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One in eight American adults is an alcoholic, study says

A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry this month finds that the rate of alcohol use disorder, or what's colloquially known as “alcoholism,” rose by a shocking 49 percent in the first decade of the 2000s. One in eight American adults, or 12.7 percent of the U.S. population, now meets diagnostic …

Alcohol

Your Brain Doesn't Contain Memories. It Is Memories

Recall your favorite memory: the big game you won; the moment you first saw your child's face; the day you realized you had fallen in love. It's not …

The Brain

Psychology studies reveal that secrets are bad for your health—even after you tell them

Whether in a meeting, catching up with a friend, or chatting with a partner, we are constantly communicating and connecting with those around us. Yet hidden from these daily interactions are the things we do not say. We might hold back personal information from coworkers, hide our true feelings …

The One-Paragraph Letter From 1980 That Fueled the Opioid Crisis

Because it was published in the most prestigious U.S. medical journal, its influence snowballed in a dangerous way.<p>What do you do when a letter in a prestigious medical journal has been so routinely mis-cited it’s taken on a life of its own? Like when pharmaceutical companies have used its data to …

How personalised music can be used in health care

IN ONE scene of “Alive Inside” (2014), a documentary film, a member of nursing-home staff offers headphones to a wheelchair-bound man named Henry. He …

Health Care

Today, even US water is overly medicated—these scientists want to change that | Ars Technica

With billions of US meds, algae, fish, and insects getting high on contaminated sewage.<p>Sylvia Lee, PhD, is a scientist at the Cary Institute of …

New York State

We spent months bracing and preparing for the death of our daughter. But guess what? We weren’t ready.

Especially not with the way it happened.<p>So here’s the backstory: In December, my wife Keri and I went in for the standard 19-week anatomy scan of our …

Empathy

Certain doctors are more likely to create opioid addicts. Understanding why is key to solving the crisis.

How doctors prescribe opioids varies — and unlucky patients end up getting hooked.<p>There’s a huge amount of discussion these days about the opioid epidemic in America: how the overdose rate got so shockingly high and what should be done to stop it.<p>A common belief is that opioid addiction often …

Orphaned by America's opioid epidemic | The Washington Post

Published on December 17, 2016<p><b>SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.VA.</b><p>The midmorning sun came in through the curtains and Zaine Pulliam awoke to the debris of a weekend party. There were blankets strewn across the floor and half-finished plates of food on the couch. Zaine, 17, picked his way around a sleeping …

Empathy