Alcohol Awareness Month 2016

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, as it has been every year since 1987. In 2016, the theme is: “Talk Early, Talk Often: Parents Can Make a Difference in Teen Alcohol Use.” Alcohol Awareness month is sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) who, according to their website, hope to increase:...
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Child-Welfare Agencies Strained from Opioid Epidemic

Addiction, left untreated, has the power to take everything from a person – including one’s life. It is a disease that does not discriminate about who it affects. It is not uncommon for people who abuse drugs and alcohol to lose their friends, family, and livelihood; what’s more, for those active in addiction who happen...
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FDA Approves OxyContin for Children

When people think of the prescription opioid epidemic that has been plaguing this country for some time now, often the first drug that comes to mind in OxyContin ® (oxycodone). The drug is quite effective at combating severe chronic pain and was widely prescribed by many primary care physicians since the late 1990s. Unfortunately, while...
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Childhood Mental Health Disorders May Lead to Adulthood Issues

A new study suggests that children diagnosed with mental health disorders are more likely to experience problems in adulthood. Researchers from Duke University found that children with a mental illness were six times more likely to have trouble as young adults, compared to those without psychiatric disorders, a news release from Duke Medicine reports. The...
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Pilot Project: Pregnancy Tests in Bar Bathrooms

The science is irrefutable; consuming alcohol during pregnancy can lead to serious, lifelong health problems for a child. While most women are aware of this, every year a significant number of babies are born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), more commonly referred to as fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Unfortunately, many women are unaware of...
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YOGA Gains Ground As A Complementary Health Approach

Yoga Class at a Gym (Photo credit: Wikipedia) If you enjoy yoga, well…let’s just say more people are joining your “camp” Does it seem to you that more of your friends and acquaintances are opting to become involved in yoga? Well, it turns out that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the...
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Guilt And Mental Illness – Could There Be A Link?

“The human capacity for guilt is such that people can always find ways to blame themselves.” Stephen Hawking, The Grand Design Longitudinal study examines excessive guilt  Researchers at Washington University of St. Louis have been conducting a 12-year longitudinal study to determine if there is a connection between childhood guilt and eventual onset of mental...
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New Study: Bone Fracture Pain Management Ibuprofen Versus Morphine

Have you ever had a bone fracture? If you answered the above question in the affirmative, then chances are when you were discharged from the hospital emergency department or the orthopedist’s office you were provided a prescription for pain. Maybe you have never experienced a broken bone, but one of your family members has had...
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BOYHOOD: Time Is The Story

Richard Linklater at the 2007 premiere of The Hottest State in Austin, Texas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) “Where did the time go?” This proverbial question is one that you hear a lot. It is the question asked when we are a guest at a wedding, high school graduation, family reunion or funeral…we look around and maybe...
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Parents: Ask Questions If Your Child Is Prescribed Codeine

Check out this “snippet” of information about CODEINE This past week the major news outlets have been reporting on the results of a new study that examined how often hospital emergency department physicians prescribe codeine to patients ages 3 – 17. We will talk more about the study, but first we would like you to...
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