BlueCross of Tennessee will stop covering OxyContin in 2019

Tennessee's largest health insurer will stop covering OxyContin prescriptions as part of an effort to combat opioid addiction
Source: ABC News: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

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This study was part of a larger investigation of neural correlates of risky sexual decision-making in men who have sex with men. While undergoing functional magnetic resonance imaging, 31 casual MA users and 66 non-users performed the CUPS task, in which they decided to accept or refuse a series of mixed gambles. Convergent results from whole brain, region of interest and psychophysiological interaction (PPI) analyses are presented.Whole brain analysis identified an amygdala-striatal cluster with weaker activation in casual MA users compared to non-users during decision-making. Activity in that cluster inversely correlated...
Source: NeuroImage: Clinical - Category: Radiology Source Type: research
(MedPage Today) -- Joyce Knestrick, PhD, C-FNP, APRN, of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners explains
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - Category: American Health Source Type: news
Christmas time brings new challenges if you are struggling to stay sober. You want to participate in family gatherings. You want to enjoy time with the people you love and perhaps don’t get to see all that often. The trouble is that, for most families, holiday celebrations include alcohol. It may be in the punch or eggnog. It may be that they enjoy craft beers or holiday cocktails. But alcohol is alcohol is alcohol — whatever form it takes. You know how it’s going to go when you get together: Someone (usually the same someone) urges you to “Have just one. After all it’s Christmas.” Othe...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Addiction Family Holiday Coping Recovery Alcoholism Christmas Family Gathering Holiday Parties Sobriety Substance Abuse Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSION: A systematic screening is crucial to identify patients that should benefit from brief intervention or specialized intervention in an addictology unit. PMID: 30545574 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Revue de Medecine Interne - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Rev Med Interne Source Type: research
Are life’s difficulties the result of overwhelming external circumstances? Or are unpleasant situations self-created? A viewpoint that is popular in some spiritual and New Age communities is that we are responsible for whatever happens to us. When something goes awry, we’re invited to ask, “How did I create that?” Perhaps unfortunately, we are not as powerful as we might think. Five billion years from now, the sun will explode in a supernova, frying all life on earth. No one will be around to debate whether we created that. And forgive me for reminding you, but before that fateful day we will perish...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Friends General Habits Happiness Mindfulness Psychology Relationships Self-Help Spirituality Source Type: blogs
Publication date: Available online 14 December 2018Source: PeptidesAuthor(s): Alan R Gintzler, Nai-Jiang Liu, Emiliya M. Storman, Martin W. WessendorfAbstractEffective management of chronic pain is demanded by ethical as well as medical considerations. Although opioid analgesics remain among the most effective pharmacotherapies for ameliorating many types of pain, their use is clouded by concerns regarding their addictive properties, underscored by the current epidemic of prescription opioid abuse and attendant deaths. Medicinal harnessing of endogenous opioid antinociception could provide a strategy for continuing to take...
Source: Peptides - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 14 December 2018Source: Computers in Human BehaviorAuthor(s): Sara Alida Volkmer, Eva LermerAbstractWith mobile phones becoming central parts of our lives, mobile technology gets criticized for its negative impact on people's well-being. Studies generally report negative associations between mobile phone use (MPU) and well-being. However, few studies contrast the relationship of MPU with different concepts of positive psychology. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between MPU and different concepts of positive psychology: life satisfaction, well-being, and mindfulne...
Source: Computers in Human Behavior - Category: Information Technology Source Type: research
This study examined smartphone users' perception and evaluation of their dependent behavior during the 2014 communication blackout (March 20) that lasted 6 h in South Korea. Based on the interviews with 70 smartphone users between March 22 and March 30, 2014, this study identified two types of dependence – functional dependence which stresses instrumental usefulness of the smartphone and existential dependence which focuses on obsessed, often unconscious, attachment to the smartphone. Although the two types of dependence may overlap each other, those who perceive existential dependence were more reluctant in acknow...
Source: Computers in Human Behavior - Category: Information Technology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 14 December 2018Source: The Lancet HIVAuthor(s): Hudson Reddon, Brandon D L Marshall, M-J MilloySummaryDespite the effectiveness of existing HIV prevention strategies for people who inject drugs (PWID), uncontrolled outbreaks of HIV among this group are common and occur around the world. In this Review, we summarise recent evidence for novel and established HIV prevention approaches to eliminate HIV transmission among PWID. Effective HIV prevention strategies include mobile needle and syringe programmes, pre-exposure prophylaxis, supervised injection facilities, and, to a lesser extent, s...
Source: The Lancet HIV - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
At this point, recycling won’t save us. But there are some other scientific innovations that might.
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - Category: Science Source Type: news
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