Tag: addiction

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...

HCV Care Can Learn a Thing or Two From the HIV Experience

Individuals living with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection face several challenges in accessing care, many of which are shared by patients in the HIV community....

3 Factors Predict Cardiac Events in Overdose Patients

A predictive rule that can help triage drug overdose patients for the risk for cardiac arrest, shock, ventricular dysrhythmias, or myocardial injury has been validated...

Address Adolescent Substance Use With Consistent Procedures

In addition to screening adolescent patients at least once a year for substance use, it’s important that pediatricians build relationships with other behavioral health providers...

Drug Overdose Deaths Increased During Early Days of Pandemic

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. A report from the CDC says deaths from drug overdoses went...

Survey Explores Mental Health, Services Use in Police Officers

New research shows that about a quarter of police officers in one large force report past or present mental health problems. Responding to a survey,...

‘Overwhelming Evidence’ FDA’s Opioid Approval Process Is Shoddy

Despite the ongoing epidemic of misuse, overuse, and diversion of opioids, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set a low bar for approval...

‘Cautious’ DOAC Underdosing in AF May Push Mortality Higher

The risk for death goes up for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) who are put on direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC) at dosages other than those...

Tough to Tell COVID From Smoke Inhalation Symptoms

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The patients walk into Dr. Melissa Marshall’s community clinics in Northern...

Reworked OxyContin Fails to Cut Overall Abuse, FDA Panel Says

The long-awaited post-marketing studies of the abuse-deterrent formulation (ADF) of OxyContin (Perdue Pharma L.P.) received mixed reviews from a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

Smoking Increases Risk of High Plasma NfL Levels in MS

A new study has found that patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) who smoke cigarettes regularly have an increased risk of higher plasma neurofilament light levels...

Opioid Use Reduced by 20%, but What About Patients With Cancer?

Regulations to curb opioid abuse might be blocking legitimate access by cancer patients who need opioids for pain, according to a review of Medicare prescription...

Vaping Soars Among US Teens, CDC Report Finds

Use of electronic vapor products, or vaping, more than doubled among US high school students from 2017 to 2019 (from 13.2% in 2017 to 32.7%...

Toxic Methanol in Hand Sanitizers: Poisonings Continue

Aug. 17, 2020 — As the FDA’s warning list about dangerous hand sanitizers containing methanol grows, another troubling trend has emerged. Some people are drinking...

Mental Health Issues Soaring During COVID Pandemic

By E.J. Mundell HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The pandemic is taking a big toll on Americans’ psyches: A new...

Addiction Specialist Charged in $681 Million Treatment Fraud Case

The federal government has charged a Florida addiction medicine specialist in what it says was a scheme to defraud Medicare and private insurers, charging them...

Smoking Linked to Increased Risk for Unruptured Aneurysm

Women who smoke cigarettes are at increased risk for intracranial aneurysms, new research suggests. In a case-control study of more than 500 women between the...

CBD as Treatment for Cannabis Use Disorder?

Perhaps counterintuitively, treatment with prescription-grade cannabidiol (CBD), an extract of cannabis, may help individuals with cannabis use disorder to cut back on use, new research...

Cleaner Data Confirm COVID-19 Link to Diabetes, Hypertension

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Further refinement of data from patients hospitalized worldwide for COVID-19 disease...

AMA Urges Change After Dramatic Increase in Opioid Fatalities

In the past 5 years, there has been a significant drop in the use of prescription opioids and in deaths associated with such use; but...

Novel Drug May Lower Agitation in Multiple Psychiatric Disorders

The novel lysine-specific demethylase 1 inhibitor vafidemstat (ORY-2001, Oryzon Genomics) is effective for treating agitation and aggression across a number of psychiatric disorders, new research...

FDA Requiring Opioid Labels to Urge Naloxone Co-prescribing

In a long-anticipated policy change, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will now require manufacturers of opioids to urge clinicians toco-prescribe the overdose antidote...

Garlic Supplements, H. Pylori Treatment Tied to Lower Gastric Cancer Mortality

(Reuters Health) – Treatment for Helicobacter pylori and garlic supplementation are each associated with lowered gastric cancer mortality risk, but garlic’s benefits are mainly in...

Cardiovascular Risk Factors Tied to Midlife Cognitive Decline

Cardiovascular risk factors (CVRFs), including hypertension, diabetes, and smoking, are linked to a significantly increased risk for cognitive decline in midlife in a dose-dependent manner,...

Acetaminophen Beats Fentanyl in STEMI

Swapping out intravenous fentanyl in favor of IV acetaminophen in patients with ST-elevation MI (STEMI) provides comparable pain relief but with desirably higher blood levels...