physicians and nurses

Stress Among Healthcare Professionals: Physicians and Nurses

Health professionals are compassionate, driven people who work to make a positive difference in the world every day. While these careers can be rewarding, they can also be incredibly stressful. Often, physicians and nurses prioritize other people’s well-being to the detriment of their self-care, which can cause burnout and lead them to self-medicate with drugs…

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Alcohol Use and Neurodegenerative Risk

Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, can be devastating diagnoses in older adults. The loss of mental cognition and motor skills makes independent functioning almost impossible. Previous studies on these diseases showed that genetic and environmental factors can contribute to a neurodegenerative risk. A recent study looked at the potential connection between an alcohol…

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Flying the Unfriendly Skies: How Airline Pilots Experience Addiction

Airline pilots have incredibly stressful jobs. Not only are pilots responsible for the safe transport of the plane’s passengers, but they also must deal with challenging schedules, including staggered sleep schedules, confined workspaces, and constant vigilance when in the cockpit. When pilots turn to alcohol or medications to help them deal with the stress, they…

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Addiction Treatment for Medical Students

Anxiety and performance pressure have been cited as two of the primary reasons medical students turn to drugs and alcohol. Medical school can be challenging and stressful. The temptation to use substances such as opioids, stimulants, or alcohol to cope with pain or stay alert can be immense. However, self-medicating typically aggravates rather than helps…