Medicine in the Headlines: When Your Patients Ask
HRT, tattoos, insurers exacerbating the opioid epidemic, prolonged sitting, plus a new COPD drug: here's a recap of 5 of the week's key news reports.
Addiction in the US: The Surgeon General’s Report
The report contains a vast amount of information but overlooks some important issues.
What Rx for Twisted Ankle Pain?
The 35-year-old man is a new patient for you. He says he was given Vicodin when he had a similar injury a number of years ago. How do you proceed?
Benzodiazepines and Chronic Pain
Best practices make a strong case against prescribing benzodiazepines for chronic pain patients taking opioids. But are we following best practices?
Skin Cancer—or Something Else?
Bumps on the face; opioids and alcohol; dysmorphic facial features in 6-month-old boy . . . questions on these and other topics in this quiz.
Alcohol: The Forgotten Factor in Prescription Drug Overdoses
A new study found that alcohol was involved in more than 20% of both opioid- and benzodiazepine-related deaths reported to the Drug Abuse Warning Network in 2010.
A Complication of Heroin Abuse
Complications of heroin use; RLS; thyroid nodule: we present 5 questions on these and other topics to challenge you this week.
Prescription Opioid Abuse: The Known and the Unknown
There are no guidelines on how to differentiate iatrogenic opioid abuse triggered by treatment for legitimate pain from illicit use. And yet, theories abound.