The Problem With The Drug Gabapentin is a generic drug that is typically used to treat nerve pain and seizures. The 25-year-old drug was one of the most prescribed medications in 2017. “Gabapentin was prescribed off-label for pain because it was thought to be a safer alternative to opioids,” Steven Evans, MD, medical director of American Addiction Centers/Nevada, told MedShadow. “But now people who don’t need it are starting to use it.” With tighter access to opioid painkillers, drug users are turning to Gabapentin as an alternative to get high. Over 1 percent of the general population in the United States and 22 percent in drug abuse treatment centers misuse the drug. Thousands of Americans have died in the past few years because of overdoses from Gabapentin.
Harvard researchers reverse aging in mice, study suggests.” So proclaims a recent headline about a successful effort to improve the health of older mice. The story—one of many about the study that use the phrase “reverse aging”—betrays one of American culture’s deepest assumptions: that aging is bad and something to fight against. The negative lens through which American society sees aging causes all kinds of problems. The challenges that can accompany aging, such as health issues, loom large, while the benefits of aging—the skills, knowledge, and wisdom we acquire as we age—fade into the background. And because we treat our aging as something to fight rather than embrace, many of us even become alienated from ourselves as we get older.
Living with disability in various parts of the world comes with its challenges and difficulties, yet the main issue that the majority experience are societal attitudes, which almost exclude you from living an ordinary life. But what happens when you are not just fighting social prejudice, but also confronting military occupation? This is precisely the battle Mohamed Dalo from Gaza, Palestine, has been fighting since birth when he was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy – the degeneration of the muscles – where every aspect of daily life is a struggle for survival and progression.
It’s no secret that Americans are living longer. But behind that fact of longer lives is a bigger trend involving the nation’s seniors, one that will reshape American culture.
Cynthia Nixon, a Democratic candidate for NY Governor planning to challenge Governor Andrew Cuomo in the September Primary, will be in Rochester on Sunday. Nixon’s campaign says she will join volunteers and disability rights groups to kick off their petitioning effort in Western NY ahead of a July 12 petition deadline.
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