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Hit the Hay: Three Reasons Why Good Sleep is Crucial for Mental Health


One in three American adults don’t get enough sleep. Though Johns Hopkins Medicine reports that as many as ninety percent of North Americans respond to this chronic lack of sleep with a regular dose of caffeine, that little pick-me-up doesn’t cut it. Sleep deprivation is still having an impact on the individual’s body. Failing to get at least seven hours of sleep at night for adults can have dangerous effects on individuals’ mental health. Here are three reasons why you...
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How the Federal Government’s Opposition to Medical Marijuana Research Keeps Patients in the Dark


Last week the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a report surveying over 10,000 scientific studies to determine conclusively how marijuana interacts with the body. The review was especially concerned with marijuana’s efficacy as a medicine as well as its positive and negative short- and long-term effects on users.

Some of the Academies’ published conclusions were incredible. For example, there is conclusive evidence that cannabis and/or cannabinoids are an effective treatment for chronic pain in adults. It’s also clear...
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What You Need to Know about Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction


Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is one of the most under-utilized tools we have to fight our country’s ongoing addiction crisis. Ideally, this intervention employs specific pharmaceutical drugs combined with counseling and behavioral therapies, but its true power is often obscured by misunderstanding. Effective use of MAT can make the difference between a long, healthy life and an untimely death by overdose. Here’s what you need to know about MAT and why people battling addiction should consider it.

Decades of research shows that properly...
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Deadlier than Heroin: How Fentanyl is Becoming Public Health Enemy No. 1

Deadlier than Heroin: How Fentanyl is Becoming Public Health Enemy No. 1


For the first time in the city’s recorded history, more than 1,000 New Yorkers are expected to die from a fatal drug overdose in 2017. Key to this record-breaking statistic is the increased abuse of fentanyl, a cheap synthetic opioid up to 100 times more powerful than heroin. Relatively unknown to the general public until recently, this drug’s astounding lethality is tearing across the country as deaths related to fentanyl...
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