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Researchers Finds Alternative to ‘Revolving Door’ of Opioid Detox and Relapse

In a first-ever randomized trial, patients at a short-term inpatient program began long-term outpatient treatment with buprenorphine before discharge, with better outcomes than detox patients. Three out of four people who complete an inpatient opioid withdrawal management program–commonly known as “detox”–relapse within a month, leading to a “revolving door” effect. Few successfully transition from the...

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Do Hospital Ads Work?

Patients are positively influenced by hospital advertising. Older patients and those with more restrictive forms of insurance are less sensitive to ads. Wealthy patients and patients who live far from a hospital respond well to advertising. A blanket ban on hospital advertising can lead to hospital readmissions. Should hospital advertising be banned? A few policymakers...

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New Research Explores the Use of New Psychoactive Substances by Young People

A research study into New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) – formerly referred to as ‘legal highs’ – provides new evidence about why young people were attracted to the drugs, and the health and social risks associated with taking them. The study was carried out by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Queen’s University Belfast. The research...

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Take a Bath 90 Minutes Before Bedtime to Get Better Sleep

Biomedical engineers at The University of Texas at Austin may have found a way for people to get better shuteye. Systematic review protocols — a method used to search for and analyze relevant data — allowed researchers to analyze thousands of studies linking water-based passive body heating, or bathing and showering with warm/hot water, with...

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Drug Companies’ Sexually Explicit Ads Reaching Too Many Youngsters

Virtually every day, millions of children and adolescents are being bombarded by sexually explicit direct-to-consumer advertising, despite pharmaceutical CEOs’ claims to the contrary. Leading business ethicist Denis Arnold from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte co-authored the study, “Self-Regulation in the Pharmaceutical Industry: The Exposure of Children and Adolescents to Erectile Dysfunction Commercials,” published...

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Ebola in Uganda, and the Dynamics of a New and Different Outbreak

The 2018 Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC), has been a very different kind of outbreak than the massive West African outbreak that occurred in 2014 and 2015. For starters, it is much smaller, with just over 2,000 cases compared to the more than 28,000 cases of the West African outbreak. Because of...

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Why Lead Is Dangerous, and the Damage It Does

Everything is a toxin, or has the potential to be, in the field of toxicology. In the 1500s, Swiss physician Paracelsus, the father of toxicology, coined his famous dictum: “What is there that is not poison? All things are poison and nothing is without poison. Solely the dose determines that a thing is not a...

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Edible Insects? Lab-Grown Meat? The Real Future Food Is Lab-Grown Insect Meat

Livestock farming is destroying our planet. It is a major cause of land and water degradation, biodiversity loss, acid rain, coral reef degeneration, deforestation – and of course, climate change. Plant-based diets, insect farming, lab-grown meat and genetically modified animals have all been proposed as potential solutions. Which is best? All of these combined, say...