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Stress at Work Is as Bad for You as Secondhand Smoke

Stress at Work Is as Bad for You as Secondhand Smoke

Posted on February 8th, 2016

A little bit of stress every now and then can be good for you. It keeps the brain alert and fortifies the immune system. Too much stress, on the other hand, can be a killer. A shocking new study from Stanford University and the Harvard Business School finds that stress on the job can damage one’s health just as much as exposure to secondhand smoke.

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Teen Binge Drinking

Teens and Binge Drinking

Posted on February 1st, 2016

Underage drinking is a serious problem. When teens drink they put themselves at risk for a number of problems. Drinking leads to academic problems, accidents, health problems, assaults, unprotected sex and later substance abuse. Binge drinking is a particular problem among young people. When teens engage in binge drinking, they increase the risk of accidents, assaults, unplanned pregnancies and even fatal alcohol poisoning. If you have a teen, make sure you are aware of the dangers of binge drinking and talk to your child about it.

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Teen Drug Use

7 Drug and Alcohol Myths Debunked

Posted on January 26th, 2016

This is National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week, this year being held Jan. 25 to 31, a weeklong event designed to shatter the many myths teenagers and others pass around about substance abuse and addiction. This year’s events include community-based gatherings, online activities and a Web chat with scientists on Jan. 26. There are terrific interactive online features, including the national drug and alcohol IQ challenge, and statistics and infographics that can be downloaded and shared. You can see what’s going on in your area on this map.

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Adderall Graduates From Study Drug to Workplace Drug

Adderall Graduates From Study Drug to Workplace Drug

Posted on January 11th, 2016

Adderall is now finding its way into the hands of non-ADHD-suffering workers, who are using the ADHD drug as a “productivity-enhancer” to help them get ahead in their careers. The drug was previously known to be abused as a “study drug” by college students, but it only takes so long for those students to graduate and bring their habits to the workplace, and the attention the “study drug” phenomenon attracted undoubtedly tipped off many adult employees to its potential “benefits.” The use of quotation marks for “benefits” is no accident, though, because whether it actually improves mental performance is far from clear, and the risks Adderall abuse brings markedly outweigh any potential boosts to productivity.

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Stressed, Depressed Veterinarians Fall Prey to Addiction

Stressed, Depressed Veterinarians Fall Prey to Addiction

Posted on November 30th, 2015

Second of two parts – Read part one here.

For Cathy Johnson-Delaney, the drug of choice was sevoflurane. Twice in June 2013, employees at her Kirkland, Washington, animal clinic witnessed Johnson-Delaney, a veterinarian of more than 30 years, inhaling the sweet-smelling anesthetic through a mask in the operating room.

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Screening Tool Identifies Youths Likely to Develop Accident-Related PTSD

Screening Tool Identifies Youths Likely to Develop Accident-Related PTSD

Posted on November 17th, 2015

Recent research from a group of Australian scientists indicates that doctors can use screening procedures to identify teenagers and younger children at risk for developing PTSD in the aftermath of a serious, injury-producing accident.

Exposure to an injury-producing major accident is one of the known potential factors in the onset of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, doctors don’t have a reliable way of determining which adolescents and younger children exposed to traumatic, accidental injury have the highest chances of meeting the criteria for a PTSD diagnosis. In a study published in February 2015 in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, researchers from five Australian institutions assessed the effectiveness of screening procedures developed for the identification of at-risk populations of teenagers and younger children.

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When Doctors Are Addicted to Drugs

When Doctors Are Addicted to Drugs

Posted on November 13th, 2015

The idea of doctors as drug addicts is troubling. To think that your doctor could be high or suffering symptoms of withdrawal while treating you is terrifying. The unsettling truth is that doctors abuse drugs and become addicts at greater rates than the general population. There are many reasons for this, including stress and access to drugs, but there are also serious consequences. Thankfully there are physician health programs for addiction that can get doctors sober and back on track.

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