Friday, October 31, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Osteoarthritis, for many people, isn’t a “what if” – it’s a matter of “when.” As normalized as the degenerative joint disease has become, analyses beyond discomfort and disability have been limited. And, while osteoarthritis, pain and depression have been previously linked, the dynamic with sleep disturbances and long-term well-being haven’t been explored. Dr. Patricia Parmelee, director for the Center for Mental Health & Aging at The University of Alabama, has discovered links […]


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Originally published on Oct. 12, 2014, Alabama Public Radio Love, respect, integration into communities, work, housing, food and clean water: That’s what mentally ill people, like all human beings, need. Instead, in many parts of the developing world, people with mental illness are chained, nearly starved and even locked in a cage with a wild animal like a hyena to scare the demons out of them. The World Health Organization’s Chain-Free Initiative was launched in […]


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Recently, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a final rule rescheduling hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) into Controlled Substance Schedule II, effective Oct. 6, 2014.   The DEA clarified key points impacting implementation that are of interest to health care providers and patients: • Prescriptions for HCPs that are issued on or after Oct. 6, 2014, must comply with requirements for Schedule II prescriptions; refills of these prescriptions will be prohibited. • Prescriptions for HCPs that […]


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