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Sometimes medical information can be really intriguing.

Heavy metals and other toxins found in popular protein powders

2018-04-24T17:39:11+00:00

A report in Consumer Reports describes a new study shows that many of the top-selling powders and drinks may contain concerning levels of heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and lead, and toxins like bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in some plastic containers and food can liners. These substances have been linked to cancer, [...]

Heavy metals and other toxins found in popular protein powders 2018-04-24T17:39:11+00:00

Opioids after surgery PROLONG pain in rats

2018-04-24T21:42:33+00:00

Opioids after surgery can, paradoxically, prolong pain Giving opioids to animals to quell pain after surgery prolongs pain for more than three weeks and primes specialized immune cells in the spinal cord to be more reactive to pain, according to a new study by CU Boulder. The authors say the paradoxical findings, if replicated in [...]

Opioids after surgery PROLONG pain in rats 2018-04-24T21:42:33+00:00

Updates from the American Society of Addiction Medicine conference

2018-04-25T09:06:47+00:00

I attended the American Society of Medicine Annual Conference in San Diego the weekend of April 13, 2018. Much of the focus of the conference was on new  information about addiction and its treatment. Here are some tidbits: Drug dealers and addicts can contaminate virtually any substance with dangerous drugs. Commonly adulterated are CBD oil and vape fluid [...]

Updates from the American Society of Addiction Medicine conference 2018-04-25T09:06:47+00:00

More than one drink/day risks premenstrual syndrome

2018-04-24T17:11:27+00:00

Heavy drinking linked to worse PMS (Reuters Health) - Women who are heavy drinkers are at increased risk of pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), new research shows. “Together with other researchers, we believe that alcohol increases PMS risk by altering the level of hormones, such as gonadotropin, during the menstrual cycle,” Dr. Bahi Takkouche, the study’s senior [...]

More than one drink/day risks premenstrual syndrome 2018-04-24T17:11:27+00:00

Dying To Be Free is a powerful indictment of brain-dead addiction treatment

2018-04-25T09:10:00+00:00

A long-form article in the huffingtonpost.com website, "Dying To Be Free" details the brain-dead treatment given to heroin addicts in state-sponsored programs in Kentucky: humiliation, "tear you down so we can build you up," and an exclusive focus on abstinence. People leave with shining faces after months of inpatient care only to drop dead of an [...]

Dying To Be Free is a powerful indictment of brain-dead addiction treatment 2018-04-25T09:10:00+00:00

Wired laments the poor state of addiction rehabilitation

2018-04-24T17:13:08+00:00

In the 4/1/2018 Wired Magazine article "Addiction Rehab Is Broken. Can Technology Fix It?," author Zachary Siegal  complains that the humiliation-based treatment he received is unscientific and ineffective. You bet! He suggests using iPhone apps to resolve this problem. I disagree, even though they may work for some. Zachary was a heroin addict, treated with the old-fashioned, [...]

Wired laments the poor state of addiction rehabilitation 2018-04-24T17:13:08+00:00

Do you need a primary physician? Why?

2018-04-24T17:43:02+00:00

A gathering storm I've been seeing more stories in the news about problems with primary care. For example, since the new universal health insurance law took effect in Massachusetts, so many new patients are looking for doctors that primary physician shortages have made it impossible to get care. And for physicians who accept managed care, [...]

Do you need a primary physician? Why? 2018-04-24T17:43:02+00:00

Health reform is more than just insurance

2018-04-07T13:35:21+00:00

A story on the Internet describes how a senior IBM executive went straight to a cardiologist to treat his chest pain. Several serious complications and $200,000 later, the cardiologist cleared him of any heart problems. The patient then saw a gastroenterologist, who performed yet another big workup without finding a gastrointestinal cause. Finally he saw [...]

Health reform is more than just insurance 2018-04-07T13:35:21+00:00