Choosing empathy over ‘tough love’ for opioid recovery
Many drug users say, in hindsight, they’ve appreciated being forced into treatment. But studies show that a compassionate approach and voluntary treatment are the more effective ways to engage drug users in recovery and keep them alive. That’s a critical consideration for families in this era of fentanyl, a powerful opioid that can shut... Read more
Doctors with disabilities push for culture change in medicine
Doctors are often portrayed as pinnacles of health, superhumans responding to emergencies around the clock, performing miracles of all kinds. They’re seen as the fixers, not the ones ever in need of accommodations or care. Now, a growing movement of current and aspiring doctors with disabilities is starting to... Read more
Some bacteria becoming ‘more tolerant’ of sanitizers
New research shows that several strains of bacteria have begun adjusting to alcohol-based hand sanitizers. They’re not resistant to the alcohol — at least, not yet — but they’re becoming “more tolerant” of it, the authors write. Read more
Alcohol consumption rising among women
Recent research has shown the gap between men and women with drinking problems is shrinking. Female alcohol use disorder in the United States more than doubled from 2002 to 2013, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Read more
Alzheimer’s tests may miss women, overdiagnose men
The tests that doctors use to diagnose Alzheimer’s find the disease later in women, a problem that may deny women early care and skew research. And the same tests may also overdiagnose some men, putting them on a path to treatment they really don’t need, according to a new study... Read more

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