Medical Notes 19-35

Medical Notes: Week of September 1, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 1, 2019.

Fatty Liver Disease: Silently Growing

Most people associate cirrhosis of the liver with heavy alcohol use. But nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, which also leads to cirrhosis, is growing rapidly, and may affect a quarter of the population. Experts discuss this silent disease and what people can do to prevent and treat it.

Medical Notes: Week of March 24, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 24, 2019.

All About Hangovers

On St. Patrick’s Day—one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year—an expert discusses why hangovers occur and what might work to prevent them and recover from them.

Medical Notes: Week of March 3, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 3, 2019.

Personality and Drug Abuse

Drug and alcohol addiction and abuse is rising. Researchers have found that “fear mongering” educational efforts to combat it in adolescents doesn’t work. New science has discovered that certain personality types are predictably predisposed to addiction risk, and that educational efforts can be targeted to them effectively. Experts discuss.

18-21 Segment 1: Autism and Substance Abuse

Recent studies show that people with autism are twice as likely as others to engage in substance abuse, contrary to previous belief that they are extremely unlikely to use drugs or alcohol. An expert and an author who has used alcohol to cope with his autism discuss the developments and their impact.

17-43 Segment 1: The Biology of Addiction

Scientists are learning the specific workings of the brain when it is addicted to a substance or behavior, and showing that all addictions are similar.

15-43 Segment 1: Anti-Drunk Driving Technology

  Synopsis: Government researchers and auto companies are developing a device called DADSS (Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety) that can inobtrusively test whether a person is drunk as he attempts to start his car. If so, DADDS makes the car inoperable. Experts explain how it will work and debate some of the issues surrounding … Continue reading 15-43 Segment 1: Anti-Drunk Driving Technology

15-14 Story 1: Food Addiction

  Synopsis: Scientists are learning that some people can be physically addicted to certain kinds of foods, especially highly-processed foods, and suffer withdrawl when they can't have them. Experts explain the brain chemistry of food addiction, how it is virtually identical to the chemistry of drug addiction and alcoholism, and what it means for the … Continue reading 15-14 Story 1: Food Addiction