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Research finds that opioid treatment can increase overall pain
  Research finds that opioid treatment can increase overall pain

New research reveals an unexpected danger of chronic pain treatment for those with spinal cord injuries: According to a study published just this year, the combination of an injury and opioid medication to treat the pain can damage the cells of the spinal cord and result in increased pain. Related research has further suggested that […]

Kratom: A natural pain reliever with potential for abuse
  Kratom: A natural pain reliever with potential for abuse

Pain is one of the most common reasons individuals seek medical attention. The pain pathway in the brain is complex, and as a result, pain can manifest in multiple ways — such as musculoskeletal pain, visceral pain (lining in the gut) and neuralgia (nerve pain). Treating pain is difficult, and many believe the publicized opioid […]

Drinking, drugging and drowning: Swimming sober is safer
  Drinking, drugging and drowning: Swimming sober is safer

One minute, Pauly was drinking and showing off with his friends, and then his head struck the bottom of the pool so hard that his neck snapped back. He couldn’t move or swim to the surface and thought he was going to drown, and then he lost consciousness. When he woke up, he was on […]

10 surprising reasons why giving up sugar feels so good
  10 surprising reasons why giving up sugar feels so good

Americans eat and drink too much sugar. Many eat about five times more sugar than they should, Natasa Janicic-Kahric, M.D., an endocrinologist and associate professor of medicine at Georgetown University Hospital, told The Washington Post. Over time, consuming high quantities of sugar can result in sugar addiction. Immediate gratification Like drugs and alcohol, sugar affects […]

Researchers find that cannabis may worsen psychotic symptoms
  Researchers find that cannabis may worsen psychotic symptoms

A study led by Rashmi Patel, Ph.D., a researcher at King’s College London in the U.K., found that individuals who have recently experienced their first psychotic episode may endure worse treatment outcomes if they use cannabis within their first month of treatment. The results of this study were published in the scientific journal BMJ Open. […]

Debating the use of antidepressants in the young
  Debating the use of antidepressants in the young

Last year, major depressive disorders affected roughly 700,000 children between the ages of six and 12, and about 1.5 million teenagers from 13 to 18. Population stats from year 2015 estimate; using percentages thru 2015 seen here: “The researchers conducted a systematic review of all published and unpublished trials looking at the effects of 14 antidepressants in […]

Acetaminophen decreases empathy as it relieves pain, study shows
  Acetaminophen decreases empathy as it relieves pain, study shows

Acetaminophen is the main ingredient found in many painkillers such as Tylenol and is the most common drug ingredient in the United States, as it is found in over 600 medications. Acetaminophen is known to be a very effective fever reducer as well as a pain reliever. Acetaminophen is found in over-the-counter and prescription medications. […]

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