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Civil commitment for substance use disorder treatment—what do addiction medicine specialists think?

Amid the rising toll of opioid overdoses and deaths in the U.S., several states are considering laws enabling civil commitment for involuntary treatment of patients with substance use disorders (SUDs). Most addiction medicine physicians support civil commitment for SUD treatment—but others strongly oppose this approach, reports a survey study in Journal of Addiction Medicine, the […]

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UK readies for major reopening but new variant sparks worry

Travelers in England were packing their bags, bartenders were polishing their glasses and performers were warming up as Britain prepared Sunday for a major step out of lockdown—but with clouds of worry on the horizon. Excitement at the reopening of travel and hospitality vied with anxiety that a more contagious virus variant first found in […]

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What works best for a deep clean of your gnashers?

Get your teeth into the good floss guide: From a simple toothpick to a hi-tech water jet, what works best for a deep clean of your gnashers? Despite NHS guidance recommending we clean between our teeth daily, according to a recent YouGov poll, only 31 per cent of us do so.  But what is the […]

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AstraZeneca delays filing for US authorization of COVID shot

AstraZeneca said Friday that it intends to seek U.S. authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine in the “coming weeks,” acknowledging a delay in the much-anticipated filing that had been expected by mid-April. The Anglo-Swedish drugmaker revealed the new timetable as it released first-quarter financial results, which showed that the company delivered 68 million doses of the […]

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Prevalence of migraine, severe headache up for adults with IBD

(HealthDay)—Adults with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have a higher prevalence of migraine or severe headache, according to a study published online March 23 in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain. Yong Liu, M.D., from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and colleagues analyzed data from 60,436 U.S. adults aged […]

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Intellectual disability is rarely inherited—risk for younger siblings is low

The prevalence of intellectual disabilities, which means difficulties with learning and understanding new things, is roughly 1-2% in the population. People with a severe intellectual disability need help from others in daily activities throughout their lives. Such disabilities can be caused by genetic changes or external factors. According to estimates, roughly 2,500 genes underlie intellectual […]

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Quinn on Nutrition: Nutrition for lung disease

My sister started smoking in her early 20s. She thought it would help her lose weight. Knowingly or unknowingly, that decision opened the door for her lifelong battle with cigarette addiction. Years later, when she was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), she was still unable to conquer the powerful pull to smoke “just […]

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A new treatment for rare muscular disease

Rare diseases are sometimes the most difficult to treat because of a lack of research and fewer participants to study. An example would be those who have Pompe disease, a genetic condition when a body can’t make a protein that breaks down a complex sugar, called glycogen, for energy. Too much glycogen builds up and […]