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New opioid prescribing guidelines reverse course on strict restrictions

New opioid prescribing guidelines reverse course on strict restrictions

iStock/Eugeneonline(WASHINGTON) — The Department of Health and Human Services reversed course on its opioid guidelines this week and advised doctors that cutting off pain patients’ prescriptions suddenly could do more harm than good. The new guidance, published Thursday, stressed that that abrupt changes to long-term pain patients’ medication regimens could “put the patient at risk…Read more »

‘Weed moms’ are the new ‘wine moms’

‘Weed moms’ are the new ‘wine moms’

Nastasic/iStock(NEW YORK) — Are weed moms the new wine moms?Though “wine mom” culture has long been the source of many a mommy meme and largely socially acceptable, marijuana-using moms are stepping out of the shadows and proudly extolling the virtues of cannabis.In a recent essay for Parents magazine, writer Leah Campbell claimed micro-dosing marijuana makes…Read more »

Salmonella outbreak linked to pet turtles in 13 states: CDC

Salmonella outbreak linked to pet turtles in 13 states: CDC

iStock(NEW YORK) — A salmonella outbreak in 13 states has been linked to pet turtles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Twenty-one people have been infected with the strain of Salmonella Oranienburg, the CDC announced Wednesday. Seven of those cases required hospitalization, but no deaths have been reported.The CDC linked the…Read more »

People in rural areas face long drives for opioid addiction treatments

People in rural areas face long drives for opioid addiction treatments

iStockBY: DR. SAUMYA BHUTANI (NEW YORK) — As the U.S. grapples with the opioid epidemic — 47,600 overdose deaths in 2017 alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — access to treatments for addiction has perhaps never been so important. But for many in rural areas, those treatments are still hard to…Read more »

Sophie Turner blasts diet culture and detox teas ads

Sophie Turner blasts diet culture and detox teas ads

petrunjela/iStock(NEW YORK) — Influencers who stand by their detox product compelled Sophie Turner to speak out, and she spilled the proverbial tea on the weight-loss industry.Detox teas are somewhat of a hot-button issue with celebrities hawking them to fans. Consequently, actors like Jameela Jamil are rallying to have these products banned, claiming they are unsafe…Read more »