New research has identified mutations in the DNA code that may affect energy metabolism. It also found a link to major depressive disorder.
The World Health Organization (WHO) describe depression as “the leading cause of disability worldwide.”
It affects more than 300 million people around the world.
Experts believe that many factors contribute to major depressive disorder (MDD).
These include genetics, environmental factors including abuse, brain physiology, and the immune system.
Full story at Medical News Today
Marijuana is legal for medical or recreational use in several parts of the United States. Researchers continue to investigate whether marijuana can cause or even help treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Some people use marijuana to relieve chronic pain, and there is growing interest in using marijuana to treat a range of other health issues, including epilepsy and the side effects of cancer treatment.
However, there is also concern that recreational use of marijuana increases a person’s risk of developing conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Full story at Medical News Today
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not act to stop off-label prescribing for fast-acting fentanyl drugs, putting patients at high risk of accidental overdose and death, The New York Times reports.
The drugs are approved only for cancer patients with high opioid tolerance. They have been prescribed off-label, meaning for other purposes, to patients with back pain and migraines, the article notes. The drugs are quick-absorbing fentanyl sprays, tablets and lozenges that contain a narcotic up to 50 times stronger than heroin, and up to 100 times stronger than morphine. These drugs include Actiq, Fentora and Subsys.
Full story at drugfree.org
Substance Abuse Confidentiality Regulations
This CEU course is intended to ensure that a patient receiving treatment for a substance use disorder (SUD) in a Part 2 program, Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records, does not face adverse consequences in relation to issues such as criminal proceedings and domestic proceedings such as those related to child custody, divorce, or employment. Part 2 protects the confidentiality of SUD patient records by restricting the circumstances under which Part 2 Programs or other lawful holders can disclose such records.
After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools
The suicide of a student can leave a school faced with grieving students, distressed parents and school staff, media attention, and a community struggling to understand what happened and why. This CE course provides guidance and tools for activities that help people cope with the emotional distress resulting from a suicide and prevent additional trauma that could lead to further suicidal behavior and deaths.
Florida Laws and Rules for Mental Health and Social Worker Professionals
This CEU course provides the laws and rules for clinical social workers, marriage and family therapist, and mental health counselor professionals practicing in Florida.
Support for Sexually Exploited Minors
Commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors in the United States are frequently overlooked, misunderstood, and unaddressed domestic problems that not only are illegal activities, but also result in immediate and long-term physical, mental, and emotional harm to victims and survivors. This CEU course examines emerging strategies for preventing and identifying these crimes, for assisting and supporting victims and survivors, and for addressing exploiters and traffickers.
Verbal De-escalation of the Agitated Patient
Agitation is an acute behavioral emergency requiring immediate intervention. Verbal de-escalation is usually the key to engaging the patient and helping them become an active partner in their evaluation and treatment. This CE course details the proper foundations for appropriate training for de-escalation and provides intervention guidelines, using the “10 domains of de-escalation.”
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