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Brain Injury Awareness Month: Widespread bias in alcohol screening post TBI, says study
Posted in Alcohol

Drinking continues to be quite common among patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, some groups of TBI patients are less likely to be screened for alcohol use, with women and younger patients most likely to be left out, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing in March 2018. Alcohol […]

Kristin Cavallari gets candid about her late brother’s substance abuse and bipolar disorder
Posted in Addiction

Death affects everyone, be it a common man or a celebrity. Recently American television personality, actress and fashion designer Kristin Cavallari appeared on Tyler Henry’s show “Hollywood Medium” and shared the painful experience related to the death of her brother Michael Cavallari. According to Kristin, Michael struggled with alcohol and drug abuse and probably was […]

Drug cocktails fueling overdose crisis across US
Posted in Addiction, Cocaine

In recent years, the United States has witnessed a sharp rise in overdose cases involving a combination of drugs like fentanyl, cocaine and heroin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 48 percent of overdose fatalities involved drug cocktails. Autopsy reports of such cases indicated that a single drug did not […]

Report links recreational cannabis to high pedestrian deaths in US
Posted in Marijuana

For the second straight year, pedestrian fatalities in the United States remained high at about 6,000 in 2017, according to the preliminary data released recently by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). Significantly, the GHSA report finds that pedestrian deaths increased sharply in states that had legalized marijuana for recreational use, whereas the number of […]

Teens arrested for trying to smuggle marijuana worth $1 million
Posted in Marijuana

In the latest cross-border drug bust by the U.S. Border Patrol, two teenagers, including a juvenile, have been arrested for trying to smuggle weed with an estimated street value of nearly $1 million. According to the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office, the duo is charged with narcotics smuggling. The packages obtained have been handed over […]

No gold standard for treating NAS babies
Posted in Addiction

It seems the opioid epidemic is spreading its tentacles to every nook and corner of America, leaving many addicted and dead, sparing not even babies and newborns, the youngest victims of opioid addiction. Babies affected by neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) are special babies born to mothers who either had been doing drugs or were on […]

MDMA-glorifying hip-hop stars encourage fans to try the drug, says study
Posted in Advocacy

“Let’s take it back to the first party When you tried your first molly And came out of your body…” – “Blood On The Leaves” – Kanye West “Now you know I’m on that molly Told her I’m not tryna polly I’m just lookin for somebody to ride…” – “Molly” – French Montana These are […]

Aetna Practices Latest Example of Unethical Health Industry Practices
Posted in Health

By Lise Millay Stevens There is something rotten in Denmark. Maybe it is wafting over from the U.S. health insurance industry. CNN reports that a former Aetna medical director admitted, under oath, that he never looked at patient records prior to approving or denying care, relying instead on the recommendations from nurses at the insurance […]

Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and alcoholism exhibit similar patterns of genetic activity, says study
Posted in Dual diagnosis

It is estimated that one in five American adults could have a mental health condition at some point in their life, which is roughly equivalent to 43.8 million people. While depression is the most common mental illness, 2.8 percent live with bipolar disorder; 1.1 percent with schizophrenia and 10.7 percent of young adults aged 18-25 […]

Johnny Manziel hopes to return to NFL after overcoming bipolar disorder, alcoholism
Posted in Dual diagnosis

Diagnosed with bipolar disorder a year ago, former quarterback (QB) Johnny Manziel is hoping to make a pro football comeback. The goal of his comeback is to ultimately return to the National Football League (NFL). In an interview with “Good Morning America,” the Heisman Trophy-winning QB admitted of being diagnosed with bipolar depression about a […]

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