Why People Lie About COVID; Don't Mess With Dopamine; and Older Patients Mixing Meds
Almost half of people lie about their COVID-19 status, vaccinations, or behavior. And those are just the people who admit it, according to a survey in JAMA Network Open. Some 41.6% of survey respondents admitted that they lied about COVID-19 or didn't adhere to guidelines; about 20% of people who were infected failed to mention it when meeting someone, and a similar percentage said that they kept it secret when entering a public place. About 20% failed to report a positive status when seeing a healthcare provider.
@yon-0 Dopamine is now widely considered to be a "happy hormone" and is viewed as an important factor in the treatment of everything from Parkinson's disease to schizophrenia to addiction. Recent science suggests that dopamine is linked to reward prediction; response to stress, memory, and learning; and immune system function. But since its first synthesis in the early 20th century, dopamine has frequently been misunderstood and oversimplified, which persists today. Some warn clinicians to be cautious when prescribing drugs that have an inhibitory action on the neurotransmitter.