Substance Abuse and Addiction Perspective

 
 
  • 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.
  • New Crohn Disease Management Guidelines: Top Five Takeaways   Recently published guidelines by the American College of Gastroenterology provide recommendations on the management of Crohn disease. Dr David Johnson shares his perspective on some of the highlights.
  • In a Haze About e-Cigarettes? 5 Things to Know They may help adults quit tobacco, but the adolescents using these products in ever-increasing numbers are a public health crisis in the making.
  • Cutting-Edge Primary Care Data From DDW 2018   Dr David Johnson shares new results impacting colon cancer screening, diabetes, anti-TNF agents, and other key areas.
  • Did Marijuana Save Kevin Smith's Life? After his MI, the self-anointed comic-book man claims he was told that smoking marijuana didn't cause the heart attack and may even have saved his life. Cardiologist Christopher Labos investigates.
  • The Top Comments on Medscape Psychiatry See our top picks for the best comments on Medscape Psychiatry in June 2018.
  • How to 'Fire' a Patient A healthcare attorney explains the steps to take to properly sever a physician-patient relationship.
  • Treating Alcoholic Liver Diseases Dr Rowen Zetterman on how promoting early alcohol abstinence, looking for comorbidities, and implementing other techniques may keep a bad situation from getting worse.
  • Paying the Piper: Marijuana Now, Psychosis Later   Teens who used cannabis were followed for symptoms of psychosis. The findings are concerning.
  • Quiz: What Do You Know About This Pancreatic Condition? Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency is a condition that can accompany more established disorders. But do you have the proper knowledge to know it when you see it? Take this quiz to find out.
  • Readers Respond: Stop Stigmatizing Opioids   Dr Charles Argoff shares the outpouring of responses to an earlier commentary on the proper use of opioids.
  • We Can't Find Lung Cancer if We Don't Look for It   Use of low-dose CT lags far behind use of other cancer screening tests.
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