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Chronic pain patients caught in the middle of opioid debate

Opioid painkillers are a blessing for those experiencing severe pain from surgery, trauma, burns, acute conditions and cancer. But for those with chronic pain, long-term opioid use can lead to increased tolerance to the drug and result in adverse health effects. America consumes 80 percent of the world’s opioids, says the American Society of Interventional […]

7 medications that cause depression

Depression isn’t just sadness; major depressive disorder is a genuine mental disorder affecting 14.8 million Americans a year, according to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). Although depressive disorders respond to treatment, in most people the exact causes aren’t completely understood. Mayo Clinic says depression can emerge from genetic causes, hormone changes and differences […]

K-bladder: A side effect of ketamine abuse

Ketamine – often known as “Special K” in more recreational settings – is a powerful anesthetic used in hospitals and on the battlefield. Like many anesthetics, it can produce floaty, dream-like euphoric sensations. Unlike many anesthetics, ketamine can create vivid hallucinations, creating the out-of-body sensation users call the “k-hole.” It’s also dangerous to abuse. Although it’s […]

Epigenetics vs. genetics: A closer look at nurture over nature
Posted in Medicine, Treatment

Disease has been traditionally understood as an interaction between the environment (e.g., dietary factors, exercise habits) and our genes (e.g., diabetes). Scientists believe that the relationship between these environmental and genetic factors across one’s lifespan greatly contribute to an individual’s susceptibility for developing certain psychiatric conditions. Genetic research has been particularly beneficial for showing how […]

Sizzurp’s just another name for prescription abuse

Chad Lamont Butler – “Pimp C” on record – finally reached the big time in 2007. A talented rapper, collaborator and producer, Pimp C and his partner in the rap duo UGK, Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, had just released their first number-one record, a sprawling double album set that was received with rave reviews. Sadly, […]

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