For many people, back pain goes away on its own or with nonsurgical treatments. Epidural steroid injections shouldn't typically be used as a first-line therapy for back pain relief, but that doesn't mean they can't play a role in treating pain. But injections won't cure the underlying cause of back pain, and they provide only temporary relief. Unfortunately, in many cases, chronic back pain can't be cured, but must instead be managed, like other chronic conditionsand patients must have realistic expectations of what epidurals can do.
Most research into the links between alcohol and cancer has looked at the total amount people drink. This research has found that the more a person drinks, the more their cancer risk increases. Much less research has been done into the effect of patterns of drinking, for example whether drinking is spread evenly across the week or concentrated in binges. At the moment, this research does not point in any clear direction. As the number of studies grows, we should be able to better decide whether the pattern of drinking has any effect on cancer risk or health generally.[12-15]
Past-year use of synthetic cannabinoids (K2/herbal incense, sometimes called "fake weed" or "synthetic marijuana") has dropped significantly in the six years since the survey began tracking use of these substances. Since 2011, reported use among 12th graders has dropped from percent to percent. Use has also fallen from percent to percent among 8th graders and from percent to percent among 10th graders since 2012. In recent years, use of another synthetic drug called "bath salts" (technically, synthetic cathinones) among youth has become a concern. The MTF survey began tracking past-year synthetic cathinone use in 2012, and since then, there has been a decrease among 12th graders from percent to percent in 2017. Use among 10th graders has declined to percent from a peak of percent in 2013.