Tag: addiction

Nonfatal Opioid Overdose Rises in Teen Girls

More adolescent girls than boys experienced nonfatal opioid overdose and reported baseline levels of anxiety, depression, and self-harm, according to data from a retrospective cohort...

Global Experts Weigh In on Psychedelics

In 1967, when the United Nations Convention on Drugs classified psychedelics as Schedule I substances, it effectively ended research into these agents as potential therapeutics...

Testosterone Decline After Steroid Abuse Revealed With Biomarker

Levels of insulinlike factor 3 (INSL3) drop noticeably in men who have abused anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS), even well after stoppage. The results suggest that...

Opioid Use Common for Pain in Multiple Sclerosis

With chronic pain common among people with multiple sclerosis (MS), approximately 20% of patients report opioid use ― despite warnings that the drugs are generally...

Hepatotoxicity Risk Differs Between Psoriasis, PsA, and RA Patients

Patients taking methotrexate for psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis (PsA) were at a higher risk of developing liver disease than were patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)...

Views on Ethical Issues Shifting in Family, Internal Medicine

Internal medicine physicians’ and family physicians’ attitudes have changed in recent years on several ethical issues, according to the Medscape Internal Medicine Ethics Report 2020...

Biden Nixes Buprenorphine Waiver, Docs Disappointed

The Biden administration has halted a Trump administration initiative that would have allowed more physicians to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder (OUD). Under the...

Drug-Impaired Doctor Sentenced to 20 Years for Manslaughter

An Arkansas pathologist who misdiagnosed and/or made medical errors in more than 3000 cases while intoxicated has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison...

Naltrexone Cuts Hospitalization, Deaths in Alcohol Use Disorder

Naltrexone reduces the risk for hospitalization for alcohol use disorder (AUD), regardless of whether it is used alone or in conjunction with disulfiram or acamprosate,...

National Spike in Methamphetamine Overdose Deaths

The national rate of methamphetamine overdose deaths shot up significantly between 2011 and 2018, particularly among non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaska Native communities, new research...

HHS Will Drop Buprenorphine Waiver Rule for Most Physicians

Federal officials on Thursday announced a plan to largely drop the so-called X-waiver requirement for buprenorphine prescriptions for physicians in a bid to remove an...

Naltrexone and Bupropion Promising Combo for Meth Addiction

The combination of naltrexone and bupropion results in a response rate almost six times greater than with placebo in patients with moderate or severe methamphetamine...

Heavy Drinking by Teens May Affect White Matter Integrity

Heavy alcohol use in adolescence is linked to disruptions in white matter integrity, new research suggests. In a case control study of more than 400...

FDA Toughens REMS Requirements for Some Fentanyl Products

Concern about potentially inappropriate prescribing of transmucosal immediate-release fentanyl (TIRF) products has prompted the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to toughen requirements in the...

New Coalition Demands Action on COVID-19 Mental Health Crisis

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Fourteen mental health organizations have formed a coalition to press federal...

US Drug Overdose Deaths Hit a Record High, CDC Reports

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning...

Brief Overdose Training for Med Students Yields Lasting Benefits

A program that trained medical students to prevent and manage opioid overdose had an enduring impact on students’ knowledge and attitudes toward harm reduction, new research shows....

Shared Medical Appointments May Bridge the Opioid Treatment Gap

Shared medical appointments (SMAs) are an acceptable way to receive treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), new research suggests. In a survey study, participants attending...

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Raises Dry Ice Questions

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. As health care administrators and federal officials coordinate COVID-19 vaccine distribution...

Biden Taps Vivek Murthy, MD, for Surgeon General

President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, to serve as the 21st surgeon general of the United States. If he is confirmed,...

COVID-19 Fuels Surge in Overdose-Related Cardiac Arrests

There has been a sharp increase in overdose-related cardiac arrests in the US during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new analysis shows. Overall rates in 2020...

AASLD 2020: A Clinical News Roundup

Studies that address fundamental questions in hepatology and have the potential to change or improve clinical practice were the focus of a clinical debrief session...

Smoking at Night Linked to Insomnia, Shorter Sleep Times

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Smoking cigarettes at night shows a stronger link to poor sleep than does smoking at earlier times in the day,...

Chili Pepper Consumption Linked to Better Midlife Survival

In a meta-analysis of four geographically diverse observational studies, a higher intake of any type of chili pepper was associated with a lower rate of...

New Risks of Prescription Opioids Discovered

Prescription opioid use increases the risk for major depressive disorder (MDD) and anxiety and stress-related disorders (ASRD), new genetic evidence shows. The findings also suggest...