Adults with mental illness have a smoking rate that is 70% higher than adults with no mental illness and die approximately 25 years earlier than the general population, due largely to their high rates of substance use—including cigarette smoking.
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Successful smoking cessation involves a 2-pronged approach, since there are 2 components to smoking – physiological and behavioral, according to Nervana Elkhadragy, PharmD, MS, TTS, of Purdue University, College of Pharmacy, Indianapolis.
The patient stated that she had stopped vaping after her first referral, as she presumed a diagnosis of cancer.
Two recent studies have shed additional light on caffeine use and smoking in patients with serious mental illness (SMI).
New research confirms smoking significantly increases risk for developing bladder cancer and also reveals a gene that may protect against the disease.
The American College of Rheumatology and the National Psoriasis Foundation have released 2018 joint recommendations for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis.
“Patients must feel that you are empathetic and do not judge them. This is key not only to discussing weight, but to any subject that comes up,” said Dr Windel Stracener, a family practitioner for 22 years.
Building on previous algorithms, the 2017 edition includes an updated section on lifestyle therapy as well as a discussion of all classes of obesity, antihyperglycemic, lipid-lowering, and hypertensive medications approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through December 2016.
Patrice Harris, MD, Chair, AMA Board of Trustees, discusses how clinicians can help patients stay on track and keep their New Year’s Resolutions.