States. Released on Feb. 12, 2018, the report is the outcome of an extensive investigation […]


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Paris Jackson spotted at Los Angeles marijuana dispensary
02-13-18 Category: Addiction

Paris Jackson was recently spotted at a marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles in a tiny pair of tie-dye shorts, triggering a debate if the daughter of late Michael Jackson had been there to purchase some weed. In fact, some Paparazzi even managed to click a shot of her carrying a paper bag from the dispensary. […]


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Former Aetna medical director confesses to not reviewing medical records while deciding about coverage

In a shocking case of utter negligence of duty, Dr. Jay Ken Iinuma, former medical director of Aetna, America’s third-largest insurance provider, has admitted to never reviewing patient records while deciding to accept or deny care. The revelation came during a deposition in a lawsuit on grounds of “breach of contract” and “bad faith”, and […]


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Manchester University professor receives grant to research bath salts
02-09-18 Category: Addiction, Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse

A Manchester University (MU) assistant professor has received the New Investigator Award, which consists of a $10,000 grant, to conduct research on the metabolism of bath salts. Diane Calinski, who teaches pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacogenomics at the MU, has been awarded the grant for the “Evaluation of Cytochrome P450-Mediated Metabolism of the Synthetic Cathinones.” Funded […]


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‘Lax enforcement, permissive rhetoric and media’ responsible for drug misuse issues in US, says AG Sessions
02-08-18 Category: Addiction, Drug Abuse, Marijuana

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has blamed media and “permissive rhetoric” for drug misuse issues in the United States. He said this while delivering a speech on Feb.6, 2018 at the Heritage Foundation event. Sessions also talked about his marijuana and drug enforcement moves as part of a list of things being done to “restore the […]


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New behavioral health model can improve lives of chronic mental health patients

Adults with chronic mental health disorders face a reduced life span compared to the general population, increasing the need for a robust behavioral health care model. Acting on that line, the Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, which is a part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Insurance Services Division, came up with a […]


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Implementation of behavioral principles increases effectiveness of contingency management therapy
02-07-18 Category: Drug Abuse, Drug Addiction Treatment

Contingency management therapy, a path-breaking treatment used for substance use disorders (SUDs), is based on the finding that healthy habits can be developed by rewarding or reinforcing such behaviors. The commonly used reinforcement methods include tangible incentives like vouchers, prizes, free housing and direct payments that assist in developing target behaviors in patients, such as […]


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Antipsychotic drugs being overprescribed in nursing homes, finds study
02-07-18 Category: Depression, Drug Abuse, Psychiatry

Lenora Cline, 88, has literally been confined to her bed in a nursing home in Whittier, California. Struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, Lenora needs constant attention and care, prompting the nursing home staff to put her on powerful antipsychotic medications without prior intimation. However, when Laurel Cline, who visits her twice a day, questioned the medical […]


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Exercise Bulimia: When exercise becomes a punishment for eating
02-06-18 Category: Eating Disorders

Regular exercise is part of a healthy, balanced life but when it becomes a compulsion and creates overwhelming guilt for failing to make it to the gym, one could be suffering from exercise bulimia. Considered to be a psychological disorder, exercise bulimia affects both the sexes but is more common in men than women. Over […]


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People overdosing on opioids may suffer from memory loss

In 2012, when a 22-year-old man showed up at a hospital in Boston suburb complaining of memory loss and extreme confusion following a possible opioid overdose, doctors were quick to diagnose him with an inability to form new memories, known as anterograde amnesia. The lead neurologist, who examined the man at that time, observed something […]

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