Category results for "Healthcare"

Addiction: Misunderstood, Greatly Undertreated, Report Finds

Only about one in 10 people who need treatment for addiction to drugs or alcohol receive it, according to a new report. Many who do receive treatment do not receive evidence-based care, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

Gastric Bypass Surgery for Weight Loss May Increase Risk of Alcohol Abuse

A popular form of weight-loss surgery may increase the risk of alcohol abuse, The New York Times reports.

Commentary: I Will Survive: Preventative Care and Removing the Stigma of Lung Cancer

According to Legacy President and CEO Dr. Cheryl Healton, lung cancer — the No. 1 cancer killer in our nation for men and women alike — carries a lot of baggage beyond what is often a devastating diagnosis for the patient and their loved ones.

Pain Patches Slowly Catching On in U.S.

Pain patches are slowly gaining in popularity in the United States, where 88 percent of pain relief comes in the form of pills.

Few Received Tobacco Cessation Medication Before 2010, Report Shows

Only 7.6 percent of adult tobacco users were prescribed tobacco cessation medication before 2010, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings were part of a report showing that before 2010, almost half of Americans did not receive routine clinical preventive services that can save lives.

NY Senator Calls on Federal Government to Help Prevent Opioid Exposure in Newborns

New York Senator Charles Schumer has proposed steps the federal government should take to tackle the increasing problem of opioid exposure in newborns.

Massachusetts Prescription Database Reduces “Doctor Shopping” for Drugs

The prescription drug monitoring database in Massachusetts, which has been in operation for two years, appears to have helped stem “doctor shopping,” according to state health officials.

Medication for Alcoholism: An Expanding Field

Many people struggling with alcohol dependence who could benefit from medication are not receiving it, according to an expert who spoke at the recent American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting.

Emergency Medicine Experts Propose “Ideal” Prescription Drug Monitoring Software

Two emergency medicine experts have proposed what they call “ideal” prescription drug monitoring software, in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine.

Some Doctors Object to Prescription Drug Monitoring Databases

As a growing number of states implement prescription drug monitoring databases to curb “doctor shopping” for painkillers, some physicians say they object to aspects of the programs.

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