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  • Illicit Fentanyl the 'Third Wave' of US Opioid Crisis A rise in trafficking and use of illicit fentanyl may constitute a 'third wave' of the opioid epidemic in the United States, according to members of Congress and federal officials at a House hearing.
  • Diuretic Continues to Show Promise in Autism The diuretic bumetanide improved the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder in a phase 2b study and will be tested in an upcoming phase 3 study in Europe.
  • Anxiety Therapy Better for Depression Than CBT? Metacognitive therapy, a psychotherapeutic approach targeting rumination and negative thought processes, has a large effect size when used to treat depression and may offer an alternative to CBT.
  • Long-term Use of ADHD Meds: No Benefit, Impact on Growth Continuing stimulant medications for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) into adulthood is associated with no symptomatic gains but a suppression of adult height, new research shows.
 

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  • Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Strategy Improves BP ControlThe Kaiser Permanente intervention asks participants to 'shake' the salt habit; 'rattle' the intensity of blood pressure management, and use interventions easily "rolled" out in the community.
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  • The State Shouldn't Tell Doctors What to Say, Says Ethicist   Dr Art Caplan, bioethicist, discusses physicians' right to talk to their patients about certain topics, including gun safety and the abortion reversal pill, in view of various state legislation.
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