The Smart Phone Psychiatrist (The Atlantic, Jun 19, 2017) | The Soprano And The Scientist (NPR, Jun 05, 2017) | The Curious Case Of Phineas Gage (NPR, May 28, 2017) | Human Brain as Time Machine (NYMag, Apr 30, 2017) | Neuroscience of singling (UpLift, Apr 18, 2017) | The Neuroscience of Seeing an Ex (Discover Magazine, Mar 19, 2017) | The neuroscience of humor (Medical News Today, Mar 05, 2017) | Your brain on politics (UVA Today, Mar 05, 2017) | How to keep your brain young (INC, Mar 05, 2017) | Take two pills... (Psychiatric Times, Jan 20, 2017) | Promise and Perils of Pot (ScienceNews, Jan 16, 2017) | Witnessing fear can change your brain (ScienceDaily, Jan 12, 2017) | The Athletic Brain (the set pieces, Nov 13, 2016) | Tide of Dementia (Nature, Nov 13, 2016) | Gene linked to Autism/Sociability (Science News, Sep 29, 2016) | Beer decreases shyness! (BBC, Sep 29, 2016) | Can we see taste? (NPR, Sep 29, 2016) | Sleep deprivation hits hard (Science News, Aug 15, 2016) | The neuroscience of “cool” (Quartz, Aug 01, 2016) | Neuroscience of bullying (Medical News Today, Jul 11, 2016) | Can Neuroscience Change Our Minds? (Times Higher Education, Jul 11, 2016)

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Article- The opioid epidemic spurs a search for new, safer painkillers

Last year, Joan Peay slipped on her garage steps and smashed her knee on the welcome mat. Peay, 77, is no stranger to pain. The Tennessee retiree has had 17 surgeries in the last 35 years — knee replacements, hip replacements, back surgery. She even survived a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that sickened her and hundreds of others, and killed 64. This knee injury, though, “hurt like the dickens.”

When she asked her longtime doctor for something stronger than ibuprofen to manage the pain, he treated her like a criminal, Peay says. His response was frustrating: “He’s known me for nine years, and I’ve never asked him for pain medicine other than what’s needed after surgery,” she says. She received nothing stronger than over-the-counter remedies. A year after the fall, she still lives in constant pain.

Just five years ago, Peay might have been handed a bottle of opioid painkillers for her knee. After all, opioids — including codeine, morphine and oxycodone — are some of the most powerful tools available to stop pain.

But an opioid addiction epidemic spreading across the United States has soured some doctors on the drugs. Many are justifiably concerned that patients will get hooked or share their pain pills with friends and family. And even short-term users risk dangerous side effects: The drugs slow breathing and can cause constipation, nausea and vomiting.

A newfound restraint in prescribing opioids is in many cases warranted, but it’s putting people like Peay in a tough spot: Opioids have become harder to get. Even though the drugs are far from perfect, patients have few other options. - Read More (Source - Science News, Images - FEDERICO GASTALDI)



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