New rules are aimed at making mental health and addiction coverage equal to other medical treatment.
It’s been a long road to achieve parity for those dealing with mental health and addiction issues, and the battle’s still being waged, despite the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, signed by President George W. Bush. This 2008 legislation requires doctors and insurers to treat mental illness the same as physical illness. Now, […]
An occasional glass of wine may have health benefits, but alcohol can also do serious damage, especially for those who drink daily.
For the casual drinker, it can be comforting to hear that a few glasses of wine each week can have health benefits. But promoting alcohol as “healthy” may be a bit of a stretch, especially for those who consume several drinks a day. Those who indulge at that level could be doing irreparable damage to […]
New research suggests that boys on the autism spectrum are at greater risk for developing a harmful video game habit.
We always knew those video games could be addicting, but now a new study published in the journal Pediatrics found that boys with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) were more likely to get addicted to them than boys with “typical development.” Video game addiction, or “problematic video game use” as […]
Some see BHO as just another way to experience marijuana, while others view it as a dangerous trend with serious health risks.
In the race to find a new high, some drug enthusiasts are turning to something called butane hash oil (aka BHO). This potent marijuana concentrate is far from what is found in a typical joint, though. In fact, BHO can exceed 80 percent THC content, compared to smoked marijuana, which averaged a THC content of […]
Experts have long warned us about the addictive properties of sugar, but a new study seems to prove junk food really does have a dangerous hold on us.
We all joke about the addictive properties of junk food. You set out to eat a few chips and find you’ve devoured the whole bag. Regular soda drinkers crave the sugary substance if they go without it for too long, and who can eat just one Oreo? No one doubts that junk food has a […]
A three-year-old is found to be holding when cops are called to a daycare by teachers after something smells suspicious.
It’s a common occurrence for parents to lament how quickly kids are forced to grow up in our modern culture, but a recent drug-related story left even seasoned law enforcement officials stunned. Manhattan police reportedly found 14 bags of marijuana in a three-year-old girl’s book bag. While New York City is hardly thought to be […]
A dangerous heroin substitute with the power to literally eat flesh is making its way across the US.
The pictures tell a gruesome tale: Gangrenous limbs, scaly skin, abscesses and painful lesions. It’s the work of a dangerous new drug called krokodil. It’s pronounced just like the green swamp dwellers found in Florida, but its bite can be even more deadly. Also known as “the flesh-eating drug,” it’s arrived on our shores from […]
A Washington state man is charged with drugging his son with heroin and other drugs in retribution against his ex.
Heroin is enough of a problem for those who knowingly use it. Now, a Washington state father has been charged with trying to kill his four-year-old son by injecting him with the drug. While the dad pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree murder, the 37-year-old man is accused of overdosing his young son at home […]
A Mexican drug purported to help joint and arthritis pain may contain harmful ingredients, drawing attention to what remains a wildly unregulated industry.
Americans are always looking for the next big thing, the latest and greatest. That even applies to drugs. This time around it’s a Mexican dietary supplement called Reumofan that has gained a loyal following north of the border. Purported to be a 100 percent natural treatment for arthritis and joint pain, the product is causing […]
TV commercials are touting this alternative to traditional cigarettes, but are they really healthier and can they help you quit, as some claim?
We’ve come a long way since the 50s, when cigarette brands would often sponsor popular television programs. In 1971, all tobacco ads were banned from TV and radio. Now, more than four decades later, tobacco advertising is one of the most highly regulated forms of marketing around. Despite these efforts, smoking is still the leading […]