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Friday, September 4, 2015

Health Research: Spine surgery: Findings could cut costs for osteoporosis patients ♦ Neuron responsible for alcoholism found ♦ Raising pay can reduce smoking rates

Medication treatment for opioid use disorders in primary care increases patient access Expanding the number of sites offering office-based opioid treatment with buprenorphine utilizing addiction nurse care managers, trainings and technical support resulted in more physicians becoming waived to prescribe buprenorphine and more patients accessing treatment at sites across Massachusetts.
Raising pay can reduce smoking rates In addition to restricting when and where tobacco is used at work, research shows that employers can do something else to reduce smoking: raise wages
Neuron responsible for alcoholism found Scientists have pinpointed a population of neurons in the brain that influences whether one drink leads to two, which could ultimately lead to a cure for alcoholism and other addictions. Their study finds that alcohol consumption alters the structure and function of neurons in the dorsomedial striatum, a part of the brain known to be important in goal-driven behaviors
Feeling blue and seeing blue: Sadness may impair color perception The world might seem a little grayer than usual when we're down in the dumps and we often talk about 'feeling blue' -- new research suggests that the associations we make between emotion and color go beyond mere metaphor. The results of two studies indicate that feeling sadness may actually change how we perceive color.
Spine surgery: Findings could cut costs for osteoporosis patients, facilities New findings from an interventional radiology department have shown that a more expensive option isn’t necessarily more effective for spine augmentation.

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