Treating the Growing Population of Centenarians

For about the past year, Priya Goel, MD, can be seen cruising around the island of Manhattan as she makes her way between visits to some of New York City’s most treasured residents: a small but essential group of patients born before the Empire State Building scraped the sky and the old Yankee Stadium had … Read more

People May Have Smoked Less During Pandemic

Regular smokers in Denmark purchased fewer cigarettes during the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic than they had previously, according to research published earlier this month in Communications Medicine. Dr Sally Sadoff “We think of this as a potential bright spot from the pandemic,” said Sally Sadoff, PhD, an economist at the University of California, … Read more

Quitting Smoking Can Halt Dangerous Drinking, Too

Medications that help smokers quit appear to have another benefit: reducing heavy drinking. Researchers in the United States and Russia have found that a variety of therapies to reduce the craving for nicotine ― including prescription and over-the-counter medications ― cut smoking and drinking levels in tandem. People who stopped smoking entirely reduced their drinking … Read more

Opioid Use in the Elderly a Dementia Risk Factor?

Opioid use in the elderly is associated with an almost 40% increased risk of dementia, in new findings that suggest exposure to these drugs may be another modifiable risk factor for dementia. “Clinicians and others may want to consider that opioid exposure in those aged 75-80 increases dementia risk, and to balance the potential benefits … Read more

Lithium May Lower Osteoporosis Risk in Bipolar Disorder

NEW ORLEANS — People with bipolar disorder – particularly men – show a significantly increased risk of osteoporosis, compared with the general population, but treatment with lithium appears to offer a significant protective effect against the bone disease, according to results from the largest study of its kind. Dr Soren Ostergaard “Our findings emphasize that … Read more

Smoking, Drinking Tied to Increased MS Risk, More Severe Symptoms

High alcohol consumption may contribute to more severe neurodegeneration in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) — and smoking may make a diagnosis of MS more likely, new research suggests. “Our results add to the understanding of how health-associated behaviors, such as alcohol consumption and smoking, interact with neurodegeneration in MS,” lead author Iris Kleerekooper, MD, … Read more

What Role Does Loneliness Play in Diabetes Risk?

Our individual and collective COVID experiences, now about 2 years old and counting, will undoubtedly register as one of those global events that transformed lives and outlooks. My grandparents talked about the Depression, my parents World War II, and contemporary physicians and most contemporary Americans probably will convey memories of 9/11 and COVID to our … Read more

CBD May Help People Cut Down on Their Cannabis Use

PARIS — Following the suspension of the decree that banned the sale of cannabidiol (CBD) flowers, raw cannabis is again available in France for over-the-counter sales. The “feel-good” plant is praised for its relaxing properties. The suspension of the ban, which lasted for 3 weeks, is a mixed blessing for businesses that sell CBD-based products … Read more