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FDA-Required Tobacco Product Inserts & Onserts – and the First Amendment

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A legal analysis published today examines the FDA’s regulatory authority to provide consumers with information via tobacco products and their labeling; how actively FDA could do that within existing First Amendment constraints; and new approaches to interpreting and applying the federal Tobacco Control Act and the First Amendment.

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Emergency Department, Emergency Room, Drug Use, Motivational Interviewing, tablet computer, Substance Use

Drug Use Drops After ER Visits Used as “Teachable Moments”

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An emergency room visit for an illness or injury may seem like a strange time to try to motivate someone to cut back on using drugs. But a new study suggests that even a half-hour chat with a trained counselor, or a few minutes using a special tablet computer program with a “virtual therapist”, can turn an emergency room trip into the basis for a long-lasting drop in a person’s use of illegal drugs or misuse of prescription medicines.

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Stress, Anxiety, Alcohol Problems, Anxiety Sensitivity, Drinking, Craving, Alcohol Use Disorder

Anxiety Is a Stronger Harbinger of Alcohol Problems Than Stress

Stress and anxiety are widely believed to contribute to drinking. Alcohol is thought to reduce tension caused by stress (the “flight or fight” response) as well as alleviate the unpleasant symptoms of anxiety (anticipation of the unpredictable, impending threats). Prior research, however, has yielded inconsistent findings as to the unique relations between stress and anxiety, on the one hand, and alcohol consumption and alcohol use disorders, on the other hand. This study was designed to examine how differences in self-reported levels of anxiety, anxiety sensitivity, and perceived stress impact the frequency and intensity of drinking, alcohol craving during early withdrawal, and alcohol craving and stress reactivity.

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Greater Insight Into Basic Biology of Pain Will Reveal Non-Addictive Remedies, Say Penn Experts

The U.S. medical community needs a better understanding of the biology of pain and how it plays out in individuals to be able to combat the national epidemic of addiction to painkillers.

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Tobacco Cessation Program, Latinos, Smoking Cessation, Text Messaging

Preventing Cancer in Latinos, One Text Message at a Time

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Latinos experience significant disparities in health care including higher rates of particular cancers, lower cancer screening rates and cancer diagnoses at more advanced stages. Researchers at The University of Kansas Cancer Center want to help Latinos with tobacco cessation treatment (both medication and behavioral support) via text messaging.

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New UB Study Sheds Light on Perceptions of E-Cigs

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Daily users of e-cigarettes see them as about as satisfying or even more satisfying, and less harmful, than cigarettes, according to the results of a small study from the University at Buffalo.

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Opioid Crisis, alternative pain management, Pain Relief, Opioid Abuse Epidemic, heroin epidemic, Anesthesia, American Association Of Nurse Anesthetists

Anesthesia and Pain Management Expert Available for Interviews on Fighting Opioid Crisis

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Social Rejection, Social Connections, Alcohol Use, Close Relationships, strangers, Relationships, Smartphones

Social Rejection by Those Closest to You Can Lead to Subsequent Drinking

The need to belong and experience social connections is a fundamental human characteristic. Prior research has shown that social rejection is linked to increases in negative emotions, distress, and hostility. This study examined the impact of social rejection on alcohol use, and whether the impact differed when the social rejection was by close others, such as friends, spouses or family members, or by strangers or acquaintances.

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Opioid Addiction, opioid addiction treatment, Substance Abuse, substance abuse addiction, substance abuse disorders, Detoxification, Heroin Addiction, Buprenorphine, buprenorphine implants

New Treatment Delivery Methods of Medication for Opioid Addiction Show Promise

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Addiction medicine expert Petros Levounis says a maintenance treatment that combines medication with behavioral treatment and recovery support gives patients the best chance of sustainable recovery

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Medicine, Health Care, Opioid Abuse Epidemic

FSMB Workgroups Prepare for Future of Medical Regulation

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Dr. Chaudhry (FSMB President and CEO) sits down with Dr. Daniel Gifford, Immediate Past Chairman of the FSMB Board of Directors and Chair of the Workgroup on FSMB’s Model Policy on the Use of Opioid Analgesics in the Treatment of Chronic Pain. Drs. Chaudhry and Gifford discuss the work of FSMB's Workgroups as they prepare for the future of medical regulation and assisting state medical boards in their mission to protect the public.







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