‘Secret Shopper’ Study Shows How Easily Teens Can Buy E-Cigs

MONDAY, June 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Despite federal and state age restrictions on the sale of tobacco and vaping products, a new “secret shopper” study found that IDs were checked only about half the time. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires tobacco retailers to check an ID for anyone appearing to be under 27, and California law bars sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under 21. Click here to read whole article!

Teaching Patients to Regulate Emotions May Ease Chronic Pain

MILWAUKEE — A novel primary care–based behavioral intervention designed to recalibrate the negative emotions that can perpetuate chronic pain is beneficial for older adults with varying levels of cognitive function, new research suggests. Preliminary results from a randomized controlled trial of 100 older patients showed that those who underwent the 8-week PATH-Pain program had greater improvement in pain intensity and depressive symptom scores compared with their peers who received education only. Key components of PATH-Pain include psycho-education about the relationship between pain and emotion, problem solving techniques to address everyday situations, behavioral activation, the scheduling of pleasant activities, and skills …

Keeping Watch on Pain in Older Adults

Individuals respond differently to pain and pain relief by Liz Carey January 9, 2019 Chronic pain becomes more common as people grow older, at least in part because of health problems, such as osteoarthritis, that become more prevalent. Military veterans are another group at increased risk for chronic pain. There is almost always a real problem behind pain. Stemming from an underlying disease or health condition, medical treatment (such as surgery), an injury, inflammation, a problem in the nervous system, or the unknown, pain can be accompanied by difficulty in moving around, disturbed sleep, anxiety, depression and other problems that can …

COPD Hospitalization Risk Linked to Opioid/Benzodiazepine Use

Opioid and benzodiazepine use was associated with more adverse respiratory events in older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study published in Annals of the American Thoracic Society. Furthermore, although adverse effects are not exacerbated in individuals with obstructive sleep apnea, those with high-complexity COPD are at greater risk for adverse events when using both opioids and benzodiazepine. This case-control study included 3232 individuals who were hospitalized in 2014 for COPD or a related diagnosis, as well as 6247 controls matched for age, gender, socioeconomic status, COPD medication and complexity, obstructive sleep apnea, comorbidity, and index date. All participants …

Marijuana Damages Young Brains States that legalize it should set a minimum age of 25 or older.

Simply because society has become more accepting of marijuana use doesn’t make it safe for high school and college students. Cigarettes and alcohol, both legal, have caused great harm in society as well as to people’s health, and have ruined many lives. Marijuana may do the same. We must tightly regulate the emerging cannabis industry to protect the developing brain. Click here to read more!

Opioid risks are different for kids and teens—the guidelines should be, too

As the opioid epidemic took hold and expanded in the United States, physicians and medical organizations researched and created better guidelines for prescribing the drugs and preventing misuse. Those guidelines, though, have focused primarily on adults, says Florence Bourgeois, an associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. That misses a significant portion of the population that might be at risk of harm from opioids: kids, adolescents, and young adults. “Prescribing is different in adolescents and young adults, and the consequences might be different,” Bourgeois says. A pair of new studies, published this week in the journal Pediatrics, turned attention to …

Federal pain management task force emphasizes opioid alternatives

A federal task force issued a report Thursday outlining best practices for managing acute and chronic pain with an emphasis on treatment approaches beyond opioid use. The 108-page report lays out a multidisciplinary approach to pain management that includes opioids but also behavioral and physical therapy as well as other treatments like massages and minimally invasive procedures. According to the report, “mitigating unnecessary opioid exposure” is vital. “It’s important to exploit the benefits of multimodal, non-opioid approaches in acute pain management in conjunction with possible opioid therapy,” the report said. The report was put together by the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, …

We stand united for vape-free youth

Facts you may not know about youth vaping: A ‘vape’ is the term used to describe the delivery mechanism of products such as JUUL, nicotine, e-juices, THC, and alcohol. In 2018, the Surgeon General declared e-cigarette (vape) use among youth a national epidemic. Schools ranked teen vaping as the number one problem in Hunterdon County (Key Informant 2019). Most youth do not know the ingredients is in these products (CDC). Even products that claim they are nicotine-free may contain nicotine due to lack of regulation (CDC). Nicotine exposure during adolescence can harm the brain, as it is still developing up …