Caira Conner writes, “I’ve had three different mysterious chronic illnesses. Each time, the struggle to figure out what was wrong drove me further down the online rabbit hole.”

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The 2018 spike in acute flaccid myelitis has peaked, but the quest to understand this debilitating illness continues

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Dependence is a special type of drug-related harm. It’s an adaptive phenomenon resulting from exposure to a centrally-active drug and defined by the development of withdrawal symptoms when the drug is removed or the dose lowered too quickly

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Victoria Toline would hunch over the kitchen table, steady her hands and draw a bead of liquid from a vial with a small dropper. It was a delicate operation that had become a daily routine — extracting ever tinier doses of the antidepressant she had taken for three years, on and off, and was desperately trying to quit

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On Memorial Day, Americans remember those who died in service to the country. In the past 5 years, a large proportion of these deaths have been suicides. Popular media often link military suicide with PTSD. However, clinicians have identified an additional cluster of symptoms that are related to both military deployment and suicide risk but do not fit the criteria for PTSD. These symptoms fit with what has been called “moral injury.”

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A common belief is that opioid addiction often begins with a single prescription from a doctor: Patients seek relief from some minor problem like a toothache or back pain, leave with a prescription, and wind up hooked. But there’s not much actual evidence tying doctors’ prescription patterns with individual patients’ long-term use of opioids or complications caused by the drugs later on

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Dysphagia

March 15, 2016

It’s like being waterboarded 24 hours a day. One morning, completely unexpectedly, Samantha Anderson woke to find that she could no longer swallow. Three-and-a-half years and many medical appointments later, she’s finally regaining her ability to eat. Bryn Nelson finds out more

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