Risky Painkillers Commonly Prescribed for Osteoarthritis

Published guidelines warn that treating osteoarthritis (OA) with opioids and benzodiazepines can boost patients’ risk of falling. Nevertheless, physicians in a large health system were prescribing those drugs for the condition nearly a third of the time, often in the vulnerable elderly, according to a study reported here. More alarmingly, 3% of the patients received […]

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Are Young Adults Given to More Mental Distress?

Mood disorders increased in young adults across the past decade, with smaller and less consistent trends observed in older adults, according to national survey data. Of more than 500,000 survey participants, the percentage of adolescents ages 12 to 17 (“iGen,” “Generation Z”) experiencing a major depressive episode in the last year increased by 52% from […]

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Big-City Health Officials Talk Opioid, Measles Epidemics

The opioid epidemic, the measles epidemic, and the unintended consequences of marijuana legalization were some of the topics on the minds of big-city health commissioners as they convened here this week. Like many other big cities, Columbus, Ohio has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, Mysheika Roberts, MD, health commissioner of Columbus, Ohio, said […]

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