Effect of Opioid vs Nonopioid Medications on Pain-Related Function in Patients With Chronic Back Pain or Hip or Knee Osteoarthritis Pain

Question  For patients with moderate to severe chronic back pain or hip or knee osteoarthritis pain despite analgesic use, does opioid medication compared with nonopioid medication result in better pain-related function?

Findings  In this randomized clinical trial that included 240 patients, the use of opioid vs nonopioid medication therapy did not result in significantly better pain-related function over […]

March 7th, 2018|Article, Link|Comments Off on Effect of Opioid vs Nonopioid Medications on Pain-Related Function in Patients With Chronic Back Pain or Hip or Knee Osteoarthritis Pain

Women filling more ADHD prescriptions

The percentage of reproductive-aged women who filled a prescription for an attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication rose by 344% from 2003 to 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2003, 0.9% of women aged 15-44 years with private employer–sponsored insurance filled a prescription for an ADHD medication. By 2015, that figure had gone […]

February 2nd, 2018|Article|Comments Off on Women filling more ADHD prescriptions

Why some people swear by Alcoholics Anonymous — and others despise it

Rae Steward, a 33-year-old from California, struggled with alcohol and drug addiction as early as age 14. But it got really bad in her late teens and early 20s. “I barely remember those two years,” she said. “I was pretty much just blackout the entire time.” Then Steward found a treatment program, which pushed […]

January 9th, 2018|Article, Link|Comments Off on Why some people swear by Alcoholics Anonymous — and others despise it

The Efficacy of 12-Step Groups and 12-Step Treatment

The massive American treatment enterprise is based on the belief that alcohol and drug abuse can be treated away, and that we know how and are currently able to do so. Despite continuous efforts to establish its validity, this fundamental idea has not been shown to be true. Instead, research has repeatedly questioned whether the […]

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The Effectiveness of the Twelve-Step Treatment

Professor (and Doctor) George E. Vaillant of Harvard University is an enthusiastic advocate of Twelve-Step treatment, and was a Non-alcoholic — Class A — member of the Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. (AAWS) Board of Trustees for many years, until he rotated off. In 1983, he published his book The Natural History of Alcoholism: Causes, Patterns, and […]

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This is the only safe way to treat opioid users

By Michael Stein

“I’m detoxing.” This is the sort of news that delights the families of patients who are addicted to heroin. The promise of a seven-day detox solution is seductive.

But detoxification is actually extremely dangerous. Nearly every addict who successfully completes a week-long detox program without further treatment relapses, and in a world with increasingly […]

October 17th, 2017|Article, Link|Comments Off on This is the only safe way to treat opioid users

Exercising can BEAT depression: Just one hour a week can reduce chance of symptoms

EXERCISING for just one hour per week is enough to prevent depression and the work-out does not even need to be intense, a study reveals.

Taking part in even a small amount of exercise each week can significantly reduce the chance of suffering symptoms, researchers showed.

In the largest ever study of its kind, analysis involving more […]

October 3rd, 2017|Article, Link|Comments Off on Exercising can BEAT depression: Just one hour a week can reduce chance of symptoms

Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers

Drug companies and doctors have been accused of fueling the opioid crisis, but some question whether insurers have played a role, too.

By KATIE THOMAS and CHARLES ORNSTEIN | SEPT. 17, 2017

This article was written through collaboration between The New York Times and ProPublica, the independent, nonprofit investigative journalism organization.

At a time when the United States […]

September 26th, 2017|Article, Link|Comments Off on Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers

‘Catastrophic’ lack of sleep in modern society is killing us, warns leading sleep scientist

A “catastrophic sleep-loss epidemic” is causing a host of potentially fatal diseases, a leading expert has said.

In an interview with the Guardian, Professor Matthew Walker, director of the Centre for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley, said that sleep deprivation affected “every aspect of our biology” and was widespread in modern society.

And […]

September 25th, 2017|Article|Comments Off on ‘Catastrophic’ lack of sleep in modern society is killing us, warns leading sleep scientist

Study: Relapse prevention medications like Vivitrol and Suboxone used in drug courts have minimal impact on recidivism

By Rachel Dissell, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A new evaluation of more than two dozen Ohio drug courts found that the only apparent result of giving participants medication for addiction was that some stayed in the court programs longer.

Beyond that, the state-funded study found,use of Medication Assisted Treatment, or MATs, had an otherwise minimal […]

September 7th, 2017|Article, Link|Comments Off on Study: Relapse prevention medications like Vivitrol and Suboxone used in drug courts have minimal impact on recidivism