Mike Dow, PsyD

Bio

Specialties:

  • Addiction Medicine

Affiliation:

  • Author and TV Personality

Location:

  • Los Angeles, CA

Activity

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Addiction Medicine:

    FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of infants born to American mothers addicted to prescription pain medications is rising, and so are the costs of treating those babies, researchers report.

    The new research supports recent recommendations to screen or test pregnant women...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Public Health & General Preventive Medicine:

    THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cigarette smoking continues to decline in about half of American states, according to the latest U.S. government estimates.

    But despite that good news, rates have gone up in some states. And in other states, a more worrisome trend has emerged -- ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Public Health & General Preventive Medicine:

    TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In unventilated rooms or vehicles, secondhand marijuana smoke can affect people who aren't smoking the drug, a new study finds.

    In those situations, nonsmokers can have "mild intoxication," memory and coordination problems and, in some cases, have...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Lung cancer survivors are at high risk for recurrence of the disease, and smoking is a major factor in that risk, a new study shows.

    The study included 192 lung cancer survivors in the United States who were followed for an average of more than ei...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Addiction Medicine:

    TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Tobacco and alcohol take a big toll on the health of people around the world, a new global survey shows.

    The research suggests that about a billion people -- more than 20 percent of the world's adult population -- smoke, and 240 million, or almos...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Addiction Medicine:

    MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medical marijuana users don't appear to increase their risk for drug or alcohol abuse if they also take prescription painkillers, a new study finds.

    While many people use medical marijuana as an alternative to narcotic (opioid) painkillers, some us...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Current and former smokers have more complications from major surgery for some urology-related cancers, according to new research.

    But even though former smokers have a higher risk of complications than non-smokers, the study also found that quitt...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Adolescent Medicine:

    MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who drink heavily appear to have significant abnormalities in brain development, a new study finds.

    Heavy drinking by teens may also be associated with a gene mutation linked to impulsiveness, according to another new study.

    The studi...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Mental Health:

    THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There was a sharp rise in the number of emergency room visits involving the narcotic painkiller tramadol between 2005 and 2011, two new government reports show.

    Tramadol is the active ingredient in brand-name drugs such as Ultram, Ultracet, Conzi...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Addiction Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Paying smokers to quit seems to work better than offering them free counseling and nicotine replacement therapy, new research suggests.

    "Roughly 18 percent of Americans smoke regularly -- a percentage that hasn't changed in more than a decade de...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Neurology:

    WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The brains of smokers who manage to quit may be "hardwired" for success, a new study suggests.

    The study included 85 smokers who underwent MRI scans of their brains one month before they tried to stop smoking. All of the participants stopped smo...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease):

    TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who quit smoking when they have angioplasty -- a heart blood vessel-opening procedure -- have better outcomes, a new study finds.

    Quitting smoking was associated with less chest pain and better quality of life, researchers reported.

    ...Full Article
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology):

    TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children whose mothers had poor health habits during pregnancy are at increased risk for obesity, a new study suggests.

    Researchers looked at more than 5,100 children in Greece and found that they were much more likely to be obese at age 8 if thei...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Addiction Medicine:

    TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study reveals how cocaine and amphetamines affect the brain, and researchers hope the findings will lead to new addiction treatments.

    The drugs disrupt the normal functioning of the dopamine transporter in the brain, reported the team from O...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Public Health & General Preventive Medicine:

    THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Canadian teens are trying electronic cigarettes as often as they are experimenting with tobacco cigarettes, a new study shows.

    Researchers found that about 20 percent of Canadian teens have tried e-cigarettes, the same rate as those who experiment...Full Article