What Do These Addictions Possibly Have in Common?

(DGIwire) – Bulimia Nervosa, drug abuse, alcohol abuse: what, if anything, do these conditions have in common? Increasingly, researchers are coming to believe the answer may lie in how the brain’s reward center responds to food, opioids and alcohol. And some believe that learning more about what is going on inside the brains of those […]

Opioid Antagonists: A Key to Many Disorders

(DGIwire) – Illegal drug use in the U.S. has reached epidemic proportions. According to data published by Quest Diagnostics, the share of workers testing positive for illicit drug use has reached the highest level in a decade, driven by increases in detection of amphetamines, cocaine and heroin. Meanwhile, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services […]

Binge-Eating Disorder: 4 Questions to Ask

(DGIwire) – What’s the most common eating disorder in America—is it anorexia or bulimia? Guess again: according to Self magazine, binge-eating disorder (BED) affects more people than anorexia and bulimia combined. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), BED affects 3.5 percent of U.S. women, 2 percent of men and 1.6 percent of adolescents. […]

Opioid Abuse, Gambling, Binge Eating: Could a Nasal Spray Help?

(DGIwire) – What do opioid abuse, addictive behaviors like gambling, and binge eating have in common? Each is a chronic relapsing brain disease, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and million of Americans experience at least one of them. Here is a snapshot of each type of these destructive behaviors: Substance abuse disorders: […]

A Push to Treat Opioid Addiction as Heroin Trade Surges

(DGIwire) – The flood of heroin coming into and out of New York City has surged to the highest levels in more than two decades, according to The New York Times. A recent article noted the amount of heroin seized in investigations involving the city’s special narcotics prosecutor, Bridget G. Brennan, has already surpassed last […]

A ‘Cheeky’ Solution to the Epidemic of Opiate Addiction

(DGIwire) — Addiction to painkillers, both prescription and recreational, has reached epidemic proportions. According to a recent article in TIME magazine, the city of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against five different pharmaceutical companies, alleging that they deceptively marketed opioid painkillers such as Percocet and OxyContin for chronic pain management, even though the companies knew […]

Home Management Tips for Acute or Chronic Lower Back Pain

 (DGIwire) – Some people bend over the wrong way while picking up a heavy box in their basement. Or maybe they have to deal with a chronic degenerative condition such as arthritis or a slipped disc that never healed properly. Regardless of the cause, lower back pain can be excruciating. It can also be very […]

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