The pharmaceutical industry created 3 myths around opioids: “Pain as the fifth vital sign,” the less-than-1% rate of addiction, and the diagnosis of pseudoaddiction. Inside, we look at what is true and what is exaggeration in these claims.
In 2021 we uncovered some paradoxical effects of medications, including meds that can both cause and treat OCD (antipsychotics), depression (benzodiazepines and antidepressants), and cognitive problems (stimulants and anti-dementia medications).
You will hear about and read research your entire career. Headlines report on positive treatment results, and families come in asking about them. So how should we evaluate research, and what makes a study good or flawed?