“NIH Outlines New Game Plan to Combat Opioid Crisis” AND more on Best 5 Monday Reads

Hello everyone!

I hope you guys had a great weekend. Lets start another long and boring week with Best of 5 Reads. Let’s begin!

1) NIH Outlines New Game Plan to Combat Opioid Crisis

The HEAL initiative will focus on improving treatments for patients who misuse or are addicted to opioids and enhancing strategies for effective pain management.

2) Video Game Addiction Tries to Move From Basement to Doctor’s Office

Gaming disorder is being recognized for the first time by the World Health Organization. But of the few treatment options available, most are uninsured and unproven.

3) Metabolic Effects of Antipsychotics on Adiposity and Insulin Sensitivity in Youths

Antipsychotic medications are commonly used in children for the treatment of disruptive behavior disorders, but potential benefits should be carefully weighed against the risk for adverse changes in total and abdominal adiposity and insulin sensitivity, known contributors to the development of early-onset type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other illnesses associated with premature morbidity and mortality.

4) Sex and Drugs Decline Among Teens, but Depression and Suicidal Thoughts Grow

One in seven high school students reported misusing prescription opioids, one of several disturbing results in a nationwide survey of teenagers that revealed a growing sense of fear and despair among youth in the United States.

The numbers of teenagers reporting “feelings of sadness or hopelessness,” suicidal thoughts, and days absent from school out of fear of violence or bullying have all risen since 2007. The increases were particularly pointed among lesbian, gay and bisexual high school students.

5) A Psychiatrist’s Elegy for Anthony Bourdain

We have our own hidden worlds behind public perceptions. We have our own private motivations that others aren’t privy to. Suicide weakens the faith of others to keep on going and embrace the struggle that is life. Suicide is contagious. It makes the survivors feel guilty.

It makes us feel that there is something we could have and should have done. The effect is to put blood on our hands where it doesn’t belong. I hope those close to him come through this misplaced guilt.

Thank you for reading and see you tomorrow for another edition of Best 5 Reads.

Best Regards,

Vikram


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