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Addiction is a choice, not a disease

By Marina Lowell - Published on Saturday, 04 July 2009 12:58

Since the 1900s, much of the treatment and public policy for addiction has been based on the idea that addiction is a disease. Psychologist Gene Heyman has done research on choice, cognition and drug use. He found that addiction is a matter of choice, therefore it doesn't fit the clinical definition of behavioural illness. By definition, a behavioural disease is compulsive; it’s beyond the influence of reward, punishment, expectations, cultural values, personal values. It was thought that drug use starts as voluntary, and then becomes involuntary.

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Doctors need to do a double-take when prescribing meds to seniors

By Kulbinder Saran Caldwell - Published on Monday, 29 June 2009 12:16

New research indicates that young doctors ought to ask more questions to help get a clearer picture before prescribing medication to their elderly patients.

Two new studies presented at the American Geriatrics Society's Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago focused on challenges seniors face with their prescriptions.

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Canadian nursing homes use restraints on a third of their residents

By Marina Lowell - Published on Monday, 29 June 2009 12:14

Statistics were gathered from five countries about the use of physical restraints and anti-psychotic medication, drugs whose use on senior citizens has become increasingly controversial.

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Urination at night could lead to a higher risk of death

By Mike Webber - Published on Monday, 29 June 2009 12:12

A recent study led by doctors in Japan has produced results that indicate a link between waking up to urinate at night and a higher risk of death. The exact cause for the increase in mortality rate remains unknown, but the study shows that there is a connection.

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Sexual activity and health among seniors

By Marina Lowell - Published on Monday, 29 June 2009 12:09

A survey has been done recently to assess the prevalence of sexual activity, behaviors and problems in relation to health among people ages 57 to 85 years. This was the first comprehensive survey on the prevalence of sexual activity among older adults in America.

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