Mark’s Musings

Read the latest musings from the RxProfessor Mark Pew, our senior vice president of product development & marketing.

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Drug Policy in the World of Sports

This week I have two articles to share about drug policies in professional sports. The first article is about the rules around marijuana use in the MLB and the second article is about potential new rules in the NFL. With the widespread legalization of marijuana across the country and the dangers of some opioids, it …
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The Brain’s Plasticity

This week I want to share two articles about the brain and its incredible adaptation to life. The first article is about how the brain can change with regular aerobic exercise. The second article is about how childhood trauma changes your brain but not necessarily forever. As I’ve stated often, the brain is the most …
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Medicine: Good and bad news

This week I have two articles to share with you about drugs. The first article is about how to properly dispose of unused medicines. The second article is about the work still needed to combat the opioid epidemic in its broadest and continually evolving sense. Below are these articles and my thoughts on their implications. …
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Opioids by the Numbers

This week I have two articles to share about opioids. The first article reports on a study of prescribing patterns in the U.S. The second article is about how Australia seems to be following in the United States’ footsteps when it comes to opioid use. Below are these articles and my thoughts on their implications. …
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Opioid Alternative Rx Issues

This week I want to share two articles that highlight the challenges with trading opioids for another prescription painkiller. The first article is about gabapentin and how evidence of abuse is driving it towards being a controlled substance. The second article is about tramadol and the potentially dangerous – or no – effects it has. …
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Two Words That Matter

This week I have two very interesting articles, each with different topics. The first article is from a counselor about a patient who felt diminished by cancer and how that changed her approach to others. The second article is about how being intrinsically motivated, in any aspect of life, results in greater purpose and achievements. …
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Its Time to Fix Chronic Pain

This week I have two articles to share with you about chronic pain and the many types and treatments. The first article is about the different types of pain and how defining them can help find better treatments. The second article is about Medicare now offering to cover acupuncture for chronic lower back pain. Below …
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Medical Marijuana’s March on Society

This week I have two articles to share with you about the changes surrounding medical marijuana in different facets of society. One could further change how Work Comp views medical marijuana and the other sets a societal tone from a very influential place – sports. The first article is about a court ruling on an …
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A Caring Culture

As a new year and decade dawns, I want to share two different articles about helping yourself and others. The first article is about a city in Kentucky and their unique approach to helping individuals recover from opioid addiction. The second article provides suggestions for how you can make sure you practice good physical and …
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The Challenge of Treating Chronic Pain and Addiction

This week I want to share two articles about chronic pain, opioids and how to treat the effects. The first article is about opioid addiction and the (hidden to some) negatives of prescribing gabapentin. The second article is how a doctor specializing in addiction believes adverse childhood experiences are the cause of addiction. Below are …
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