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Opioids and the Slippery Slope of Addiction

By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Megan Riddle, Ph.D., M.S
Opioids—like Percocet, Oxycontin, Dilaudid, Vicodin, and morphine—are powerful pain relievers. When the patient is suffering acute pain, opioids can offer much-needed relief. However, in cases of chronic pain, using these medications for an extended period of time can lead to problems.
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August Sun Protection and Skin Care

By Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.
Now that we’re in August, our sun protection enthusiasm might be declining. Nonetheless, considering that over 70 percent of UV radiation exposure occurs in the summer months, sun protection is as important as ever. Here are important tips on skin care.
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Molly Fisk: Fair Weather

By Molly Fisk
I see people from all parts of my life at the fair: Cardiac Rehab buddies, grocery store bag-persons, kids I taught poetry to in the sixth grade. The fair sort of has its own rules: it's half Breughel painting, half time-travel science-fiction movie.
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Health · Menopause

Menopause and Eating Disorders

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.
Both hormonal change and the stress of transition into a new life stage may affect women in midlife negatively. Early-onset menopause and its association with depression were discussed last month. Another unexpected mental health problem affecting women in midlife is the spectrum of eating disorders.
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