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Exploring America’s Opioid Epidemic

Chances are you or someone you know has been prescribed opioids. Opioids are any number of substances, legal or otherwise, used to alleviate moderate to severe pain. If you’ve ever incurred a serious injury or are recovering from surgery, your doctor more than likely handed you a prescription for this medicine with a specific set of guidelines on when and how to take them.

When used properly, opioids are an effective and generally safe method for short-term management of more serious types of pain—they reduce suffering and invoke a level of sedation to help patients keep their minds off the pain.

Recently, though, opioids have b


The Dangers of Stress: Signs, Symptoms, and Effects

It’s the same routine every day: Your alarm goes off, jolting you awake and immediately kicking your body into overdrive to begin the day. Frantically, you jump in the shower and then throw together an outfit for the day, all while murmuring the talking points of the presentation you have to give to that big client today. You make the rounds to get the kids up and moving, and as they drag their feet getting ready, you whip together a quick breakfast for them. You yell upstairs that there’s food in the kitchen and to make sure not to miss the bus. You rush to your car to drive to work and of course traffic is horrible. It takes every fiber of your being to refrain from shouting “Go!” every 30 seconds to the car in front of you. You finally pull into the parking garage at work, and as you turn off the car, you sigh because you just remembered that PTA meeting you have to attend tonight. Not to mention you left you


Holistic Health and Burn Treatment

You have no doubt incurred some sort of burn in your lifetime. Whether you’ve scalded your hand with boiling water while cooking, developed a blistering sunburn after a long day at the beach, or something worse, burns can range from slight annoyance to life-threatening.

Thanks to advances in medicine and our overall understanding of what happens when a person gets burned, we are now more than ever better equipped to treat victims of burns. This has drastically decreased the mortality rate that we see from severe burns today—in 1952, victims of more than 50 percent total body surface area burns had only a 50 percent chance of


E-Cigarettes: Their Rise, Risks, and Future

We’ve come a long way since the “More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette” ads of the 1940s. Though still a multi-billion dollar industry, the number of smokers today has significantly decreased due to both the scientific data available and the growing social stigma behind the activity. A Center for Disease Control report found that the number of smokers in 2015 had fallen nearly 10 percent since 1997, signalling the lowest number of smokers ever recorded. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that people aren’t smoking anymore—many of those who have quit smoking tobacco have just found a different way to exercise thei


Diabetes Breathalyzer Could Replace Need For Pricking Finger

Most diabetics are familiar with the daily task of pricking their finger to draw blood, it’s something they must do to test their levels. But a new tool on the horizon will allow diabetics to ditch the pricking and it’s as easy as breathing.

Oxford University researchers have developed an breathalyzer that replaces the need for drawing blood, according to ExtremeTech.

As pointed out in the report, published in the American Chemical Society journal Analytical Chemistry, diabetics can have fruity smelling breath, which indicates acetone. It’s a natural byproduct of the metabolism.

A strong presence of acetone signifies ketoacidosis. This could mean that there isn’t enough insulin in the bloodstream to handle glucose, wh