November 16, 2017

Report sheds light on Chicago’s death rate from opioids

Source: CBS News CHICAGO — A report suggests the opioid problem in the city of Chicago, especially among African Americans, is far worse than many believe, CBS Chicago reports. Kathie Kane-Willis of the Chicago Urban League co-authored the report, which claims last year the opioid death rate among African Americans in the city was 56 percent […]

November 16, 2017

What To Make Of A Head-To-Head Test Of Addiction Treatments

Source: NPR Greg Miller shows the Suboxone medication in 2016 that he has taken daily for his addiction to painkillers. Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post/Getty Images Addiction specialists caution against reading too much into a new study released this week that compares two popular medications for opioid addiction. This much-anticipated research is the largest study so […]

November 16, 2017

FDA warns herbal supplement kratom has similar effects to narcotics

Source: CBS News November 16, 2017, 8:13 AM| Kratom is a plant some people use to treat pain, anxiety and depression. The FDA warns Kratom can be addictive and life-threatening, issuing a public health advisory this week and warning people about its possible dangers. The agency says Kratom has similar risks to opioids and suggested […]

November 15, 2017

Study compares top two meds used to treat opioid addiction

Source: CBS News The top two medications used to treat opioid addiction appear equally safe and effective, a new study finds. With the United States in the midst of an unprecedented opioid crisis, researchers conducted a head-to-head trial of two leading addiction treatments — naltrexone (Vivitrol) and buprenorphine-naloxone (Suboxone). “The newer drug, naltrexone, was as […]

November 15, 2017

“Mom it’s all over now”: Suspect called mother before rampage

Source: CBS News The mother of a gunman who shot 14 people, killing four, during a rampage in Northern California said he called her a day earlier and told her that he was finished feuding with the small rural community where he lived. “Mom it’s all over now,” Kevin Janson Neal‘s mother said he told […]

November 14, 2017

Increased Hours Online Correlate With An Uptick In Teen Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

Source: NPR The study drew on survey data from half a million U.S. teenagers from 2010 to 2015. martin-dm/Getty Images A study published Tuesday in the journal Clinical Psychological Science finds that increased time spent with popular electronic devices — whether a computer, cell phone or tablet — might have contributed to an uptick in […]

November 14, 2017

FDA Warns About Dangers Of ‘Natural’ Opioid Kratom

Source: NPR The herbal supplement kratom is marketed as a treatment for a wide variety of health problems. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Federal health officials Tuesday issued a warning about kratom, a herbal product being promoted as a safe alternative to opioids for pain that is also marketed for treating addiction, anxiety and depression. The Food […]

November 8, 2017

Why Target isn’t removing lead-laden fidget spinners

Source: CBS News If you’re thinking about buying your kids a fidget spinner this holiday season, you may want to think twice. This inexpensive and addictive little toy is already the topic of choking hazard warnings by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. And Thursday morning the US Public Interest Research Group revealed that some of […]

November 6, 2017

The problem with Harvey Weinstein’s sex addiction claim

Source: CBS News It’s an all-too-common narrative. A wealthy man in a position of power is accused of sexual behavior that’s at best inappropriate and at worst criminal and announces he’s seeking therapy for treatment. Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein reportedly checked himself into rehab for sex addiction, a condition many experts in the medical field […]

November 4, 2017

Sickle Cell Patients Endure Discrimination, Poor Care And Shortened Lives

Source: NPR In her San Francisco home, NeDina Brocks-Capla has made a shrine filled with memories of son Kareem Jones, who died of sickle cell disease in 2013. Jenny Gold/KHN For more than a year, NeDina Brocks-Capla avoided one room in her large, brightly colored San Francisco house — the bathroom on the second floor. […]