Drugs

Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers discuss the prevalence of marijuana use in pregnancy for nausea in a recent research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Marijuana is increasingly under scrutiny as more and more countries are legalizing its use. A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine investigated the prevalence of marijuana use
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers determined the prevalence of adults experiencing phantom smells and its associated sociodemographic factors, health behaviours, and health conditions. Phantom smells is a condition in which individuals smell odors that are not actually present. They are caused by dysfunctions in the body’s sensory system, the peripheral olfactory system.
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent clinical trial published in JAMA investigated the effects of depression treatment on cardiac outcomes of patients with a recent acute coronary syndrome. The worldwide depression rate is a growing concern. Oftentimes patients have depression along with other medical conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Acute
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Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 5] In a recent study, researchers describe a new technique that uses a “fingerprint” to potentially personalize medical treatment. Personalized medicine is the concept that each patient should be treated individually despite them having the same disease or diagnosis. Personalized medicine is based on several considerations such as individual
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, researchers analyzed recordings of doctor-patient communication to evaluate how effectively doctors are listening to patients. Good doctor-patient communication is essential for establishing a trusting relationship that leads to effective patient-centered care. As part of this, it is important that doctors
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study evaluated the efficacy of dialectal behavior therapy is in reducing suicide attempts compared to individual and group supportive therapy. Between 2007 and 2015, suicide rates among teenagers have hiked up. Identifying effective intervention methods are crucial for decreasing suicide and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). However, Ban
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study in JAMA Psychiatry determined whether increased self-criticism and perfectionism are signs of OCD among pre-schoolers. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition that affects people of all ages and walks of life. It occurs when a person has uncontrollable obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are highly intrusive
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent review in The Lancet Psychiatry discusses promising preventive mental health strategies to reduce the incidence of mental health disorders. Millions of people live with the burden of mental illness. While the focus of psychiatry is on treating the symptoms and preventing the progression of present mental
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Heart surgery is an effective treatment for patients with severe heart disease, but can sometimes result in long-term illness or even death. Relatively simple pre-surgery preparations can reduce the risks of these negative outcomes. Heart surgery is currently the best treatment for patients with severe heart disease. It
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Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 5] A pioneering study by the University of Sydney provides insights into why Australian parents use illicit cannabis extracts to treat epilepsy in children.   Epilepsy is the most common childhood brain disorder in Australia. According to Epilepsy Action Australia, nearly 3.5% of Australians have this condition at some
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Our Reader Score [Total: 4 Average: 5] Researchers in the United States investigated whether the use of medications provided better treatments for opioid use disorder after opioid overdoses. Opioids are medications that kill pain. When used properly, they can help, but the misuse of opioids can cause dependence, overdose, and death. Anyone using prescribed or
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] The effects of depression, anxiety, and stress on well-being are becoming apparent, with researchers finding links between negative emotional states and chronic diseases. Cardiovascular disease is one of the major causes of death worldwide. To combat this growing problem, the American Heart Association devised seven targets called Life’s
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] In a recent study, researchers followed almost 100,000 individuals to study if obesity is a risk factor for heart disease in those who are metabolically healthy. Metabolic syndrome describes several different medical conditions that occur together: abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol levels, and
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study investigated the association between disrupted circadian and sleep rhythms and increased susceptibility to mood disorders. Sleep rhythms and circadian rhythms are fundamentally important parts of health and a balanced lifestyle. Circadian rhythms refer to changes in the body’s behaviour and physiology that occur in a
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