Month: June 2015

Medical Marijuana Research is Taking a Long Time

The United States is seeing a tidal wave of states loosening restrictions on the sale and use of medical marijuana, with some states making it legal to purchase by anyone, even those without a prescription or medical need for it. It’s a thorny issue in the medical community because many doctors base their treatment decisions on evidence that something works before prescribing it to patients. Medical marijuana certainly falls under that category. Part of the problem exists because marijuana is considered a Schedule I Drug by the federal government, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Food and Drug Administration. Schedule...

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The Unhealthy Reach of Anxiety Disorders

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Anxiety Disorders are the most common mental health issues in the world, affecting nearly 40 million Americans each year. While mild anxiety is a built-in defense mechanism that serves a vital safety purpose in daily life, an intense and long-lasting anxiety disorder can be debilitating. When anxiety is persistent and occurs when there is no imminent danger, it takes control of a person’s life and has a profound effect on their daily routine. Anxiety can have an impact on both the physical and emotional...

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RSS Addiction News

  • Polysubstance Abuse: Addicted to the ‘High’ Rather Than the Drugs February 21, 2018
    Until there’s a social consensus, it bears repeating that addiction is a complex and complicated disease of the brain. People develop the condition for a variety of different reasons, which makes plotting out an effective treatment approach a challenge for patients, physicians, therapists and other addiction healthcare specialists. That said, the treatment of addiction continues […]
  • Driving Under the Influence Just Got a Lot Weirder February 14, 2018
    In all 50 states, the legal blood alcohol limit (BAC) for anyone operating a motor vehicle is .08, though advocates continue pressuring legislators to bring it down to a .05 BAC. Public awareness campaigns, new laws and stricter penalties regarding DUI violators were launched in the mid 1970s. The original campaigns highlighted the gruesome realities […]
  • Hygge [hew-guh] to Beat the Winter Blues and Improve Mental Health: The Danes Know What They’re Doing February 7, 2018
    As the grip of post-holiday wintertime clamps down on North America, it’s all too common to allow the shorter days, frigid temperatures and stress of getting back to work push us into isolation, both physically and mentally. In Denmark, where the average temperature in January is about 28 degrees Fahrenheit and 0 degrees in February, […]

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