Opioid overdose: Don’t blame the patient

By: Jaymin Patel
Posted on: February 24, 2020

As someone who knows people — including loved ones — who are dependent on opioids, I agreed for a long time with the 67% of Americans blaming drug users for their opioid-use disorder. That is, until I met Billy. Billy (not his real name, to protect privacy) was an intelligent student who was close to his sister and mother. At age 16, after ACL surgery, he was prescribed opioids for... READ MORE

Understanding chronic fatigue syndrome

By: Lauran Neergaard
Posted on: February 20, 2020

Researchers hooked Zach Ault to medical monitors as he slowly climbed onto a gym bike in Bethesda, Maryland. An invisible disease is sidelining this once avid athlete. He knew the simple exercise would wipe him out — but Ault was pedaling for science. Chronic fatigue syndrome is one of medicine’s most vexing mysteries. Now doctors at the National Institutes of Health are using... READ MORE

Chocolate spice cookies offer subtle kick

By: Wolfgang Puck
Posted on: February 19, 2020

If you’ve been a reader of my column, you know you can expect one thing from me as surely as the fact that I love to help people cook and eat the best food possible: When winter rolls around, at some point I’m going to turn my attention to cookies. My love of baking goes back to my earliest childhood memories. Every year, the kitchen of our little home in the southern Austrian town... READ MORE

How do nutritionists and dieticians differ?

By: Sharon Lehrman
Posted on: February 18, 2020

Are you thinking about hiring a nutrition expert to assist with your health goals? Registered dietitian or a nutritionist? What’s the difference? Registered Dietitians (R.D.) and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (R.D.N.) earn a bachelor’s degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Many also have a master’s degree or doctorate degree. They... READ MORE

The value in steroid injections, placebos

By: Robert H. Shmerling, M.D. and Howard LeWine, M.D.
Posted on: February 17, 2020

Q: I was going to ask my doctor for a steroid injection in my knee that has osteoarthritis, but I heard the steroid shots can do more harm than good. Is that true? A: Osteoarthritis is a common and potentially debilitating condition. It’s a degenerative joint disease (often called the “wear-and-tear” type) in which the smooth lining of cartilage becomes thinned and uneven, exposing ... READ MORE

Alcohol poisoning can sneak up on you

By: Cleveland Clinic
Posted on: February 14, 2020

Alcohol poisoning can occur when a person drinks large quantities of alcohol — including beer, wine or liquor — in a relatively short time. As the amount of alcohol in the bloodstream increases, the liver can’t break down the alcohol and remove its toxins from the blood quickly enough. The excess alcohol acts as a depressant and causes parts of the brain that control vital body... READ MORE