HEALTH RISK

Ren in Drug Addiction
October 18, 2018

The Dwindling Spiral of Addiction—What Happens When Addicts Don’t Get Help

Drug and alcohol addiction is a growing problem, a crippling health epidemic that has expanded across all aspects and areas of American health and life.

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Karen in Alcohol
February 26, 2017

Are There Any Good Reasons to Drink Alcohol?

A couple of intense news articles in a row raised a question in my mind—is there any good reason to drink alcohol? Is it is a defensible practice? A quick examination of the possible health risks and benefits was revealing.

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Karen in Methamphetamine
February 26, 2017

Detecting Methamphetamine Use that Someone Wants to Keep Hidden

The stereotypical image of a methamphetamine user is someone who is agitated, nervous, paranoid and artificially energetic, always moving from place to place in a manic manner.

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Karen in Cocaine effects
February 8, 2017

Opioids Get the Headlines But Cocaine Still Kills Thousands Each Year

Anyone involved in recovery from drug addiction knows that drugs in the opioid category are taking more lives than any other. What is not making headlines at this point is that cocaine is still taking thousands of lives each year.

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Karen in Marijuana
December 23, 2016

Should Parents be Tolerant of Marijuana Use by Teens or Young Adults?

One thing is for sure: There is plenty of confusing information circulating about marijuana. One faction claims it’s harmless and even medicinal. The other faction holds the opinion that this drug is dangerous in many ways. Caught in the middle are our young citizens. Teens and young adults can hardly be blamed for thinking the substance is benign. Should parents just give in and let youth do what they want?

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Karen in Alcohol
December 14, 2016

Want to Lower Chances of Cancer? Skip the Alcohol

A new study has reinforced earlier research that alcohol is associated with increased risk of cancer. While the alcohol-cancer connection has been made before, this study was the first one to associate melanoma (skin cancer) with alcohol intake.

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