Substance Abuse and Addiction Perspective

 
 
  • An Ode to Canada and Cannabis   Canada's 2018 Cannabis Act makes perfectly good sense.
  • 'Eye Health' Supplements: Do the Benefits Justify the Cost? This practical overview presents the evidence and 'bottom line' guidance for patients who ask whether they should take supplements to prevent eye disease.
  • Sarcopenia in Liver Disease Patients with end-stage liver disease are at an increased risk of developing sarcopenia; however, early recognition and management prior to liver transplantation may improve post-transplant outcomes.
  • Computerized CBT Used Alone Is Safe, Effective, and Well Liked   Does computerized CBT work when it is used alone? Dr Peter Yellowlees discusses promising results from a randomized clinical trial.
  • Are You an Alcoholic?   Roughly 1 in 8 Americans who drink have alcohol use disorder. Are you one of them?
  • Deteriorating Cognition 5 Weeks After a Heroin Overdose: A Case A 32-year-old woman with a history of opioid abuse presents with increasing confusion after a recent overdose. Can you diagnose her?
  • Asthma-COPD Overlap: Managing This Critical Disease   Dr Navitha Ramesh provides her perspective on how best to treat patients with these dual airway diseases.
  • Chronic Pain? Substitute Marijuana for Opioids   A new law promotes the use of marijuana for chronic pain in place of traditional pain medications, in hopes of preventing opioid abuse.
  • Has Opioid Access Become Too Restrictive? Patients and doctors say that in responding to one crisis, authorities have created another among chronic pain sufferers. For many, the consequences have been dire.
  • The Only Treatment for Idiopathic Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Dr Peter Kovacs comments on a meta-analysis that concludes that when no cause can be found, only one treatment for recurrent pregnancy loss is supported by the evidence.
  • Exercise and Risk for Early Menopause: The Final Word? An analysis from the Nurses' Health Study II contradicts findings from an earlier study on physical activity and early menopause.
  • The Latest Attack on Low-Carb Diets: Science or Politics? A recent paper in Lancet Public Health announced that low-carb diets are associated with increased mortality. But are the study's conclusions based on sound scientific evidence?
  • Drug Safety Warnings and Updates: April-June 2018 Don't miss these important summaries of safety labeling changes and boxed warnings by the FDA for the second quarter of 2018.
  • When Patients Demand Unnecessary Medical Tests A neurologist and a bioethicist discuss how to approach patients asking for 'unnecessary' tests and procedures.
  • ESC 2018Do Cardiologists Care About CV Prevention? Everyone agrees that prevention is better than cure. However, few ESC attendees joined Melissa Walton-Shirley for the session on CVD prevention, preferring to stand in line to hear the latest hotlines.
  • The Case Against Sugar Vested interests in the sugar industry are wreaking havoc on public health by influencing both science and public opinion.
  • K2/Spice Contamination: What MDs Need to Know   As more patients overdose on synthetic cannabinoids laced with contaminants, toxicologists review what is critical in treatment and what hospitals need to do to be prepared.
  • The Real Story of PTSD Dr Robert Berezin's own experience with a near accident offers a glimpse into the psychopathology of post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Epidemiology: Separating the Wheat From the Chaff If the latest headline linking X or Y food with cancer or heart disease induces eye-rolling, read epidemiologist Christopher Labos' tips on how to weigh the strength of the evidence.
  • Impact of Opioid Epidemic on IBD: Patients Are at Risk The impact of the opioid epidemic in patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease is front and center at DDW 2018.
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