In the mid-1990s, a few pharmaceutical companies made broad claims regarding the safety and efficacy of opioid medications for pain management. These claims were based on limited research that did not fully account for these drugs' potentially harmful effects. As a result, we are now facing an opioid epidemic across the United States. Now, New Jersey joined several other states by legalizing marijuana for recreational use. While there are clear differences ...

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Finally, 2020 has offered some encouraging news, with Pfizer and Moderna publishing recent results that provide initial evidence of their vaccine’s ability to prevent COVID-19. With the recent promising results from both vaccine trials, it seems like only a matter of time before the FDA approves them. While some hurdles remain before the vaccine's distribution and availability to the general public, this news is a welcomed relief for many. However, ...

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Uncertainty is the word that comes to mind when describing the United States' current state of affairs. There is uncertainty about the presidential election and the country's future direction, economic struggles for many Americans, race/gender inequality, and a worsening COVID-19 pandemic. There are many things for people to be stressed about, and rightfully so given the magnitude and potential impact of these events on people’s lives. More Americans are reporting ...

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Have you ever watched a movie, television show, or read a book where the villain is a medical doctor? If you are a psychiatrist, you will be alarmed by how many times the villain in these stories turns out to be a psychiatrist. In all fairness, psychiatry has had its share of blunders. However, in recent years psychiatry has made a significant effort to enhance the use of evidence-based medicine ...

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In February, I had my first patient ask about my thoughts on the coronavirus. At that time, I was aware of the coronavirus and cautiously optimistic about the situation. My advice to the patient was to have a healthy level of concern about the virus, given the medical communities limited data on the virus. I instructed the patient on proper handwashing techniques since this is an issue, even for many ...

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