High Hopes Ride on Marijuana Painkillers Amid Opioid Crisis

Could marijuana replace opiates for treating pain? Multiple studies have shown that pro-medical marijuana states have reported fewer opiate deaths and there are no deaths related to marijuana overdose on record. But marijuana-derived drugs could take longer than usual...

Text Messages May Help Patients Manage Prescriptions, Care

Automated text messages from insurance companies that tell a patient whether or not their prescription will be covered are helpful for doctors to find ways for their patients to get the best care, writes a contributor to Stat News. About 95% of Americans have...

Mild-to-Moderate Sleep Apnea Ups Risk for Hypertension, Diabetes

Results from several preliminary studies presented at SLEEP 2017 and reported by Healio suggest that sleep apnea doesn’t have to be severe to have severe consequences.  “Early detection and treatment of mild-to-moderate sleep apnea is warranted in order to...

Smoking Ban Appeared to Cut Violence in British Mental Hospitals

Violence decreased at British mental hospitals that instituted smoking bans, reports MedPage Today.  Patients at the facilities were offered free access to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), including e-cigarettes, to prevent nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Smoking...

Smokeless Tobacco Tied to Asthma, Sleep Disorders

Snus, a moist, smokeless tobacco product, may contribute to breathing and sleep problems, according to a study by Swedish researchers reported by Reuters. Based on questionnaires answered by more than 16,000 never-smokers in Sweden, researchers found that snus users...