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US Postal Service collaborates with other agencies to fight opioid crisis
01-11-18 Category: Medicine, Opioid, Substance Abuse

In the past 20 years, opioid abuse has spread like wildfire across the length and breadth of the United States without a definite end in sight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of overdose deaths involving opioids, including prescription drugs and heroin, has quadrupled since 1999. The CDC data […]

Anti-inflammatory drug could help treat alcoholism

Ibudilast is an anti-inflammatory drug used in Japan to treat asthma. In a study at UCLA, researchers found that after taking the drug for six days, study subjects showed a significant decrease in cravings for alcohol. Study criteria The 17 men and seven women involved in the study regularly drank alcohol at least three weeks […]

02-04-17 Category: Anxiety, Medicine, Treatment

Altruism is defined as the behavior of individuals that compels them to help others at their own expense. Studies have shown that altruism in animals is different from that in humans. Animal altruism has to do with one’s fitness or the ability to reproduce, while human altruism has to do with empathy. According to an […]

7 traffickers arrested for forging prescriptions to obtain oxycodone
01-30-17 Category: Medicine, Substance Abuse

Seven members of a drug trafficking ring operating in New York City were arrested on Jan. 23, 2017, for using forged prescriptions for almost five years to obtain supplies of synthetic opioid drug oxycodone for resale. Approximately 160,000 pills with a value of nearly $3 million were sold on the streets of the city during […]

01-04-17 Category: Advocacy, Medicine, Substance Abuse

  Last August, the U.S. Marshals Service seized a sizeable quantity of products containing kratom from a California company. The company, Nature Therapeutics, marketed the product as a salve for diarrhea and a host of other ailments. Officers acting under orders from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seized the product and shut down the […]

A person in recovery
11-29-16 Category: Addiction, Medicine, Recovery

On June 9, Seth Mnookin wrote an article for STAT that quickly went viral. As someone in recovery for heroin addiction, he described a particularly frightening incident in which kidney stones became lodged in his ureter during a flight from Miami to Boston. After being wheeled from the airplane on a gurney, Mnookin quickly found […]

combat disease
07-11-16 Category: Advocacy, Medicine, Research

Gene variations, or slight differences in a person’s genetic makeup, are responsible for all traits and characteristics that make individuals unique (e.g., hair or eye color, height, etc.). At the same time, some variations in genes increase a person’s vulnerability for developing certain types of mental illnesses, including depressive disorders, attention problems and schizophrenia. In […]

hormonal contraceptives on oxytocin and intimacy
06-17-16 Category: Health and Wellness, Medicine, Recovery

Women have a bitter inside joke: it’s not the synthetic hormones that prevent pregnancy, it’s the unpleasant side effects that make intimacy undesirable, thus preventing pregnancy! It’s true some side effects: vaginal dryness, lack of libido and in some cases, absurdly heavy cycles have birth control to blame, but a new study from Oxford has […]

prescriptions for opioid painkillers
06-16-16 Category: Medicine, Research, Substance Abuse

Consider this: More than 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers were issued in 2012; that’s at least one prescription for every adult in our country. On the list of global morphine intake, the U.S.A. ranked fourth highest in milligrams received per person. African countries overwhelmed by cancer as well as other painful fatal illnesses – […]

gap between treatment recommendations and availability
06-03-16 Category: Eating Disorders, Medicine, Mental Health

The U.K.’s National Health Service has just revealed the shocking and life-threatening wait times those with eating disorders must endure. Even though eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses, U.K. citizens must wait up to 182 days before they can receive the care they need. Despite the fact that U.K.-based researchers […]

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